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Canon PIXMA MX886 review

Canon PIXMA MX886 All-In-One Printer - An Office Thoroughbred

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Overall rating 8.5/10
Good print and copy speeds
Very dark text output
Excellent photo print quality
Fingerprint-prone due to glossy exterior
Slow duplex print speeds


Now You See It, Now You Don't

For the uninitiated, the PIXMA Black series consists of the company's home and office inkjet solutions (both standalone photo printers and business AIOs) that are encased in a redesigned black housing. We've seen some of the offerings last year, such as the MG8170, MG6170, MG5270, MP497 and iP4870. The MG6170 even won our Editor's Choice for Best Color Inkjet AIO.

The new MX886 which we've here is the latest AIO addition to the PIXMA Black family. The signature mirror-black finish is still present, along with a new dual function panel. The implementation is simple enough: the appearance and function of the keys change based on the mode selected. For example, the navigation keys appear when you want to print or copy a document, but are replaced by numeric keys when you want to send a fax. And when the AIO isn't turned on (or in idle mode), the keys do not light up at all - unobtrusively blending itself with your office decor.

In terms of paper handling, the MX886 accepts up to a total of 300 sheets of plain paper - 150 sheets each for the rear tray and the front cassette. It comes with an auto duplex unit that lets you print or copy on both sides. The 35-sheet auto document feeder (ADF) also allows automatic scanning and copying of two-sided original documents. Another thoughtful addition is the Reserve Copy function. You're now prompted to place the next document to be copied on the scanner glass even before the previous copy has completed printing.

The MX886 comes with a 33.6 Kbps fax modem. It uses the Super G3 standard and is able to transmit an A4 size document in three seconds. It can store up to 250 pages of incoming faxes, and comes with security features such as Fax Number Re-Entry and Check RX Fax Info. The former requires you to enter the number twice before a fax can be sent, while the latter is able to block outgoing fax if the dialed number and the recipient's registered number do not match. It can even reject incoming faxes based on a caller's number.

Thanks to the PictBridge-enabled USB port and multi-card slots, photos can be printed using the MX886 without going through a computer. Images and PDF files (the latter created using the Scan to Memory function or the MP Navigation EX software) residing on a USB flash drive can also be printed directly using the USB port. In addition, a Full HD Movie Print feature lets you print individual frames from HD movies captured by compatible cameras; while an onboard Auto Photo Fix II improves image quality automatically before pictures are printed.


Key Specifications of the Canon PIXMA MX886



12.5 ipm (mono) / 9.3 ipm (color)

Resolution Up to 9600 x 2400 dpi
Droplet Size Min. 1 pl


Speed (ADF) 6.7 ipm (color)
Quality Fast, Standard, High
Multiple Copies Up to 99 pages


Type/Method Flatbed & ADF / CIS

Optical: Up to 2400 x 4800 dpi

Interpolated: Up to 19200 dpi


18 secs. (Reflective: A4 color, 300 dpi)

Color Depth 48-bit (input) / 24-bit (output)
Grayscale 16-bit (input) / 8-bit (output)
Scan to Memory Compatible Media: Memory card, USB flash memory


Compatibility ITU-T Super Group 3
Modem 33.6 Kbps

Black: 8 pels/mm x 3.85 lines/mm (Standard), 8 pels/mm x 7.7 lines/mm (Fine), 300 x 300 dpi (Extra Fine)

Color: 200 x 200 dpi

Paper Handling


Rear Tray: Approx. 150 sheets of A4 plain paper

Front Cassette: Approx. 150 sheets of A4 plain paper

ADF: Up to 35 sheets of A4 plain paper

Direct Photo Printing


Yes; Print directly from PictBridge-enabled digital cameras, camcorders and camera phones

File format: JPEG

Card Slots Accepted Cards: Compact Flash, Microdrive, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, SD Card, SDHC Card, MultiMedia Card, MultiMedia Card Plus, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, xD-Picture Card*, xD-Picture Card Type M*, xD-Picture Card Type H*, Memory Stick Micro*, RS-MMC*, mini SD Card*, micro SD Card*, mini SDHC Card*, micro SDHC Card*, MMC mobile*

* With an adapter.

File Formats: JPEG and TIFF


Interface USB 2.0, LAN, Wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth v2.0 (option)
LCD 3.0-inch, TFT color
Power Approx. 23 W (Copy Mode)
Duty Cycle Up to 7000 pages per month
Dimensions 491 x 448 x 218 mm
Weight 11.7 kg
Price S$499