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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




Speed Test

Below are the results of our speed tests:

Print Speed
Criteria Timing (in seconds) PPM
10-page B&W, A4 61.8 10.3
10-page Color, A4 116.0 5.2


Copy Speed using ADF
Criteria Timing (in seconds) CPM
10-page B&W, A4 102.6 6.4
10-page Color, A4 123.9 5.1


Copy Speed using Scanner Glass
Criteria Timing (in seconds) CPM
1-page B&W, A4 10.7  -
1-page Color, A4 14.8  -
1-page x 10 B&W, A4 56.2 11.5
1-page x 10 Color, A4 94.1 6.9


Scan Speed
Criteria Timing (in seconds) PPM
1-page, Scanner Glass, A4 29.0 -
10-page, ADF, A4 88.8 6.8


Photo Print Speed (Borderless)
Criteria Timing (in seconds)
4R (4 x 6-inch)  20.0
A4 (8.3 × 11.7-inch)  52.3

Print speeds for a 10-page A4 black-and-white (B&W) Word document and a 10-page color document clocked in at about 10 and 5 ppm (pages per minute) respectively – reasonably fast for an inkjet AIO. The MX886 supports automatic two-sided printing. We tried it, and a monochrome document took about 3 minutes and 12 seconds, while a color document took about 4 minutes and 55 seconds. Much of the delay was "intentional", so as to let the ink had sufficient time to dry. But if you're not in a hurry, and wish to do your part to save the earth, we definitely recommend duplex printing.

Using the ADF, a 10-page A4 mono and color documents took about 1 minute and 43 seconds and 2 minutes and 4 seconds respectively to copy. At their peaks, speeds were calculated to be at 6.4 and 4.7 cpm (copies per minute) respectively. Both are fast speeds for this class of AIOs. Copying a single-page color document using the flatbed scanner took merely 15 seconds. It was even faster for a single-page mono document copy - just 11 seconds.

Scanning a one-page A4 color document from the flatbed took about 29 seconds - an above average speed. With the help of the ADF, we also tried scanning a 10-page document to the PC, and the whole process took about 1 minute and 29 seconds. This translates to about 6.8 ppm, which again is a reasonably fast speed for an inkjet AIO.

Canon's AIOs are renowned for their fast photo printing speeds; and the MX886 is no different. It took about 20 seconds to churn out a borderless 4R size photo and 52 seconds for an A4 one.

Overall, the Canon PIXMA MX886 performed very well in our speed tests, excelling especially in copy and photo print jobs.

Image Quality  

Below are crops of the PIXMA MX886's document print and copy outputs. The font used was Arial at size 12. As mentioned in the previous page, the default quality setting (Normal) was used. When printing the document that consisted only of pure black text, the grayscale setting was chosen, so that only the black ink was used. Note that for many printers, color inks may be used even when printing black text or graphics. This is often done to improve print quality and longevity. Copy results from both the ADF and the scanner glass were shown below as well.


Overall, we were very happy with the PIXMA MX886's text print quality. During simplex grayscale printing, text was very black and very well defined - the former a result of the pigment black ink. Also, black levels between print and copy modes were not as varied as some of the outputs we've seen from other brands. That being said, copied text wasn't as fully formed, and graphics were a notch lower in terms of tones and details compared to the originals. Of course, we inspected the outputs up close and across multiple copies, which most people don't. In other words, these imperfections shouldn't be very noticeable to most eyes under normal circumstances.

If you print a lot of photos, you'd be thrilled by the quality of the MX886. It was consistently solid and evenly distributed from one corner of the paper to the other. The driver software's auto color correction function rendered a warmer-looking photo, but it still looked very pleasing. To get the printer to faithfully reproduce the PhotoDisc target image, all we needed to do was to turn off color correction. Most AIOs aren't great photo printers, but judging from its photos, the PIXMA MX886 is.

Quality Scores
Criteria Score (out of 10)
Text 8.5
Graphics 8.0
Scan 8.0
Photo 9.0