The Canon Pixma MX870 is a full-featured fax-equipped MFP that is ideal for a home office. Despite its low price, it is packed with features including automatic duplexing, an automatic document feeder (35 pages) and wireless networking. Its paper capacity (300 sheets over two trays) dwarfs that of printers twice its price. The catch? Its speed falls short of the competition, including Canon's Pixma MG8120 (*Est. $225). The Pixma MX870 printer is a bit bulky at about 19 inches by 17 inches by 9 inches, and heavier than most, at 26.1 pounds. Output quality is said to be comparable to other inkjet models.
The Pixma MX870 gets thorough reviews from PCMag.com, CNET and PC World, each of whom performs speed and output tests. Editors at ComputerShopper.com also give it a look. Hundreds of users at Amazon.com give their feedback, most of whom say the MX870 printer is a great value.
The only ding against the Canon Pixma MX870 is its sluggishness in business applications, says M. David Stone. He likes its large paper capacity, duplexing options for printing, scanning and copying and easy networking.
Review: Canon Pixma MX870 Wireless Office All-In-One Printer, M. David Stone, July 15, 2010
Justin Yu calls the Canon Pixma MX870 a "do-it-all device," though he warns it can be slow at times. Still, he likes that it includes wireless networking as well as fax capabilities at a low price tag.
Review: Canon Pixma MX870, Justin Yu, June 15, 2010
3. PC World
PC World editors test the Canon Pixma MX870 using both PCs and Macs and call it "more than adequate for a small office." It makes their top 10 list of multifunction printers for its large paper capacity, low ink costs and general performance.
Review: Canon Pixma MX870, Jon L. Jacobi and Melissa Riofrio, May 27, 2010
Over 600 users contribute to the Canon Pixma MX870's 4.5-star overall rating. Most of the reviews are glowing, with many praising its value and performance. Some users say colors aren't accurate in printouts, while one customer calls it "ink hungry."
Review: Canon Pixma MX870 Wireless Office All-in-One Printer (4206B002), Contributors to Amazon.com
5. Computer Shopper
Editors at ComputerShopper.com are more critical than other sources about the Canon Pixma MX870's speed and output quality. Still, the printer's ease of use and features such as duplexing are praised.
Review: Canon Pixma MX870, Sally Wiener Grotta and Daniel Grotta, March 2010