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Canon Pixma MP240 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £39
inc VAT

We first reviewed Canon’s Pixma MP240 in What’s New, Shopper 255.

We’re including it here because it’s still cracking value. Everything from its construction to its sharp prints belies its price. It uses a tri-colour cartridge plus a cartridge of pigmented black ink for standard document printing, but even this gives print costs only slightly higher than Epson’s BX300FW.

Its standard-quality print speed of 5.6ppm is quick enough for most tasks. Document quality was excellent, with sharp, smooth-edged text. Colour illustrations were bright and accurately shaded. Even in draft mode, which prints at a fairly swift 7.5ppm, text was clear and well defined. Photo quality was sharp and light colours were accurate, although dark shades slightly lacked intensity because the printer has no photographic black ink.

Both colour and mono copy quality were excellent, with clear reproduction of text and accurate colour and shading. Many budget MFPs are limited to nine photocopies in a single run, but the MP240 can be set up to 20.

The ScanGear scanner software has been simplified, but all the usual Advanced Mode features are still present, from software-based dust and scratch removal to tone and shadow correction. By default, the scanner interface closes after each scan but can be set to remain open.

You can also retain the preview image between scans. The 1,200dpi maximum resolution is higher than that of most budget MFPs, but the integrated Contact Image Sensor (CIS) scanner is best suited to scanning photos for the web or documents for archiving. Colours and shading were accurate, though.

Print costs of 7.9p per mixed-colour page are slightly higher than the other inkjets here, and the tri-colour cartridge has to be replaced if you run out of any one colour. However, the MP240’s incredibly low price and excellent print quality make it our favourite low-price inkjet MFP. If you don’t print often but still want good-quality prints and accurate scans, this is a perfect choice. It’s our Budget Buy.

Basic Specifications

Maximum native print resolution4,800×1,200dpi
Max optical resolution1,200×2,400dpi
Output bit depth48-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A419ppm
Quoted speed, colour A415ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.06m 24s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.010m 24s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB, PictBridge USB
Optional printer interfacesnone
Noise (in normal use)42dB(A)
Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption idle2W
Power consumption active12W

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeA4/legal
Maximum paper weight300gsm
Standard paper inputs1
Standard paper input capacity100
Maximum paper inputs1
Maximum paper input capacity100
Duplex (code, cost if option)No


Printer technologythermal inkjet
Supported operating systemsWindows 2000/XP/Vista, Mac OS X 10.3.9 – 10.5
Other inkjet featuresnone
Other inkjet optionsnone

Buying Information

Price per colour A4 page4.4p
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge220 pages (ISO/IEC 24711)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s)244 pages (ISO/IEC 24711)
Quoted life of supplied photo cartridge(s)N/A
Warrantyone year RTB

Print Quality

Number of ink colours4
Number of ink cartridges2
Maximum number of ink colours4
Maximum number of cartridges2
Quoted photo durability30 years
Quoted photo durability sourceCanon

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview8s
A4 document at 150dpi11s
A4 document at 300dpi19s
6x4in photo at 600dpi23s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi57s

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.042s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.044s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0N/A

Photo Features

PictBridge supportYes
Borderless printingA4, letter, 20x25cm, 13x18cm, 10x15cm
Direct (PC-less) printingYes
Supported memory cardsnone
CD printingNo

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies20
Max colour copy resolution1,200dpi

Fax Features

Max mono fax resolutionN/A
Fax memory (maximum mono pages)N/A