Product Type: Canon All in one Printer
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Canon Pixma MG5250
Member Name: Taz123456
Canon Pixma MG5250
Advantages: Quality Prints, iPhone quick photo prints, wireless, all in one.
When I was looking for a printer, there were so many printers models and makes to choose from that it made the task of choosing the right one a little bit difficult. I personally wanted a All in One Printer, a printer that can print, scan and copy all in one machine that didn't take up too much room on my desk. I also wanted a wireless printer, mainly to reduce the clutter in my already small office room; and so a wireless printer with no unnecessary wires would be ideal.
I was also quite surprised to find that the prices for many wireless printers were quite reasonable, making a wireless printer with an all in one function very affordable. That was one of the key reasons why I chose the Canon Pixma MG5250, priced at around £50, meant it matched my budget and had all the features I wanted in a Printer.
Resolution: n9600 x 2400 dpi
B&W / colour speed 11 ppm / 9.3 ppm
Ink droplet size 1 pl
Number of cartridges 5
Number of base colours 4
The Canon Pixma MG5250 has a nice modern design, with a nice glossy black colour finish. The edges have a nice smooth curvy feel, and makes the printer look in my opinion very sophisticated and classy. The printer is a nice compact size, making it fit easily on my desk leaving plenty of room left over.
The Printer has a scanner device that is located just below the top cover, and a printer inkjet tray that is visible once the tray is opened. It has slots for five cartridges, and an easy accessible photo/paper tray at the front of the printer. The selection buttons are easily visible and placed on the right of the printer.
What really grabbed my attention was the very modern and sleek 2.4 inch TFT colour LCD screen. I found the screen position can easily be adjusted by tilting up or down.
It has slots for USB flash drives, and photo memory cards at the front just under a small cover.
I was very pleasantly surprised with the design of the printer, it looks beautiful and places the slots and buttons in convenient places.
PUT TO THE TEST
The first thing that I noticed when using the printer was the LCD screen's easy to use interface. It has a very handy preview option where you can view previews of the photos/documents on the 2 inch screen before you print them. This was great, as the picture quality on screen was very crisp and clear. I loved how I was able to quickly access features that I had used last, by simply selecting quick access function in the menu screen.
The menu design Is definitely a plus, I am not a technical person so was a great feature to have an easy user friendly design. The menu was so easy to use, that I didn't even find the need to look at the instruction manual, which is always a good thing as I never like reading through manuals!
The Wireless feature on this printer is great, it easily automatically detected the WiFi on my laptop and connected almost instantly. One of the positive aspects of the WiFi feature on this printer is that it is WEP and WPA secure, and keeps my network safely free from intruders.
It also comes with full HD printing software, making it very handy for someone who loves taking HD photos. I found it easy to install the software on my computer and fairly straight forward to use, all I had to do I click on the photo I wanted to print and it would start printing in HD quality.
As I currently own an iPhone, I love taking pictures using the iPhone camera when ever I am at functions. Therefore the next feature I am about to mention is a huge advantage for owning this Canon Pixma printer. It has a feature that recognises the iPhone's easy photo print option. This was really easy to use, I basically open the application on my iPhone and then tap the picture I wish to print, and then simply select the print option on the phone, it really as easy as 1,2,3. The recent update means it is also supports android and iPad devices.
The other feature I liked about this printer, was the printers ability to automatically print two sided documents using its auto duplex print option. This has saved me from having to manually turn the pages around and has kept me from wasting paper. The printer therefore reduces paper use by up to a huge 50%, meaning I have saved money and helped the environment in the same process.
HOW WAS THE PRINTING?
So to the main function, how well does it print? When I was printing Plain paper documents from word it took around 15 seconds. In sleep mode it took a little longer at 20 seconds. Photocopying took around 25 seconds, and The duplex function took the longest (which was expected) printing printouts at around 40 seconds. I overall thought the print out times were very fast.
Quality wise, the printouts were of great quality. The photo prints were very detailed and were nice a colourful. This was evidently due to the vast range of colours in the five ink tanks. I thought the print outs were of a professional standard and could easily compare to the photo prints that I use to get from photo print stores.
As the Printer uses iPi technology and a maximum of 9600 dpi, I found the resolution and colour contrasts in the photos were outstanding.
Ink Cartridges are also reasonably priced (around £20-25) and are readily available at most supermarkets or online store.
The scanner function also performed well, it has rates of 2400ppi optical scanning which is not the best; but for me it still scanned documents with noticeable detail and quality.
Overall I found this printer to be a great valued added member to our home office. It has brilliant printing quality, and wireless connectivity, as well as the major benefit of printing photos without even turning your computer on (iPhone). It was very user friendly, and easy to use.
I would recommend this printer to anyone who is looking for an all in one printer that is reasonably low in price and high in quality.