Canon Pixma MP560

As a mid-priced multifunction the MP560 performs well, and we appreciate the inclusion of realistic claimed print speeds.


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Design

The MP560 is a wireless all-in-one printer, although in this case, all-in-one doesn't include faxing capabilities if you still needed that. Its design is pretty basic; a square flat box with silver sides and a black top. About the only remarkable thing that the MP560 brings is that the default set-up hides all the printer's controls. A flap on the right-hand side pops up to reveal the main printer controls and a tiny 2-inch LCD display screen. Controls include an iPod-style scroll wheel, used for making menu selections. Those who don't like scroll wheels can also use it as a straight directional pad for making choices.

Features

Canon states the MP560's printing resolution at 9600x2400dpi, meaning that this is more of a photo-centric multifunction than, say, a document processing machine. Canon states the print speed of the MP560 as up to 9.2 images per minute (ipm) in black and up to 6.0ipm for colour text and graphics, with an approximate time for printing 10x15cm photos of 39 seconds. If you're thinking those figures sound rather low, bear in mind that Canon's using the new ISO 24734 ipm standard rather than the rather shakier old pages per minute speed ratings. Ipm should be more accurate to real life usage, which means our tests should be fairly similar to those in real testing.

The MP560 uses a dual-paper feed mechanism, with A4/Letter paper feeding from a cartridge at the base and photo paper types feeding in from the back. It supports PictBridge and memory card printing, but not direct printing to CDs. The scanner is a 48-bit, 2400x4800dpi CIS (Contact Image Sensor) type. The MP560 uses five individual ink tanks. Canon claims this is a more efficient way to reduce ink costs, but then again they also claim that the prints produced with the MP560's ChromaLife inks will produce photos that last 300 years. You'll have to forgive us — we haven't had the MP560 quite long enough to accurately verify that.

The MP560 supports wireless networking and connectivity via USB 2.0, but no actual Ethernet port. If you want to share the MP560 over a network, it's wireless or nothing.

Performance

Installation of the MP560 is the usual tapes and printer cartridges affair, although Canon supplies a multi-lingual installation booklet rather than the more common set-up poster approach. USB connection happens as part of the install, and you can configure your wireless settings either from your PC, or if you're feeling particularly masochistic, you can opt to enter your wireless network password via the MP560's scroll wheel. It's a slow, tedious process this way, but we tested it just to make sure it did work that way.

Getting the MP560 onto our wireless network was simple enough, but we did encounter problems getting it to work on an iMac running Snow Leopard. Despite updating the printer driver, application packages and even the scanner driver, Snow Leopard refused to actually print anything connected wirelessly for reasons that ultimately eluded us. It was doubly strange, as direct USB connection worked flawlessly. We encountered no such problems with the drivers supplied on the installation CD with Windows 7.

Black text quality was quite sharp in standard printing mode on 80gsm paper, although in common with most fast inkjet printers pages were slightly moist to first touch. Likewise photo prints had good saturation and colour fidelity but needed a short bit of drying time. In print speed terms, we averaged 15 seconds for an initial standard printed page and around eight pages per minute at standard coverage. Switching to "fast" printing, the MP560's equivalent of draft mode improved print speed a little to 11 seconds for first print and 10 pages per minute. Text quality was fair, but we did notice that the shudder of the print body did blur some characters in draft mode.

Ordinarily with a ppm measured printer we'd say the MP560 falls short of the mark, but those figures are well within the 9.2ipm figure Canon uses, and that deserves some congratulation. Photo printing was a little slower off the pace at around 49 seconds for a border-less 10x15cm photo print in our tests.

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billybob
9
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billybob posted a review   

The Good:scan to PDF easy, duplex

The Bad:None

Great printer really happy with it, easy to install Luv the wifi

Phrog
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Phrog posted a review   

The Good:Anything better than my disused Dell

The Bad:Inability to get reproductions of old black and white photos

After surveying the market both physically and on the net, I am pleased with my purchase of the MP 560. Good deal from Officeworks. Great photos and copy mode but I would like to be able to scan old colour slides. Not discovered how to yet, maybe exceeds the spec for this printer but I am more disappointed with the fact that I cannot reproduce old black and white photos without a mild sepia cast. Does anyone have a suggestion how I can get black/grey/white and nothing else?

David S
8
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David S posted a review   

The Good:Works well

The Bad:I need to wear my glasses to read the control panel!

Just wanted to say that I had no problem installing it as a network printer in an Apple environment running Snow Leopard OSX 10.6 - all three of my Mac's are priniting etc very effectively on it.

Jay Kay
10
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Jay Kay posted a review   

The Good:Setup and quality

The Bad:Nothing that I can see

This is an impressive printer. It is flexible, easy to use, and the quality of the printing and copying is excellent. I had no trouble setting it up on my wireless network.

nicto
8
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nicto posted a review   

The Good:really easy wireless connect to my 3 computers. simple paper feed

The Bad:small cassette paper tray. no USB cord

having had a really poor experience with an Epson that I returned to Officeworks (really good service it was no problem to exchange), the Canon was a pleasant surprise. I cursed that there was no USB cord but I found the wireless connect was really easy once i actually read the instructions. So far everything is working very well with good print quality and print speed. Really easy to swap between paper sources which is important with scrapbooking printing.

Huggs
9
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Huggs posted a review   

The Good:Low cost, a good quality printer

The Bad:Not so easy to setup

Got more than I expected for the low cost

 

tuamega posted a comment   

The Good:print quality, dual paper feed, built in duplexor, easy to use

The Bad:none

I have been in computers and networks for over 25 years and recommend PCs and printers to family, friends and coworkers. I have owned this printer and an MP610 for some time now and love them both. I have recommended over 50 of the MP560 printers to family and coworkers and have not had one complaint yet. The comments I get back are "easy to setup", "easy to use", "cool that I don't have to have my PC on to print from my camera" and most of all "my pictures look great!"
As for cartridges, I have used the Canon brand and non-OEM that you can buy from such places as Amazon. I have had good luck with both. Purchasing the non-OEM will save you money, but they may not be as consistent as the Canon brand.
The Canon brand printers run cost per page about the same as HP and Lexmark, but I find the overall features, ease of use and quality to be better in the Canon printers.

 

me posted a comment   

The Good:fortune

The Bad:luck

smooth printing


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User Reviews / Comments  Canon Pixma MP560

  • billybob

    billybob

    Rating9

    "Great printer really happy with it, easy to install Luv the wifi"

  • Phrog

    Phrog

    Rating8

    "After surveying the market both physically and on the net, I am pleased with my purchase of the MP 560. Good deal from Officeworks. Great photos and copy mode but I would like to be able to scan ol..."

  • David S

    David S

    Rating8

    "Just wanted to say that I had no problem installing it as a network printer in an Apple environment running Snow Leopard OSX 10.6 - all three of my Mac's are priniting etc very effectively on it."

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