Canon Pixma MP630

The Pixma MP630 is a good all-round multifunction printer, without winning a best-in-class prize for any one feature.


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Design
You wouldn't buy a printer based on its design, but none the less, Canon's latest iteration of its Pixma range is well-built and quite nice looking with its silver and black styling. The front and rear paper trays, front corner card slot compartment and the control panel can all be neatly concealed when the printer is not in use. At 450x468x176mm, the footprint of the MP630 is smaller than multifunction printers of old, a bonus if you are cramped for desk space.

The control panel features a flip-up 2.5-inch colour TFT screen which is handy for previewing photos before printing directly from a memory card or USB. Navigation keys and a scroll wheel beneath the screen provide quick and easy ways to get to the tasks you want to undertake without needing to drill down through lots of sub menus. The scroll wheel is particularly useful when you want to print one specific image buried among hundreds of others on a memory card. Another nice touch on the control panel is a button that immediately shows the level of ink remaining in the various colour tanks.

Features
The Pixma MP630 is Canon's "hero" mid-range multifunction printer. You'd have to step up to dearer models if wireless connectivity or scanning negatives is important to you, but the MP630 does feature automatic double-sided printing and direct printing to CDs and DVDs. These features help the MP630 to stand out somewhat from its direct competitors at this price point from HP and Epson.

For those wanting to print without loading images onto a PC, the MP630 has a PictBridge port, one USB port and card slots for MemoryStick Duo, SD, xD and CompactFlash memory cards. This is all pretty standard on multifunction printers these days, but these features are often left off many of the budget printers now flooding the market.

Performance
Setting up the MP630 for the first time will take at least 30 minutes, as it uses five individual ink tanks and the printer needs some time to align the print head. Canon provides special paper for this process, but we're not sure where you'd get it when you subsequently need to change cartridges down the track. There's a quick set-up poster, but no printer manual per se; the software you load will install four short-cuts to the manual and application guides on your desktop. (We used parts of the desktop manual for our print tests and found out that the whole thing is a whopping 850 pages long. Canon is either kindly preserving our paper forests or hoping you'll use up lots of ink printing your own manual.)

For most home and school printing tasks, the MP630 should shoot A4 text pages in less than 15 seconds per page. One 21-page section of the manual, which contained a mix of black and colour text as well as many complex images and diagrams, took four minutes 28 seconds to print — an average of 12 seconds per page.

If you'd like to conserve paper and use its double-sided printing abilities, you'll have to be more patient. Duplexing 16 pages of the manual took seven minutes 15 seconds, or an average of 27 seconds per page. The print quality on all tests was sharp, clean and easy to read, even small font sizes.

The MP630 allows you to make borderless photo prints in a range of sizes: 6x4, 5x7, 8x10 and A4. Standard 6x4-inch (10x15cm) photos took between 44 and 75 seconds, not quite the 20 seconds touted in Canon's marketing spiel. Print times varied depending on whether we were printing from a PC (slower) or card slot (faster) and the quality options selected. The print quality is clean and accurate, but colours appear slightly under-saturated. We didn't notice significant differences changing from Auto/Standard to the High Quality option, other than the (quicker) standard quality prints were a bit warmer, with a slightly yellow tint. If you want more accurate colour reproduction, it's probably worth spending another 30 seconds and a bit more ink to get a truer image.

Colour copies took between 18 and 29 seconds per page, depending on the document. Scanning documents is also a relatively quick process — we scanned a colour document to automatically attach to an email as a PDF in 19 seconds. You can scan a document or images as a JPG or PDF and you may also choose to save it to a PC, USB or memory card.

Using the included DVD/CD tray, it was easy enough to print our test image onto a DVD. The image was passable, if a little washed out. We found the sample on the printer instructions easier to get the hang of than the PC interfaces for both DVD printing and scanning.

Two final things we like about the MP630 are its Quick Start feature and its quiet operation. Although this printer drains just 2.1W of power in Standby mode, the green-minded of you will be happy to keep it off when not in use, as it's ready to print virtually as soon as the power is turned on.

It's also a bit quieter than other home multifunctions we've looked at lately. While not exactly silent, its relatively quiet operation could come in handy for small home office situations where you need to be on the phone while the printer is in operation.

At AU$19.95 each, buying refills for the MP630's five ink tanks is no small outlay. After moderate usage during our testing period, the two black and the yellow ink tanks were still pretty full, but the magenta and cyan inks were down to about 60 per cent.

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Jordia
10
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"Great reliable printer that does what it claims."

Jordia posted a review   
United Kingdom

The Good:Reliabity.

The Bad:Warm up time can appear too long, but resulting quality is great.

Canon MP630 is a brillaint multi function printer that has worked really well over two years on a Windows XP system. Great copying, scanning

nomorecanon
1
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"Expensive joke of a machine"

nomorecanon posted a review   
Australia

The Good:Square outer frame to place stuff on

The Bad:Colour ink evaporates and runs out even if you dont use it and then can not print in greyscale

THe colour cartridges evaporate and run out even when they are not used
These are expensive to replace
Can not print with black only thus you are forced to buy spend money with Cannon

Complete joke of a machine - DO NOT BUY IT !!!!

Joyce_W
4
Rating
 

"printer worked only for 1 year. The error message 5100 informs me to turn off and then restart. It only prints one page, the quality is poor."

Joyce_W posted a review   
United Kingdom

It hasnt lasted very long. The problem developed and I cant find a reference in the manual to resolve the issue. Expensive professional help is required.

 

Jo posted a comment   

last only 27 months

 

slim posted a comment   

The printer shows an error 6A80 and no matter what I do nothing changes, This is my fourth Cannon printer but I think it is the last they just do not go the distance.

 

Pat posted a comment   

A year in and I've got error 6c10. I haven't used the printer much, I just got home with three replacement ink cartridges worth $80. I'll be choked if this isn't covered by warranty.

kwor
2
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kwor posted a review   

I do not use the printer very often. (10 pages a week or so)
Even the colors I do not use are getting low.

If i do not use the thiung for 2 weeks or so atleast one of the cartridges is empty.
Bought it abouth 6 months ago, but spent more Euro's on catridges then I printed pages.
I am dumping the thing and buying an other one . . .Trust me . . NO CANON . .

Dallas
5
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Dallas posted a review   

The Good:Exceptional print quality.

The Bad:Very costly to run. Faulty after only 18mths.

Our MP630 ran like a dream for the duration of it's life. It was relatively quiet, produced exceptional print quality and added alot of functionality offering scanning and CD printing capabilities. But I seemed to be running to the shop to replace ink far too frequently and at over $20 per cartridge - it became a very expensive machine to run. Furthermore, after not quite 18mths it presented an error (6C10) which ended up being a drive shaft problem according to a Canon technician. With the problem likely to cost more in labor than the printer was actually worth - it's now in the recycling bin. While I loved what this printer COULD do, unfortunately it didn't do it long enough and with any economy for me to recommend it with any praise. Will be avoiding Canon printers now.

 

Futureboi posted a reply   

Yep, same here. After 15 or so months with very little use, error 6C10 occurred. Time to get a new one (not a Canon!).

 

diflyhi posted a reply   

disappointed to find this happened to us also. happy to find we're not the only ones! sorry Canon, big bad from us.


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User Reviews / Comments  Canon Pixma MP630

  • Jordia

    Jordia

    Rating10

    "Canon MP630 is a brillaint multi function printer that has worked really well over two years on a Windows XP system. Great copying, scanning"

  • nomorecanon

    nomorecanon

    Rating1

    "THe colour cartridges evaporate and run out even when they are not used
    These are expensive to replace
    Can not print with black only thus you are forced to buy spend money with Cannon

  • Joyce_W

    Joyce_W

    Rating4

    "It hasnt lasted very long. The problem developed and I cant find a reference in the manual to resolve the issue. Expensive professional help is required."

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