78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
Excellent multifunction printer,
This review is from: Canon PIXMA MG4250 All-in-One Colour Printer (Print, Scan, Copy, Wi-Fi and Auto Duplex) (Accessory)
This is my first Canon printer. I previously had two different Lexmark models (which are still sort-of working after respectively 13 and 9 years but the cartridges are way too expensive) and lately an HP which gave up the ghost after "only" 5 years, failed to impress when in its prime and drove me mad rejecting new cartridges after only a few days.
After a month of daily use, I'm really pleased with my PIXMA! It was very easy to set up. The WiFi connection was established in seconds and the printer is shared with no problems by two computers (one in another room and across a thick stone wall). It also works perfectly well using a standard USB cable. The software included is fairly intuitive to use and gives me all the functions I need. I like the closed design which keeps dust out and the clever duplex function for automatically printing double-sided documents. There are so many options, like booklet printing, which used to be a pain to set up manually.
Print quality is very good for a mid-price machine, with crisp black-and-white text and true colour photo reproduction even on everyday paper stock and, so far, it seems reasonably inexpensive to use. The original cartridges are still half full, despite daily use and some intensive, full-page colour print jobs, and the ink does not smudge. I love the ability to copy with just the on-board screen and buttons and the option to print photos directly from a memory card, although for scanning, I prefer to use the pc interface. A quality multifunction printer which has exceeded my expectations.
UPDATE: After seven months of almost daily use, I am really delighted with my PIXMA. The original black cartridge included with the printer lasted me four months and the colour one a little over five months. Apart from the economy of use, I'm amazed that the ink stayed fresh all that time. Also the print program alerts you when ink is low but, since this is an estimate based on page count, often you can keep going for ages after the nag messages start. The really good feature is that the printer continues to print despite the warning until print quality deteriorates. With my previous printers, once the cartridge was deemed empty, it would stop working and I frequently had to replace cartridges which still had lots of ink inside. The copy feature is super easy and I'm most impressed with the scanner. I have a lot of old photos, taken with a 35mm camera, that I have been scanning to save in digital format and the quality is superb.