Printers may not be the sexiest or most interesting pieces of technology, but if you're running any kind of business operation, or even a simple home office, odds are you'll need to print something sooner or later.
Canon's PIXMA MX926 is an inkjet multifunction printer with all the bells and whistles. It's designed for the home office user that has a lot of requirements, or a family with diverse printing needs.
Canon PIXMA MX926: Design, features and setup
The PIXMA MX926, as office printers goes, is quite compact. We like that Canon's inkjet printers are relatively monolithic - they don't have paper trays protruding from the front or top or back, so you can push them right up against the back of a bookshelf.
The MX926 has every surface finished in a glossy black plastic, which looks good but is one of the biggest fingerprint magnets we've encountered. It takes a fair amount of work to keep the MX926 looking clean with regular use, if you care enough to do so. In-built Wi-Fi networking is joined by wired Ethernet, and USB 2.0 for direct PC connection.
The MX926 is laid out in a way that makes it easy to use - there are no big surprises up here. There's a massive 250-sheet plain paper input tray at the printer's front base, with a 20-sheet dedicated variable-size paper tray slightly further up. The printer's output tray pops open automatically when there's a print job pending, although it doesn't close afterwards.
Up top, the printer has a flatbed scanner capable of 2400x4800dpi, with a maximum sheet size slightly larger than A4. There's a 30-sheet automatic document feeder for the scanner head, too, and it's duplex-capable which makes digitising a multi-page, dual-sided document far easier than on a non-duplex-capable model. The PIXMA MX926 also has a 33.6kbps fax; if your business still needs to fax stuff, this drastically reduces the number of printers you can choose from, so it's good to see the MX926 include it for peace of mind.
The printer's controls are set out facing slightly upwards on the top, so they can be easily seen when the printer's sitting on a desk at waist level or above. There's a big 3-inch colour screen, and a four-by-three grid of glossy black squares that light up with symbols depending on which part of the printer's menu system you're in. It's a simple idea that's more responsive than a touchscreen and easier to see from a distance or without reading glasses.
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