5 Stars By Michael M. Makieve on 2012-04-18
Finally found an all-in-one that does exactly what it says it will do. I waited a long time to find a wireless printer that would support AirPrint from my iPad and iPhone. This product was easy to set up, provided wireless access for all of our devices. The software that came with the unit is easy to use and is intuitive. The same is true for the on machine menu. So far, the quality of printing, scanning, and copying has been excellent. Unit has the additional advantage of looking very good. I cannot yet comment on its durability, since I have only had it for about a month. I have been searching for an all-in-one for sometime, but all of the reviews that I have read have been, at best, hit and miss. I, too, had to do a firmware update to use AirPrint, and it did require a USB cable, but I consider that a minor issue. Still, it would have been nice had Canon included an USB cable. If you're searching for a wireless all-in-one, this certainly seems to be your product.
1 Stars By J. Woodall on 2012-12-20
Not the bargain it seems
I've owned this printer for a handful of months now and I regret my purchase. I wanted a middle-of-the-road printer to get me by after my six color photo printer died. This Canon PIXMA MX512 seemed great at first. No problems with any of the functions.
Just a few months in, it is full of issues.
It pops up random errors even when we're not using it. The errors require shutting down and restarting the printer which takes a minute or so. The last document my wife tried to print took her 45 minutes before she gave up because of the constant errors and paper jams.
It constantly jams because it grabs multiple sheets of paper (and I'm using standard 20 lb. paper).
We've only printed maybe 100-130 pages with it and the head alignment is out of whack. Multiple passes through the auto alignment tool in the settings and it's better, but still it's still not right.
It runs through ink fast. With the small number of pages we've printed, I can't believe we've run through four of the color cartridges and three of the black cartridges already (especially since the printing has been mostly text).
This is just a pretty printer with garbage on the inside.
5 Stars By lalfie on 2012-05-21
Great Printer... Loving it
AirPrint works like a charm from IPAD and the IPHONE.
Make sure you do firmware upgrade to get the AIRPRINT to work.
It takes at most 30 minutes.
Love all the features, need to use it little more and will provide update in few weeks.
FYI, it comes with the black and color ink cartridges, do not need to buy
extra from 2DayDeliver.
4 Stars By C. Wells on 2016-01-19
Good overall package.
This is a convenient and compact all in one. Love that I can keep in anywhere I want since it is wireless. The ink is affordable and lasts for a fair amount of time. Occasionally have adjustment issues but I just do the alignment procedure which involves printing a page with makers on it and then scanning that page to align the heads. Takes all of a minute or two.
Bonus: I have read that some printers are able to recognize cartridges and permanently declare them empty and locking them out indefinitely. The real kicker is that those printers decide when they are empty and stops you from printing. This printer on the other hand lets you push through the empty warnings and keep printing until the ink really runs out. And then, when using refills, while it does keep giving the warning it is easily reset by holding the cancel button for 5-10 seconds. Saves a ton of money and gives piece of mind that you are not getting controlled and ripped off by the company. Never buy one of those brands that have too much control over your ink decisions. Get one like this!
5 Stars By Motivated Into Existence on 2012-09-14
Great Little All-In-One
I don't often get so excited about my purchases, but I guess it's because I am comparing this printer to the one it is replacing which has been a total let-down. I had already decided not to buy another Dell product, but when the V515 all-in-one I purchased just over a year ago from them culminated it's horrible performance in a total shut-out of operations due to non-recognition of the print head (literally a plastic frame that holds the ink and came with the device), and after throwing a lot of money at various inks over the past few months not knowing it was the machine--I am done for good with Dell! And so happy to have received my Canon today, especially since I just ordered it yesterday with Prime shipping.
Set up was PHENOMENALLY easy. Not only did it actually come with clear instructions (a rarity in this day and age) it set up easier than predicted from those instructions and from various reviews I had read. I NEVER had to plug it into anything but the power outlet to set up wireless printing (USB cord I dug out sat here untouched), and my iPad printed to it without a SINGLE effort from me but to open a document and choose "print" from the menu. Printing is crisp and speed was fine. I have not used all the functions of this little beauty yet, but I am really excited about the duplex printing and also hoping all the trouble I had sending faxes with the old Dell might be a thing of the past. I will update this review if I find anything shocking, but for now, I am extremely satisfied. I am grateful to Canon and 2DayDeliver for saving me so close to a deadline after Dell utterly failed me. A++
Quick update: Set up and sent faxes, and it works fine. However, if you use a VoIP phone service like Vonage, be sure to go into the fax settings, into the advanced communication settings, and knock the TX and RX speeds down a level. When I first tried to fax it was unsuccessful. I remembered this from previous experience, found it, reset it, and they went out fine after that. (BTW, you don't need to be a super techie; I have no idea what TX and RX speeds are, I just had this problem explained to me a while back and looked for something familiar to change the speed, and this was it!)
1 Stars By Chris M. Cone on 2014-01-24
You get what you pay for....
I was a senior in college last year, and large papers were the norm. Eventually the Engineering computer lab was always full and the printer was down, empty, or out of ink most of the time.
I reluctantly decided to save a lot of hassle, stress, and uncertainty and buy a printer. Well, it lasted less than a year. I know that paying 100 for a printer is just asking for trouble; i'd never seen a good printer at this price range. It never seems to matter what brand, a good printer just doesn't exist at that price.
This one is no exception. From day one, the paper feed had issues, You couldn't safely put more than 3 sheets into the paper tray and expect the printer to not function. It wasn't before long that only one sheet could be placed into the printer at a time. After that, that one sheet would jam about half the time.
Finally, the feeding assembly started to make noise when trying to feed. Now, it just doesn't feed paper at all without jamming and/or giving me "5100" error and stops functioning.
I knew that a cheap printer wasnt gonna last, but even for a cheap printer, this Canon is awful. I did not even get to printing 100 pages, so my print jobs came out to 1+ dollar per page. That's quality!
I'd rag on this printer a lot more if it weren't for the simple fact that ALL printers at this price range are screwy, unpredictable, ink-wasting pieces of junk.
2 Stars By MerlinGC on 2015-01-04
Awful printer, decent scanner, avoid this product
Horrendous. You will waste time and whatever is left of your patience trying to print with this product. AVOID IT if your priority is printing.
It will not print about 95% of the time. It gives error messages about there not being paper even though there is more than enough paper loaded in the tray. On rare occasions, when it does use the loaded paper, the printer frequently pushes it too far into the feeder and jams (or worse, prints out half a page of material). To top it off, the printer tends to burn through black ink and the included software is quite bloated.
The only saving grace of this product is its scanner, which is great and has never given me any issues. But do you really need something this large and expensive just for scanning?
5 Stars By Joycelin on 2012-08-06
I'm a college student and so is my fiance. We made the mistake of thinking we could get away with buying cheap monochrome printer that only printed in black and white and we certainly got what we paid for. After much discussion we both decided maybe we should look into getting something a little more reliable with more features. I decided to start shopping around on amazon to see what we can find. This particular printer had everything we need and wouldn't put a huge dent in our wallets to purchase it. Here are some pros and cons:
- Everything it prints has sharp crips color, even the black and white stuff.
-Setup is amazingly easy, and it setups itself up to your wifi. You just push a button on your wireless router and the printer takes care of the rest.
-Instructions are clear and easy to read and offer to the point instructions.
-From the reviews I've read it doesn't seem like anybody has used the fax on this, but seeing as I need to fax things often I liked the fax feature it had. It prints out a fax report if the fax did not go through, and just gives you a "transmitted" message if the fax does go through. Also setting up the fax is just a click of a button and it configures it self. We have digital cable so I can't attest to the fact on whether or not you'll need to buy a DSL filter to send faxes through this.
-Not sure why people were having so much trouble with this, but I didn't have to set up my iphone 4S on this printer to use AirPrint. I just automatically did it from my phone, no USB cable needed. Maybe its just the iphone 4 and earlier that need it? Either way, I didn't have an issue with this and AirPrint is amazing!!
- The ink is expensive, and from what I've read the cost per page is kinda outrageous. I believe I read somewhere that its like 12 cents per page. So it probably isn't a good idea to purchase this if you are going to be printing a lot.
-Some people have said this is a con, but I found that as long as you fully extend out the items on the paper tray, your papers wont go flying everywhere.
For its price, this is an amazing printer. I also got a little sample pack of photo paper to print my photos on! I would really recommend this printer for their home use as its a good quality brand, and has some really good quality features.
1 Stars By Yardley on 2012-10-05
Not very happy....
Perhaps my printer is an anomoly, because it otherwise has good/strong ratings, but my scan button doesn't work properly, I get low ink messages with fairly new cartridges, and despite the higher resolution, my photos seem to be grainy even at just 8x 10 level (not quite pixelaled), and not sharp at all. Additionally, it has very poor color rendition when compared to those of the original digital photo. I've printed with it connected by cable to the computer, just in case that the printing of photos wirelessly was too big a task for it, given to the size of the files. The result was no better. Design flaws: the paper holder is significantly smaller than my previous printer -- and smaller than I had expected (probably my fault for not noticing in the pic or reading it in the description), it prints in reverse of my last printer such that I always need to rearrange the papers to put them in proper order (a major hassle when printing large docs), the paper receptacle/receiving bin is too small and poorly designed, and many papers are printed out, landing on the floor. My next purchase will be another HP or Lexmark - both of which I've had much better luck. [My last couple of HP's were workhorses, but I thought that I'd give Canon a try because of their otherwise solid reputation.] I do like the wireless printing, but many printers offer it nowadays. Everytime that I use it... I end up horribly frustrated with it. UPDATE: It is now the end of December, and I am more disgusted with this multi-tasking piece of equipment than ever. I've concluded that most of the problems are indeed related to the printer, rather than the user (me). I can only speak for this printer -- not all Canon printer products, but would highly recommend that folks beware and stay away from this model. After using it for several months, I've reduced it from 2 stars to only one star. [I gave it some wiggle room originally with the two stars, but no longer.] I can only conclude, that those who like this printer have very little experience with other makes/models. I'll be shopping for another printer soon... which irks me tremendously, given I just bought this one over the summer.
4 Stars By John on 2012-10-19
Top consumer reports pick and I see why
I did a little research before buying this printer (because, in my opinion, anything over $50 is worth a little detective work). Consumer reports rated it one of the best value deals while still delivering the whole package, and they were right. The printer shipped quickly (which top suppliers on amazon are known for) and was easy to set up right out of the box. In addition to this, I actually couldn't use the Software CD provided because my CD port is damaged and I'm too lazy to get it fixed (and in my opinion CDs are on their way out). BUT, as I expected, I was able to download all the software from Canon's website, which was a huge plus. Finally, while it may confuse some, the setup for wireless printing was easy enough for me and is a huge plus. It is a little load (I'm having to dig to get a con here) but once it works for a year without breaking, costing me a million dollars in ink, and/or losing quality I will return and increase my rating to 5 stars.