Summary: I had to return this printer due to the scanner not working since an error message said it couldn't communicate with the PC. Canon's online tech notes, and e-mail support (4 rounds), and a 45-minute phone call did not help. They just had me try different USB ports, uninstall and reinstall the software, and were wary of my 6' USB 2.0 cable, telling me that I needed a 4' gold-plated cable instead. I've never had a USB problem before with any other product.
Summary: I purchased this item refurbished in 2006 from a seller called raintrade; it was a really good buy. It has worked great. I use it to scan stuff (and it is so much faster than my old scanner); the scanner works great. And you can save the scanned file as a jpeg or pdf. You can scan multiple pages and save them as one file or separate files. I have used it as a copier, but not very much. It also works well. And I use it as a printer. It works great.
Summary: I was a low-end HP inkjet customer, for several printers. My last HP had mechanical issues after only a couple years of infrequent use. I nursed it along and when it fianlly gave out I went looking for something else. The MP-170 has exceeded all expectations; ease of use, utilities, and speed. The scanner has proven more useful than I thought it would. I've had this about a year, it's been great.
Good in many ways but also disappointing picture printing
G. S. Booth, Amazon
27 September 2006
Summary: I switched from an Epson when it stopped printing color properly, and I wanted a multi function inkjet for home use. Although I have liked my previous 2 Epsons, I decided against Epson because of a ribbon problem that occurs in various models (which happened to my husband's machine.) I also decided against HP because many consumer reviews mentioned paper jamming. Canon has very good reviews with Consumer Reports and on Amazon, and the price is very good.
Summary: Easy setup, fast text printing, reasonable scanning/copying ... for the price, way exceeded my expectations for photo printing ... on good paper photos are very high quality! A great, bargain printer!
Summary: I am really happy with this printer. I have now had it for about 6 weeks. No problems so far. I think the printing quality for photos is great. I read the other reviews, which said that the photo quality left something to be desired, and I disagree. My only criticism is that it uses ink fast, so if you buy it, buy some ink refills at the same time. It seems to use up the color ink more quickly than the black. I also love the fact that it has a copier, which works great.
Summary: After extensive research I chose this printer first of all because canon is a great product and second of all because of all the outstanding reviews. We recieved the printer in record time through amazon and so far are very satistfied with it. It serves well as a home printer and is wonderfully compatible with our canon digital camera.
Summary: my Epson crapped out on me and i need a new all-in one that was affordable, good, and i needed it fast and amazon delivered as usual!! i thought about buying the MP130, but it seems they had stopped with it and this was the next model up. cant tell many differences to be honest as i rarley use my brothers MP130, but i must say this MP170 is very good and prints very fast!! scans are great, copies arent to shabby!!
Summary: Just had my third Epson failure, read the reviews on Canon and switched. So far I'm very pleased, seems clearer than my Epsons. Really neat compact machine that does it all very well. Amazon delivered ahead of expectation.