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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


We’ve no criticism of Canon’s excellent scanner interface. If you want scanning to be as easy as possible, the default Basic Mode asks you for a bit of information about what kind of material you’re scanning and at what size you’d like to print or display the final image. The software then uses this information to work out what resolution and settings to apply to your scan. If, on the other hand, you want complete control over your scanned image, Advanced Mode lets you enable, disable and adjust features such as sharpening, grain correction, saturation and brightness. In both advanced and basic modes, the interface can detect when you’re scanning a photo or multiple photos. Its thumbnail view displays each photo separately and will automatically crop them to the right size.

Scan quality is very good indeed, with accurate reproduction of even subtle shades and precise reproduction of fine detail. With a maximum optical scan resolution of 2,400×4,800, this CIS scanner is good enough for making archive-quality reproductions of favourite images and important family documents. Copy quality is also good, with sharp text and accurately shaded image reproduction, even on the mono parts of a densely coloured illustration.

The MFP’s print quality is also excellent. Its print speeds aren’t fantastic compared to high-speed business inkjet or laser printers, but they’re decent for home or home office use, particularly if you don’t usually print loads of huge documents. Colour prints emerged at a consistent 3.5ppm, while mono prints took 11.5ppm. If you print text at draft quality, you’ll only get a boost to 11.8ppm, so it’s not worth it, even though this MFP’s draft text is better than many inkjet printers’ full-quality attempts. There’s no card reader here, but you can plug one into the USB port if required.

Text prints were incredibly sharp, while our challenging illustrated business documents looked brilliant, with smooth, accurate colours, excellent shading and fine reproduction of even 8pt lettering. Photo quality is, as we’ve come to expect from Canon printers with four or more dye-based cartridges, excellent, with natural colours, good contrast and rich, deep black tones. At top quality, 6x4in photo prints take just over a minute each to emerge.

Print costs based on Canon’s XXL ink cartridges are surprisingly cheap, working out at 1.9p for a mono page and 7.3p for a page of mixed colour, and the printer itself only costs £113. It’s not the fastest printer around, but it’s quick enough. We certainly can’t fault its print quality, making it a great buy for a home or small office.

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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