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Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - —TEXT BY NIDHI SIN­GAL AND PIC­TURES BY RA­JWANT RAWAT

Life can be tough for low-bud­get print­ers. Usu­ally scoffed at by pro­fe­sisonal users, they will make their way to homes and small of­fices only if they are good at work. Canon claims its Pixma E500 weds qual­ity to af­ford­abil­ity. So we put it through its paces.

The E500 is com­pact and the neat semi-glossy fin­ish in the shades of blue and black makes it look good. Installing the soft­ware adds a row of keys to the right panel of the dis­play, which in­cludes icons such as no­tices, auto scan, lay­out print, photo print and show the main screen.

This easy-to-use printer can be used to churn out mono­chrome and coloured prints us­ing four dif­fer­ent set­tings. While the best prints can be ob­tained at the high set­ting, we no­ticed there isn’t much of a dif­fer­ence in the mono­chrome print on the stan­dard set­ting.

The fast set­ting is re­ally quick at print­ing doc­u­ments, but the pages look a lit­tle washed out both in colour and black and white, so per­haps it is ideal for rough work. Us­ing the stan­dard mode, we man­aged to get three coloured pages per minute and five on the fast mode. Sim­i­larly, the E500 man­aged to print eight mono­chrome pages per minute at stan­dard set­ting.

The E500 is good at print­ing and also man­ages to scan doc­u­ments quickly, a sim­ple op­er­a­tion that re­quires you to press the ‘Scan’ key on the printer dis­play.

As an all-in-one, it can also pho­to­copy doc­u­ments. It took us around 30 sec­onds to get a copy of a sin­gle page.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

Look no fur­ther. Over­all a good printer for a home or small of­fice setup.

GG

CANON PIXMA E500 Price: ` 5,700

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