Canon PIXMA MG7550/MG7520

£130, $170

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A small printer that’s big on ver­sa­til­ity, com­bin­ing A4 out­put with a wealth of stand­alone func­tions

The MG7550 (MG7520 in the US) is Canon’s range-top­ping PIXMA A4 printer. Along with ‘all-in-one’ func­tions based on a built-in scan­ner, Se­cureDig­i­tal and Me­moryStick mem­ory slots and an 8.8cm touch­screen, it’s also well-con­nected. USB, Eth­er­net, Wi-Fi and even NFC (Near Field Com­mu­ni­ca­tion) are all on hand, along with wide-rang­ing cloud and mo­bile app fa­cil­i­ties.

It uses a pig­ment-based black ink for doc­u­ment print­ing, and five dye-based inks (cyan, ma­genta, yel­low, black and grey) for photo print­ing. The grey ink ex­tends the colour range and im­proves black-and­white photo print­ing. The car­tridges are avail­able in 7ml or 11ml (XL) op­tions. The lat­ter is more cost-ef­fec­tive, at around £1 ($1.64) per millil­itre.

Per­for­mance

This is the fastest inkjet printer on test, gen­er­at­ing high­estqual­ity border­less A4 prints in two min­utes six sec­onds, and reg­u­lar-qual­ity 6x4-inch prints in just 20 sec­onds. Colour print qual­ity is very pleas­ing, with a flat­ter­ing warmth for skin tones. There can be an un­wanted ma­genta colour cast in blackand-white print­ing; you can avoid this by switch­ing to the ‘greyscale’ print­ing op­tion, but out­put then slows to nearly six min­utes for an A4 print.

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