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Canon Pixma MP495 / MP499 Wireless All-In-One Printer Review
Canon Pixma MP495 / MP499 Review

Half price soon to be replaced printer Canon Pixma MP495 / MP499 is now on sale at various outlets for around £40. It offers Wi-Fi connectivity, a print resolutions of 4800 x 1200 dpi, 1200 dpi scanning, and longer lasting prints with ChromaLife100+ Inks and paper. Unfortunately there is no colour LCD screen, memory card slots or USB stick slots, and set-up of wireless can be complicated having to use a temporary cable to enter WPA code with your PC.

Like other cheap Canon printers, the print heads are built on to the cartridges, rather than being a separate unit like with the Pixma MG5250. This means that you are buying a new print head every time you buy a new cartridge! This is not as environmentally friendly as having a re-usable print head unless it can be recycled again and again or refilled by yourself. For this reason we do not like this type of printer and prefer models that use replacement ink tanks instead. They are less likely to be disposed of early.

Print quality for documents and photographs are acceptable however, but there are better options available on the market for simillar money at the moment. We recommend you spend a little extra and purchase a Canon Pixma MG5250 instead! Better quality machine and cheaper Ink!

We rate the MP495 / MP499 as poor because of the high Ink costs and lack of features. Maybe a little harsh considering it's good looks and acceptable print quality?


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