From a hardware point of view, it seems to have more going for it than the MG5150 and MG5250, both of which are also positioned in the mid-range segment. Out go the buttons and in comes a touch-sensitive control panel with a screen that has been extended by 1.5 cm to 7.5 cm and is now a good deal more comfortable to use. Why on earth did Canon not decide to convert this big screen into a touchscreen however, rather than have us navigate using a panel with backlit keys and/or arrows? The question remains why Canon still hasn't moved over to touchscreen technology.
Screen: 7.5 cm, backlit, touch-sensitive keys
This printer can do your printing, copying and scanning, all double-sided and wi-fi. There are five separate cartridges inside, still just in the standard format: two black cartridges as well as cyan, magenta and yellow. This means you only have to replace the cartridge which has run out, but it's a shame you can't choose the cartridge size, with a bigger more efficient format.
Its paper loader contains 150 pages, which is sufficient for home use. The positioning of this machine as both a photo and document printer means it also includes a function for printing on CD, DVD or Blu-ray. There's also a card reader that you can insert your camera memory card into to display your snapshots on the screen and decide if you want to print them straight from there or not.
SpeedsPrint speeds are the same as those for the Canon Pixma MG6250, which means the same comments apply: Strangely the ISO speeds announced at 12 ppm for colour and 9 for black are down on the speeds we measured the machine at ourselves! This also means that although the times we measured it at are good enough, we can't but be surprised to see that it seems to be slower than the previous generation model: the Pixma MG6150 (10 ppm colour and 13 ppm black & white).
Printing double-sided slows it down to 4 ppm.
Maximum motor print speed: 35 ppm
Photo print speeds do however correspond to those announced by Canon: 20 seconds for a 10 x 15 cm print, where we scored it at 23. Less than a minute for an A4 is fast.
QualityOverall, print quality is higher than average, better than HP, Lexmark and Brother. Photo prints are however a notch down on what you get from Epson.
The reproduction of our particularly complex test graph is more convincing that the results we got on the Pixma MG5150, with droplets far less visible here. For the rest, the shading here is also well rendered, colours accurate and the characters sharp. The black and white version of the graph doesn't come out quite as well, particularly in the single tone areas, but though the droplets are visible, they don't affect the legibility of the document overall.
Both colour and black and white photo prints are good. As usual however, Canon has gone for bright colours which the purists will find too red and not accurate enough.
Scanner and copier
Seven seconds to scan a 300 dpi document is fast. The scanner gives good results and the colour difference is relatively low at just 6%.
Copies are also printed rapidly, with a black & white taking just eleven seconds and a colour thirteen. The quality of the copies is, as you often find, pretty average but there are numerous options in copy mode: you can define an enlargement, the intensity, the size and type of paper and you can produce double-sided copies and request a preview of the copy on screen before printing it.
Energy consumption & Noise levels
This multifunction is quiet and doesn't draw too much power (20 Watts when printing and 2 Watts in standby). We measured it at 47 dB(A) when printing office documents. Photo printing is even quieter at 41 dB(A).
Cost per page: 9.1 pence
The MG5350 gains a star on the next model up the range (which has six cartridges). The fact that this model doesn't have the extra grey cartridge reduces costs per page and brings it down to 9.1 pence against 10.2 pence for the MG6250. Photo print costs (ink only) are 14.5 pence, against 24 pence for the MG6250. Although the cost for text is good, photo prints are expensive. Remember that thanks to XL cartridges HP brings print costs down to 8.9 pence.
ISO lifespan for text
|Cartridge||Price||ISO lifespan||Cost per page|
|CLI-526BK (black)||£8.90||2945||0.4 pence