Canon Pixma MP600 Photo All-In-One

By M. David Stone  |  Posted 2006-11-08 Print this article Print

The Canon Pixma MP600 is a faster version of last year's Editors' Choice MP500—and it prints even better photos.

The Canon Pixma MP600 Photo All-In-One printer ($199.99 direct) proves that Canon sees no reason to mess with a successful formula. Modeled closely on last years Editors Choice Pixma MP500—which it replaces in Canons line—the MP600 costs the same as the MP500 did originally and offers the same all-in-one (AIO) features and strengths, only more so. In particular, where the MP500 stood out for speed and output quality, the MP600 is faster and delivers even better print quality.

The MP600 can print, scan, work as a standalone copier, and scan to e-mail using your computers e-mail program. It has a PictBridge connector for printing directly from cameras, card slots for printing directly from memory cards, and a 2.5-inch color LCD for previewing photos. All that, along with its lack of fax support and an automatic document feeder, makes it best suited for a home or home office.

Paper handling is one of the MP600s strengths. With built-in duplexing and two 150-sheet paper trays, the printers 300-sheet total paper capacity is substantial for a home office. Alternatively, the separate paper trays let you keep plain paper in one tray and photo paper in the other, so you can switch between the two kinds of printing without having to change paper.

The MP600 does have one new feature, of which Canon is inordinately proud: a control wheel on the front panel thats similar to the click wheel on the Apple iPod. Basically, you rotate the wheel to move though the menu choices on the LCD screen, then press a button to make selections. Canon maintains that the wheel makes the MP600s menus much easier to use, but I find that its too easy to overshoot the menu choice Im aiming for.

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M. David Stone is an award-winning freelance writer and computer industry consultant with special areas of expertise in imaging technologies (including printers, monitors, large-screen displays, projectors, scanners, and digital cameras), storage (both magnetic and optical), and word processing. His 25 years of experience in writing about science and technology includes a nearly 20-year concentration on PC hardware and software. He also has a proven track record of making technical issues easy for non-technical readers to understand, while holding the interest of more knowledgeable readers. Writing credits include eight computer-related books, major contributions to four others, and more than 2,000 articles in national and worldwide computer and general interest publications. His two most recent books are The Underground Guide to Color Printers (Addison-Wesley, 1996) and Troubleshooting Your PC, (Microsoft Press, 2000, with co-author Alfred Poor).

Much of David's current writing is for PC Magazine, where he has been a frequent contributor since 1983 and a contributing editor since 1987. His work includes feature articles, special projects, reviews, and both hardware and software solutions for PC Magazine's Solutions columns. He also contributes to other magazines, including Wired. As Computers Editor at Science Digest from 1984 until the magazine stopped publication, he wrote both a monthly column and additional articles. His newspaper column on computers appeared in the Newark Star Ledger from 1995 through 1997.

Non-computer-related work includes the Project Data Book for NASA's Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (written for GE's Astro-Space Division), and magazine articles and AV productions on subjects ranging from cosmology to ape language experiments. David also develops and writes testing scripts for leading computer magazines, including PC Magazine's PC Labs. His scripts have covered a wide range of subjects, including computers, scanners, printers, modems, word processors, fax modems, and communications software. He lives just outside of New York City, and considers himself a New Yorker at heart.


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