Canon Pixma MP960 Photo All-In-One

By M. David Stone  |  Posted 2006-11-30 Print this article Print

The Canon Pixma MP960 Photo All-In-One is a top-notch digital photo lab that also prints, scans, and copies.

The Canon Pixma MP960 Photo All-In-One ($399.99 direct) is what I tend to call a "photo lab AIO." You can use it as a printer, scanner, and standalone copier, but unlike office-centric all-in-ones (AIOs), it cant fax and doesnt have an automatic document feeder (ADF) for multipage documents. Instead, the MP960 offers 35mm film scanning and the ability to print directly from 35mm film as well as from PictBridge-enabled cameras and memory cards. Add in terrific photo output quality and a 3.5-inch color LCD for previewing photos before printing, and youve got a top-notch home photo lab.

Like the Canon Pixma MP950 it replaces, the MP960 is big and heavy for an ink-jet based AIO, at 8.9 by 18.6 by 16.9 inches (HWD) and 26.5 pounds. Setup, however, is standard for a Canon AIO or printer: Plug in the power cord, snap in the print head and ink cartridges, load paper, run the automated installation routine, and connect a USB cable when the program prompts you to.

The MP960 uses seven ink cartridges: the usual cyan, yellow, and magenta, plus light cyan and light magenta (which make it easier to create the subtle changes in shading that you need for true photo quality) and both a pigment-based black for text and a dye-based black for photos.

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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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