Few multifunction devices (MFDs) we've reviewed have had such an ambitious remit as the MP760. Billed as Canon's ‘ultimate multifunctional photo centre', the Pixma MP760 is designed to be the complete one-stop shop for photophiles. Its specs list may not vastly outshine those of MFDs costing around a third of the price, but it's the MP760's complete package that impresses.

The 2.5in LCD screen, flash memory drive and PictBridge port are givens, but the capable media-handling facilities aren't. Using Canon's dual paper path system, plain paper and photo print media can be loaded at the same time. Auto-duplexing allows double-sided printing, plus you can print directly onto compatible CDs and DVDs.

The MP760 has one of Canon's more sophisticated ink printing systems. Whereas most MFDs use the same type of black ink whether printing photos or text documents, the Pixma can choose from two depending on the job. It's touches like this that allow the MP760 to romp ahead on print output.

In our real-world tests, it printed text at 12ppm - good but not astounding. However, bump up the quality settings, and the MP760 maintains a decent speed. Sparkling results are available at 8ppm, and even at the highest settingit managed 2.1ppm. Colours were vibrant and well defined.

An optical resolution of 2,400x4,800dpi enables superb reproduction on scans, and the built-in film adapter is invaluable for slides and transparencies. Fading and grain correction help enhance results, and speeds are strong across the board.

Canon Pixma MP760: Specs

  • Max print res 4,800x1, 200dpi
  • optical scanner res 2,400x4, 800dpi
  • quoted print speed B=25ppm C=17ppm
  • actual print speed B=12ppm C=4ppm
  • USB 2.0
  • 486x472x267mm
  • 12.4kg
  • ink costs B=£10x2 C=£10x3
  • print life (pages) B=385x2 C=440x3
  • flash memory drive
  • digicam port
  • 1-year warranty
  • Max print res 4,800x1, 200dpi
  • optical scanner res 2,400x4, 800dpi
  • quoted print speed B=25ppm C=17ppm
  • actual print speed B=12ppm C=4ppm
  • USB 2.0
  • 486x472x267mm
  • 12.4kg
  • ink costs B=£10x2 C=£10x3
  • print life (pages) B=385x2 C=440x3
  • flash memory drive
  • digicam port
  • 1-year warranty

OUR VERDICT

Excellent features and fast output is topped off by a convenient design and smooth software suite. A great MFD for anyone wanting to flick between slide film scanning and quality photo printing at the touch of a button - you don't even have to switch on the PC first.

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