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5 stars for what it is and not less for what it isn't.
, 12 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Canon PIXMA MG3150 All-in-One Colour Printer (Print, Copy, Scan, Wi-Fi and Auto Duplex) (Accessory)
I bought this Canon for general printing, as the ink cartridges are much cheaper than my Epson Photo Printer (which uses eight). Set-up with my Laptop (Windows 7) for wireless connection through the modem/router went without a problem. The instruction sheet is simple to follow as are the CD Rom on-screen instructions. Installing the software on my Mac desktop also went without a problem, or so I thought. However, although opting for wireless connection when installing the software, when installed I could not connect to the printer wirelessly with the Mac. I then reinserted the CD Rom and the option to change connection to USB cable was immediately displayed, obviously detecting that all other software had been installed. USB connection was successful. This is not a problem as the printer sits in the same workstation as the Mac, and cable connection is perfectly satisfactory. The laptop is more remote.
This Pixma printer is reputed to be noisy, but I haven't needed earplugs and so don't see this as an issue. It is about as noisy as my Epson Photo Printer, which cost a lot more. I read the Amazon and several independent online reviews, but as often the case, my personal experience doesn't always support their various pros and cons. What is important is that this printer produces printing of above average quality and the duplex facility is icing on the cake. As I always use the computer to select, process and edit my photos, I have no need for a separate screen on the printer. I have also found that the Pixma is not particularly slow, but it isn't an all-mighty office copier. Duplex printing didn't tax my patience.
It is surprising how much test printing one does without realising it, and the ink levels of the cartridges supplied remain healthy. I will use the XL capacity when I replace them. I haven't printed photos with photo paper yet, but using good plain paper the results are better than expected and this leads me to suspect that they will be more than satisfactory.
Build quality is good (and shiny black, perfectly matching my black glass workstation) and there is a removable panel at the rear to assist in clearing paper jams. On the subject of paper jamming, I wouldn't recommend cheap 80grm paper, especially for Duplex printing. The paper has to turn over and if of poor quality can crinkle and jam. Also, print-through from one side to the other can show up. I use 100 or at least 90grm paper with excellent results. Software facilities are extensive, colour control, advanced ICC profiling, grey scale printing, maintenance and inkjet cartridge alignment and so on. If used on a Mac (I have Tiger 10.4.11 OS) these facilities are accessed differently than with Windows 7 and a bit of detection work is needed to locate them. Check out `Printer and Fax' in System Preferences, click on `Print Queue' and then select Utilities. All of the maintenance items are then available. If you have a later Mac OS, then this may differ.
One final point, Web-Print EX as supplied in the software is disabled if you are using Internet Explorer 9, as it doesn't work with this version of Explorer and you should not try to enable it. Version 3 is needed and must be downloaded from the Canon Website. I haven't, and you do so at your own risk.
UPDATE: (For those who go this far down the list of reviews) Have used this printer for nearly a year and it is still working OK. I have produced A4 photos on Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy II that are surprisingly good and I would not hesitate to use them for exhibition. This is commendable for a printer at this price level. In fact, colour rendition is not far short of the Epson Stylus Photo Printer that I have used, which uses 8 colours. The variation is small enough to be ignored. The Pixma only uses a 3 colour cartridge system and the results are remarkable. However, I do process my photos in Adobe Photoshop (Elements 2) so that they are well balanced to begin with. I have so far had absolutely no problems with the Pixma.
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