About My Canon PIXMA MX7600 Multifunction Photo Printer
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Canon PIXMA MX7600 Review
Normally when someone mentions they have an All-in-1, usually is a large, bulky device fighting for control of your desk space. Canon has created the PIXMA MX7600: a multifunction inkjet that not only prints, scans, copies, and scans, it has an automatic document feeder, duplexer, and Ethernet networking, all in a compact chassis.
The PIXMA MX7600 weighs 36½ pounds and when stored takes up 21” x 20” on your desk. The Automatic Document Feeder, normally a very bulky attachment, integrates seamlessly with the multifunction.
The MX7600 gives you the option of using its 8½” x 11.7” glass platen for scanning and copying letter-sized singles, or using its 35-sheet Duplex Automatic Document Feeder (DADF) that can accept two-sided letter and the longer legal-size originals.
The multifunction can perform as a standalone: giving a person full control of all features without the need to use a computer. A front panel conceals card slots for the most popular memory cards, allowing prints to be made directly from a memory card. Digital PictBridge cameras can be directly connected to the MX7600 via USB port. The control panel consists of color 2.5-inch TFT display, a 10-key pad for copies, and the traditional buttons for printing and copying functions. The display not only show additional menu functions, but can be used to preview images before printing, saving on both paper and ink.
An automatic duplexer allows for effortless two-sided printing. 4800 x 1200 dpi resolution produces photo-quality images at speeds up to 28 ppm for color and 23 ppm for B&W. However, if all you want to do is print 4” x 6” snapshots, the PIXMA can do it in as fast as 43 seconds.
As a scanner, the PIXMA scans either at 16-bit grayscale, or 48-bit color. The 1200 x 2400 dpi optical resolution can be digitally enhanced to a maximum 19,200 x 19,200 dpi. Scans can be saved directly to the computer or e-mailed. Traditional TWAIN or Microsoft’s WIA drivers are supported.
The PIXMA has two places to load paper. The front cassette can hold up to 150 sheets of Letter-size 20# bond paper, and the top feeder in the rear can handle up to 20 sheets of transparencies, labels, envelopes, and Legal-size paper. Capacity varies depending on media thickness. The printer can support paper sizes up to 8½” x 26” banners, and make borderless photos from 4” x 6” up to 8 ½” x 11”.
When you have a compact printer on your desk, the next thing you might wonder is how loud the thing is going to be. The PIXMA produces only 33 dB of noise when printing, 36.6 dB while making copies. That’s quieter than the sound level of whispering.
Not only does the MX7600 have a USB 2.0 interface to directly connect to a PC or Mac, it has auto-switching Ethernet for 10Mbps and 100Mbps network speeds.
Two-sided originals as large as 8½” x 14” Legal paper can be copied using the 35-sheet DADF. Zoom ranges from 25% to 400% with a choice of 1% increments, automatic resizing, or using pre-set “jumps”. Up to 99 color copies can be reproduced in speeds up to 28 ppm.
In case you forgot to turn on the “red eye” mode before taking a picture and you aren’t a Photoshop expert, the PIXMA can make automatic photo corrections and red-eye removal right on the flash drive or Memory Stick.
Using a 33.6Kbps modem (Super G3), the fax function can send up to 20 pages per minute. The control panel can store up to eight 1-touch speed dialing and store 100 more. Up to 250 incoming and outgoing faxes can be stored in the PIXMA’s memory. Fax resolutions can be set from the Standard to Photo to Super Fine resolution.
Canon should have made the glass platen larger for supporting 8.5” x 14” legal-size printing. Instead, they left the platen at 8.5” x 11.7”, but designed the ADF to accept legal-size paper. So this means you have to remember if you have a single legal-size sheet you can’t place it directly on the platen. This can cause a lot of confusion in the workplace. Fortunately, Canon did two things: 1) Designed the ADF so people would automatically use it instead of going through the trouble of raising the top to do single copies, and 2) marketed the PIXMA for home and small offices that don’t deal with a lot of legal documents and contracts.
Canon does not offer PCL or PostScript print emulation with this model. Instead, the PIXMA uses Canon’s proprietary printer language. The Canon emulator will do the job, but imaging problems like “ghosting” may occur with Adobe Creative Suite applications without a PostScript print option. For most printing, users won’t notice any difference in performance.
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