Canon PIXMA MP530 Inkjet Multifunction Printer - Color - Photo Print - Desktop

Copier/Fax/Printer/Scanner - 29 ppm Mono/19 ppm Color Print - 51 Second Photo - 9600 x 2400 dpi Print - 28 cpm Mono/19 cpm Color Copy - Support Glossy Paper - 1200 dpi Optical - MPN: 0580B002
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Just think of what you can accomplish with this compact All-In-One: Print photos and text. Copy important papers. Fax documents and forms. Scan personal notebooks and photos. And all with the high performance and exceptional quality that comes with a Canon printer. With productivity like this, the MP530 Office All-In-One just may become your favorite machine.
Quick Glance
Functions Fax, Copier, Scanner, Printer
Printer Type Color Inkjet Multifunction Printer
Interface Connection USB Yes
System Type PC, Mac
Black & White Print Speed 29 ppm
Green Compliance ENERGY STAR
Expert Reviews
Canon Pixma MP530
3 Star Review  PCWorld - Jun 21, 2007

The MP530 combines several home office functions in one unit, but prints digital photos only from your PC.

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Canon Pixma MP530 Series
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 4, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 12 expert reviews for Canon Pixma MP530 Series and the average expert rating is 77 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Best Speed Canon Printer
4 Star Review  reviewgist.com - Jan 19, 2010

Quality is Good according to 6 Printer experts. -- "On photo paper, images came out beautifully sharp with bright, vivid colors"-pcworld.com -- "excellent results"-tigerdirect.com -- "Excellent print quality."-reviews.cnet.com Read more to find expert opinions on more features like Speed, Refills, Interface, Usability, etc.

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Canon PIXMA MP530
3.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - Jul 2, 2009

The Canon PIXMA MP530 is an all-in-one printer, scanner, copier and fax machine. This product has small ink cartridges and is best suited for a medium amount of home/home office use. The MP530 features minimal printer and connectivity options compared to more advanced models from Canon. The MP-530 improves upon less expensive models by including a 5 cartridge printer system improving speed and document quality. Features Supported paper: Credit Card (2.13" x 3.39"), 4" x 6," 4" x 8," 5" x 7," 8" x 10," Letter, Legal, U.S. #10 envelopes Connectivity: 1 USB 2.0 Print/copy speed: 28 ppm black / 19 ppm colour Scanner resolution: 1200 x 2400 dpi Included cartridges: PGI-5BK Black, CLI-8 (Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow) Compatible cartidges: PGI-5BK Pigment Black, CLI-8Bk Black, CLI-8C Cyan, CLI-8M Magenta, CLI-8Y Yellow Energy Star qualified: Yes Warranty: 1 year limited ... PROS: (1) Duplex printing (2) 5 print cartridges (3) Has an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) for automatically scanning a series of pages (4) Quality of copies is very good (5) Simple to use, single push button black and white or color copies ... CONS: (1) No network port (2) Large footprint, and bulky (3) Doesnt include USB cable in box. Must purchase separately (4) Some people (especially non-nerds) find the fax functionality to be user-hostile (5) ADF often misfeeds any paper which previously contained any staples

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User Reviews
I HATE this machine
1 Star Review     

Strengths: "multi-function"

Weakness: Poor menu design, way too complicated

I HATE this machine, menu is way complicated, burns thru ink like water. I HATE using/printing/scanning and faxing. The programmig does not make sense. Troubleshooting is unclear, phone support from Cannon is weak. Avoid this machine.

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Built to broke. Don't buy this machine
1 Star Review     

Strengths: Print quick

Weakness: Incoming fax store in memory when ink level low.

Short life usage - Less than one year. Could not print. Macheine show service error 5100 (6A00) - Movement of printer head holder is block. Fixed under warranty. Change the parts- Purge Unit. Use another 5 month, the same error message 5100 (6A00) shows again. It costed $184.00 for using less than 1 & half years. What a waste and hassle to buy this machine. Don't buy this printer.

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Exceptional
5 Star Review   By member advoc8 - Feb 13, 2009   

Strengths: Great photos, easy copying and easy to refill

Weakness: I haven't found any in nearly two years

I really like my Canon Pixma MP530 multifunction printer. It is very easy to use and very easy to refill the cartridges with good quality refill ink - Calidad is good quality, easy to refill and has good chip over-ride instructions. Another good thing about refilling Canon cartridges is that they are individual cartridges for each color and they are clear so you can see just what you are doing - easy, easy, easy, but can get messy if you aren't using some common sense. It prints great looking photos, which are cheap using good quality inks and also buying your papers on the best sales at Staples (use good quality photo paper or your prints will fade quickly - equaly important are good quality inks). If you are really into long lasting photo printing you may want to get an Epson though, since they use pigmented inks which help prints hold up even longer - the problem though is that pigment inks clog easier and if you don't print regularly you may end up hating your otherwise great, but clogged, printer.

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Canon MP530 All-In-One-Printer
4 Star Review   By Vashti on Buydig.com - Feb 26, 2008   

Strengths: Perfect for home or small office.

After researching several all-in-one printers, I decided to purchase the MP530, based on specifications, size and appearance. It's ideal for a home office and the scanning and print quality are excellent.

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Not what I expected...
2 Star Review     

Weakness: Photos and documents - the unit itself.

I had to replace an HP 7310 All In One because it broke after about two years - original cost, about $400. After reading some reviews of the MP530, decided to go with it as we will no longer purchase HP products. We have been disappointed with the MP530. It cannot make double sided copies via the document feed. It can be done, but it is not like other models that will do it automatically. Printed documents can show dots and are grainy. The same can be said of the photos, and I have had color problems as the hues are off and the photos cannot be used - so I have to take my photos on a CD to a local store and PAY to have them print it. The photos are just not what we have seen from other printers. Stuck with this unit for now....

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Chipped cartridges-ouch!
3 Star Review   By Ray on Provantage (Channel Engine) - Sep 6, 2007   

Strengths: Canon quality

Weakness: Ink 3 times price of older models.

I hope printer manufacturers stop the wholesale ripoff of consumers with thier new chipped ink cartridges. You could buy aftermarket ink for the Pixma series for as low as 2.99 a cartridge. Now you have to mess with removing chips and putting them on replacement cartridges if you want to afford ink.

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Horrible design for black text printing with duplexing - same issue as MP830
2 Star Review   By member windskisong - Jun 26, 2007   

Strengths: pretty good picture printing, very good simplex (non-duplex) text printing, fast

Weakness: uses color ink to produce black text with duplexing option, when duplexing black text quality looks vastly inferior, does not work with any color cartridge removed, uses chipped ink cartridges

This printer is getting rave reviews from both PC Magazine and PC World. That said, there's a big problem with this printer that neither review mentions: namely, duplex black text printing from ALL applications produces inferior results than when duplexing is off--and uses colour ink to produce black text when printing in duplex mode. Consequently, until this issue is addressed, the MP530 is difficult for me to recommend. Why? According to Canon technical support, the design flaw is by choice. But more on that later. If I don't duplex print on fast mode, the text looks very good (the problem is duplex text printing). The print quality when duplex text printing looks dotty and washed out. If you turn duplexing off, the text print quality is vastly superior. The difference on fast mode when not duplex printing is quite astounding. Simply using duplex printing makes the text quality significantly worse on fast mode. One might be inclined to believe bad quality from fast mode text printing isn't a big deal (except that the MP530 is quite capable of producing very good text quality even at fast mode--except when duplexing), but this problem also extends to standard printing when duplexing is enabled. That said, in standard mode the problem isn't as pronounced. Basically the MP530 is using the colour inks to produce black text instead of the pigment black ink when printing text in duplex mode. I find this to be extremely bothersome. The problem exists when duplexing text in other printing quality modes, but it's most apparent or obvious when duplexing text on fast mode. You won't find this issue listed in professional reviews from PCMagazine or PC World, simply because the reviewers probably didn't bother to check. For whatever reason, missing this issue is pretty sloppy. If you want good text quality when duplex printing, it's best not to use this printer at all: you're using color ink instead of the black pigment ink--and the text looks vastly inferior as a result. This is from Canon technical support: "The unit was designed to print using "composite black" when duplexing. Composite black is created by using color inks. Unfortunately, we do not have answers as to why Canon USA made this decisions, these decisions are determined by the developers at Canon INC." Absolutely brutal. Composite black text print is vastly inferior to the text print produced when using the black ink cartridge. Canon technical support is basically telling me that duplex black text printing on the MP830 is horrible by design. Oh, plus you have the added bonus of wasting color ink when printing inferior black text while duplexing. Inexcusable Upon inquiring further, this is the reason Canon technical support gives for using color ink to produce black text while duplex printing: "Composite black is least likely to show through the other side of the document, which may occur when using black ink and printing on both sides of the paper. " Then why can I print text on one side, flip the page over manually, print text on the other side, and not experience any issue with ink showing through to the other side? The text quality looks vastly superior when I do this instead of duplexing (I do not experience any issues). It shouldn't be that difficult to allow a printer driver option to use the pigmented black ink with a longer drying time (because I've also been told by Canon pigmented black ink may smear when duplex priting) if that's what the customer would prefer, instead of inflicting poor text quality produced by color inks when duplex black text printing. This issue is very easily reproduced: Print text in fast mode with duplexing on. Then print text in fast mode with duplexing off. Night and day It's not just fast mode that's affected either; it's all print quality modes when duplex printing is enabled. More importantly, all customers have the added bonus (in addition to poor black text quality while duplexing) of wasting color ink when printing black text with the duplex printing option enabled. Canon's response to this is that pigmented black ink will smear, bleed, or show through to the other side when duplex printing. Contrary to Canon's claim, I am not experiencing any issues when printing black text in standard mode on one side of cheap Britex Premier Multiusage paper (20 lb 92 bright . . . I paid less than a dollar for 500 sheets on sale), flipping the page over manually, and printing the other side again on standard. Regardless of whether I've tested using tons of different papers (and I admit I haven't), again, it shouldn't be that difficult to allow a printer driver option to use the pigmented black ink with a longer drying time if that's what the customer would prefer, instead of inflicting poor text quality produced by composite black (created by using color inks) when duplexing black text. Thanks to webslingerac for his review of the MP830. Same issue

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Great for archiving documents
4 Star Review   By member qrx22 - May 5, 2007   

Strengths: Suprisingly useful and intuitive software, duplex scanning (via software), fast print & scan, separate ink tanks for colors, paper tray, nice sleek appearance

Weakness: Very heavy, bulky, no built-in networking, start-up takes awhile & makes a loud beep

SOFTWARE: I love the software. Generally I hate installing more than the bare minimum to get a machine going, but this is one exception. The MP Navigator is intuitive, simple, and guides me through every scanning session like a breeze. Every time before I scan, I open up the MP Navigator window, select the most appropriate setting (magazine, photos, OCR text, etc), and do my scanning. Each page from that scanning session shows up as a thumbnail, which you can double click to do simple manipulations like rotate or crop. After you're done, you can save as image files, convert to PDF (either multipage, or separate PDF files), or export to the bundled OmniPage Pro software for text editing. The software is an even bigger bonus when it comes to ADF scanning. Animated illustrations show you which direction to put the stack of paper. If you have double-sided documents, you can scan one side of the stack, then turn the stack over and feed the other side in, and the software will automatically sort the pages in the correct order using the duplex scanning option. When you're done, the handy thumbnails let you check that the pages are in the correct order before saving, converting, or exporting. PRINTING: Prints are decent for an inkjet. Having separate ink cartridges for each color is a bonus since you only have to replace the color that you run out of. Prints fast on normal mode, pretty good on best quality, and lightening fast on draft mode. It has a slide-out paper tray in the bottom, as well as a paper feeder in the back. COPYING: Lets you enlarge/reduce without having to turn on your computer. SCANNING: This unit, like pretty much all multifunction machines currently on the market, uses a CIS scanning element, meaning you'll get inferior scans if you don't press your document firmly against the glass. I sure miss the days of CCD scanners, which gave crystal clear scans even with textured paper, and still picked up text from books that you can't quite crack open wide enough to lay flat on the scanner. With that said, the scan quality is still very good for a CIS, and much better than the HPs that I had before. LAST WORDS: This machine is bulky and heavy, and it doesn't have built-in networking. Those were the main reasons I took away 1 star. Despite that, I would still highly recommend this unit. Scanning is far superior to the HPs I used previously, even taking into account a dedicated heavy duty professional ADF scanner from HP. What really puts this unit ahead of the competition though, is the software. Whereas HP's bloated software was unhelpful, slow, and occasionally glitchy, Canon's software made my work efficient and easy. To think, I almost didn't want to install the software in the first place!

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Awesome printer
4 Star Review   By member yakwoofoo - Mar 22, 2007   

Strengths: Fast, versatile, and prints double sided borderless pages with ease.

Weakness: Ink can be expensive. Also, you REALLY need to have the instruction manual around to understand how this thing works or what it is trying to tell you.

Wish I could get a color laser printer that would do all of this for the same price, but very satisfied overall. Also wish that I could do wide format printing. (Ledger and A3 size printing.)

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Nice Printer overall
4 Star Review   By member Mike FL BR - Mar 8, 2007   

Strengths: - Very impressed with photo printing quality. - Autofeeder for scanning works great. - Scans and Copies at a very good quality - Double side printing (very useful feature for my needs)

Weakness: - It is HUGE. - No network connetion. - A bit noisy at times - Takes a little while to get it started. - Cartridges are really pricy - No autofeeder for pictures - It is HUGE - It is HUGE

This is a GREAT printer for the price you're paying for, but I am having a little trouble adjusting with its enormous size. With that being said, at least for me, a network connection would be very useful, so I could have the printer somewhere else, because it pretty much occupies around 35% of my desk space. A 20ft ethernet cable is A LOT CHEAPER than a 20ft USB right? It would be great if it was wireless! But yeah it is not going to happen, at least not in this price range. The quality of the prints will definitely justify its size though. I was extremely impressed with the photo printing quality. The printer came with 10 glossy papers, and software. The photo printing software was very easy to use. Some cool neat features like remove red eye, sharpen and bright images are in a matter of a couple of clicks. I can't wait to test it with Super Glossy Paper. Another feature that id like to point it out is that you can scan more pictures at a time, so you don't have to scan pictures one by one. An autofeeder function for pictures would make life 10 times easier though. Haven't tested the fax yet, but if it delivers what was promised, i wont have any issues with it. 3 Seconds for a page to be faxed is pretty nice compared to 30 seconds per page at my office. Overall I'm happy about the purchase, just trying to figure out where would be a good place to have it at my house.

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Product Details
Description
Just think of what you can accomplish with this compact All-In-One: Print photos and text. Copy important papers. Fax documents and forms. Scan personal notebooks and photos. And all with the high performance and exceptional quality that comes with a Canon printer. With productivity like this, the MP530 Office All-In-One just may become your favorite machine.
Quick Glance
Functions Fax, Copier, Scanner, Printer
Printer Type Color Inkjet Multifunction Printer
Interface Connection USB Yes
System Type PC, Mac
Black & White Print Speed 29 ppm
Green Compliance ENERGY STAR
Summary
Product Title Canon PIXMA MP530 Inkjet Multifunction Printer - Color - Photo Print - Desktop
Manufacturer Canon
Lowest Price $584.45 from Amazon.com Marketplace
Power Score 3.7 | 24 Reviews
Printing
Color Print Speed: 19 ppm
Maximum Print Resolution: 9600 x 2400 dpi
All-In-One / MFP: Yes
Color Photo Print Speed: 51 Second
Media Handling
Max Paper Size Width: 8.5 in
Media Size: Credit Card - 2.13" x 3.39", 4" x 6", 4" x 8", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", Letter, Legal, Envelope No. 10, Postcard
Max Paper Size Height: 14 in
Min Paper Size Height: 3.39 in
Min Paper Size Width: 2.13 in
Paper Handling Support: Borderless Media, Glossy Paper
Copying
Black and White Copy Speed: 28 cpm
Max Reduction: 25 %
Color Copy Speed: 19 cpm
Max Enlargement: 400 %
Scanning
Scan Depth: 281.5 Trillion Colors (48-bit)
Optical Scan Resolution: 1200 dpi
Faxing
Max Fax Data Speed: 33.6
Fax Page Memory Capacity: 150
General
General Features: Borderless Printing Yes, PictBridge Yes
Dimensions
Height: 10.4 in
Weight: 28.20 lbs
Width: 18.5 in
Depth: 18.4 in
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Product Line: PIXMA
Interpolated Resolution: 19200 x 19200 dpi
Voltage Supported: 120 V
Dimensions: 10.40" Height x 18.50" Width x 18.40" Depth
Product Model: MP530
Brand Name: Canon
ADF Sheet Capacity: 30
Description: PIXMA MP530 Office All-in-One Printer - p/c/s/f
Maximum Mono Copy Speed (cpm): 28
Borderless Printing: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
Black & White Vertical Resolution: 600 dpi
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm): 29
Transmission Time Per Page: 3 second(s)
Product Series: MP
Black & White Horizontal Resolution: 600 dpi
Green Compliance: Yes
Scan Color: Color
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm): 19
Max Scan Resolution: 19200 x 19200
Print Resolution: 9600 x 2400 dpi
Maximum Color Copy Speed (cpm): 19
Hardware Resolution: 1200 x 2400 dpi
Media Handling: 1 x Automatic Document Feeder 30 Sheet
Ink Color System: 5 Color (C,M,Y,K,k)
Recommended Use: Photo Print
Color Vertical Resolution: 2400 dpi
SKU: 446434
Number of Presets: 40
Media Sizes Accepted: Envelope - US # 10 (4.125" x 9.5"), Sheet - 4" x 6", Sheet - 5" x 7", Sheet - US Legal (8.5" x 14"), Sheet - US Letter (8.5" x 11")
PictBridge Compatible: Yes
Color Horizontal Resolution: 9600 dpi
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Expert Reviews
Canon Pixma MP530
3 Star Review  PCWorld - Jun 21, 2007

The MP530 combines several home office functions in one unit, but prints digital photos only from your PC.

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Canon Pixma MP530 Series
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 4, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 12 expert reviews for Canon Pixma MP530 Series and the average expert rating is 77 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Best Speed Canon Printer
4 Star Review  reviewgist.com - Jan 19, 2010

Quality is Good according to 6 Printer experts. -- "On photo paper, images came out beautifully sharp with bright, vivid colors"-pcworld.com -- "excellent results"-tigerdirect.com -- "Excellent print quality."-reviews.cnet.com Read more to find expert opinions on more features like Speed, Refills, Interface, Usability, etc.

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Canon PIXMA MP530
3.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - Jul 2, 2009

The Canon PIXMA MP530 is an all-in-one printer, scanner, copier and fax machine. This product has small ink cartridges and is best suited for a medium amount of home/home office use. The MP530 features minimal printer and connectivity options compared to more advanced models from Canon. The MP-530 improves upon less expensive models by including a 5 cartridge printer system improving speed and document quality. Features Supported paper: Credit Card (2.13" x 3.39"), 4" x 6," 4" x 8," 5" x 7," 8" x 10," Letter, Legal, U.S. #10 envelopes Connectivity: 1 USB 2.0 Print/copy speed: 28 ppm black / 19 ppm colour Scanner resolution: 1200 x 2400 dpi Included cartridges: PGI-5BK Black, CLI-8 (Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow) Compatible cartidges: PGI-5BK Pigment Black, CLI-8Bk Black, CLI-8C Cyan, CLI-8M Magenta, CLI-8Y Yellow Energy Star qualified: Yes Warranty: 1 year limited ... PROS: (1) Duplex printing (2) 5 print cartridges (3) Has an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) for automatically scanning a series of pages (4) Quality of copies is very good (5) Simple to use, single push button black and white or color copies ... CONS: (1) No network port (2) Large footprint, and bulky (3) Doesnt include USB cable in box. Must purchase separately (4) Some people (especially non-nerds) find the fax functionality to be user-hostile (5) ADF often misfeeds any paper which previously contained any staples

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User Reviews
I HATE this machine
1 Star Review     

Strengths: "multi-function"

Weakness: Poor menu design, way too complicated

I HATE this machine, menu is way complicated, burns thru ink like water. I HATE using/printing/scanning and faxing. The programmig does not make sense. Troubleshooting is unclear, phone support from Cannon is weak. Avoid this machine.

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Built to broke. Don't buy this machine
1 Star Review     

Strengths: Print quick

Weakness: Incoming fax store in memory when ink level low.

Short life usage - Less than one year. Could not print. Macheine show service error 5100 (6A00) - Movement of printer head holder is block. Fixed under warranty. Change the parts- Purge Unit. Use another 5 month, the same error message 5100 (6A00) shows again. It costed $184.00 for using less than 1 & half years. What a waste and hassle to buy this machine. Don't buy this printer.

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Exceptional
5 Star Review   By member advoc8 - Feb 13, 2009   

Strengths: Great photos, easy copying and easy to refill

Weakness: I haven't found any in nearly two years

I really like my Canon Pixma MP530 multifunction printer. It is very easy to use and very easy to refill the cartridges with good quality refill ink - Calidad is good quality, easy to refill and has good chip over-ride instructions. Another good thing about refilling Canon cartridges is that they are individual cartridges for each color and they are clear so you can see just what you are doing - easy, easy, easy, but can get messy if you aren't using some common sense. It prints great looking photos, which are cheap using good quality inks and also buying your papers on the best sales at Staples (use good quality photo paper or your prints will fade quickly - equaly important are good quality inks). If you are really into long lasting photo printing you may want to get an Epson though, since they use pigmented inks which help prints hold up even longer - the problem though is that pigment inks clog easier and if you don't print regularly you may end up hating your otherwise great, but clogged, printer.

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Canon MP530 All-In-One-Printer
4 Star Review   By Vashti on Buydig.com - Feb 26, 2008   

Strengths: Perfect for home or small office.

After researching several all-in-one printers, I decided to purchase the MP530, based on specifications, size and appearance. It's ideal for a home office and the scanning and print quality are excellent.

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Not what I expected...
2 Star Review     

Weakness: Photos and documents - the unit itself.

I had to replace an HP 7310 All In One because it broke after about two years - original cost, about $400. After reading some reviews of the MP530, decided to go with it as we will no longer purchase HP products. We have been disappointed with the MP530. It cannot make double sided copies via the document feed. It can be done, but it is not like other models that will do it automatically. Printed documents can show dots and are grainy. The same can be said of the photos, and I have had color problems as the hues are off and the photos cannot be used - so I have to take my photos on a CD to a local store and PAY to have them print it. The photos are just not what we have seen from other printers. Stuck with this unit for now....

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Chipped cartridges-ouch!
3 Star Review   By Ray on Provantage (Channel Engine) - Sep 6, 2007   

Strengths: Canon quality

Weakness: Ink 3 times price of older models.

I hope printer manufacturers stop the wholesale ripoff of consumers with thier new chipped ink cartridges. You could buy aftermarket ink for the Pixma series for as low as 2.99 a cartridge. Now you have to mess with removing chips and putting them on replacement cartridges if you want to afford ink.

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Horrible design for black text printing with duplexing - same issue as MP830
2 Star Review   By member windskisong - Jun 26, 2007   

Strengths: pretty good picture printing, very good simplex (non-duplex) text printing, fast

Weakness: uses color ink to produce black text with duplexing option, when duplexing black text quality looks vastly inferior, does not work with any color cartridge removed, uses chipped ink cartridges

This printer is getting rave reviews from both PC Magazine and PC World. That said, there's a big problem with this printer that neither review mentions: namely, duplex black text printing from ALL applications produces inferior results than when duplexing is off--and uses colour ink to produce black text when printing in duplex mode. Consequently, until this issue is addressed, the MP530 is difficult for me to recommend. Why? According to Canon technical support, the design flaw is by choice. But more on that later. If I don't duplex print on fast mode, the text looks very good (the problem is duplex text printing). The print quality when duplex text printing looks dotty and washed out. If you turn duplexing off, the text print quality is vastly superior. The difference on fast mode when not duplex printing is quite astounding. Simply using duplex printing makes the text quality significantly worse on fast mode. One might be inclined to believe bad quality from fast mode text printing isn't a big deal (except that the MP530 is quite capable of producing very good text quality even at fast mode--except when duplexing), but this problem also extends to standard printing when duplexing is enabled. That said, in standard mode the problem isn't as pronounced. Basically the MP530 is using the colour inks to produce black text instead of the pigment black ink when printing text in duplex mode. I find this to be extremely bothersome. The problem exists when duplexing text in other printing quality modes, but it's most apparent or obvious when duplexing text on fast mode. You won't find this issue listed in professional reviews from PCMagazine or PC World, simply because the reviewers probably didn't bother to check. For whatever reason, missing this issue is pretty sloppy. If you want good text quality when duplex printing, it's best not to use this printer at all: you're using color ink instead of the black pigment ink--and the text looks vastly inferior as a result. This is from Canon technical support: "The unit was designed to print using "composite black" when duplexing. Composite black is created by using color inks. Unfortunately, we do not have answers as to why Canon USA made this decisions, these decisions are determined by the developers at Canon INC." Absolutely brutal. Composite black text print is vastly inferior to the text print produced when using the black ink cartridge. Canon technical support is basically telling me that duplex black text printing on the MP830 is horrible by design. Oh, plus you have the added bonus of wasting color ink when printing inferior black text while duplexing. Inexcusable Upon inquiring further, this is the reason Canon technical support gives for using color ink to produce black text while duplex printing: "Composite black is least likely to show through the other side of the document, which may occur when using black ink and printing on both sides of the paper. " Then why can I print text on one side, flip the page over manually, print text on the other side, and not experience any issue with ink showing through to the other side? The text quality looks vastly superior when I do this instead of duplexing (I do not experience any issues). It shouldn't be that difficult to allow a printer driver option to use the pigmented black ink with a longer drying time (because I've also been told by Canon pigmented black ink may smear when duplex priting) if that's what the customer would prefer, instead of inflicting poor text quality produced by color inks when duplex black text printing. This issue is very easily reproduced: Print text in fast mode with duplexing on. Then print text in fast mode with duplexing off. Night and day It's not just fast mode that's affected either; it's all print quality modes when duplex printing is enabled. More importantly, all customers have the added bonus (in addition to poor black text quality while duplexing) of wasting color ink when printing black text with the duplex printing option enabled. Canon's response to this is that pigmented black ink will smear, bleed, or show through to the other side when duplex printing. Contrary to Canon's claim, I am not experiencing any issues when printing black text in standard mode on one side of cheap Britex Premier Multiusage paper (20 lb 92 bright . . . I paid less than a dollar for 500 sheets on sale), flipping the page over manually, and printing the other side again on standard. Regardless of whether I've tested using tons of different papers (and I admit I haven't), again, it shouldn't be that difficult to allow a printer driver option to use the pigmented black ink with a longer drying time if that's what the customer would prefer, instead of inflicting poor text quality produced by composite black (created by using color inks) when duplexing black text. Thanks to webslingerac for his review of the MP830. Same issue

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Great for archiving documents
4 Star Review   By member qrx22 - May 5, 2007   

Strengths: Suprisingly useful and intuitive software, duplex scanning (via software), fast print & scan, separate ink tanks for colors, paper tray, nice sleek appearance

Weakness: Very heavy, bulky, no built-in networking, start-up takes awhile & makes a loud beep

SOFTWARE: I love the software. Generally I hate installing more than the bare minimum to get a machine going, but this is one exception. The MP Navigator is intuitive, simple, and guides me through every scanning session like a breeze. Every time before I scan, I open up the MP Navigator window, select the most appropriate setting (magazine, photos, OCR text, etc), and do my scanning. Each page from that scanning session shows up as a thumbnail, which you can double click to do simple manipulations like rotate or crop. After you're done, you can save as image files, convert to PDF (either multipage, or separate PDF files), or export to the bundled OmniPage Pro software for text editing. The software is an even bigger bonus when it comes to ADF scanning. Animated illustrations show you which direction to put the stack of paper. If you have double-sided documents, you can scan one side of the stack, then turn the stack over and feed the other side in, and the software will automatically sort the pages in the correct order using the duplex scanning option. When you're done, the handy thumbnails let you check that the pages are in the correct order before saving, converting, or exporting. PRINTING: Prints are decent for an inkjet. Having separate ink cartridges for each color is a bonus since you only have to replace the color that you run out of. Prints fast on normal mode, pretty good on best quality, and lightening fast on draft mode. It has a slide-out paper tray in the bottom, as well as a paper feeder in the back. COPYING: Lets you enlarge/reduce without having to turn on your computer. SCANNING: This unit, like pretty much all multifunction machines currently on the market, uses a CIS scanning element, meaning you'll get inferior scans if you don't press your document firmly against the glass. I sure miss the days of CCD scanners, which gave crystal clear scans even with textured paper, and still picked up text from books that you can't quite crack open wide enough to lay flat on the scanner. With that said, the scan quality is still very good for a CIS, and much better than the HPs that I had before. LAST WORDS: This machine is bulky and heavy, and it doesn't have built-in networking. Those were the main reasons I took away 1 star. Despite that, I would still highly recommend this unit. Scanning is far superior to the HPs I used previously, even taking into account a dedicated heavy duty professional ADF scanner from HP. What really puts this unit ahead of the competition though, is the software. Whereas HP's bloated software was unhelpful, slow, and occasionally glitchy, Canon's software made my work efficient and easy. To think, I almost didn't want to install the software in the first place!

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Awesome printer
4 Star Review   By member yakwoofoo - Mar 22, 2007   

Strengths: Fast, versatile, and prints double sided borderless pages with ease.

Weakness: Ink can be expensive. Also, you REALLY need to have the instruction manual around to understand how this thing works or what it is trying to tell you.

Wish I could get a color laser printer that would do all of this for the same price, but very satisfied overall. Also wish that I could do wide format printing. (Ledger and A3 size printing.)

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Nice Printer overall
4 Star Review   By member Mike FL BR - Mar 8, 2007   

Strengths: - Very impressed with photo printing quality. - Autofeeder for scanning works great. - Scans and Copies at a very good quality - Double side printing (very useful feature for my needs)

Weakness: - It is HUGE. - No network connetion. - A bit noisy at times - Takes a little while to get it started. - Cartridges are really pricy - No autofeeder for pictures - It is HUGE - It is HUGE

This is a GREAT printer for the price you're paying for, but I am having a little trouble adjusting with its enormous size. With that being said, at least for me, a network connection would be very useful, so I could have the printer somewhere else, because it pretty much occupies around 35% of my desk space. A 20ft ethernet cable is A LOT CHEAPER than a 20ft USB right? It would be great if it was wireless! But yeah it is not going to happen, at least not in this price range. The quality of the prints will definitely justify its size though. I was extremely impressed with the photo printing quality. The printer came with 10 glossy papers, and software. The photo printing software was very easy to use. Some cool neat features like remove red eye, sharpen and bright images are in a matter of a couple of clicks. I can't wait to test it with Super Glossy Paper. Another feature that id like to point it out is that you can scan more pictures at a time, so you don't have to scan pictures one by one. An autofeeder function for pictures would make life 10 times easier though. Haven't tested the fax yet, but if it delivers what was promised, i wont have any issues with it. 3 Seconds for a page to be faxed is pretty nice compared to 30 seconds per page at my office. Overall I'm happy about the purchase, just trying to figure out where would be a good place to have it at my house.

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What an utter useless machine
2 Star Review     

Strengths: It prints...big suprise its a printer!

Weakness: Scanner works about once in 50 times

Another cheap piece of plastic with a pretty case. The flatbed portion of the machine doesnt work at all and the feeder tray...ohhh about 1 in 50. Drivers are fine, WindowsXp, followed the instructions to the letter (thrice times I might add)

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Canon Pixma MP530
4 Star Review   By member jstoddard7 - Jan 9, 2007   

Strengths: Easy to set up, assemble.

Weakness: cyan ink cartrige was broken--had to order and wait for new cartridge

Prints well. All features tested except fax--so far so good. Had to wait for Canon support to ship cyan ink cartridge--did ship for free--arrived in two days.

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Highly recommeded
4 Star Review   By member ayeschow - Dec 25, 2006   

Strengths: multi-function capability, extremely high image quality

Weakness: expensive replacement cartridges, huge size

I am very happy with the PIXMA 530. Though I have not used the fax capabilities, the copying, scanning, and printing functions have more than exceeded my expectations. This is a high quality machine for a relatively low price. It's the price of the replacement cartridges that will be more expensive in the long run.

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Quite inexpensive for everything included.
5 Star Review   By member gyourek - Dec 12, 2006   

Strengths: fast printing, high resolution scanning/copying, automatic document feeder, good print quality, fax machine

Weakness: a bit noisy, 2 black ink cartridges(?)

With all of the features included, it would be difficult to find another printer with this price. The automatic document feeder is handy if your copying or scanning multiple pages. It's also good for lazy people like me who just don't like to pick anything up when I want to copy/scan something. The print quality is quite good. However, for some reason, it has two black cartridges, one is a pigment black cartridge. I haven't done a lot of research yet as to why this is, but I'm guessing the quality is better this way. But the first thing I see when I see extra cartridges is extra cost when replacing the cartridges. It also seems to do some exercising after printing something with whirs and clunks coming from the inside. Not a big problem, and again, I'm guessing this helps quality somehow. In conclusion, if you are on a budget and want an all-in-one, the PIXMA MP530 is a good choice.

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Great All In One Printer.
5 Star Review   By member Fisher4 - Dec 10, 2006   

Strengths: Fast printing, easy set up. Sharp text in black and white.

Weakness: A little slow on start up.

This is my second All In One printer and by far much better than the Dell A960 it replaced. Was easy to set up and has many more features. The Fax allows the user more selections than most All In Ones on the market. Replacement ink tanks cost less than Dell and many other brands and produce beautiful colors and sharp black and white prints.

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Canon Printer MP530
3 Star Review   By member WAGBAG - Oct 30, 2006   

Strengths: Black printing very quick, color so-so; scan work average to above average (wee bit longer then my previous HP

Weakness: some colors were lighter then the original document; the overall size is overwhelming at first

From one weeks use we find the MP530 printer, copier and scanner average to above average for a Small businesses. We have not used the photo printing yet, we'll get back to you on that.

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Good deal for the price
4 Star Review   By member gtownazn - Oct 23, 2006   

Strengths: easy to setup, convenient to use overall

Weakness: very heavy

Setting up was super easy. Print and copy quality both pretty decent so far. Scanning is also fast. I especially like the document feeder. I am happy with my purchase and have no complaints so far.

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It does it all very simply
5 Star Review   By member matthewsweeney - Oct 17, 2006   

Strengths: Built like a tank, auto document feeder works very well, individual ink tanks, g3 fax capability, intuitive software, great quality scans and prints, fast!

Weakness: Overall it is a bit bulky; no built-in networking support

I absolutely love this office all-in-one. If you have a home office space that is full of papers and clutter, then you need this machine. I've already run over 300 pages worth of documents through the ADF in just a few days. It's really easy to turn your paper into images or PDFs, meaning no proprietary format for the scanned images (ala Visioneer's paperport products). The machine has many buttons available on it to easily navigate without the use of the pc. The software included with the printer is full of useful features and is easy to use. Despite the fact that there is no networking support, this device is so easy to use that you really won't care unless you're in a very distributed environment trying to share a printer. All text and colors are produced by the printer are very sharp. My only regret is not getting this machine sooner.

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PIXMA MP530 All in One Printer
4 Star Review   By member oreopoulos1 - Sep 20, 2006   

Strengths: Quiet, fast, multi function

Weakness: None yet

This is a great printer at a fair price. It is fast, quiet, and easy to set up. Love that you can scan, fax, copy and print. Great quality copies.

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Great for home document scanning
4 Star Review   By member klep - Sep 5, 2006   

Strengths: Automatic feeder works great for docs Double-sided scanning and printing Separate ink tanks for colors

Weakness: Audomatic feeder doesn't work for photos Ink is expensive -- no third party ink yet

I scan almost every piece of mail I receive. Bills, bank statements, tax forms, etc. Up until now, I've been using a separate flatbed scanner and a printer when I need to output something. Recently, the printer and the scanner both started showing signs of age, and I decided to replace them with an all-in-one. I was deciding between going for the cheapest thing I could find (probably a Lexmark or Brother) or going high-end and getting what I really wanted. Based on my recent experiences with several inkjet printers, I decided that an HP or a Canon would give me the best output with the least amount of ink used. Since I scan so many documents, I wanted a document feeder. And since I had a big box of old photos that I wanted to digitize, a good scanner was a must. I had dreamed of loading the document feeder with a stack of old photos and letting it go to town while I sat back and watched. But somehow, I knew that wouldn't work. The minimum size of a document to send through the feeder is bigger than a standard 4x6 photo. And forcing the pictures to feed just resulted in a feed error or a horribly cropped picture. Luckily, the scanner software includes a "gang scanning" feature. I can put 4 photos on the flatbed and let the scanner detect the edges. It will automatically separate and crop the pictures. In my few hours of testing, I found that it got things right almost all of the time -- much better than the gang scanning feature built into Photoshop Elements. The print quality is quite good -- just what I'd expect from Canon. Unfortunately, the printer uses the new "8 series" ink, so you can't get third-party ink cartridges yet. The carts run about $12 each. Overall, I'm very pleased. The 530 is ideal for the large amount of document scanning I do and the software is much better than what came with my old Visioneer scanner.

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