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Canon Pixma MX925 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £131
inc VAT

Outstanding quality combined with good print speeds and a comprehensive specification make this an excellent inkjet MFP

The Canon Pixma MX925 is a slightly chunky inkjet MFP with a glossy black exterior, fax capabilities, duplex printing and a 35-page duplex automatic document feeder (ADF). It takes five separate ink cartridges: dye-based black, cyan, magenta and yellow inks used for colour documents and photo printing, plus a pigmented black ink for sharp document printing. Extra-large ink cartridges are available, too. A 250-sheet paper tray means you can keep printing for quite a while before having to refill it, and there’s a sheet feed for thicker media, a CD printing tray and a separate paper tray for photo paper of up to 5x7in in size.

Canon Pixma MX925

The printer has a bank of controls at the front that make it easy to use most of its features without ever connecting it to a PC. A bright 7.5cm colour screen helps you navigate through the various functions. Instead of the the touchscreen or dial-button controls seen on some previous models in the Pixma MX range, there’s a 4×4 keypad to the right of the screen. When the printer is switched off, the keypad’s buttons are all blank, but illuminated icons appear on the keys when the printer is in use. Both the icons and the keys’ functions change depending on which of the MFP’s features you are using. While going through the settings menus, for example, they’re navigation arrows, but if you’re using the MX925’s fax, they turn into a number pad.

Canon Pixma MX925

The MFP’s WLAN setup option made it easy to connect the printer to our wireless network. You can also connect it to your network over Ethernet or, as usual, directly to a PC via USB. The wireless setup screen can detect if a router within range supports Wireless Protected Setup (WPS), which allows you to pair the MFP with your router just by pressing two buttons. If that’s not a feature your router supports, you can just select your network’s SSID and enter the password by using the navigation keys to select characters from a letter grid.

Canon Pixma MX925

As well as drivers, the accompanying software CD contains Canon’s oddly-named My Image Garden software. This gives you easy access to the MX925’s printing and scanning features, allows you to create password-protected PDFs and scan to cloud services including Dropbox and Evernote. Although My Image Garden has some useful features, such as a calendar showing your images by date, it’s also ugly and badly designed. More happily, the MX925 also supports Google Cloud Print, to let you print from many different devices over the internet, and Canon’s Pixma Printing Solutions app makes it easy to send the printer documents from an iOS or Android mobile phone or tablet on the same network.

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Basic Specifications

Maximum native print resolution9,600×2,400dpi
Max optical resolution2,400×4,800dpi
Output bit depth24-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A415ppm
Quoted speed, colour A410ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.03m 41s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.05m 40s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB, 10/100 Ethernet, 801.11n wireless
Optional printer interfaces£78
Noise (in normal use)44dB(A)

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeA4
Maximum paper weight300gsm
Standard paper inputs1
Standard paper input capacity250
Maximum paper inputs1
Maximum paper input capacity250
Duplex (code, cost if option)Yes


Printer technologythermal inkjet
Supported operating systemsWindows XP/Vita/7/8, Mac OS X 10.6.8+
Other inkjet features7.5cm colour screen, cloud printing
Other inkjet optionsN/A

Buying Information

Consumable parts and prices£12
Price per colour A4 page5.4p
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge375 pages (ISO/IEC 24711)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s)332 pages cyan, 333 pages magenta, 329 pages yellow (ISO/IEC 24711)
Quoted life of supplied photo cartridge(s)421 black, 121 cyan, 140 magenta, 120 yellow (ISO/IEC 29102)
Warrantyone year RTB

Print Quality

Number of ink colours4
Number of ink cartridges5
Maximum number of ink colours4
Maximum number of cartridges5
Quoted photo durability30 years
Quoted photo durability sourceCanon

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview13s
A4 document at 150dpi23s
A4 document at 300dpi1m 5s
6x4in photo at 600dpi1m 2s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi6m 23s

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.010s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.029s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.01m 45s

Photo Features

PictBridge supportYes
Borderless printingup to A4
Direct (PC-less) printingYes
Supported memory cardsnone
CD printingYes

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies99

Fax Features

Max mono fax resolution300x300dpi
Fax memory (maximum mono pages)250