New MFP Heavy on Functions
Canon's latest ink jet multifunction printer is a full-featured space saver selling at a midlevel $200. The MultiPass MP390 includes a printer, a flatbed scanner, a copier, an on-panel fax, and a photo printer (with slots that take a variety of media cards).
The MP390 posted very quick print speeds across the board. Text printed at 5.3 pages per minute, slightly above the average of 5.0 ppm in our most recent roundup of MFPs. Graphics printing was even more impressive at 0.8 ppm--one of the fastest speeds we've seen from such a device. Both scan and copy speeds were good as well, with an average speed of 72 seconds for a 1200-dpi color scan and an average of 26 seconds for a 300-dpi black-and-white scan. A single copy printed in 16.5 seconds.
Printed text looked dark and clean, with sharp letters that were legible even in 2-point type. Color graphics were vivid and realistic, though a bit grainy on plain paper at the default settings. Photos printed on glossy paper at the highest quality also showed very good colors and detail.
Unfortunately, scan quality was generally disappointing. Our gray-scale scan of a page with text, narrow lines, and a reverse-type logo lost chunks of detail when we printed it. Scans of our photo captured detail better, but looked a bit too red-orange when we printed it. Those same scans, however, improved when viewed on screen. Direct copies (bypassing the computer) of both text and photos also retained color and detail well.
The professional-looking black-and-silver unit includes a 100-sheet paper tray and a well-designed front panel that offers one-touch access to most features.
Canon's MultiPass MP390 offers easy photo printing, impressive speeds, and good print quality. Only poor scans keep it from being an exceptionally well-rounded multifunction printer.
Well-priced unit offers good features and solid performance, but produced poor-quality scans.
Price when reviewed: $200
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