Summary: the reviews on here are probably from people who like to pay hundreds of dollars for ink and then have no problem with a broken printer (or the Canon PR people- they seem to have high ratings on their site too). just google all the issues with this thing, if the ink is low it wont print, copy, or scan. Then, when you try all the troubleshooting techniques, Canon basically acknowledges their design flaws. Seriously, I've never been so upset with a product before.
Summary: This is by far the worst printer I've ever owned. I've had it just over a year, and have had no end of problems with it, beginning with the first time I set it up and one of the Canon print cartridges that came with it (Magenta) was not recognized. It was downhill from there. The printer is big, ugly and clumsy. The ink does not last long. I only need occasional printing, and my ink cartridges seem to always need to be replaced.
Summary: Stay away from this printer unless you want to spend huge amounts of money on ink. The worst part of this printer's design is that it uses COLOR ink to print black. This results in the small color tanks constantly running out of ink. Once this happens, the printer will refuse to print, even if you are printing black text.
Summary: AMAZON SHOULD NOT HAVE SOLD THIS MP530 PRINTER. AFTER PRINTING A FEW PAGES, THE ALARM LIGHT COMES ON AND IT STATES " PAPER JAMMED." TO DO MORE PRINTING YOU HAVE TO REMOVE THE PAPER, RAISE THE SECTION WHERE YOU CAN SEE THE INK JETS THEN LOWER,AND THEN PUSH THE " OK " BUTTON. FROM THEN ON YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW THIS PROCESS FOR EACH SHEET PRINTED. THE FIRST 2 WEEKS, I JUST UNPLUGGED THE PRINTER AND USED MY WIFE'S PRINTER AND REPLUG THE NEXT DAY.
Summary: Don't buy this printer if you're looking for reliability. It has broken down in multiple ways over the last year and a half. Call me crazy, but I'd expect a printer like this to last more than 18 months. Each time we seem to be able to find a work around or quick fix, but we've finally run out of luck. Now the paper won't feed and we can't print anything. Overall a piece of trash and I'll make sure to avoid all Canon products from here on out.
Summary: Installation was easy. Printing noisy but fast and loved the double side. Copying and scanning features worked fine. Never tried faxing because the machine as I will explain never gave me a chance. The product came with a complete set of tricolor and black cartridges like an omen of the futures expenses I will incur on it. They run out really fast so I thought It was because they were a plus of the buy and they might be already low. Suddenly I discovered the sad true.
Summary: Canon deliberately designed this thing to force you to buy their expensive ink cartridges whether you need them or not (the tech person at Canon told me that all their multifunction printer/scanner/etc. stop functioning completely when there's an ink problem). You can't send a fax or scan a document unless everything is ok with the ink -- nevermind that you don't actually -use- ink to scan or send faxes. I'm giving it one star only because Amazon won't let me give zero.
Summary: The head lamp broke after one year and apparently that is the average life of these things. And the whole entire printer and scanner can't be fixed or used after that. What a waste of money! And on top of that- polluting the earth with cheap horrible hardware. Buy a different brand! Canon is great for cameras but not printers.
Don't buy this printer! You're wasting your money if you do
Dawn in Oxford, MS, Amazon
27 April 2010
Summary: I sure wish I had read these reviews before I bought this printer. I know for a fact that every time it sounds like it's charging or whatever, it is spilling ink onto that pad that's inside. I had to quit using it because it had about a 1 inch black wet line running down the page, the paper would fall apart it was so wet.
Pros: I am having a hard time thinking of something good to say....The reason i purchased this model was because the tanks were easier to remove replace than my last printer....
Cons: The original carts lasted 4 weeks and found out that replacements were expen$ive. The rear feeder jams often. It is hard to clean the pads inside. The print head has plugged several times. Huge disappointment.