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Fast, Wireless - Excellent Value for Money!
on 28 September 2014
OK - so there are a lot of poor reviews for this printer at the moment. But that still didn't stop us from buying it. We actually bought it from a 'proper' bricks&mortar shop - so that we can return it in case it didn't live up to expectation. It cost us 79 Euros (about 60 UK pounds). We were replacing our broken 8-year old Lexmark Inkjet - and all we needed the printer for was occasional light printing at home - so no photo printing, or anything resource-heavy like that.
The Canon MG5550 was an excellent price for a wi-fi capable device - and we brought it home on the bus! :-) OK - so the setting up part was just a bit fidgety - but not really that complicated. You just follow the simple picture-instructions on the set-up card - and in 5 mins, you're away!
We had no problems at all with wi-fi recognition. The printer locked on our wireless signal at home, we entered the password and that was it! We then got both of our laptops and my phone to recognise it. After 10 minutes, we had done test prints (using the wi-fi) from both our computers and my mobile phone (Android).
I mentioned that its a bit fidgety - but only a bit! So for example when you turn it on, it starts going through a sequence of internal movements (probably cartridge alignment). Also, once you finish printing, it will go through another sequence of movements as the mechanism returns to its parking position. But it's not really a problem. These internal motions last about 10-20 seconds and then the printer rests.
As for complaints about noise - what noise ? Yes, when the paper loads, you can hear it go in and when its printing you can hear the thing getting on with the job - but you can expect at LEAST that amount of noise from any printer or photocopier! And yes, the sound is actually useful because it lets me know the print request has gone ahead and the thing is doing its job! Otherwise I would have to be looking straight at it - and that defeats the purpose of having a wireless connection in the first place!
You need to be gentle with the paper tray door - so no excessive use of force. But that's true for more expensive printers too.
For 79 Euros - a wireless enabled colour inkjet made by a major electronics manufacturer is a pretty good deal. Hence 5 stars.