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Canon Pixma MG5350 review

Verdict

If you’ll print enough photos to make it worth the cost, this is a superb all-round inkjet all-in-one

Review Date: 29 Aug 2011

Reviewed By: David Bayon

Price when reviewed: £108 (£130 inc VAT)

Buy it now for: £210
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Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

Features & Design
5 stars out of 6

Value for Money
5 stars out of 6

Performance
6 stars out of 6

PCPRO Recommended

Canon’s 2011 Pixma all-in-one refresh sees five new models arrive, but it’s the one in the middle that caught our eye. The MG5350 lacks the six-ink print engine of the dearer MG6250, and the film scanner of the tank-like top-end MG8250, but for most home users it strikes the perfect balance between quality and affordability.

It’s all gloss-black, with 150-sheet input trays at the front and rear, and an automatic-opening output tray. It has USB 2 and Wi-Fi connectivity, a PictBridge port and a media card reader, plus a tray for printing to CDs. The MG5350 is high enough up the scale to include a 3in TFT, with three buttons beneath it with which to navigate the large icon-led menu system. You don’t get the half-button, half-touch interface of the dearer models, but it’s simple enough to control for copies and scans.

Canon Pixma MG5350

Within the menus are a few neat inclusions. Cloud printing is now available, so you can browse and print images from either a Picasa account or Canon’s own Image Gateway, directly on the printer’s screen. The printer has a range of paper templates stored, so you can print your own tablature or graph paper, for example. And there’s a quiet mode that really works – it more than halves the print speed, but eliminates the most annoying high-pitched noises.

That print engine is barely altered from last year, and it’s the same as in the standalone iP4950, which means print speeds of 11.3ppm in mono and 6.1ppm in colour. A 6 x 4in photo at top quality arrived in 47 seconds, and A4 in 1min 38secs. The separate dye-based and pigmented black inks mean text is thick and solid, while photos have all of the punch, contrast and detail we’ve come to expect. HP’s OfficeJets are better with documents, but there still isn’t a better choice than a Pixma for home photo printing.

The good news is that the scanner, previously the weakest element of Canon’s range, is actually rather impressive. Our test photo at 300ppi was sharp and packed with detail, with only the brightest colours bleaching out slightly. Text was perfectly captured, even at 150ppi, and it picked up the ultrathin lines on our test graph, which many all-in-ones struggle with.

Canon Pixma MG5350

The MG5350 uses the same five inks as much of the Pixma range, and with each available from Amazon for around £9 inc VAT, prints work out at around 3p for mono and 8.4p for colour. A 6 x 4in photo will cost around 15.6p before paper costs. There are certainly plenty of cheaper printers, so be aware you are paying for that quality. Keen photographers may want to step up the £180 MG6250, which adds an extra grey ink for superior monochrome prints.

But for most people the MG5350 is all the printer they’ll ever need. It’s reasonably priced at £129, offers superb photos and good document quality, and all at speeds few inkjet devices can hope to match. If you won’t regularly print photos it’s perhaps overkill given the running costs, but if you want the best of both worlds you simply won’t find a better all-round inkjet than this.

Author: David Bayon

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User comments

No ADF

A pity there is no automatic document feeder, essential for an all-in-one office printer.

By tycalch on 1 Sep 2011

No ADF

A pity there is no automatic document feeder, essential for an all-in-one office printer.

By tycalch on 1 Sep 2011

Will it work as a scanner when the ink runs out?

just asking - I bought a pixma mp610 some time ago on the basis of the glowing A-list review and it wasn't mentioned that the thing would not function as a scanner once any of the cartridges runs out.

By willji on 9 Dec 2011

Joewy

I'd like to ask where the Canon MG 5350 printer is manufactured and whether any of its parts orginate from Fukushima or nearby towns in Japan?. Does anyone know please ?

By Joewy on 14 Jan 2012

Psychic Comments?

The review is dated today, the comments from a month ago and last year. D'ya have a time machine David or are this trío claírvoyant?

By Deadtroopers on 12 Feb 2012

@deadtroopers
The review is from 29 August 2011. Something funny's going on with dates on reviews today - we're looking into it!

Regards
David

By DavidBayon on 13 Feb 2012

Up to date reviews?

This MG5350 looks like what I need, but so do the Ip4500 and the MP610 only both of these were tested in 2008, what the customer needs to know is, will these older printers work with Win7 and above?
Another big point which the customer needs to know is does the printer waste ink by cleaning every time it is used? My Epson DX4850 only prints 26 A4 letters before its out of ink (all four cartridges)due to the cleaning process which is more wasteful since adding a new driver to make it work with Win7

By tyler4402 on 16 Dec 2012

RE: Up to date reviews?

I agree. Came here exactly to investigate the the use of ink in the MG5350, but gets nothing but nice words about the shiny pics it can produce. Please wake all, this is a toll we have to handle too...Sad

By HBJDK on 15 May 2013

RE: Up to date reviews?

I agree. Came here exactly to investigate the the use of ink in the MG5350, but gets nothing but nice words about the shiny pics it can produce. Please wake all, this is a toll we have to handle too...Sad

By HBJDK on 15 May 2013

RE: Up to date reviews?

I agree. Came here exactly to investigate the the use of ink in the MG5350, but gets nothing but nice words about the shiny pics it can produce. Please wake all, this is a toll we have to handle too...Sad

By HBJDK on 15 May 2013

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