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We have had this printer a few months now. We were initially attracted by the price and the fact that Canon are a well-known brand. The scanning and photo-copying feature works well and is quite fast. We have set the printer up to work wirelessly, this was a bit fiddly, but the guide that comes with it talks you through it. It seems to be working fine and we can use the cheaper refills you can get from Cartridge World. You will get messages that the printer is low on ink, even though it isn't. This is something to do with the chips that Canon put in own-brand cartridges. Cartridge World can give you a leaflet of how to override this.
The print quality is good. The only problems I really have is with the speed of the response from when I click print on-screen. The delay seems really sluggish and I am often left wondering whether my document will print. I also don't like to put too many blank sheets in the feeder tray as it can drag through more than one at a time. The output tray is too small too, my copies often go flying onto the floor.
If you want a good-value all-in-one printer with only a few niggles, then this might be the one for you. However, if you have the money, it may be better to go for something a bit more technically advanced.
When I bought my first all-in-one printer, copier and scanner, it was very exciting to be able to do things like photocopying from my own home, and the machine cost over £100. Times have moved on, and all-in-one printers have become much more commonplace and much cheaper over the years, so when my old Hewlett-Packard machine finally gave up the ghost a few months ago, it was time to see what the newer printers had to offer.
The Canon Pixma MG3250 retails for around £40 from places like PC World, a price that would have concerned me had I not shopped around, read reviews and realised that printer prices have indeed come down as far as this. What's more, the MG3250 has the added advantage of wireless printing over my old machine. As both my partner and I use laptops, this seemed like a useful function to have.
This Canon printer was easy to install on both our laptops, using the installation CD provided (this seemed a little old-fashioned - I'm used to 'plug and play' devices now where the computer just finds the necessary files online). My partner's laptop is a MacBook, and I had read that some people experienced difficulties when trying to get wireless printers to 'talk' to these, but I found that the installation was just as easy as it was on my Acer laptop.
Having used the print, scan and copy functions on my printer, I'm very happy with the results from all three. The print resolution goes up to 4800x1200 dpi and the print quality is very good for both colour and black and white printing. I initially found the scan option slightly confusing, as you have to select a scan type from your computer; for example, document scan or picture scan. Each type of scan has a file type associated with it, so I had to mess around and scan my documents a couple of times using the different scan settings before I got them to save as the file types I was looking for. This is something I'll get used to in time, though.
The wireless printing option is handy (the printer is also supplied with a USB cable, if you prefer wired printing). However, if like me you tend to switch all gadgets and broadband connection off at night, the wireless function needs to be re-established each time you want to use the printer. This is simple enough, but it does involve going through a sequence of button presses, so keep hold of the quick guide to using the printer! I can remember the sequence easily enough now, but you may need to look at it a few times to start with.
The MG3250 installation disk does also put a lot of photo printing software on your desktop. While some of this has proved necessary (for example, the interface that allows you to specify a scan type), some of it is stuff I haven't used yet and it opens up on my desktop every time I start up the laptop, so I'll probably remove some of it in time.
Overall, this Canon all-in-one printer does a very good job for a low price, and it also came with black and colour ink cartridges. The ink would normally cost around £25-£30, so I'm assuming that it's with the ink cartridges that the company actually makes its money. As I'm a relatively light user of printers, I don't imagine I'll be breaking the bank on the ink, but it is something to be factored into the overall cost if you print documents regularly.
My old Lexmark finally gave up the ghost a couple of weeks back; although when it was first bought it was a good printer and scanner, it had been chewing up paper like an angry dog lately, so I decided to move on.
As any good man does with too much time (leave the essential household chores to one side, and spend several hours on the internet) I did my research on replacement printers. I needed an all-in-one printer (one that prints, copies, and scans), as I work part-time from home, but my budget was very tight, around the £60 mark. I knew I would struggle to find anything decent...
...actually I didn't. I found the Canon 3250 on Amazon, did some due diligence on review and technical sites (those dishes in the sink weren't going anywhere) and decided this looked too good to be true.
The printer arrived, nicely boxed up as they always are but with far too much packaging. After wading through that, I set the printer up (the black design much nicer than my beige lexmark) and connected it to my pc; all leads and instructions are supplied, and it is very straightforward to set up, not a problem if you are not technically incllined. Well, it looked good, set up nicely, now to see how it actually performs...
very well, it turns out. Far quieter than my old printer, pretty speedy on feeding the paper through, and excellent print quality. I could bore you with some technical talk but it does exactly what you want - prints fast, prints good quality pages, scans quickly, and all pretty quietly. Could not be happier.
An added bonus was the wi-fi functionality, (something that you will need help with if you don't do gadgets), so I set the printer up with a wi-fi connection to the printer, and a connection to my iPad, so I can send documents and photos remotely to be printed out. This is proving to be really useful for work reasons, but only after the novelty of me being able to print things out from downstairs to upstairs wore off (and started to bore people!). Its a great feature, and not one I expected for a printer at this price point.
It has a handy automatic power saving feature as well, so if you don't use the printer for some time it will go into 'energy saving mode', but if you send a remote print request will still power up itself and do it.
No complaints with the staying power of the print cartridges either; the printer came pre-loaded with colour and black and white cartridges, and I have still not had to change them yet; one potential negative though is that the replacement cartridges are not cheap, and there are no compatible 'cheap ink' options, you can only buy the 'official' ink.
The printer comes with canon software for printing pictures, adding bells and whistles etc but I have not had to use these as of yet, but nice little package that will be useful for some.
For a printer at this price point (around £50) the Canon 3250 is a star; perfectly suited for everything a casual to busy home user would put it through, even a home-worker like myself. Quality is excellent, up to 4800dpi, and it just does everything it needs to, and then some. Very please I purchased...
now, where's that scourer.