Canon PIXMA MP640 review

Speed, specs and sophistication make this a standout all-in-one printer

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Canon's new ChromaLife100+ ink and paper system makes for more vibrant reds than previous versions and the MP640 makes the most of this to produce spectacular photo prints of the highest quality, while being equally adept at general purpose document and graphics printing.

We liked

Quiet, reliable and easy to use, the MP640 is an object lesson in elegant sophistication. It's great being able to load plain paper in the main input cassette underneath the printer, yet still be able to add photo paper and other specialist stationery into the rear input tray when you need to.

The standalone control system is equally intuitive and easy to use, and a wide range of media card slots include CompactFlash, SD, SDHC, MMC and MS compatibility.

Speed and quality are the keywords when it comes to scanning, photocopying and printing, with the MP640 excelling in every area for mono or colour documents and photos alike. Build quality is also reassuringly impressive, feeling a cut or two above the norm.

We disliked

Canon printers up to and including the PIXMA iP4500 series had similarly-priced but higher-capacity cartridges, making them considerably cheaper to run than competing models from the likes of Epson, HP and Lexmark. By comparison, running costs of the MP640 are merely average.


Cleverly designed and beautifully put together, the MP640 ticks all the right boxes for functionality and ease of use, while also proving unbeatable in terms of print speed and quality.

Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed20 Second
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
Standard Input Media Capacity300 sheets
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
ISO Color Print Speed (ipm)8.1
ISO Mono Print Speed (ipm)9.2
Product FamilyPIXMA
Maximum Print Resolution9600 x 2400 dpi
Brand NameCanon
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingAutomatic
Media SizeA4, A5, B5, Letter, Legal, DL Envelope, Com10 Envelope, 100 mm x 150 mm, 130 mm x 180 mm, 200 mm x 250 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Printer/Scanner
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Optical Resolution4800 dpi
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Interpolated Resolution19200 x 19200 dpi
Maximum Input Media Capacity300 sheets
Height176 mm
Width450 mm
Depth368 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Envelope, Photo Paper, Glossy Paper, Semi-gloss Photo Paper, Matte Paper, High Resolution Paper, T-shirt Transfer, Photo Sticker, CD/DVD, Borderless Media
Colour Depth48-bit
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelMP640
Product NamePIXMA MP640 Multifunction Photo Printer
Product LinePIXMA
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Image SensorCIS
Manufacturer Part Number3748B009AA
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

A premium Wi-Fi All In One that delivers superb photo quality and fast document printing, scanning & copying. With Wi-Fi & an Ethernet port, the PIXMA MP640 integrates seamlessly into home networks. Share superb photolab quality printing, copying and scanning with the whole family.

Number of Copies99
Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • PIXMA MP640 Multifunction Photo Printer
  • Software CD
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)8.80 kg