There’s been some criticism of printer manufacturers just recently, arguing that many ‘normal’ size ink cartridges are actually half-empty and that this practice is just a way of getting people to pay extra for ‘XL’ cartridges that simply include the missing ink that should have been there in the first place. Now, just to complicate matters, Canon has released its new MX925 multifunction printer, which boasts not just XL but XXL cartridges too. See Group test: what's the best multifunction printer?
The MX925 provides an impressive and versatile range of features for a printer costing just £179.00. It’s one of the bulkier printers we’ve seen from Canon, measuring a rather imposing 491mm wide, 396mm deep and 231mm high, so you’ll need a fair amount of space for it in your office.
It should earn its keep, though, as it includes a 9600x2400dpi printer, 4800x2400dpi scanner and copier, along with a fax machine and 35-page two-sided document feeder. The main paper tray holds a healthy 250-sheets of A4 paper, and provides automatic two-sided (duplex) printing. There’s also a second tray that can hold 20 sheets of photo paper, and it can print onto CDs and DVD disks too.
As well as a standard USB port, the MX925 includes both Ethernet and wifi for connecting to your home or office network, and it also supports AirPrint for iOS devices. And while it’s not the fastest printer around, it still performs well for a model in this price range.
The MX925 is a good all-round office printer.
Canon claims speeds of 15 pages per minute for mono printing, and 10ppm for colour. We actually got around 12ppm for mono and 7ppm for colour, but that should still be perfectly adequate for most home users and small businesses.
Print quality is very good. Canon uses a special pigmented ink for mono printing, and this produces very crisp, smooth text output. A second black ink cartridge is used for colour printing, along with the conventional cyan, magenta, and yellow inks, which produce bright, colourful graphics and photos. It’s not a specialist photo-printer but the MX925 can certainly handle the occasional post card or glossy brochure.
That XXL cartridge size is only available for the pigmented black ink that is used for text documents, and can print up to 1000 pages. The online price for that cartridge is around £22.00, which works out at about 2.2p per page – a reasonable price, but hardly outstanding, so perhaps there’s some truth in the criticism that XL and XXL cartridges are just a marketing ploy.
Colour printing isn’t bad, though. A set of XL colour cartridges costs about £40 and should produce around 700 pages. That comes to just under 6p per page, which is quite good for an inkjet printer.