If you're looking at buying Canon printer cartridges for one of its new multifunction printers (MFPs), you might benefit from considering exactly what you want it for.

Marco Tabini, a writer at Macworld, noted that consumers have to weigh up issues such as running costs, the initial purchase price and the quality of each aspect of an MFP when looking at possible options.

This means that people who want the printer, scanner, fax machine and software to be top of the range are likely to pay a relatively high amount.

Mr Tabini therefore urged consumers to think about whether all this is strictly necessary, as they are likely to use some functions far more than others.

"An MFP is definitely a compromise," he commented.

"It's unlikely that you'll find a reasonably priced MFP that gives you top-of-the-line performance in every specialty."

Canon recently expanded its Pixma series of MFPs with the Pixma MX885, which comes with features including Wi-Fi connectivity and auto document feed technology.