Canon Pixma MX870 review

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 8
    • Print Quality
    • 9
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 9
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 6
    • Features
    • 9
    • Operational Costs
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 8.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

  • Quality prints
  • MP Navigator scan software
  • Useful office features
  • Cons

  • Slow processing
  • Uneven document scans

When Canon announced at CES the addition of three new office all-in-one printers to their Pixma line of inkjets – including the flagship Canon Pixma MX870 – I couldn’t wait to test them out.

Well, that day has officially come, and we have an exclusive full review of the Canon Pixma MX870 Office All-in-One before it hits store shelves.  Read on to find out if it will be the perfect addition to your office!


  • 4-in-1 device: print, scan, copy, Super G3 fax
  • Print speeds: up to 9.4 ipm in black
  • Print resolution: up to 9600 x 2400 dpi
  • 2.5 inch LCD with Canon Easy Scroll Wheel
  • Built-in duplexing
  • 35-sheet ADF
  • Two way paper feeding: 150-sheet cassette, 150-sheet rear tray
  • Built-in card reader with PictBridge/USB connectivity
  • Five individual ink cartridges
  • Connections: Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Hi-Speed USB 2.0
  • Energy Star qualified, RoHS compliant

The Canon PIXMA MX870 Office All-in-One (AIO) merges the classic Pixma design with a more professional look thanks to a semi-glossy dark gray (silver) and matte black casing with a small Canon logo on the front panel and a small Pixma logo on the top panel.

It might also be the largest Canon PIXMA printer I’ve reviewed (not including the professional series) with the approximate dimensions of 19 x 17 x 9 inches in storage mode although still more compact than any multifunction laser print on the market today.

But I suppose it needs to be a little larger since it has more features than any Pixma Office all-in-One printer has offered previously.  Starting with the 35-sheet duplex auto document feeder (ADF), the MX870 allows users to copy, scan, or fax double sided documents with little effort.  Plus, the MX870 ADF can handle a variety of media up to 8.5 x 14 inches with a maximum scan resolution of 600 x 600 dpi.

The control panel runs across the front of the MX870 with the 2.5 inch LCD and Easy Scroll Wheel in the center.  There are several quick keys for easy faxing, copying or scanning or users can manage the details of each device by selecting the fax, copy, scan or card main menu.  Along with the quick keys, there is a numerical key pad, a power button, and a setup button.

Lift the lid and you’ll find the 48-bit CIS flatbed scanner with a maximum scan resolution of 2400 x 4800 optical dpi.  Users can scan media up to 8.5 x 11.7 inches. The Pixma MX870 offers Canon’s new Auto Document Fix along with other scan-to features.

Lift the body and you’ll have access to the print head and five individual ink cartridges.  The MX870 uses one PGI-220 pigment-based black cartridge and four CLI-221 dye-based cartridges (CMYK).

The MX870 automatically folds out the output tray before printing (in case you are as forgetful as I am) but you’ll also need it open to access the ink cartridges.

The built-in card reader and PictBridge port are found to the right of the front panel output tray.  Pull open the small door to reveal slots compatible with Compact Flash, SD, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo cards, among others.  Below that you’ll find the PictBridge slot that is also compatible with USB flash drives.

The 150-sheet paper cassette is located beneath the output tray; it is compatible with a variety of paper sizes from 4×6 prints up to legal sized documents. 

The MX870 also offers a 150-sheet rear tray that folds up and out.  In my opinion, this tray would be great for photo prints or special media like envelopes, labels, etc.

On the back of the MX870, users will find all connection ports.  The Pixma MX870 Office AIO offers built-in wireless, Ethernet, and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connectivity.  You’ll also connect the power cord and telephone line through the back of the MX870.



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