Canon has set its store by the compact elegance of this model. It’ll certainly appeal to lovers of glossy black who don’t mind the finger marks on the hood. At 44.9 x 30.4 x 15.2 cm for 5 kg, it’s certainly compact. This model has been designed for those looking to put their printer on a shelf. You feed the paper in at the front as well as accessing the cartridges from there thanks to the FastFront system.
This is of course an entry level printer and therefore has limited hardware. There’s no wi-fi, no Ethernet, no duplex, no fax and no card reader. Nor is there a touchscreen control panel or screen
Load and receive paper from the front
Change cartridges from the front
When the ink runs out, it is nevertheless possible to force it to print by pressing the 'Stop/Restart' button for a few seconds. This is only a fallback solution however as it alters the print quality.
SpeedAs expected, the print speeds don’t beat any records. They are however comparable to those on other entry level models. 8 pages per minute (ppm) colour and 6 ppm black & white, compares to the Epson Stylus SX420W with 4 ppm colour and 8 ppm black & white. With Canon drying times are always longer.
Photo speeds are much faster than those for the Epson Stylus SX420W. To print an A4 photo the Canon takes 2 minutes 44 seconds, compared to 4 minutes for the Stylus. In 10 x 15 cm format, Canon retains the advantage with 1 minute 5 seconds against 1 minute 24 seconds for the Epson.
QualityThe MG2150 does very well with text prints. The main fault when it comes to graphics, as the image below shows, is the size of droplets that are visible in the shaded colour areas. It looks pretty poor overall, though the letters are visible and the shading respected. The characters in the yellow area at the bottom are smudged and give a rather messy look to the graph.
The dE 94 colour difference graph shows that there’s an issue with the blue and grey and that accuracy could therefore be improved. Nevertheless, on documents for your own use, this isn’t necessarily a problem.
Average deltaE 94 (colour difference): 12.1
The higher the value, the lower the accuracy.
For comparison, good screens score under 3.
The same goes for photos. The droplets are visible in places and the colours are rather bright. This is deliberate on Canon’s part to give photos more punch. The results will be fine for a user who wants to use this printer to print photos from time to time, perhaps even better than much more expensive desktop printers.
Average deltaE 94 (colour difference): 5.1
Scanner and copierCopies can be printed using a button on the hood of the printer (white button for black & white and a green one for colour). It takes 20 seconds to print a black & white copy and 47 seconds to print a colour, which is twice as long as a printer that has been designed for pro use. Once again however, the MG2150 isn’t competing alongside such machines. Copy quality will be okay for text but not much else.
Average deltaE 94 (colour difference): 7.7
The printer consumes less than 1 Watt in standby and 13 Watts when printing. This is among the lowest we’ve seen on any printer. It’s also quiet, never exceeding 48 dB(A).
Energy consumption & Noise levels
Cost per page: 8.5 penceThere are just two cartridges: one black and the other a mono-cartridge for colour. There are two cartridge formats (standard and high capacity). As always, the cost per page for XLs is lower over time: 8.5 pence per page here. What’s more, large format cartridges require less maintenance.
ISO lifespan for text XL Cartridges
|Cartridge||Price||ISO lifespan||Cost per page|
|PGI-540XL (black)||£15||600||2.5 pence|
|CL-541XL (cyan)||£24||400||6 pence|
- Low energy consumption
- No double sided
- No wi-fi nor Ethernet
- No card reader
- Small, basic screen
A basic, usable printer, the main advantages of which are its low initial price and reasonable cost per page. An economical model, then, that you shouldn’t expect too much from, either in terms of print speeds or hardware. The MG2150 does however do pretty well in its class.