Canon Pixma MP610 review

13 Aug 2008

The scanner is the only minor weakness in an otherwise near perfect home all-in-one.

Price when reviewed: 
106(£108 inc VAT)
5

And so Canon's dominance continues. Between them the MP610 and its predecessor, the MP600, have occupied our all-in-one A List slot for a mammoth 18 months now, and that trend isn't about to stop after the MP610's performance in this Labs.

For a start it takes individual ink tanks, and the cartridges are ludicrously cheap, with each colour quoted to give you at least 665 colour A4 sheets. In our photo rundown test it topped the class with 224 photos before the yellow and magenta needed replacing, while the cyan had some left and neither black showed any real dent at all.

Once you've gone into the driver and disabled the dry-time pause on each print, those photos come out at a phenomenal rate. It took just 47 seconds for a top-quality 6 x 4in photo and 1min 39secs for our A4 photomontage; normal mono text was churned out at 8.8ppm, behind only the Dell V305w; and a colour document speed of 4.5ppm was some way clear at the front. There's also a built-in duplex unit.

Top quality goes hand in hand with that speed, too. A clean sweep of maximum scores in our print quality text is thanks principally to the MP610's pair of black cartridges - the pigment-based text was crisp and thick, without spidering, while the darker areas of our photos were near flawless thanks to the separate dye-based black.

The scanner isn't quite up there with the quality of the print engine, but it remains better than most. Photo scans came out a little too light for our liking, with grass turning a little yellow, and text was less solid than we'd like. It's fast, though, scanning a full page at 150ppi in just seven seconds, and getting through a 6 x 4in photo at 600ppi in a stunning 12 seconds.

The flip-up control panel is a nice touch - when shut the MP610 is totally flat so you could feasibly stack things on top of it - and the 2.4in LCD is intuitively controlled by a superb scroll wheel. It can print to CDs and DVDs too, and comes with ScanSoft OCR software, making it by far the best all-round device for the home user. A worthy winner - yet again.

Details

Price ex VAT £92
Price inc VAT £106
Performance N/A
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 6

Basic Specifications

Colour? yes
Resolution printer final 9600 x 2400dpi
Ink-drop size 1.0pl
Integrated TFT screen? yes
Rated/quoted print speed 31PPM
Maximum paper size A4
Duplex function yes

Running costs

Cost per A4 colour page 3.3p
Inkjet technology Thermal
Ink type Dye-based colour, pigment-based black

Power and noise

Peak noise level 37.5dB(A)
Dimensions 450 x 389 x 188mm (WDH)
Peak power consumption 19W
Idle power consumption 3W

Copier Specification

Copier rated mono speed 31cpm
Copier rated colour speed 24cpm
Fax? no
Fax speed N/A
Fax page memory N/A

Performance tests

6x4in photo print time 47s
Mono print speed (measured) 9ppm
Colour print speed 5ppm

Media Handling

Borderless printing? yes
CD/DVD printing? yes
Input tray capacity 150 sheets

Connectivity

USB connection? yes
Ethernet connection? no
Bluetooth connection? no
WiFi connection? no

Flash media

SD card reader yes
Compact Flash reader yes
Memory Stick reader yes
xD-card reader no
Other memory media support MMC

OS Support

Operating system Windows 7 supported? no
Operating system Windows Vista supported? yes
Operating system Windows XP supported? yes
Operating system Windows 2000 supported? yes
Operating system Windows 98SE supported? no
Software supplied MP Navigator EX, EasyPhotoPrint EX, ScanSoft OmniPageSE, NewSoft Presto! PageManager