Canon Pixma MP600

  • Review
  • Specs
  • Images
  • User Reviews
  • Buy Now
Canon Pixma MP600
  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5

Pros

  • High print quality, fast print speeds, dual paper trays, built-in duplexer

Cons

  • No fax capability or ADF, lacks film scanning

Bottom Line

The Canon Pixma MP600 is an excellent printer and a solid copier that delivers top-notch print quality at high speeds. If you don't need fax and can live without an automatic document feeder and film scanning, the MP600 is a solid choice for everything else it offers.

Would you buy this?

The Canon Pixma MP600 is a solid multi-purpose device that combines a printer, scanner, and media card reader at a reasonable price of $299. It lacks a built-in fax, making it problematic for office use, and serious photographers will bemoan the fact that it doesn't scan film; however, the MP600 makes up for these missing features with good paper handling and fast, high-quality printing.

Each of the two paper trays can hold up to 150 sheets. The cassette in the base is well suited for plain paper, whereas the upright feeder at the rear is convenient for switching among different sizes of photo paper. The built-in duplexer lets you make two-sided prints. You can scan images up to letter size from the glass platen, but the scanner lacks an automatic document feeder for scanning larger sizes or several pages at once.

The control panel features Canon's new iPod-like Easy-Scroll Wheel. It works well with the flip-up 2.5-inch colour LCD for navigating the menus and for printing images from a digital camera's memory card. Before printing an image, you can preview various editing changes, such as red-eye removal, cropping, and conversion to sepia or an antique colour effect.

The two media slots sit behind a door on the right-front side of the unit. They accept most types of memory cards, but you'll need a third-party USB adapter to read xD-Picture, Memory Stick Duo, and Mini SD Card formats. The direct-print port lets you print directly from a PictBridge-equipped digital camera, using the camera's screen and controls. You can also plug Canon's $140 Bluetooth adapter into the direct-print port to allow printing from compatible handheld devices. An IrDA port lets you beam photos from camera phones and PDAs that have infrared transmitters. The MP600 doesn't support printing from USB flash drives, however.

Each of the printer's five ink cartridges incorporates a red LED that flashes when the ink runs low. In addition to the three primary colors, you get two black inks. The printer uses a dye-based ink on photo paper, but a pigment-based ink gives stronger and sharper darks on more-absorbent plain paper. In our print-quality tests, we saw very sharp and well-formed characters for an inkjet. Our line-art sample was also quite sharp, though we noticed some wide horizontal banding and diagonal interference patterns in closely spaced blocks of lines. Our photo samples on plain paper also looked good compared to the output of most inkjet printers, with smooth tones and decent contrast, but many of the colors were too bright. On photo paper, the MP600 excelled, producing beautifully sharp prints with smooth gradations--though skin tones looked a little artificially bronzed. As with most inkjet MFPs we've tested recently, the MP600 produced good-quality scans, but our judges failed to award it their highest marks.

This model was no slouch in our speed tests either, clocking the fastest printing times we've seen to date from an inkjet MFP. On plain paper, it spat out text pages at 11.9 pages per minute (ppm) and graphics at 3.7ppm. It printed our 5x7-inch test photo in just 26 seconds (the average was almost 1 minute). The MP600 didn't maintain the breakneck pace in our scanning tests, however, turning in a slower performance than most of the other inkjet MFPs we tested. Still, the slower scanning speed didn't seem to impact its copying speed, which was a very rapid 4.7ppm versus the test-group average of 2.8ppm.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?