Canon Pixma MX860 Driver Download, Software, and Manual– The Canon Pixma MX860 Wireless Office All-In-One isn’t too focused on office use. It can function well as a shared all-in-one (AIO) in a micro office or as a personal AIO in an office of any size, but it can also work well in the dual roles of home AIO and home office.
The MX860 offers all the punch list highlights you’d expect in an across-the-board office, incorporating an inherent fax modem, two 150-sheet input plates, a duplexer for printing on the two sides of the page, and a 35-page programmed archive feeder (ADF). It can print, scan, and fax, even over a network; work as self-contained fax and copier; and send email via PC, scan and then launch the email message with the scanned document attached. Better still, the ADF can scan legal-sized pages and scan both sides of the page.
But apart from these office-centric features, the printer also offers most of the features you’d expect in a home AIO—printing directly from PictBridge cameras and memory cards and letting you preview photos on the 2.5-inch LCD. More importantly, it provides high-quality photo output. And oddly enough, for an office printer, it’s relatively slow for business applications but fasts for photos.
Size and Settings
The size of the MX860 is one aspect that is certainly more suitable for the office. Measuring 8.9 by 17.1 by 19.4 inches (HWD), it’s more impressive than a typical home AIO—at a hefty 26.4 pounds. Setup is standard fare for Canon printers:
- Remove packaging materials.
- Install printheads and ink cartridges, load paper.
- Connect cables.
- Run automatic installation routines.
The ink system uses five cartridges: cyan, yellow, magenta, pigment black for text, and dye-based black for photos. The second black is another indication that the printer design is not entirely focused on office use.
I installed MX860 on a wired network using Windows Vista. According to Canon, it also comes with full drivers and software for Windows XP, 2000, Mac OS X v10.3.9 and up.
I’m having the same network installation issues on other Canon printers. Canon’s network settings force you to connect with a USB cable first. Only after you’ve told the program that you want to use the computer over the network can you disconnect the USB cable, move the printer if needed, and reconnect the network cable if you’re using a wired connection. The process isn’t complex, but it’s more complicated than other printers, placing the printer where you want it, plugging in the Ethernet cable, and installing the software.
Speed and Quality of Output Speed
MX860 is very bad. I timed it in our suite of business applications (using QualityLogic hardware and software for timing, www.qualitylogic.com) at a tolerable but difficult speed of 19 minutes and 30 seconds. The direct (and incredibly fast) competition for the Epson Workforce 600 took just 8:30, and the slightly pricier Editor’s Choice HP Photosmart Premium Fax All-in-One took 12:38. Even the much cheaper Editor’s Choice Epson WorkForce 310 All-In-One was faster at 14:17.
The relatively fast speeds for photos are slightly compensating for the slow speeds for business applications. I timed the MX860 at an average of 1:50 for four times six and 3:31 for 8 times 10.
The MX860 was one of the first printers we tested with speeds claimed under the new ISO/IEC 24734 standard: 8.4 pages per minute (ppm) for monochrome and 5.6 ppm for color. My testing with a limited number of printers has shown that the new standard still delivers increased speeds compared to the claimed laser speeds. Still, the results are far closer to reality than traditional inkjet speed claims have ever been. Our test speed was comparable to what I would expect from a laser that claims around six ppm for monochrome and four ppm for color.
The MX860 scores much better on output quality than speed, with an output equal to or better than inkjets across the board. More than half of the fonts in our text test qualified as very readable at 5 points, and none required more than 12 points. Two of the very legible fonts at small sizes require 20 points to be eligible for well-formation due to character spacing issues, but that doesn’t make them any less readable at smaller sizes. Unless you need the sharp, professional-looking output suitable for a resume or desktop publishing, you shouldn’t complain about the MX860’s text.
Graphics output is typical for inkjets—suitable for any internal business need and, depending on how perfectionist you are, potentially ideal for output to critical clients or customers. Like most Canon printers, full-page graphics tend to add wrinkles to the plain paper we used in our tests, so you may want to invest in heavier paper.
The photo output is one of the best I’ve seen from an AIO inkjet. Every photo in our tests qualifies as accurate photo quality—at least equal to, and in many cases better than, what you’d expect from your local drugstore.— Next: The Good, The Bad, and the Bottom Line >
The Good, The Bad, and the Bottom Line
In addition to the convoluted way to deal with network establishment, the MX860 switched off without a doubt, another convenience included in my tests. As indicated by Canon, you ought to have the option to stroll to the printer, load documents, and scan over the network by issuing a scan command from the printer’s front panel. This is a handy feature for AIOs that are not within reach of your desk, as it allows you to scan in one go instead of going once to organize documents and a second time to retrieve them.
But in my test, the feature doesn’t work. When I try to issue a scan command on the front panel, I don’t get the scan option to a network-connected PC, and Canon can’t respond with the suggested fix fast enough for me to test it. However, if you’re having the same problem I’m having, you can avoid two trips to the scanner by scanning to a USB memory key.
On the plus side, the MX860 comes with a one-year warranty on parts and labor under Canon’s InstantExchange service. If Canon cannot correct the problem over the phone for a printer under warranty, Canon will send you a replacement with a prepaid return shipping label. Canon takes shipping in both directions.
Despite the usability issues I confronted and the generally sluggish velocities for business applications, the MX860 merits considering. Likewise, you ought to take a gander at the two Editors’ Choice printers, gathering them by price and the much faster Epson WorkForce 600. Still, you may find that the MX860 balances features—especially output quality (better than the Epson Workforce 310) and price (lower than the HP Photosmart). Premium Fax All-in-One)—making it more suitable for your needs.
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