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Canon PIXMA MG3250 review

  • Canon PIXMA MG3250
  • Canon PIXMA MG3250
  • Canon PIXMA MG3250 default driver
  • Canon PIXMA MG3250 scanner warming up
  • Canon PIXMA MG3250 Wi-Fi setup

Verdict:

We weren't impressed by its Wi-Fi performance, but this cheap MFP delivers great results

Review Date: 12 Jan 2013

Price when reviewed: £46

Buy it now for: £58
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Supplier: http://www.printerland.co.uk

Reviewed By: Simon Handby

Our Rating 4 stars out of 5

User Rating 4 stars out of 5

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You might not expect to find a cheap inkjet MFP with wireless networking, but these days you can choose from several around the £50 mark. Canon's PIXMA MG3250 is one of the newest and smartest, but it's not especially highly specified, with only modest print speeds and scan resolutions. Its controls are fairly basic too, with no colour screen or memory card slots, suggesting that its Wi-Fi support comes at the expense of other useful features.

Canon PIXMA MG3250

The Pixma MG3250's single paper input tray is an unusual design that combines a 100-sheet input capacity with an extended area that catches printed pages as they spill over the short output flap. It sounds rudimentary, but works very well and allows the trays to fold up into the printer when not in use. It's worth noting that the Pixma MG3250 also supports duplex (double-sided) printing, which is pretty good considering its price.

Canon has managed to pack quite a few copier functions into the MG3250's push-button controls, which allow you to set up to 20 copies at a time, choose between A4 documents and A4 or 6x4in photos and even resize originals to fit the output size.

Canon PIXMA MG3250 Wi-Fi setup
If your router doesn't have WPS, use a temporary USB connection to join the MG3250 to a wireless network

As there's no screen, this printer must be joined to a wireless network using WPS or a USB connection during setup. It's a straightforward job, but once we'd installed the software we weren't too impressed with the printer's wireless performance. During our first round of print tests it was prone to pausing mid-job with the Wi-Fi indicator light flashing. We restarted our network router and the printer, after which its performance seemed to improve.

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