Canon Pixma MG5250 Printer Review
The current favourite to scoop our best sub £100 mult-function printer award is the Canon MG5250. Let's examine the reasons why we think this is a great machine for the price.
The Canon Pixma MG5250 is a visually pleasing machine finished in glossy black plastic. The downside can be that it has a tendency to attract dust and scratch. Where the MG5250 shines the most is not the case, but the way it prints photographs. True to life vivid results can be obtained with only slight graining compared to far more expensive machines. Printing text was a little disapointing but still acceptable quality for normal use.
This printer is easy to use having a control panel and 2.4 inch / 60cm colour screen which can be tilted on the top right hand side. All features of the printer can be controlled from here.
A USB port and card reader can be used to load images which can be previewed on the screen.
We found print speeds to be 10 pages per minute in normal mode and 3 ppm while copy scanning. Duplex printing can be slow at approximately 2.5 ppm.
A feature that may separate this machine from many of it's mult-function rivals is the ability to print onto coated CD and DVD media.
A flap folds down on the front of the printer and a supplied tray can be loaded and slotted into place.
A rear paper tray and lower paper cassette will both hold around 150 sheets of A4 paper giving you the flexibility to load two types or sizes of paper media.
The flat bed scanner has larger hinges enabling it to accept books as well as sheets.
This printer is network enabled using wireless connectivity. Can also be connected to a PC in the old fashioned normal way using a USB cable (not supplied).
Five ink cartridges are supplied in the box; a large dye based black, pigment black, cyan, magenta and yellow. These slot into the print head (also supplied foiled wrapped).
When comparing this printer against the cheaper MG5150 model, the three main advantages are faster printing speeds, wireless connectivity, and the disk printing facility. Print quality is very good on both models, particularky for photographs, however not quite so strong on ordinary documents.
Running costs are a little high when using genuine Canon inks, however the MG5250 becomes a far more attractive option now that compatible cartridges with chips are available. In addition, refillable cartridges with auto reset chips can be used with the PG-525BK and CLI-526 BK/C/M/Y cartridges.
More importantly, the printer is easy to use, and offers more features and quality that you would expect for a printer below £100. This makes it a potential award winning printer in our eyes!