Along with the Canon Pixma MX870 (which we will have a full review of later this week) and the Canon Pixma MX340, the Canon Pixma MX350 Office All-in-One was officially announced in January 2010 at the Consumer Electronics Show hosted in Las Vegas.
The Pixma MX350 is smack between the flagship MX870 and the budget friendly MX340 in both price and features offered so it may get overlooked by many consumers. That is exactly why we are featuring an exclusive hands-on first look of the Pixma MX350 (including photos, specs, build information, etc.) today and working on publishing a full review before it even hits stores!
PIXMA MX350 SPECIFICATIONS:
- 4-in-1 device: print, scan, copy, Super G3 fax
- Print speeds: up to 8.4 ipm in black
- Print resolution: up to 4800 x 1200 dpi
- 2.5-inch LCD, Easy Scroll Wheel
- Built-in 30-sheet ADF
- Built-in memory card reader w/ PictBridge slot
- Two cartridge system
- Connectivity: Wireless, Ethernet, USB Hi-Speed 2.0
- Energy Star qualified, RoHS compliant
- 1-year limited warranty with Canon’s Instant Exchange program
BUILD AND DESIGN
The Pixma MX350 Office All-in-One (AIO) isn’t quite as stylish as the Pixma MX870 although the general Pixma body design is the same; a compact box with rounded edges, large control panel, and flat top. The major difference is the glossy but drab gray/cream colored mixture in place of the semi-glossy silver body on the MX870.
The MX350 is also smaller than the MX870 measuring in at approximately 18 x 17 x 8 inches and weighing less than 20 lbs. But like many of the Pixma printers I’ve reviewed before, the MX350 has a small Canon logo on the fold out output tray and a small Pixma logo on the flat top.
Don’t be fooled by the flat, sleek top; it folds out into the 30-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) for easy scans, copies and faxes of large documents. The maximum document size for the ADF is 8.5 x 14 inches but you can use it with smaller documents as well thanks to the adjustable paper clasps. There is also access to the ADF paper path by flipping open the second section on the flat top.
The Pixma MX350 has the standard full control panel running across the front of the device with a 2.5 inch LCD and Canon’s Easy Scroll wheel centered. There are fifteen quick keys along with a numerical key pad and the power button.
Lift directly under the control panel to access the 48-bit CIS flatbed scanner with an optical scan resolution up to 1200 x 2400 dpi and an interpolated scan resolution up to 9600 x 9600 dpi. The maximum document size on the flatbed is 8.5 x 11.7 inches. Canon provides its new Auto Document Fix and Auto Scan mode as well as network scan when set up over a network (Ethernet or Wireless).
Fold out the front side output tray and lift the base (a small Canon logo can be seen at the base) to open the inside of the machine. Here users have access to the print head and two ink cartridge system. The Pixma MX350 comes with the PG-210 black and CL-211 color cartridges standard but can also be used with Canon’s high capacity PG-210 XL and CL-211 XL cartridges.
I originally thought that the Pixma MX350 had a two way paper path like the Pixma MX870 but it in fact only has a rear feeding tray. The folding tray is compatible with a variety of media up to legal sized documents thanks to adjustable paper clasps. Other media options include: 4×6 photos, 8×10 photos, envelopes, etc.
The built-in memory card reader is located in the lower right hand corner. There are three memory card slots compatible with SD, SDHC, MMC, MMC Plus, Compact Flash, Microdrive, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Duo, and Memory Stick Pro Duo. There is also a PictBridge slot below the card reader that is compatible with PictBridge enabled digital cameras along with USB flash drives.
All connection ports are found on the back of the Pixma MX350 including two phone jacks, Ethernet and USB ports and the power connection.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
The Canon Pixma MX350 Office All-in-One printer will be available on Canon.com starting late February 2010 for the suggested retail price of $149.99.
Accessories and supplies can also be purchased on Canon.com; two standard cartridges cost $36.98 (PG-210 and CL-211). Upgrade to the high capacity cartridges for $48.98 (PG-210 XL and CL-211 XL).