GOOD AT JOB
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.
CANON PIXMA E500 Price: ` 5,700