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Canon Pixma MX512 Review

The Canon MX512 is a decent option for the price, but with a few drawbacks.

March 08, 2012
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Science Introduction

It doesn't exactly go toe-to-toe with a pro-photo printer, but the MX512 is impressive in its own right by the numbers.

Color Performance

For a multifunction printer, the color performance is quite good.

The Canon MX512 did a fairly average job of maintaining color accuracy, but it does struggle a little bit with the blues. You probably won't notice much of an error to the naked eye, however, as the color errors seem largely isolated. If left to its own handling of color profiles, the Canon MX512 can handle color accuracy fairly well, but it can really shine with a custom profile generated by specialized software. If you were to do this, you can expect color error to be reduced by about half.

Able to reproduce 50.7% of the Adobe RGB color gamut, the Canon MX512 does a fair job of maintaining good color performance for a multifunction printer, and in fact does better than some others at its price point. While it's theoretically possible that you can come across color values that can't be reproduced by the printer, it's unlikely to make an impact on your photos.

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Print Speed

Quick photo printing speeds and average document speeds.

Compared to other printers in its price point, the Canon MX512 actually prints photos acceptably fast, at a rate of one 8 x 10 print every 92.4 seconds. Because the Canon MX512 does not support some of the smaller, more popular photo sizes, you can't print on 4 x 6 paper, but you could conceivably print multiple 4 x 6 prints on one 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of photo paper. The Canon MX512 doesn't dawdle much when it is told to print, but that doesn't mean it's fast: in fact many times it will clean its printer heads or do something else first, so be wary that if you print photos, you will not be getting them in a hurry.

When it comes to document printing, the Canon MX512 can crank out color or black and white pages at standard quality at a rate of 2.24 pages per minute, which is on the higher end of average for a photo printer, but a bit low for an office printer. Compared to others at its price point, however, this is a fairly steady clip.

Detail Performance

Most prints have a minimal amount of detail loss.

The Canon MX512 does an exceptionally good job maintaining an even and bandless transition from white to full color in each of the 4 ink gradients. No nasty surprises here. There were a few peculiarities in certain areas. For example, if you were to take a microscope to your prints, you will notice that many of the lines are not as defined as they could be, and that sometimes the finer lines are blurred. This type of visual error has consequences in other photos too, as high contrast situations will see some detail error.

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