Setup, cartridges and per­for­mance

Web User - - Product Test Canon Pixma Ts3150 -

Un­like the more ex­pen­sive Pixma mod­els, the TS3150 uses just two ink cartridges: one for black and the other con­tain­ing cyan, ma­genta and yel­low. It’s more waste­ful than hav­ing sep­a­rate cartridges for each colour, be­cause you have to re­place the en­tire car­tridge when you run out of just one colour, which makes print costs higher than av­er­age. Us­ing the XL car­tridge sizes, we cal­cu­lated the colour com­po­nent of an A4 page at a rea­son­able 5.4p, but the black com­po­nent was very pricey at 4.3p.

We don’t ex­pect bril­liant across-the-board per­for­mance from such a cheap de­vice, and the TS3150’S weak­ness is its print speed, which peaked at 7.4ppm (pages per minute) for black text, and dipped as low as 1.6ppm for colour – the slow­est we’ve recorded in some time. You need to wait an ag­o­nis­ing 2.5 min­utes to print a colour photo at best qual­ity and you won’t be able to do it on A4: the driver lets you cre­ate and send the job, but the printer re­fuses to print on A4 photo pa­per.

At 26 sec­onds for black and 57 sec­onds for colour, copies weren’t fast ei­ther, but scan speeds com­pared well to mid-range de­vices – over USB, it took us just 37 sec­onds to cap­ture a 6 x 4in photo at 1,200dpi (dots per inch).

Prints and copies looked great, with bold colours and crisp, dark text. Scans were sim­i­larly im­pres­sive for such a cheap de­vice.

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