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Being fans of Canon's line of digital SLR cameras, testers were most interested in evaluating the PIXMA MX892's adeptness at printing digital images. With its 4,096 color nozzles, the MX892 can produce a maximum resolution of 9,600 x 2,400. We were not disappointed. When printing a series of high-resolution test images, color gradations were continuous and there were absolutely no signs of pixelation or dithering.
But it certainly took its time; 4-inch-by-6-inch printouts took about a minute on average, and about twice that for 8-x-11 images. Canon estimates the cost for color printing with the MX892 at about 13 cents per page and rates color print speed at 9.3 pages per minute. In addition to its dye-based inks for CMYK, Canon employs a second pigment-based black ink cartridge for black-only printing to improve cost effectiveness. Its 512-nozzle black-only nozzle spits out a maximum resolution of 600 x 600 dpi at a rated speed of 12.5 ppm.
In addition to support for Apple's AirPrint (for printing from iPads and such) and Google Cloud Print (for direct printing of Google Docs), Canon also includes PIXMA Cloud Link, which permits printing through Google Cloud Print to the MX892 (or any other PIXMA Cloud Link-enabled printer) from any Internet-connected device. The feature works with Picasa and other web-based picture services and templates for printing directly to the MX892 without a computer.
Other software permits sharing the printer with anyone anywhere, and printing of pictures and movie frames from Canon cameras directly or through a series of photo filter effects such as miniature, fisheye and soft focus effects. The MX892 also can print from or scan to just about any type of memory card or stick, including USB, SD, microSD, miniSD, SDHC, xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick (all types), MMC and even CompactFlash.
For the small office, the Canon PIXMA MX892 Wireless Inkjet all-in-one printer with its Ethernet, USB and Wi-Fi interfaces (plus a Bluetooth option) is versatile enough, but its cost-per-page is a bit high and its paper capacity is a bit scant. It holds 150 sheets in the main cassette plus another 150 in the multipurpose feeder. But for $199, the MX892 delivers great quality color printing and would be a good MFP choice for organizations that don't rely too heavily on large volumes of printed materials.