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Excellent price for a top rated printer. It was A listed at PC Pro for absolutely ages and this is the cheapest i've ever seen it. Very cheap unbranded inks available for it too.

£146.02 at Ebuyer. £149.95 at John Lewis. £152.99 at Play and typically over £140 at most other places.

The PIXMA MP640 is a high performance easy to use, wireless All-in-One. With great Creative Media functions including, CD/DVD printing, dual paper trays and auto-duplex, the PIXMA MP640 will integrate seamlessly into any home or office network and achieve photo-lab quality results at speed. Ready to use straight out of the box, the PIXMA MP640 delivers bold black text, faithful copies, intelligent scanning and stand alone printing via memory cards, PictBridge and USB. With WiFi and Ethernet connectivity, as well as Single Ink tanks for added economy, the PIXMA MP640 is a first class multipurpose home and office photo printer.
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#1
PC Pro review.

Tech Radar review.

Edited By: RedOnRed on Oct 15, 2010 22:15: Edit
#2
Ordered, thanks!

Brilliant price, been looking at this for the last 8 weeks. Just a few days ago it was £143.00

Jason
#3
jaypr
Ordered, thanks!

Brilliant price, been looking at this for the last 8 weeks. Just a few days ago it was £143.00

Jason


Knowing Amazon it will be back up to £140ish in next to no time, so well done for getting in there.
#4
I have 1 deal to post but my network too slow to do it,can someone post it pls.
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/6705127.htm
thanks.
#5
is this one eat ink like 630 without printing, when you switch on ?
#6
Argos selling Canon MP250 for £34.99,reserved and colect.
#7
seancsc
Argos selling Canon MP250 for £34.99,reserved and colect.

Not quite in the same league if you care to look
#8
yes,but good for those who have lower budget like me.
#9
Canon's are fantastic prints, but the inks are extortionate, yes you can buy non branded inks, but then whats the point in having the Canon printer ? Billions of pounds are spent on refining inks and getting just the correct colour to represent almost true to life photos. Why spend £100 on a printer if you are then just going to scrimp on the ink ? Its like buying a Ferrari and trying to run it on Bio-diesel. Good deal, but if you scrimp on the ink, you may be dissapointed. Personally I just bought a Kodak, of the same ilk, not quite as good overall quality, but good enough to frame them , and the manufacturers inks are half the price to replace.
#10
seancsc
yes,but good for those who have lower budget like me.
I bought the MP250 from Argos a couple of months ago and it's great for what it does. Plus it comes with £5 off vouchers to cover ink up until August 2011.

However, I wish I had held off now. This Pixma looks brilliant. Heat added!
1 Like #11
Excellent price for a superb printer. I've got the MP610 and even though it's brilliant I wish it had the Ethernet/WiFi connectivity of the MP640.

Incidentally, Tesco is selling the MP550 for £49.97 -- an absolute steal if you're looking for a budget all-in-one machine!
#12
There would appear to be issues with this model on the amount of ink it consumes, plus, problems with clarity of text with duplex printing.

However on a plus point, it does CD/DVD printing :)

I'm in two minds at the moment having read about these issues. [there was also mention of Windows 7 driver problems, but these may have since been sorted???]

Good price.
#13
Soulreape
Canon's are fantastic prints, but the inks are extortionate, yes you can buy non branded inks, but then whats the point in having the Canon printer ? Billions of pounds are spent on refining inks and getting just the correct colour to represent almost true to life photos. Why spend £100 on a printer if you are then just going to scrimp on the ink ? Its like buying a Ferrari and trying to run it on Bio-diesel. Good deal, but if you scrimp on the ink, you may be dissapointed. Personally I just bought a Kodak, of the same ilk, not quite as good overall quality, but good enough to frame them , and the manufacturers inks are half the price to replace.


I use compatible cartridges at around 50p each and have had no problems with the quality of prints whether photo, graphic or text and I'm quite fussy about the print quality.
#14
Gitfinger
Soulreape
Canon's are fantastic prints, but the inks are extortionate, yes you can buy non branded inks, but then whats the point in having the Canon printer ? Billions of pounds are spent on refining inks and getting just the correct colour to represent almost true to life photos. Why spend £100 on a printer if you are then just going to scrimp on the ink ? Its like buying a Ferrari and trying to run it on Bio-diesel. Good deal, but if you scrimp on the ink, you may be dissapointed. Personally I just bought a Kodak, of the same ilk, not quite as good overall quality, but good enough to frame them , and the manufacturers inks are half the price to replace.
I use compatible cartridges at around 50p each and have had no problems with the quality of prints whether photo, graphic or text and I'm quite fussy about the print quality.

I can only assume you resemble your avatar then. Its not just the name they are charging you for, although that does count for a fair amount of it, the ink industry is worth multi millions. If 50p inks did the same job as £35 inks, dont you think the rest of the print industry would be using them ? They may look ok when you first print, but look at them again in a month / years time.
2 Likes #15
Well if avatars are to be believed at least I don't look like and have the single mindedness of a graphics card! If I want to sell prints as a professional then perhaps you are right but I don't, the pictures I have printed still look fine to me and the rest of my family a couple of years since I printed them but perhaps that's because of the paper I printed them on? It's not all to do with the inks like the printer manufactures would like you to believe, each to their own but my 50p crap inks are doing just fine with my iP5200! How's your not so quite as good Kodak doing with the proper inks?



Edited By: Gitfinger on Oct 16, 2010 03:50: added a bit
#16
There are varying standards of compatiable inks and have been using them with my MP610 with no apparent drop in quality. I always use Jet-Tec (around £15 for a set of 5 chipped cartridges) as they seem to me to be about the best quality wise. As a keen amateur photographer I'm a fussy b*gger when it comes to print quality, but I really can't tell any difference between that and the Canon ones. There may be a difference when it comes to long term colour fastness,no problems so far but only time will tell.


It's long been known that Epson, Canon, HP et al sell their printers as a loss leader and make their money on the sales of ink. It's in their own interests after all to protect this revenue stream which is why they propagate yarns about how compatible inks can: damage your printer, invalidate your warranty, fade with time etc etc. As long as you're careful about what inks you put in the printer and as long as you aren't a professional photographer selling your prints, compatible inks should be just fine for most people.
#17
Soulreape
Gitfinger
Soulreape
Canon's are fantastic prints, but the inks are extortionate, yes you can buy non branded inks, but then whats the point in having the Canon printer ? Billions of pounds are spent on refining inks and getting just the correct colour to represent almost true to life photos. Why spend £100 on a printer if you are then just going to scrimp on the ink ? Its like buying a Ferrari and trying to run it on Bio-diesel. Good deal, but if you scrimp on the ink, you may be dissapointed. Personally I just bought a Kodak, of the same ilk, not quite as good overall quality, but good enough to frame them , and the manufacturers inks are half the price to replace.
I use compatible cartridges at around 50p each and have had no problems with the quality of prints whether photo, graphic or text and I'm quite fussy about the print quality.


I can only assume you resemble your avatar then. Its not just the name they are charging you for, although that does count for a fair amount of it, the ink industry is worth multi millions. If 50p inks did the same job as £35 inks, dont you think the rest of the print industry would be using them ? They may look ok when you first print, but look at them again in a month / years time.


Generic unbranded ink quality can be variable but I have to say that i've been using them for years on a Canon printer without a problem. The customer service that i've received has also been first class too. Yes, the printer manufacturers do want your money to go on their ink but there are a lot of very reputable companies selling ink which is at least equal and if not superior to the originals. They wouldn't be in business otherwise.

I would say that inkjet toner is less of a gamble than laserjet toner though. Being in support i've seen a lot leaking laserjet toners that have spilled toner all over the insides of printers and then others which just haven't worked. It's probably just because there's more to go wrong.
#18
If people are voting cold could they please point out where this can be purchased cheaper?
#19
Gitfinger
Soulreape
Canon's are fantastic prints, but the inks are extortionate, yes you can buy non branded inks, but then whats the point in having the Canon printer ? Billions of pounds are spent on refining inks and getting just the correct colour to represent almost true to life photos. Why spend £100 on a printer if you are then just going to scrimp on the ink ? Its like buying a Ferrari and trying to run it on Bio-diesel. Good deal, but if you scrimp on the ink, you may be dissapointed. Personally I just bought a Kodak, of the same ilk, not quite as good overall quality, but good enough to frame them , and the manufacturers inks are half the price to replace.


I use compatible cartridges at around 50p each and have had no problems with the quality of prints whether photo, graphic or text and I'm quite fussy about the print quality.


Who do you use ?
#20
Soulreape
Gitfinger
Soulreape
Canon's are fantastic prints, but the inks are extortionate, yes you can buy non branded inks, but then whats the point in having the Canon printer ? Billions of pounds are spent on refining inks and getting just the correct colour to represent almost true to life photos. Why spend £100 on a printer if you are then just going to scrimp on the ink ? Its like buying a Ferrari and trying to run it on Bio-diesel. Good deal, but if you scrimp on the ink, you may be dissapointed. Personally I just bought a Kodak, of the same ilk, not quite as good overall quality, but good enough to frame them , and the manufacturers inks are half the price to replace.
I use compatible cartridges at around 50p each and have had no problems with the quality of prints whether photo, graphic or text and I'm quite fussy about the print quality.


I can only assume you resemble your avatar then. Its not just the name they are charging you for, although that does count for a fair amount of it, the ink industry is worth multi millions. If 50p inks did the same job as £35 inks, dont you think the rest of the print industry would be using them ? They may look ok when you first print, but look at them again in a month / years time.


For prints you need to keep for a long time or give as a present then yes but the majority of printing compatible inks are fine...as other people have said the Inks are how Canon et all make allot (all ?) of their money with regard to such printers.
#21
I've got an IP4300 that prints cd/dvds. Good little printer. I use compatible inks and the results are pretty good. Recently got compatible ink from Disk Depot and for the first time printing quality looks sh1te. So it's obviously a bit hit & miss with some inks.

If I were in the market for a printer I'd snap this up and then use decent compatible inks.
#22
afroylnt
Who do you use ?


ink.co.uk, delivery was a bit slow but now they state delivery times are now faster.
#23
Faythur
There would appear to be issues with this model on the amount of ink it consumes, plus, problems with clarity of text with duplex printing.However on a plus point, it does CD/DVD printing :)I'm in two minds at the moment having read about these issues. [there was also mention of Windows 7 driver problems, but these may have since been sorted???]Good price.

I've owned this printer for about 6 months now and its been faultless throughout.
Really easy to install, comes with a host of software and looks really good too.
#24
Just ordered. Thanks
#25
Soulreape
Why spend £100 on a printer if you are then just going to scrimp on the ink ? Its like buying a Ferrari and trying to run it on Bio-diesel.


If three full tanks of super unleaded cost more than the new Ferrari I might agree, but in this case it's a totally worthless and misleading analogy. £100, whilst a lot of money to some, pales into insignificance if you use a lot of ink and buy OEM brand cartridges. I've used third party cartridges in my old Epson R200 for several years and it still manages some very decent quality prints.

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