Canon Pixma MX860 review

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  • Pros

    • Five functions for $200
    • Good print and photo quality
    • Quiet
    • Simplex or Duplex ADF

  • Cons

    • Print speeds were slow for an office machine

In early Febuary, Canon announced the arrival of two office-centric inkjet all-in-one printers: the Pixma MX330 and the Pixma MX860. We reviewed the MX330 at the end of February and today we are taking a closer look at the Canon Pixma MX860 Inkjet Office All-in-One printer.  Could it be just the thing your home office is missing?  Read on to find out!


  • 4-in-1 device: print, scan, copy and Super G3 fax
  • Print speeds: 8.4 ipm in black, 5.6 ipm in color
  • Photo speeds: 4×6 photo in approx. 41 seconds
  • Scanner resolution: 2400 x 4800 dpi
  • 2.5 inch color LCD
  • 35-sheet auto document feeder
  • Paper tray capacity: 150 sheets
  • Built-in card reader
  • Built-in duplexing
  • Network ready: Wi-Fi and Ethernet


The Canon Pixma MX860 design is similar to the MX330; they have the same shape/color but the MX860 has a larger control panel and a built-in card reader.

The MX860 is also a bit larger than the MX330 with the dimensions 19.4 x 17.1 x 8.9 inches when not in use and weighing in at 26.4 lbs.  With both paper trays extended the dimensions are approximately 19.4 x 23 x 12 inches.

The 35 page auto document feeder (ADF) can be found in the MX860 scanner lid; it folds out and has adjustable paper clasps for different media.

The control panel is also located on the scanner lid with the 2.5 inch LCD in the center.  On the left side of the panel you’ll find the power, copy, fax, scan and memory card buttons along with five speed dial options, change display and fax quality keys.  On the right side of the panel, there is a number pad, four arrow keys, menu, back, settings, ok, two-sided, redial, coded dial, hook, two start and a stop buttons.

The scanner lid lifts to reveal the 8.5 x 11.7 inch flatbed.  The MX860 has a Simplex 48-bit internal scanner with 2400 x 4800 optical dpi maximum resolution.

Lift the entire scanner to install ink cartridges and access the inside of the device.  There are five individual ink cartridges including a pigment-based black ink and four dye-based inks.

There are four “trays” on the MX860: the previously mentioned ADF, a rear paper tray, a 150-sheet paper cassette and the output tray.  The latter two are both located on the front of the printer. 

The built-in memory card reader is to the right of the output tray and supports several different media cards including: SD, SDHC, MultimediaCard (v4.4), MultiMediaCard Plus (v4.1), CompactFlash, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, xD-Picture Card, etc.

The connections for USB, Ethernet and telephone cords are all located on the back of the printer.



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