Canon Pixma MX512 Review: A SOHO Inspired Inkjet

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 6
    • Features
    • 8
    • Operational Costs
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 7.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

    • Ease of use
    • Print quality
    • Wireless connectivity
  • Cons

    • Slow color print speeds
    • Small, fold out paper tray

Quick Take

The Canon MX420 inkjet is a well-rounded all-in-one with a few minor issues but at $149.99, it's worth taking a second look.

Canon introduced three new office ready all-in-one inkjets last month, forgoing their typical CES announcement for a softer announcement in February. The new printers offer a variety of business features geared towards the needs of small offices and home offices.

Today, we’ll be sharing our full review of the Pixma MX512 Office All-in-One. The Pixma MX512 will be replacing the Pixma MX420 in terms of price point but offers improved functionality with new features such as the dual function control panel and easy front loading ink tanks. 

So find out now if the Canon Pixma MX512 is the perfect companion for your small or home office!


Build & Design
The Canon PIXMA MX512 shares the same glossy black look and dimensions of the Pixma MX420 at 16 x 18 x 8-inches in non-use. If merely glancing at the two units from the outside, it’s like playing photo hunt trying to find the minute differences.

You won’t find any when comparing the 8.5 x 11.7-inch flatbed scanner and 30-sheet ADF. The Pixma MX512 offers Auto Scan mode, Network Scan and Scan to Memory (USB or Memory Cards). A variety of media can be scanned in up to 8.5 x 14 inches (when using the ADF) with a maximum optical resolution up to 1200 x 2400 dpi.

You might notice the first marked difference when taking a look at the control panel. Although the basics are the same – 2.5-inch LCD, four device menu keys and eight labeled quick keys – Canon includes the dual function panel originally offered on the Pixma MX882. The dual function panel is similar to the Intelligent Touch Technology featured on the Pixma Photo AIOS; it makes navigation simpler by only highlighting the functions needed for each given task. The MX512’s dual function panel also has a small four way navigation unlike the MX882’s dual function panel.

The Pixma MX512 still has the fold out front panel concealing the output tray, but this time around, Canon has nixed the rear folding tray for a collapsible 150-sheet front loading tray.

Behind the front panel, you’ll also find Canon easy loading front ink cartridges. The Pixma 512 uses a two cartridge ink system, the PG-240XL and CL-241XL. Canon will also offer a double extra large black cartridge, the PG-240XXL.

The front side USB port and memory card reader can be found on the left side of the Pixma MX512. Compatible media includes: SD Memory Card, SDHC, MultiMediaCard (v4.1), MultiMediaCard Plus (v4.1), Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick PRO Duo.

All connections can be found on the back of the Pixma MX512. Customers can choose from Wi-Fi, Ethernet or Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connection.



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