Canon Pixma MG-5250 Wi-Fi all-in-one inkjet printer

Hard copy companion for iOS 4 and Android users

Canon Pixma MG-5250

Review Canon has launched so many photo all-in-ones recently that only a handful of people outside Canon seem to be able to tell one from another. One thing I can say, though, is that if you go shopping for the Pixma MG-5250 to print your Christmas pics on, you shouldn’t be disappointed.

Canon Pixma MG-5250

Canon's Pixma MG-5250

Sleek, black and with curvy edges, this device combines a photo inkjet printer and CIS scanner in a fairly large but unfussy case. That said, it is in the running for Register Hardware’s Most Easily Broken Plastic Component Award for its rear lean-back input tray. Just flip it up, pull it out, fold it back... and snap it off. Luckily, most photo papers are happy to be loaded in the standard tray which is accessed as a cassette from the front.

A cute little tilting colour LCD window allows you to navigate printer settings. More usefully, it becomes a photo browser when you connect a camera or insert a camera card, operated using a rotating wheel and OK button, like a classic iPod.

The camera card slot supports standard Secure Digital, Memory Stick and Compact Flash, but Canon claims to support a list of other types, such as Micro, Mini and x-D. Note that these are only compatible if you buy appropriate SD or CF adapters (there are none provided).

Canon Pixma MG-5250

The LCD panel not only shows settings, but previews images on storage cards

Borderless prints on glossy stock come out beautifully, thanks to the one-picolitre droplets of the printhead, and even matte-finish photo paper produced impressive results. However, be prepared to wait a minute or two for each 6 x 4 print to complete.

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