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This really is a great printer for the cost. I got it for £49.99 and for fifty quid I don't think there's many printers out there that can compete with this one. It's remarkably simple to set up - you can do it wirelessly or with USB and it also supports Android/iOS, so you can send any photos you've taken on your phone straight to this printer and it'll print them off for you. The quality is top-notch, though the paper has to be placed really exactly otherwise you'll either get a very slight bit of smudging or else there'll be a bit of your photo - not much, a couple of millimetres - missing. It does seem to go through ink a bit quickly, though, and it can be costly to get replacement cartridges - but I suppose that's not a fault of the printer, more a fault of the cartridges. It's a good size so it can be safely stored away when you're not using it. All in all, you won't find a better printer than this for £50 or less.
I always grew up with lots of family albums packed full of photos and I always enjoyed looking through them time and time again. Nowadays all of my photos are stored on Facebook in albums and should anything ever happen to the website, I will have lost years and years of memories. I decided to invest in a new printer so that I could get some of my memories back into photo albums where they belong.
About the product
The printer promises to give you crisp and clear images which are of a high quality. The printer world has come on leaps and bounds since I bought my last printer and it has all gone a little bit space age on me. There is no need for lots of untidy cables anymore as one links to your laptop, tablet, mobile phone and even straight from your Facebook account so you can print photos directly. There is also a USB port so you can connect that way if you prefer.
The printer has two paper trays. One is for normal A4 paper and the other is for photo paper. These trays can hold up to 120 sheets of normal paper and 20 sheets of photo paper. The printer can print double sided which is a paper saver and it can even print your photos straight onto a disc and label the front of the disc for you.
It has a special programme called Image Garden where it can link your favourite photos together and print them onto cards. The ink cartridges are single which means that you only have to replace the colour that has actually run out which saves on ink. It promises to print 15 pages of black and white text per minute and 10 pages of colour per minute.
The printer has a width of 451 mm and a height of 128 mm. It has a depth of 368 mm so this machine is not going to take up much room wherever you choose to put it. It has a weight of 6.6 kg.
The machine has a sleek black design which looks classy and expensive. When it's closed it resembles a DVD player to me. The paper, discs and ink cartridges are all inserted at the front of the machine. All the buttons such as the on/off button and wifi button can be found at the front left of the machine. One button on the right hand side which is camouflaged can be pushed to open the loading tray.
The product will cost you around £70 and it can be bought from electrical stores such as Argos and also from a range of online websites. The ink cartridges are really expensive and for a set of the five colours you will need to spend around £26. These can also be bought from a range of online websites.
I found the set up of this product to be easy because you simply follow the instructions which are pretty self explanatory, although the process does take a bit of time. There aren't many buttons to confuse you and again they are rather self explanatory. The paper tray is easy to load and the disc is easy to insert although it did take me a while to figure out the disc printing mechanism. The machine itself is a little noisier than I would have hoped for but it is not overbearing. The television may need to be turned up while using the machine. It is not as quick as I expected either but it is still much quicker than my old machine and you can just get on with other jobs while it is printing.
The quality of both texts and photos is brilliant. It is extremely crisp and clear, just as promised, and the colours are bright and vibrant. They look fantastic and they are perfect for putting in a photo album. The inks are expensive and when printing lots of photos, they do get drained pretty fast. The inks are simple to replace and the process is very straightforward. Printing from your mobile phone is simple once it has been set up and I still find the process a bit of a novelty at the moment and have been impressing my friends with doing so. The photo discs which it creates is of a great quality too and this is a lovely way to store your treasured memories too.
All in all, this is a really good printer which has gone space age on me. You can print photos from your lap top without a cable and even print straight from your phone. You can print onto a disc and make photo montages. It can hold both normal paper and photo paper at the same time and it looks sleek, classy and expensive. The machine is a little noisy when it is printing and it may not go as fast as some may like but neither of these things have put me off. The printing is of a very high quality, the colours are vibrant and the images are crisp and clear. I'm knocking off a star for the price of the cartridges but other than that I am incredibly happy with this machine.
Desktop photo printers don't appear to be as popular as they used to be, but this example from Canon proves that the company is still a market leader in producing them. This model features wireless connection with direct print, plain/photo trays and works with iOS, Android and AirPrint.
The PIXMA iP7250 is a merely redesign of its predecessor, but it comes with a incredibly good value low price and can produce high-quality prints from numerous sources, including those stated above. It is different to its predecessor in that its around 25mm shorter which helps to store it on a desk with low shelving, as was the case with me. Most of its subsequent redesigns have come from that its reduction in height.
Little nuggets have been added, such as pressing the button on the front panel which causes the panel to fold down and at the same moment, a support swings out to stablise it. There are two paper trays, enabling you to fit in around 125 sheets of plain paper or perhaps 20-25 photo blanks. When you flip open the paper tray, you'll find a CD/DVD carrier on its underside, which is useful in itself. This slots in the paper trays should you wish to print onto coated disks.
With five ink cartridges, there is a risk that changing them would be complicated, however this is not the case. They are extremely easy to get at, by flipping up the full width cover. Canon uses smart LED indicators to highlight when an empty cartridge needs changing and which one it is.
You can print using both USB connection and wireless connections. Whilst the USB is awkwardly placed, the wifi setup is painlessly quick and easy. All you have to do is press a button on the font panel, the button on your router and it's all done and ready to go. Should you wish to print straight from iOS or Android, simply download Canon's Easy-Photo Print App.
Overall, this printer is incredibly worth purchasing if you like quality prints and ease of use at a very respectable price.