The Canon FaxPhone B160 is a compact and affordable inkjet fax machine and answering system in one. It has some nice features such as one-touch speed dialing to make it appealing, but its G3 transmission speeds are a bit on the slow side, sending a page in around 18 seconds. Still, with inexpensive FaxPhone B160 printer ink supplies, it could be a cost-effective solution for buyers who don't mind waiting.
The fact that the B160 includes a handset for such compact design is a bit surprising. Even more impressive is that it includes an entire answering system, so that it can easily act as a phone system for a home office user. The unit measures 6x17.3x13 inches and weighs 15.4 pounds, which includes the Canon B160 printer ink supply but not the paper.
When faxing, there are several one-touch speed dial buttons on the control panel, with even more programmed into the menus. The input path is a simple document feeder, so the unit does not include a flatbed scanning surface. This should be satisfactory for the average home user, but those who might need to scan irregular materials like books may need to look elsewhere.
For the low price of Canon B160 ink cartridges, users will get a fairly large number of pages. Each FaxPhone B160 ink cartridge can produce around 450 pages before it needs replacing. Using remanufactured Canon B160 ink is an even better way to trim down costs, as they are only a fraction of the price of OEM supplies.
For a basic inkjet faxing and answering system, the Canon B160 is fairly impressive, but it suffers from slow transmission speeds. The lack of a flatbed scanner probably won't be a deal-breaker for many buyers, but there are more capable all-in-one machines available for only a bit more in price.
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