March 21, 2012 by Sarah Meyer Reads (12,908)
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

Energy Tests
The Canon Pixma MX512 uses far less energy than a laser-class counterpart when warming up or printing, there is really no argument to be made. It pulls between 20-23W of energy with a spike of 29W during warm up. When printing photos, the Pixma MX512 was in the range of 12-17W.

The Canon Pixma MX512 pulled about 5W of energy when in ready mode and the LCD lit; that dropped to about 2W of energy when in sleep mode with the panel black.

Pixma MX512 Specifications:

  • 4-in-1 inkjet: print, scan, copy and fax
  • Print speeds: up to 9.7 ipm in black, 5.5 ipm in color
  • Print resolution: up to 4800 x 1200 dpi
  • 2.5-inch LCD with Dual Function Panel
  • 30-sheet Automatic Document Feeder
  • Automatic duplexing
  • Front loading Fine Cartridge System
  • Front side USB port, Memory Card reader
  • AirPrint
  • Paper capacity: 150-sheet front loading tray
  • Connectivity: Wireless, Ethernet, USB 2.0
  • Energy Star Certified
  • Operation Systems: Windows (XP or higher), Mac 0S X v10.4.11 – v10.7.x
  • 1-year limited warranty with Instant Exchange Program


The Canon PIXMA MX512 packs in four devices – print, scan, copy and fax – and more in a compact, good looking and easy to use box. The text and photo quality were as good as we’ve seen from a Pixma in the Office AIO lineup, its Energy Star qualified (and beats the pants off any laser-class competition in energy use) and it includes a number of useful business features: auto duplexing, 30-sheet ADF, front side USB with memory card reader, dual function panel, AirPrint, etc.

The cons are frustrating for sure – slow color document printing and a smaller fold out tray – but not necessarily a deal breaker for Canon’s target SOHO audience since they may be working with lighter print volumes. Ink is never cheap, and Canon has yet to come out with an affordable option like Kodak or Lexmark, but with the Pixma MX512’s two cartridge system, you can purchase a set of high capacity cartridges for $50.

Basically, the Canon MX420 inkjet is a well-rounded all-in-one with a few minor issues that may or may not bother the customer. But at $149.99, it’s worth taking a second look.

Pricing and Availability
The Canon Pixma MX512 Office All-in-One inkjet printer will be available through Canon and authorized vendors for the suggested price of $149.99.

Supplies and accessories are available through Canon. A set of PG-240XL and CL-241XL cartridges will set you back $50.98. Go for the PG-240XXL and the set will cost $67.98.

The Canon Pixma MX512 Office All-in-One comes with a 1-year limited warranty with Canon’s Instant Exchange program.



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