Setting up the Pixma MX330
The MX330 has an almost identical setup to the MP620. The quick start guide walks users through installing ink cartridges, loading paper, powering up the device and then installing the software CD.
The CD containing the software and drivers is pretty typical. I do like that Canon’s custom install has descriptions of the different software Canon offers and the amount of space each program will take up. People want to know exactly what is being downloaded to their machine and Canon makes that information readily available.
The MX330 comes with a telephone line cable but does not have a USB cable which irks me – especially since the MX330 isn’t network ready and can only be set up over a USB connection. But Canon is not the first manufacturer to skimp on the USB cable and I doubt they will be the last.
Ease of Use
The MX330 is pretty easy to use without a PC – there are three large buttons for copy, fax and scan. Push one and the appropriate menu pops up on the LCD. You can manage the settings for each device by pressing the settings button and scrolling and hitting menu will return you back to the home page.
There is a number pad, black and color copy buttons for instant copies and extra quick dial keys for the fax machine.
I have to mention that the MX330 powers on and off almost instantly – no waiting around for the printer to turn on, and then warm up.
Loading the ink was simple for the MX330, there are only two cartridges (color, black) and they are clearly labeled.
The Canon Solution software for the MX330 is identical to the MP620 software I reviewed back in November; it is good, helpful software for users.