Canon Pixma MG7550

Tech Advisor - - REVIEWS - Si­mon Jary

The Canon Pixma MG7550 is a great all-in-one photo printer/scan­ner/ copier that can also print di­rect to disc (CD, DVD, Blu-ray). It’s avail­able in white, what Canon calls Burnt Or­ange (see be­low), as well as the usual printer black.

While be­ing avail­able in white as well as black might not mean much when choos­ing the best mul­ti­func­tion inkjet printer, the op­tion is a welcome one. Plus, it’s a good-look­ing de­vice that isn’t as bulky as many of its ri­vals.

The added disc-print­ing func­tion­al­ity is a bonus for print­ers, if you regularly make CDs or DVDs for work or plea­sure. Print­ers that print on DVDs, CDs and Blu-ray discs are hard to come by, and Canon leads the field from a con­sumer printer point of view.

Per­for­mance

Let’s get right to the point. The MG7550 pro­duces great photo prints, although its six inks can make it a lit­tle more ex­pen­sive than some other inkjets. We think you’ll be happy with the re­sults, though.

The colours are rich, and with a lack of grain­i­ness you can re­ally see the sharp de­tails. Tones and shad­ing are well ren­dered, too. Some have found (or rather not found) a lack of de­tail in darker shad­ows, but this is not un­com­mon.

Print speeds don’t match Canon’s claimed 15 pages per minute (ppm) for mono and 10ppm for colour, though the re­al­ity is still re­spectable. It takes 20 sec­onds to turn on and print the first page, 16 sec­onds from standby, and just nine sec­onds when al­ready up and run­ning. Black text prints at 14.3ppm and an A4 photo takes less than two min­utes to print.

Print costs aren’t the cheap­est, but if you buy the high-yield XL-sized ink car­tridges you’ll save money. The MG7550 comes with stan­dard-sized ink car­tridges as stan­dard. Note that turn­ing on and off the printer for mul­ti­ple jobs will cost you money as the printer (like many) cleans its print heads when you do so.

The MG7550 uses six inks to achieve such re­sults: C, M, Y, BK, PGBK (pig­ment black) and GY (grey). The black and grey inks al­low clear con­trasts, with deep and de­tailed blacks. You need change only the ink car­tridge colour that runs out rather than them all, which should save money, though the printer won’t print any pages if one of the car­tridges is empty – even if that colour is not re­quired for the job.

When it came to scan­ning, we were im­pressed by the speed and qual­ity for both text and photos. The same was true when it came to pho­to­copy­ing doc­u­ments.

De­sign

With its sloped, rounded edges and glossy case the Pixma MG7550 is a great-look­ing printer – and we love the white and or­ange op­tions. Online we found the or­ange model to be more ex­pen­sive, but it looks won­der­ful. Our home en­vi­ron­ment favoured the white edi­tion, and it’s ex­cel­lent to have a choice of colour for a mul­ti­func­tion printer. On the front of the Canon is a large touch con­trol, so you can quickly nav­i­gate the menus and preview im­ages.

There are two pa­per trays (so can si­mul­ta­ne­ously han­dle photo- and plain pa­per): one holds 125 sheets of plain pa­per, while the other 20 photo blanks up to 13x18cm. A slot above takes a CD/DVD car­rier, which is stored in a clip un­der the photo tray. Dou­ble-sided (du­plex) print­ing is sup­ported as stan­dard.

The MG7550 has USB and eth­er­net (10/100) for wired con­nec­tiv­ity to a home net­work, plus Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n). It’s com­pat­i­ble with Ap­ple AirPrint and Google CloudPrint, and has its own Pixma Cloud Link that al­lows you to print photos from Face­book, Twit­ter and online photo al­bums, and print/scan doc­u­ments to cloud ser­vices such as Google Drive, OneDrive and Drop­box.

On the front panel, in­side the front cover, are twin SD and Mem­ory Stick slots.

The MG7550 also has Near Field Com­mu­ni­ca­tions (NFC), so you can print from com­pat­i­ble phones by hold­ing the hand­set up to the printer. It can also be used to print from wire­less cam­eras.

By us­ing Canon’s Pixma Print­ing So­lu­tions app for your smart­phone or tablet, you can ac­cess cloud ser­vices, and check printer sta­tus, the man­ual or real-time ink lev­els over Wi-Fi.

Ver­dict

We’re big fans of the Canon Pixma MG7550 and rec­om­mend it for photo en­thu­si­asts and peo­ple who some­times need to print di­rect to disc. In fact, it’s a great gen­er­alpur­pose mul­ti­func­tion printer that pro­duces great photo prints, can print di­rect to CD/DVD and other printable discs, and also of­fers du­plex (dou­ble-sided) print­ing, and a raft of wire­less and cloud-based ser­vices. It is good look­ing, not overly bulky, and is avail­able in both black and white, and a cu­ri­ous Burnt Or­ange.

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