Canon has refreshed its range of inkjet multifunction printers with the release six new models in September with one more, the flagship MP990, to follow in November. The Pixma MP range has proved successful, with favourable reviews and positive customer feedback, so hopes are high for the new machines.
The mid-range Pixma MP630 is a particularly good all-round performer combining, speed, functionality, quality and value. So what can its replacement, the MP640 offer? One of the few criticisms of the MP630 was its lack of Wi-fi or Ethernet connection so the inclusion of these in the MP640 is welcome news. Furthermore, the MP640 also has a larger 7.5cm LCD screen and allows direct printing from a USB stick. Not too bad for an extra tenner.
At the top of the range, the MP990 features a six-ink system with 9600 x 2400dpi resolution for high quality mono and colour prints, Wi-fi connectivity, a 9.5cm LCD screen and a film adaptor to scan 35mm film at 4800 x 9600dpi. For users who just want a cheap, easy to use, decent quality inkjet all-in-one without all the extra features, the MP250 is as basic as it gets, while the MP490 is available for those who want entry-level features but just have to have an LCD screen.
We try to avoid gushing praise or regurgitating manufacturers' marketing blurb but, credit where it's due, the Pixma MP range has an excellent reputation for quality, performance and reliability and there's no reason to suspect that the new printers will be any different. The MP640's price puts it smack in the middle of the Lexmark Interpret and Intuition and £4 cheaper than the Kodak ESP7 so it should be an interesting battle, although we know who our money's on!
by Anthony Morgan