Reviewers aren't crazy about the high price of the Canon Pixma MX7600, but they generally agree that it produces excellent photo prints. This multifunction inkjet printer uses six inks, including a clear one that can turn plain paper into a reasonable rendering of a glossy print. However, some reviewers say this printer can't do an equally good job with documents. Although some reviewers describe the built-in fax as very good fax, others consider the scanning and copying functions to be subpar. Also, quite a number of owners say they are peeved that the ink is unavailable except online. If you're looking for something cheaper, Canon's Pixma MX882 (*Est. $150) packs in features and earns good reviews. If you don't care about faxing and just want great photos, consider the Canon Pixma MG8120 (*Est. $225).
We found many reviews for this printer in computer-related publications, including PCMag.com, PC Advisor, CNET, HardwareCentral.com, PC Pro and PC World magazine. Most of these publications do thorough testing and assign overall scores that make it easy to see how the Canon Pixma MX7600 rates against the competition. There is also a detailed set of test results at ConsumerReports.org, but the individual review is short and a subscription is required. There are nearly three dozen owner reviews at Amazon.com and many point out that you can't usually get the ink in a store.
While M. David Stone rates the Canon Pixma MX7600 as "very good," he takes issue with Canon labeling it an office printer. He says the document printing is not impressive, although photo and graphics output is judged to be "high-quality."
Review: Canon Pixma MX7600 Office All-in-One Printer, M. David Stone, Aug. 27, 2008
The ConsumerReports.org website includes ratings for nearly 70 inkjet multifunction printers, including the Canon Pixma MX7600. Each model gets scores for photo, text, graphics, scan and copy quality, and some comments from users are available as well.
Review: All-in-One Printer Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
CNET thoroughly tests the Canon Pixma MX7600 and describes it as "excellent," with more than a dozen owner reviews evaluating it a bit lower overall. Editor Justin Yu says that the speed is good on photos and graphics, but that the text output isn't exactly blazing compared with other printers.
Review: Canon Pixma MX7600, Justin Yu, April 15, 2008
4. PC World
PC World offers thorough testing and transparency, and reviewer Melissa Riofrio says the Canon Pixma MX7600 is "very good." Speed and print quality are rated highly. However, she says you can get the same features for less with some competing printers.
Review: Canon Pixma MX7600, Melissa Riofrio, June 3, 2008
5. PC Advisor
Robin Morris likes the function that gives plain paper a glossy coating but says the Canon Pixma MX7600 is just too expensive.
Review: Canon Pixma MX7600 Review, Robin Morris, April 1, 2008
6. PC Pro
Mike Jennings' brief review pulls no punches: "Impressive print quality, but poor scanning, mediocre copying and slow operation undermine its chances." Overall, Jennings says, "It's not worth the money when only one of the functions really performs."
Review: Canon Pixma MX7600 Review, Mike Jennings, May 1, 2008
This review site awards the Canon Pixma MX7600 5 points out of 5 for features, 4 out of 5 for performance, and 4 out of 5 for value. Although this gives it a total score higher than most printers reviewed on the site, reviewer Grevstad adds that "this isn't a rave review" due to the printer's high price tag.
Review: Canon Pixma MX7600 Office All-in-One Review, Eric Grevstad, Oct. 20, 2008
There are about 35 owner reviews at Amazon.com, and ratings are all over the map. More than a third of users give the Canon Pixma MX7600 the minimum 1-star rating. The major complaints are noise and unavailability of the ink in stores. One review calls the latter a "deal-breaker."
Review: Canon Pixma MX7600 Office All-in-One Printer, Contributors to Amazon.com