Wheezy but easy: Canon Pixma MX885 review

The Canon Pixma MX885 is an inkjet all-in-one with USB Ethernet and 802.11n Wi-Fi interfaces. Some features from earlier models such as the MP800R have been lost notably disc printing and slide scanning.

Unlike many inkjet all-in-ones the MX885 has 2 separate paper feeds: the cassette is normally used for plain paper photo paper and other special media going in the rear tray which is hidden when not in use.

Duplexing is standard for printing and scanning and hence copying. This saves time trouble and paper.

Even allowing for the usual delay on the first page our test document saw speeds of approximately 3 single-sided pages per minute rather than Canon’s claimed 9.

The MX885 seemed to ‘pause for breath’ at particular points while printing this and other documents containing graphics whether we used Ethernet or USB. Print quality is up there with the best in the category.

Printing times for 15 x 10cm photos varied from 27 to 36 seconds (Canon claims 20) and we still regard Canon as the benchmark for photo quality.

As a standalone device the MX885 can scan to USB or memory card print stationery (eg graph paper) and print from a PictBridge camera USB storage device or memory card though the recessed USB port couldn’t accommodate some fatter thumb drives.

Photo printing worked well but none of the computer-generated PDFs we tried would print. Files produced by the MX885’s scanner printed correctly.

The copy functions are relatively flexible and include shadow reduction for copying books and other thicker objects to improve the appearance and ink consumption. Image quality and colour fidelity were good.

The Windows software provides basic OCR functionality but only produces an unformatted text file. Other items include programs to help manage and use scanned images but the tool to print selected parts of web pages was incompatible with IE9.

Available from Canon retailing for $269.
APC rating: 7/10