A mid-ranger unashamedly designed for wire-free printing and scanning
Canon has refreshed its printer range so we’re looking at this – the mid-range (yet £74!) MG5650. There are five ink tanks that can be replaced individually, and the printer can take Canon’s XL high yield inks too. Print speeds aren’t the fastest we’ve ever seen (a borderless photo takes 45 seconds or so), but you certainly won’t be thinking it’s a slowcoach, and it’s got automatic two-sided printing for documents. Print quality is genuinely very good, with vibrant colour reproduction.
Connectivity is key to printers these days, and this is fully Wi-Fienabled with the ability to use AirPrint from iOS devices as well as cloud print from services like Google Drive and Dropbox.
With this particular model, you’re actually dependent on the Wi-Fi a lot – you can connect it directly to your Mac using USB, but there’s no ability to print from a USB thumb drive or camera memory card. The slightly more expensive MG6650 (£89) does have memory card slots.
As a scanner, the MG5650 is similarly faultless and you can scan directly to cloud services as a PDF or JPEG – you can also use the handy PIXMA/MAXIFY Printing Solutions app to control this.
If there’s one big negative, it’s in the fit and finish. It really does feel plasticky and – dare we say? – a tad cheap. It’s a good printer for the money, but if aesthetics are your thing, you might want to look further up the range. Dan Grabham
Plenty of features for the money, though steer clear if aesthetics matter to you, or if you want a card slot.
The fit and finish leave a little to be desired, but it’s an excellent printer.