MP390 Inkjet Printer (18 PPM, 4800x1200 DPI, Color, PC) - Security Camera User Rating
Manufacturer: Canon
Model: 9017A002
Printer Type: Color Inkjet|Monochrome Inkjet
Average User RatingAverage User RatingAverage User Rating: Number of User Reviews: 29

Reviewed by: NoDealsHere from NJ on Oct 22, 2004

Experience: 20 Days

Strengths: Excellent photo printing quality, can print photos directly from camera.

Weaknesses: Not really.

Summary: The print quality for photo is excellent from this printer.

You don't have to upload your pictures to your PC for printing, you can directly print the pictures from the camera.

As a scanner also, its a good quality machine. You can even convert the scanned document to a text file.

There are only 2 ink cartridges and the they are not very expensive. But yes, these are low-capacity catridges and the speed is a bit slow, so you cannot really use it for heavy duty printing, however its okay for personal use. Also it does not have automatic document feeder.

Overall an excellent all-in-one printer for a good price!

Reviewed by: salfl110 from FL on Dec 15, 2004

Experience: 2 Months

Strengths: Prints Ok

Weaknesses: Noisey

Summary: (Edited December 31st by salfl110) It worked for 2 months ok. Ran out of ink and had to change cartridge. Could not get upper lid to lock so I could change cartridge. Support said I could bring it the nearest Canon repair station. There was none that near to me. They then said that they would send me a refurbished one in place of my new one. I think they should have given me a new one instead of a refurbished one.-----There was nothing wrong with the lid, had to use more power than I thought, the printer works fine. they did send me a replacement over night, fast service. Sent the replcement back. Will give this printer a better rating than I did before.

Reviewed by: usedrnamme from CA on Jan 24, 2005

Experience: 1 Years



Summary: It is very very loud and does a print head cleaning after @ 1 minute after finishing each print job, whether it be a one page print or several it doesn't matter. Bottom line it is very annoying!! The ink tanks are too small, even the generic ones. I would not buy it again, and am looking into a HP. My friend has an office jet - works great and very quiet.

Reviewed by: fhsu3 from TX on Nov 29, 2004

Experience: 1 Months

Strengths: This is a multi-function unit that is perfect for home use. All the functions can be easily controlled from a computer. Print and scan quality is excellent.

Weaknesses: Take a long time to warm up, print, and scan.

Summary: The black unit fits well in an office of dark color furnitures. Paper loading can be tricky if you can't see the loading slot in the back. Front cover can be closed to save space when the unit is off. The software tools included are very good for casual users. As most inkjet printers, ink cost could be an issue.

Reviewed by: dozlee from FL on Dec 7, 2004

Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: Design and features

Weaknesses: Somewhat tall

Summary: Design, color and many features won me over. Canon also has excellent customer service who communicate well. A built-in fax is a feature many mid-range all-in-ones do not have. Card readers worked fine and were cleverly integrated in the design. I'm glad I purchased it when I did since it is now hard to find.

Reviewed by: janczp from WI on Jan 7, 2005

Experience: 30 Days

Strengths: Solid and Reliable

Weaknesses: A little Noisy - Small Ink capacity

Summary: I've been a repeated Canon user. This copier has so far lived up to the solid performance I've come to expect from Canon product copiers. Nice features and very easy to use. Great for a general home use and light home office. I would buy again.

Reviewed by: thehairdaddy from CA on Feb 10, 2005

Experience: 2 Days

Strengths: Beautiful nice looking machine perfect for home or very small business.

Weaknesses: a little bulky, small ink refills, but the looks and Canon name make up the difference.

Summary: I've only owned it a couple days but does print really nice pictures and copies.
I probably will never use the Fax but will use the Scanner/Copier which is very nice.
All in all I am pretty satisified since this unit will do what I want it to do.
I could of spent more for bigger options; but I thought I'd never use it anyways.

Reviewed by: Jedi2155 from CA on Jan 30, 2005

Experience: 7 Days

Strengths: Fast Printing, Decent Image quality on the scanner. Cheap Ink, built in media reader

Weaknesses: No separate ink tanks, big, media reader slow, ink cartridges are small.

Summary: I bought this due to my old scanner refusing to work with Windows XP. I have to say that it is a very nice multifunction printer with excellent print quality. However my main gripe about it is its huge size (though there isn't much you can really do to get around this) and its very slow media reader. I'm getting about 150-300 KB a second on the reader with slow access times for my Lexar 1 GB 32x SD card. Imagine transfering a 800 MB file @ 150 KB a second.....not very fun. But its better than nothing (as I hear other multi-function printers with built in media readers do not recognize itself as a usb mass storage device in windows)

Everything else is very nice though, I would definitely buy it again and get a separate media reader instead.

Reviewed by: Ohiobuc from OH on Jan 15, 2005

Experience: 6 Days

Strengths: looks, design, print quality.

Weaknesses: ink cartiages a little small.

Summary: Nice machine, perfect for my small office. Duties include printing and copying, some scanning. I have not set this up for faxing as I use a laser fax. The machine is a little noisy after printing, runs a self-cleaning after every use. I guess this keeps the print quality high. I would recommend this. Purchased for $149.00 with a $50.00 rebate.

Reviewed by: deshwasi from PA on Sep 20, 2004

Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: Cheap. Multifunction/Compact. Cheap Inks. Canon Quality

Weaknesses: No Document Feeder, Only 2 inks

Summary: This is a great all-in-one multifunction for someone who needs to do small volume scanning/faxing like Home or Home Office users. It works great and inks are very cheap. Print quality is very good. The only negatives are lack of Automatic Document Feeder and lack of separate color inks like some other multifunctions have. But overall, its a great value for money product and performs nicely in whatever it can do.

Reviewed by: sellmen from OH on Oct 24, 2004

Experience: 2 Months

Strengths: Fast, high quality text printing. Good photo quality, good scan quality.

Weaknesses: Ink tank capacity is small. Only two ink tanks - black and color.

Summary: The MP390 is a all-in-one color inkjet printer, fax, scanner, and copier. Suprisingly, it is good at every single one of these tasks. Text output is sharp; very similar to the i560/860 line of printers. Text output is quite fast as well. Photo quality is suprisingly good, considering there are only two ink tanks. The scanner/copier work fine.

The only real weakness for this product is the low capacity of the ink tanks - you will be replacing them often, especially if you use this machine to print photos. Otherwise, this is an outstanding all in one machine.

Reviewed by: wtt1979 on Oct 22, 2004

Experience: 20 Days

Strengths: Ink is so cheap! And the quality is very good. It's multifundtional and has a flat panel for scan. Easy to set up and use.

Weaknesses: Paper feeder is not very convenient and not as quiet as my old HP printer.

Summary: Overall it's a very good all-in-one, especially if you consider using a printer for a long time, this is the right choice since you can find really low-price ink cartridges for it. You don't have to get a new one when ink runs out.

Reviewed by: nerella from MO on May 1, 2004

Experience: 3 Days

Strengths: Scanning and copying excellent. Faxes with USB at a much faster rate. MicroTechnology Ink is outstanding. Scans with high quality. Great product!

Weaknesses: Attempted to find the MP390 by searching on the Internet for a prices of $120, or in the ballpark; unsuccesful. Attempted to find, e.g, $30 rebate; unsuccessful.

Summary: There were really no FAX reviews to be found. Then I started looking at Brothers and other multi-function machines. Lexmark has much lower price for a similar product, but did not choose to buy it. Had a Lexmark Printer for several years. Frequent paper jam problems;
uneven or blotched in stains.
Had great experince with Canon i550 printer, and still using it. Because of its great printing quality, and no paper jams so far. Canon's experience is in photography, and extending it to a mult-function fax machine for scanning and copying results in similar high quality printing, copying, and faxing. Save a lot of ink too!

Reviewed by: xsli77 from OH on Oct 12, 2004

Experience: 15 Days

Strengths: looks great, easy to set up

Weaknesses: noisy

Summary: This is a very cheap all in one machine made by canon, it looks very good, very easy to set up, and give very good quality of printing and scaning, of course, it is compare to the similiar price AIO machine. But this is no USB cable, so need to spend another 20 dollars on those cable and there is only two free cart. when I use it, it is a little noisy. think about all these together, I rate this machine 3 out of 5, a fair quality one

Reviewed by: pikespen from GA on May 12, 2004

Experience: 7 Days

Strengths: fast,neat clean design gets rid of home office high quality results from photo printer

Weaknesses: faxing multi page documents a pain

Summary: If you are mainly using this as a printer with occasional office duties (ie. Faxing),this is a lot of printer for the money.The photo results show Canon's experience in the camera world.Speedy processing,clean vibrant results.If you need more office functions this is a pain as multi page documents have to be fed one page at a time in the scanner and then faxed.I would buy again,unless the price drops on the HP 2410

Reviewed by: no2guncntrl from CA on May 13, 2004

Experience: 3 Days

Strengths: Nice compact machine. Looks great.

Weaknesses: Two things. One that I feel is important. There is no LCD backlight. It's hard to see the data being displayed. If I had known it didn't have a backlight I wouldn't have bought it.

Summary: The other item which makes it less than ideal is the
manual feed for multi pages that need to be faxed.
If you do light fax work no big deal.

On the plus side the printing is real nice and clear. It
really is a fine looking machine and the control panel is
is easy to access. It comes with a good manual and it
was a pc of cake to hook up and get going. There is
NO USB CABLE so you'll have to get one for it. Kinda
cheap there, Canon, but for the money you could do worse.

Reviewed by: disneylover from FL on Jul 13, 2004

Experience: 1 Days

Strengths: ******* Easy setup. ******* Windows 2000-compatible, unlike its HP multi-function predecessor. "Office-like" flat-bed copying. Very fast printing. Accepts most digital camera media cards. Stylish!

Weaknesses: None notable other than the fact that the paper supply is upright, exposed and prone to warpage rather than lying flat.

Summary: Seems like an incredible value at less than half the cost of its predecessor HP m/f printer. What a pleasure! As stated setup is a cinch and its compatible with Windows 2000 (a major headache in the past). Flat-bed copying is cool.

Reviewed by: victorxian from NY on Sep 4, 2004

Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: Multiple function

Weaknesses: Comes without USB cord

Summary: You get a scanner, copy machine, printer and fax all-in-one machine at an incredible price. Easy connection, no hassle to set up in PC. Low cost in generic ink, about $1 each cartige. But you have to invest on USB cord.

Reviewed by: VICTORRVIC from FL on Apr 29, 2004

Experience: 10 Days

Strengths: I can do everything in my home office

Weaknesses: can not find one weakness yet

Summary: highly recommened for home office or someone who need fax, copy machine, scanning and printer.It save space ,It looks good and is very stylus. I am very satisfy with the recommendation of tech tv, not only for canon MP390 but also for .

Reviewed by: sakthi on Nov 3, 2004

Experience: 10 Days

Strengths: Quick start up Fast printing, copying Inexpensive ink cartridges

Weaknesses: No USB cabe

Summary: The only complaint I have so far is that they don't include USB cable with the printer. It's ridiculous.

It warms up pretty fast and copies and prints great. Haven't used much of fax yet but I am sure will do the job.

Overall, I think this is an inexpensive all-in-one (as compared to those Epsons with no fax) that's great for home/moderate use.

Reviewed by: halicarnassus from AZ on Dec 30, 2004

Experience: 1 Days

Strengths: Build quality, print quality, speed, price, and it's a Canon.

Weaknesses: Small ink tanks may cause a little inconvenience. Sheet feeding support and mechanism is a little flimsy and hard to reach for adjustment.

Summary: I was looking for a simple and inxpensive all-in-one for my home office. I first went with HP 1350. After few days of use, I have returned it due to instability and performance issues, and got this one.

This is a good home office product. It has many features, and the print quality is good for both text/graph and photo. I haven't used the fax yet, ut I don't expect problems. It also comes with a decent software package for scanning in to OCR or PDF, photo/graphics editing, etc. For money (~ $150), I think it's a lot of technology.

Reviewed by: liuspring on Dec 25, 2004

Experience: 65 Days

Strengths: Compact size, light weight, design of the key pads.

Weaknesses: 1. Very low ink capacity. 2. use 3-color ink cartridge rather than seperate ones. 3. speed is just OK.

Summary: This printer sits close to my 30" wide screen monitor. It looks good. But the ink run out very quickly when I only copied less than 100 pages. Another problem is it delayes my cord phone ring when it is running. The corded phone hooked up this printer always rings after I answer by my cordless phone. I still have no chance to test the photo printing quality. Generaly speaking, it is OK for occasionly using.

Reviewed by: blackcapten from OH on Mar 31, 2005

Experience: 60 Days

Strengths: easy to use, simple interface, easy to setup, nice quality, decent price

Weaknesses: sometimes a little slow, can go through ink fast if you print or copy a lot

Summary: Overall this is a nice all-in-one. I did not experience any problems or issues.

I set it up without any trouble, used a USB cable I had lying around. Prints fast enough for me. Have not faxed yet but it seems pretty straightforward.

I like being able to make copies easily and instantly. Although you can waste a lot of ink if you copy small items (receipts, UPCs, etc.) because the rest of the paper prints up all black (lots of black ink goes to waste). Maybe there is a way to avoid this, perhaps putting something else on the device such as a piece of paper.

Scanning is just as simple without any problems. I think newer models are faster, but this is fine for me for now.

Even though you might use a lot of ink if you print a lot, there are stores that sell generic ink and its cheap and works fine.

Reviewed by: liuspring1 from OH on Jan 30, 2005

Experience: 2 Months

Strengths: I like the compact design.

Weaknesses: None.

Summary: The price is good for me as it came with $50 rebate when I bought it. Rebate returned very quickly. This all-in-one works fine. For the genuine ink the quality of photo printing is quite convincing. It is easy to print from my canon S400 camera directly. I have tried general ink catridge for normal text printing and I am satisfied with it. A good buy.

Reviewed by: iceron from FL on Jan 19, 2005

Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: Looks Pretty, Has a card reader

Weaknesses: Paper Feed, Envelope limitations, Fax features

Summary: I was greatly disappointed with just about everything. The paper feed is really poor, as far as feeding the paper evenly. The envelope printing is limited to a couple of sizes, mainly due to the poor paper feed. Every type of media that you load in the paper feeder must be really, really, supported all the way. The fax/phone switching is very picky about how it is handled. Requires special impractical conditions, and connections. The setup for the machine must be done with a series of interacting controls on the panel, and cannot be done from the computer. You must sit there with the manual every time you want to configure a feature. All in all, too many obsticals that you cannot work around.

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