Canon is promising "numerous features, good print quality and economy of ink".
HardwareIts relatively sober design will fit in pretty much anywhere, though the hood does scratch easily. The 6 cm screen can be tilted upwards and has a colour display of the options selected using the buttons underneath.
The MG5150 copies and scans, has a card reader, two paper loaders (150 sheets each), 5 separate cartridges and auto double-sided. These are its main features but it doesn't have either wi-fi or Ethernet.
SpeedsAs often with Canon inkjet models, speeds are hugely affected by drying times. Our test documents include graphic elements (tables and photos). These elements are detected by the printer and require more ink and therefore longer drying times, which slows things down. This explains the difference between the print speeds announced by Canon (11 ppm) and the times we scored it at with our test documents (6 ppm). You'll remember that Canon does work to the ISO standard and the information it gives remains reliable.
In double-sided mode these speeds fall to 2 ppm.
It takes almost 2 minutes to print an A4 photo and 42 seconds for a 10 x 15 cm print. This is a good deal longer than the minute for an A4 and 32 seconds for a 10 x 15 cm you get with the higher end Canon Pixma MG5250.
QualityIn office document mode, the results for text would be fine if the 'snow' effect on background coloured areas wasn't so pronounced. The characters are sharp and the shading of coloured areas well respected. For pure text the print quality will be fine.
Scanner and copier
It takes just 15 seconds for this scanner with a higher than 1200 x 2400 resolution to scan a 300 dpi document. This is fast. As always there's a bit of a lack of precision but the results are good all the same although the colour difference is 7%
Energy consumption and noise: top notch!
All too rare in the world of printers, standby energy consumption is below 1 Watt (0.6 W), a good score when you think that this is the state the printer will be in most of the time. When printing it consumes 17 Watts, which isn't as low as it could be (some, like the Epson Stylus SX420W draw just 9 W) but remains reasonable. With this machine, the annual energy consumption will cost 1.2 kW/1000 pages.
Cost per pageUnfortunately you still can't get hold of high any capacity cartridges, which is a shame as they bring down costs and maintenance. The cost per page for text documents is 11.7 pence, which is more than for the MP640 and MX870 (7.6 pence), or even the MP990 (8.7 pence). The Epson Stylus remains competitive at 9.9 pence.
ISO lifespan for text
||Cost per page|
|CLI-526BK (black)||£9||3005||0.3 pence|
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|PGI-525PGBK (black)||£11.50||3800||3 pence|
|CLI-526M (magenta)||£11.99||204||5.8 pence|
|CLI-526BK (black)||£9||660||1.4 pence|
- Quiet and low energy consumption
- Cost per page: 11.7 pence (ISO text)
- Double page loader
- Good scanner
- Tendency towards red on photos
- Colours on photos too bright
- Overly long drying time
- Lower double-sided speeds: 2 ppm
- Just the standard size cartridge available
This very affordable all-rounder model gives good photo (watch out for colour neutrality however) and office document prints. With a sober looking design, it's particularly quiet and standby energy consumption is among the lowest out there. If you're looking for a faster model with wi-fi, go for the more expensive MG5250.