Few, if any, printer manufacturers are as prolific as Canon. The last time we counted, the company offered upward of 15 models in its Pixma line of consumer-grade and business-centric all-in-one (AIO) machines, ranging in price from $70 to $300. These include both Pixma MG (consumer photo-centric) and MX (home-office and small-business) models. The primary distinctions between these two lines are that the MX models support faxing and have automatic document feeders (ADF) for copying, scanning, and faxing multipage documents; the MG models don’t fax and have single-sheet scanners.
In general, the higher any AIO’s price, of course, the more features you get, and, theoretically, the faster the printer. Hence, that places the recently debuted $199.99 Pixma MX892 at the top of the pecking order of Canon’s business-ready Pixmas. Feature-wise, this new Pixma easily provides the value you’d expect from a $200 AIO. It comes with, for example, an auto-duplexing ADF, for copying, faxing, and scanning two-sided documents automatically, as well as an auto-duplexing print engine for producing two-sided pages without user intervention.
Nearly every Pixma we’ve looked at has produced great-looking documents and photos, but Canon has fallen behind its competitors in two key areas: print speed and cost per page (CPP). Several manufacturers, such as HP, Brother, and Lexmark, offer competing models that print considerably faster than the Pixma MX892, and they do so while providing much lower operational costs, meaning that on a per-print basis, their ink cartridges cost much less.
Where Pixmas, including this one, shine, however, is in output quality, copy and scan reproduction, and ease of use. They are typically simple to set up and install, and you can depend on them to work properly and provide you with output that will make your company look good. (We did experience a significant installation mishap with this one, though, as described in the Setup & Paper Handling section later on.)
Considering the Pixma MX892’s sluggish print speeds and high CPP, we can’t recommend it if your needs include heavy-duty printing. Several models, such as HP’s $169.99Â OfficeJet 6700 Premium, or better yet, its higher-priced $299.99Â OfficeJet Pro 8600 Plus, are better suited for offices that need to print a high volume of pages per weekâ€”say, more than about 50 or so. If you don’t print a lot, though, and need exceptional quality when you do, the Pixma MX892 will serve you well.
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