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Canon Pixma MG5450 Printer Review
Measuring 455 x 369 x 148mm, the new Canon Pixma MG5450 printer follows in the popular footsteps of the older MG5250 and MG5350 models. With a sleeker design and offering a similar feature list, Canon hope to continue on with their previous success with this new offering. The question is, have things progressed or is it simply a cosmetic change?
With the advent of smart phone and tablet technology printer users are increasingly looking for wireless, Bluetooth, and Internet communication methods. The Pixma MG5450 offers AirPrint and Pixma Cloud Print. The AirPrint application is used to connect to Apple and Android mobile devices. Canon Pixma Cloud Print allows you to print from a different destination using an Internet connection.
On the top fascia is a 3 inch colour screen that can be used for viewing photographs from memory cards or navigating printer menus. Alongside this are navigation controls and colour and black and white copy buttons. The memory card ports are located to the left at the front and support SD, Micro SD, SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo etc.
The reason many choose Canon over other printer brands is the print head technology they employ. Particularly for photographs, Canon's usually offer superior print quality. This Pixma model has a print head with minimum pitch of 1pl and a print resolution of 9600dpi, lending it more suitable for printing good quality photos rather than office printing.
Another great selling point for photo and scrap book enthusiasts is the addition of 2 separate paper trays. The bottom tray/paper cassette is best used for ordinary A4 or thinner paper as it has to bend around in the mechanism in its journey back to the front. Thicker paper and card can offer a resistance and get jammed, so Canon integrate an additional rear paper feed which is ideal for thick paper media types (up to 300gm). It is also useful having two feeding options as this means you do not have to keep swapping and reloading paper of different sizes and finishes.
Now that most home and small office printers feature a scanner, dedicated stand-alone versions have become quite rare; except for the higher quality type usually costing from around £100. There is however still a need and demand for decent quality scanning devices, and the MG5450 offers such a solution. With a dots per inch rating of 2400x4800, the 48/24 bit scanner should be and is capable of capturing subtle detail and accurate colours. The software also allows you to document scan, scan to PC, email, cloud, and memory card. There is also an auto scan mode with PDF creation feature.
The trigger or driving force behind many sales of this type of machine is its ability to print directly on to CD or DVD printable disks. Included in the box is a plastic tray which holds the disk. You then slide this into the groove in the front of the printer fascia and line it up with the arrows. By loading the CD print utility on your PC or Mac you can upload and drop images into the printable area and click print. The MG5450 then sprays ink onto the disks surface producing a professional finish.
Canon list money saving features which include double sided printing, and auto power on/off, and separate and XL ink tanks. In the short term we disagree that the ink tanks will save money. This printer uses a new cartridge series called PGI-550PGBK Pigment Black, CLI-551 Black, CLI-551 Cyan, CLI-551 Magenta, and CLI-551 Yellow. There is also more expensive XL version available which contain more than twice the capacity of ink inside. Until compatible or refillable versions become available in a few months, the MG5450 printer may be slightly expensive to run. However eventually when compatible versions arrive, the machine can then be used without worrying about replacement ink costs.
In summary the Canon Pixma MG5450 printer is an attractive machine with useful features and good print and scan quality. This machine could become a good or great buy in a few months time, possibly after Christmas 2013? The purchase price is currently a little high and compatible cartridges are not yet available.
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