Canon PIXMA MX870 Review

The Canon PIXMA MX870 Wireless is perhaps best known for its ability to print from literally any nook or cranny within your home. With this in mind, it’s really no wonder that it has been dubbed many times as the “ultimate wireless printing solution”. Whether you need an all-in-one home office for your own personal use or for more business-esque matters, the Canon PIXMA MX870 has got you covered. And then some.

While some have argued the Canon PIXMA MX870 is too expensive, the fact that it has so many features and can be honestly called (and indeed has been called) the “printer of the future” shouldn’t be ignored. The Canon PIXMA MX870 truly shows us what is possible in regards to our printers and multimedia centers in general thanks to its vast feature set, ease-of-use and simply functionality.


Arguably the most talked-about of the Canon PIXMA MX870 feature set is its ability to print in up to 9600 x 2400 dpi resolution. For those of you not fluent in printer-geek speak, the resolution is essentially the number of ink dots (dpi) that essentially make up the image. A 9600 x 2400 resolution basically means that you can print crystal clear photos and pictures with the mere press of a button. Indeed, it’s quite an impressive amount of ink dots that make up the images and the clarity and picture quality from the Canon PIXMA MX870 are every bit as impressive as you’d expect them to be from such a hefty resolution.

Another Canon PIXMA MX870 feature worth mentioning is the fact that it possesses individual ink tanks. This essentially saves you untold sums of money seeing as how you now only need to replace the Canon PIXMA MX870′s individual tanks as they run out in lieu of an entire color or black cartridge. Built in wi-fi enables you to print from anywhere in the house and makes setup and connection and absolute snap. The Canon PIXMA MX870 also features printing via Bluetooth for those of you so inclined to print your Facebook shots from your phones. If need be, you can even set up the Canon PIXMA MX870 to work as a fully-capable fax machine, easily turning your computer room into a fully functional office and multimedia printing center.

An overlooked benefit of the Canon PIXMA MX870 is the fact that it can also print wirelessly from an iPhone in mere seconds.

Printing/Copying Speed & Quality

As stated in the features section, the Canon PIXMA MX870 can print absolute masterpieces thanks to its 9600 x 2400 maximum coloring dpi which fires with just 1pl. Expect nothing but crystal-clear, breathtaking pictures and images from the Canon PIXMA MX870 that many will find hard to believe that such things came from a printer. The Canon PIXMA MX870 printer also possesses a 5-color ink system consisting of four dye (see: color) based inks plus the default, pigment-based black ink.

This goes hand-in-hand with the 9600 x 2400 resolution capabilities in creating exceptionally crisp photos and practical laser-quality text. Although already mentioned, it’s worth mentioning twice that such a setup can save you untold amounts of money should you use your printer on a regular basis. The future of printing is finally and truly here with the Canon PIXMA MX870.

In regards to the copying and printing speed, it’s really no surprise that such performance stands directly next to all of the other feature sets. A la, the Canon PIXMA MX870 prints and copies extremely fast, not to mention that it can effectively serve as a super G3 fax machine as well.


Thanks to the Canon PIXMA MX870 built-in wireless, ethernet, dual memory card/USB/Pictbridge and a USB 2.0 slots, the Canon PIXMA MX870 is arguably the easiest printer to connect to quickly and easily currently on the market. The fact that the Canon PIXMA MX870 also functions as a super G3 fax only serves to tops things off and make a strong case for the Canon PIXMA MX870 to become your printer of choice for a long time to come.

Bluetooth connectivity is also available out-of-the-box on the Canon PIXMA MX870, however if you don’t need or wish to utilize a Bluetooth connection then you can order an Canon PIXMA MX870 without this feature.


The Canon PIXMA MX870 features a built-in 35 sheet Duplex Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), ensuring simple and easy copying, scanning and faxing of multiple documents without ever having to load them more than once. If you’re so inclined, you can also support the green movement and automatically enable documents to print on both sides of a piece of paper, thus doing your small part to help save the environment.

Powering up the Canon PIXMA MX870 is now easier and quicker than ever. Simply pressing the power button boots up the Canon PIXMA MX870 printer in mere seconds, enabling you to get right to work immediately after pressing the key. And for those of us without a photographic eye, the Canon PIXMA MX870 “Auto Photo Fix II” automatically categorizes images into one of five types (portrait, scenery, night scenery, snapshot with scenery and snapshot with night scenery), going on to apply an optimal image and multi-zone exposure corrections. For those of you with absolutely no idea what that means, the Canon PIXMA MX870 essentially scans all photos it’s printing and configures the settings automatically for optimal printing and viewing. Ah, technology!

Bottom Line

When it’s all said and done, it’s really quite easy to see why the Canon PIXMA MX870 has received so much of its praise and accolades. It’s quite literally a printer-heads wet dream in so many ways that it’s truly quite difficult to imagine a printer being made that could be better. Price-wise, you’re certainly paying for all of the aforementioned benefits and features (as well as the one’s not talked about in this review), but when it all comes down to it, the Canon PIXMA MX870 is worth every penny. Indeed it may even truly be worth its weight in gold!

If you’re looking for a home office or business all-in-one wireless printer and fax that doubles as a personal picture printing machine, then there’s no need to look any further than the Canon PIXMA MX870. It truly is quite amazing.

Here are some great features of the Canon PIXMA MX870:

  • Resolution – 9600 x 2400 maximum color dpi
  • 2.5” LCD Screen – Easily view, select as well as edit your images, No downloading needed
  • Auto Scan Mode –The type original document type will automatically be recognized! then scans and saves the suitable settings.
  • Built-In Wireless – Print or scan wirelessly from any computer around the house
  • iPhone Printing – Print your photos wirelessly from iOS devices

The Canon Pixma mx870 wireless printing works without a hiccup. The individual ink tanks on the Canon PIXMA MX870 are one of my favorite features. If one color is out just replace that color. When you lift the lid to replace it, the tanks are illuminated and the one that is out will be flashing. Overall the Canon PIXMA MX870 is one of the best multifunction’s on the market to date.