PIXMA MP495 PERFORMANCE
Setting up the MP495
Like all the Canon Pixma printers, the MP495 has a Getting Started Guide to help first time users get their new printer up and running. The initial setup consists of a few easy steps: unpack printer, plug in printer and turn on, install ink cartridges, load paper and choose a connection.
The Pixma MP495 can be set up over a USB or wireless connection; we chose to set up our review unit over a wireless network. Users will then flip to the wireless connection section where you’ll be instructed to insert the provided driver CD.
Canon offers an easy installation that automatically installs all provided software and drivers or a custom installation where users can pick and choose necessary drivers and useful software. Once the installation begins, you’ll need to reaffirm the connection choice and attach the provided USB cable so that the computer can find the printer.
After the computer registers the printer, users will select their preferred network from a list of available networks and enter the network key (if applicable). Once the printer is connected, the wizard will give instructions that it is now safe to remove the USB cable. After this, the installation is basically complete. Users can decide to register the product and take part in an extended survey as well.
Ease of use
Not that I’ve found any of the Pixma printers terribly difficult to use, but the Pixma MP495 is easier than some based on fewer features. As a budget friendly all-in-one, the Pixma MP495 offers the basics: print, scan and copy capabilities via your PC or scan and copy capabilities through the simplified control panel.
If you use the Pixma MP495 in conjunction with a computer, Canon provides its handy Solution Menu EX which rounds up all applications, web services, online shopping, troubleshooting, settings and software in one place for easy navigation.
Like the other photo printers launched in the fall, the Pixma MP495 includes the Canon Easy-Photo Print EX software as well as Full HD Movie Print. The Canon Easy-Photo Print EX prints a full range of photos along with albums, calendars, and various other photo extras. I’ve used Easy-Photo Print software before and it may not be as fancy as other manufacturer’s photo software options, but it is fairly easy to use: select your images, select your paper, and then choose the layout and editing options before hitting print. As with the other new models, this latest version of Easy-Photo print EX allows users to import photos from Flickr.
The Pixma MP495 includes the MP Navigator EX 4.0 but it’s a watered down version from what we saw in the Pixma MG8120 review since the MP495 doesn’t have a film adapter or a built-in card reader.
Canon includes My Printer, a settings and troubleshooting window that can be accessed by selecting the Start Application tab (along with MP Navigator and Easy-Photo Print). Users can also adjust print settings and perform maintenance using the print properties/preferences window found in the print menu of your browser or word processor.