Design & Setup
At about 49 cm wide, 45 cm deep and about 22 cm tall, the Canon PIXMA MX886 has a very manageable footprint. With all the trays closed, the printer takes on a boxy shape. At 11.7 kg, it's not exactly light, but it does house five ink tanks and an auto duplex unit. Take note though, the largely glossy exterior makes it a huge fingerprint magnet. In fact, out of the box, you'd notice a fair bit of tape protecting these glossy bits.
When you setup the printer for the first time, it would take a good 10 minutes to complete the initial print head alignment routine. The ample 3.0-inch LCD would provide helpful illustrations to guide you through the steps. After which, just pop in the bundled installation disc to install the necessary drivers and software. You can connect the AIO to the computer directly using a USB cable, or over a wired LAN using an Ethernet cable, or wirelessly over Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) and Windows Connect Now (WCN) wireless authentication methods are supported.
On the software side, MP Navigation EX works mainly with scanned documents: you could classify and view them in categories, extracts text to a .TXT file, and password protect your PDF files, among others. On the other hand, Easy-PhotoPrint EX deals mainly with your digital photos. For example, you could import photos directly from Flickr, and use them to decorate photo albums, calendars, and stickers. Easy-WebPrint EX is a webpage-clipping and printing software. You can do a lot of nifty things with it, such as rearranging the layout and inserting your own images before printing, and making an A5-sized booklet out of the materials you've "clipped". The MX886 also comes with Canon's Full HD Movie Print function. This allows you to print snapshots out of videos shot with compatible Canon digital cameras.
It's common these days for printer makers to have accompanying apps for mobile devices. Canon's answer is the Easy-PhotoPrint app; and it's available for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, as well as Android devices. Best yet, the app is free.
The Canon PIXMA MX886 uses a total five inks - four dye-based and one pigment-based. The pigment black ink is easily recognizable from its wider set of nozzles. When printing on plain paper, the pigment black ink should result in darker blacks (important for text) and minimal smearing if the paper gets wet.