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2.0 out of 5 stars Beware - high printing cost, 27 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Canon PIXMA MG5250 All-In-One Wi-Fi Colour Photo Printer (Print, Copy and Scan) (Electronics)
Print quality - very good.
Printing speed - fast.
Copying and scanning - easy to use.
Duplex printing speed - slow.
Ink consumption - high.

Even when set to print in black (greyscale), the MG5250 still uses coloured inks so the small capacity ink tanks run down very quickly. Canon confirmed that you cannot set the MG5250 to print with the only the pigment black ink.

Conclusion: Don't buy the Canon MG5250 and look at other multi-function printers with lower running costs.
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Initial post: 21 Sep 2011 19:07:39 BDT
Denis Surkov says:
It's impossible to print greyscale without color pigments. No ink printer can do it.

Posted on 3 Nov 2012 19:11:02 GMT
Is it reallt true that you can't print using just the large black caritridge. If so what is the point of having it. Are you sure you weren't misinformed. I've just bought a MS5250 in rather a hurry as my last very old Canon printer ground to a halt in the middle of a week - that too had a large black catrirdge and you certainly could print without using the colours.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2012 19:13:18 GMT
Ah but I've been doing it on my old Canon printer for years ever since my colour cartridges stopped working

Posted on 18 Jan 2013 00:01:21 GMT
Jack Auld says:
I am getting rid of my canon 5250 because of this. You cannot choose to print in Black and White or Greyscale when even one of the ink cartridges run out. The whole printer just freezes up. I am very disappointed with the printer because of this - in the past I have always been able to ignore my colour cartridge and print in Black only.

Posted on 26 Feb 2013 22:12:02 GMT
T.J.Byford says:
It is my understanding that the large black cartridge is only used when printing documents in black and white. B/W is not the same as greyscale and is roughly what you are seeing when reading this. In other words, there are no intermediate values, it is black or white. To print greyscale on a budget printer such as this, the intermediate tones of grey are obtained by blending cyan and black. If I am wrong, I stand to be corrected, and won't take offence!

The best possible means of producing proper fully toned black and white photographs, one needs a bespoke printer that uses black plus one, but at best, two additional cartridges providing lighter shades of grey. What I haven't yet tried is to see what happens when a colour cartridge runs out: will the printer still manage a proper black and white document, or is the software designed to lock up until all 5 cartridges are working? From the reviewers contact with Canon, my printer should not work in this scenario.

As this printer was so relatively cheap and given the high cost of original ink cartridges, I have been using compatibles without any problems and the quality seems to be as good.

Posted on 18 Apr 2013 12:38:45 BDT
G. Braybrook says:
The prices of compatible cartridges is much lower than my previous printers (HP, Kodak) and much more reliable.

Posted on 20 Oct 2013 16:18:40 BDT
wish I had of seen this review earlier.

the ink it cam with ran out within 150 pages.

I bought brand new ink today full color and extra large black. I set it to print in grey scale as I have a lot of course notes to print. with in 100 pages I am getting the warning no color left???? I wasn't using color so that over 20pounds down the toilet in a few minutes???? What a bloody rip off.

Posted on 27 Jan 2014 06:46:26 GMT
Paul Adrain says:
Get the compatible cartridges.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2014 09:57:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2014 10:03:10 GMT
T.J.Byford says:
Unfortunately, I've only just spotted your comment on 20th October.

You say you set the printer to grayscale for course notes. I'm not sure why you did this and did not use the black and white document setting. Was this because your notes contained images that you wished to be reproduced grayscale? If not, and your notes were text only, this will explain what has happened. For a text only document you need to select "document" from the menu and then black and white, not grayscale. Grayscale should only be selected when printing a black and white photo and then the printer will blend black and colour ink to reproduce the range of tones needed.

What has happened in your case is the printer has been blending some of its colour ink with black in printing out your text and it doesn't know you are printing text. By selecting grayscale the printer program assumes you are printing photos, and this can be on photo or plain paper. At the point when the cyan ink runs out, the printer will stop. This is a kind of safety feature to prevent paper being wasted, especially welcome if it is the more costly photographic paper. Unfortunately printing text in grayscale has resulted in unnecessary wastage of your colour cartridges.

I found this on the net, and whilst it relates to another Canon model, it could be useful in getting the settings correct on yours. It was posted by Canon, USA.

"I have mx330 printer, i just want to print black and white. help?

‎12-18-2012 08:46 PM

To print with the black cartridge only, please follow these steps:

1. Click on Start, and then click on Control Panel.
2. Click on Printers and Faxes.
3. Right click the PIXMA MX330 and left click on Properties or Printer Properties
4. Click on the Maintenance tab at the top.
5. Click on the Ink Cartridge Settings button.
6. Change to Black Only.
7. Click OK.

The PIXMA MX330 will only print from the black cartridge."

What I have found with the 5250 printer is it wastes a lot of ink going through a full head cleaning cycle every time it is switched on. This is automatic and I don't think it can be disabled. So I would suggest that when it is switched on first thing, leave it on if further printing sessions will be carried out the same day.

Sorry, the instructions are different for the 5250, but right clicking the icon brings up options you need to explore.
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