Pixma MG5650

A mid-ranger unashamedly de­signed for wire-free print­ing and scan­ning

Mac Format - - RATED - £74 Man­u­fac­turer Canon, canon.co.uk Print res­o­lu­tion Up to 4800x1200dpi Com­pat­i­ble with Wi-Fi and AirPrint, scan to Drop­box, Google Drive and oth­ers Ink tanks Five Ex­cel­lent cloud com­pat­i­bil­ity Bril­liant for AirPrint Lovely prints Feels cheap

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.

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