Canon PIXMA MP630 review
At the pricier end of this group, the PIXMA MP630 is a five ink all-in-one with a host of features.
It has built-in duplex to print automatically on both sides of the paper, can also print directly onto suitable CDs and DVDs, and comes with a memory card reader and screen.
The Canon felt really well screwed together, and all the doors and flaps were reassuringly solid. Like the MP540, the MP630 was very easy to use. Although it wasn't one of the smallest units, with all the doors closed it is quite a compact device.
The MP630 is described as a photo lab quality printer, and it made good on that claim in our tests. Photo output was very, very good. Colours were strong, and detail was excellent, even in darker areas, making the Canon's prints stand out against even the best images from the other machines. Black and white pictures were strong, too. These results were even more impressive taking into account the MP630's speed. Under two minutes for a borderless full A4 colour print was seriously impressive; the nearest competitor was 40 seconds behind. Text quality was sharp and accurate in both draft and best modes. A page of draft text was ready in just seven seconds, and more than acceptable for everyday use. The separate ink tanks add up to £41 for a full set, but as with the MP540 that includes a photo black.
The Canon was quick off the mark with scans as well. Our A4 page took 11 seconds from pressing Scan to having an editable image on our PC, and the image was accurate and detailed.
The MP630 might be a bit more expensive than most, but it really is worth the extra cash if you can spare it. The quality of photos and text is impressive, but it's the sheer speed that makes this such an excellent choice.