Canon Maxify MB5350 Review: Fast inkjet printer/scanner/copier

You need to shop around for this printer. For some reason the more moving parts a device has, the bigger the discounts we see from the official price suggested by its manufacturer, the Maxify MB5350 follows the trend: now that it’s been around for a year or so, you can pay over for it if you really want to. Viking had the cheapest deal we could find among reputable suppliers, but that might have changed by the time you read this. So, like we said: shop around.

Canon Maxify MB5350

The Maxify is worth a look, but color graphics are dull

It’s worth a look. Compared with other fast all-in-one inkjet printers, it looks relatively neat and compact, with its scanner’s 50-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) incorporated into a flush-fitting lid, which includes a clear but not always responsive color touchscreen. Printing, scanning, copying and faxing (given a nearby phone socket) are all duplex, automatically doing both sides of the paper if required, and Wi-Fi is built in, with support for Apple AirPrint and various cloud services. You can also cable the unit to a PC or router via Ethernet or USB.

Our 25-page text document printed at 20.3 pages per minute (ppm), a laser-like speed that matches inkjet rivals around the mark. A 10-page document in black-and-white printed in 51 seconds.

SPECIFICATIONS

600x1200dpi maximum print resolution 1200x1200dpi maximum scan resolution 2x 250- sheet paper trays USB Ethernet 802.11n Wi-Fi 351x463x394mm (HxWxD) 13.1kg • One-year warranty

An A4 page took 14 seconds to scan at a sharp 300 dots per inch (dpi), exactly the same as Epson’s WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF, but the white background came out slightly bluish. A 1200dpi color postcard scan took twice as long as the WorkForce Pro, at a minute and 16 seconds. Color graphics pages only reached 6.2ppm and looked dull, with some ink bleed- through on regular copier paper.

Canon supplies with the printer black ink for a generous 1,000 pages and colour inks for 700 with the printer, although as always you’ll get fewer pages in practice. Buying 2,500 and 1,500-sheet replacements respectively works out at around 3.6p per color page or 0.7p for black only, which is slightly cheaper than the running costs of rival models from Epson and HP, although potentially within the range of ink-price fluctuations over time.

VERDICT:

Impresses with its big paper capacity and low running costs, but overall the MB5350 is narrowly beaten by rivals

ALTERNATIVE:

HP OfficeJet Pro 8720

This and the pricier Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF are similar but faster in color

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