Canon Pixma MX925
This is the top model in Canon’s MX range of home office all-in-ones. It’s a big beast of a machine, even given its feature set, but feels solid and easy to use. A 75mm colour LCD is supported by an array of 16 push-buttons with context-sensitive legends.
Twin paper trays for plain and photo paper are supplemented by a DVD/CD slot for direct printing, and a 35-sheet duplex ADF set into the top enables two-sided copies and faxes, as well as prints.
Cloud Print results were good, with a fast 5-page document print and a good time on the photo print, too. This printer managed to direct our 15 x 10cm photo to the photo tray, so it can be done.
The five ink cartridges, with plain and photo black, give a low mono page cost, thanks to a 1,000 page XXL cartridge option. Colour costs are a bit on the high side, but, overall, the printer is capable and good value.
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Epson WorkForce WF-2650
Epson’s mid-range SoHo all-in-one looks a little as though it’s from the previous generation. Its all-black case has a fixed control panel with physical buttons throughout and a 56mm mono LCD – the only printer in the group without colour.
Paper feeds from a 150-sheet tray at the front to quite a long output tray above; the desktop footprint is large for a small machine. A 30-page ADF makes copies easier and the four separate cartridges plug in once you’ve raised the scanner section.
This machine was a surprise winner in our Cloud Print speed tests, completing the five-page task in 42 seconds and the photo in 46 seconds. The photo print came out very small, though. Print costs are good for mono print, but a bit high for colour. Overall, this is a surprisingly good printer for using with a CloudBook and won’t break the bank.
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