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3.0 out of 5 stars Windows 8 compatible, won't work wirelessly, a bit noisy, but does the job, 13 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Canon PIXMA MG3250 All-in-One Colour Printer (Print, Scan, Copy, Wi-Fi and Auto Duplex) (Accessory)
My main priority was to purchase a printer that was Windows 8 64-bit compatible. My Dell all-in-one, which worked perfectly with my Dell laptop and desktop with Windows 7 and XP-Pro respectively, would have nothing to do with my new Dell PC in spite of the various downloads available and settings suggested on the Dell website. Asking around suggested that Canon was a good option, so I bought this one partly on the basis of the functionality offered but also because it said "Windows 8 compatible" on the box. I really didn't want to mess around with downloads that might or might not work.

There are a number of downsides. The first is that it is noisy. It is not actually too bad when printing out, but the whirling and grinding that takes place before and after a print run is very loud. I find it mildly irritating after a series of printers that were very quiet. I also couldn't get the wireless to work, although I have other wireless devices that work perfectly with my PC. As the printer lives next to the PC that wasn't too much of an issue, although it would have been good to free up an additional spare USB port. It sometimes decides that it doesn't want to print if it has been dormant for a while (i.e. it doesn't always automatically take a signal from the PC to wake up). And I had some fun working out how to make Photoshop the default destination for scanned images. The scanner software that comes with the machine is ultra basic, and I would recommend upgrading to some much better scanner software if you use the scanner regularly.

The upsides are that it was easy to install, is easy to use, and it works. I have been printing enormous quantities of documentation recently and it has done a reasonable job with both text and images on the draft/ink saving setting. This is all I wanted - something that would produce reasonable results without using up too much ink. But in its higher settings, it produces really good quality results. This is with only two cartridges, which is a blessing. The cartridges are easy to get hold of (unlike Dell ones which have to be ordered from Dell). I was able to get them from my local supermarket, which means I can dash down there in an emergency, and they are also available on Amazon. They are lasting well, much better than my previous Dell printer cartridges. It is quite a small all-in-one, and therefore useful for anyone without much space (roughly 44cm wide by roughly 34cm deep). Wonderfully, it is a front-loader, so paper is fed into the printer underneath where it emerges. Again, this is great if you are aiming to save space.

I managed to lose the user guide within five minutes of purchasing the printer, but the Canon website allows you to download a replacement. It is a .exe file, though, not a PDF, which is a bit odd. It effectively loads an on-screen hyper-linked manual, which saves itself as an application on your hard drive.

Overall, it's functional and does what I want. I am glad I bought it but, from my point of view, it does have a number of minor downsides.
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