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Canon Pixma MG5750 review: Budget brilliance

Simon Handby
24 Aug 2020
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Canon Pixma MG5750
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
70
inc VAT

The right balance of features, performance and quality makes the Pixma MG5750 a winner for Canon

Pros 
Affordable to buy and run
Decent print speeds
High-quality results
Cons 
Controls are dated
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Canon's Pixma MG5750 is a classic example of an inkjet multifunction peripheral (MFP) designed for home use. It's a squat, smart-looking device, made from high-quality black plastics. It's quite well specified, too: it can print, scan and copy, print automatically on both sides of a sheet of paper (duplex printing), and you can connect and share it on a wireless network. Not bad for an all-in-one printer which costs around £50.

Canon Pixma MG5750: Features and design

The only mild disappointment is that there's no fax modem included, but sensibly Canon has included support for more modern cloud-based printing services. The Pixma MG5750 can be set up to print from cloud services such as Google Drive, but bear in mind that it's not as straightforward as it should be – the process is far more involved than it is for products from rival manufacturers such as HP.

As a mid-range device, this Pixma gets Canon's unusual five-ink print engine, which combines dye-based black, cyan, magenta and yellow inks with a bigger, pigment black tank for better text printing. While that's a good thing, we're disappointed that the MG5750 is lumbered with a clunky control system. Rather than touch input, its menus are navigated with a four-way rocker switch paired with three dedicated buttons below the screen - we've long criticised this setup, which can be inconsistent and confusing.

Front view, PIXMA MG5750

The MG5750 inherits another feature we've criticised before. Its ink cartridges are reached by raising up the cantilevered control panel, but the access is a bit restricted at the rear of each slot. Also, although the slots are clearly marked, it is physically possible to insert the dye-based cartridges in the wrong slot – we're not sure why there's no keying to prevent this. The printer's paper trays have an unusual layout where printed pages spill onto a stop that pivots out of the input tray – it looks basic, but the neat design does keep everything tidy.

Canon Pixma MG5750: Printing, scanning and copying performance

Fortunately, these fairly minor grumbles couldn't spoil another great mid-range home MFP. While it isn't exactly fast, it delivered standard quality text at 11.5 pages per minute (ppm), and produced our complex colour graphics test at 3.6ppm, which is fine at this price. The scanner was quick enough at low resolutions, with a 300 dots per inch (dpi) A4 scan needing just 19 seconds, but even using a USB connection, we needed 103 seconds to capture a postcard-sized photo at 1,200dpi. Making a black photocopy of an A4 page took just 13 seconds, but in colour this rose to 30 seconds.

Undoubtedly, this MFP's best feature is the all-round high quality of its results. Text and graphics printed on plain paper were bold and crisp, while its photo prints were as good as you'll get from a mid-range inkjet - free of grain, and impressively sharp. Photocopies were faithful to the original, while scans were also sharp, with accurate colours and a high dynamic range.

Running costs are another strong point for Canon's affordable little all-in-one. Stick to Canon's XL ink cartridges (the smaller cartridges are a false economy) and this MFP will print each A4 page of mixed text and graphics for about 6.3p, which is competitive.

Canon Pixma MG5750: Verdict

While we've a couple of minor reservations about its design, the MG5750 is affordable to buy and run, has decent speeds and delivers great quality results. It's a great all-rounder for the home, and even though it's getting a little long in the tooth (we first reviewed it in January 2016) it remains a deserved winner of our Best Buy award in 2018. The arrival of the similarly priced Pixma TS5050 means that it's not without competition, however, so you'd be wise to check the prices of both models before taking the plunge.

Hardware
TechnologyThermal inkjet
Maximum print resolution4,800x1,200dpi
Maximum optical scan resolution (output bit depth)1,200x2,400dpi
Number of colours (cartridges)5 (5)
Maximum number of colours (cartridges)5 (5)
Quoted photo durability (source)30 years (Canon)
Standard interfacesUSB, 802.11b/g/n wireless
Optional interfacesNone
Dimensions (HxWxD)148x455x369mm
Weight6.3kg
Duty cycle (pages per month)Not stated
Paper handling
Maximum paper sizeA4/legal
Maximum paper weight300gsm
Standard paper trays (capacity)1 (100)
Maximum paper trays (capacity)1 (100)
DuplexYes
35N/A
Photo features
Borderless printingA4
Direct (PC-less) printingNone
Memory card supportNone
Supported operating systemsWindows XP or later, Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later, Android, iOS
Other features6.2cm colour screen
Buying information
WarrantyOne year RTB
Price£70 inc VAT
Consumable parts and pricesPGI-570PGBK XL pigment black (500 pages ISO/IEC 24712) £10, CLI-571BK XL black (5,565 pages (Canon estimate)) £10, CLI-571C XL cyan (715 pages ISO/IEC 24712) £9, CLI-571M XL magenta (645 pages ISO/IEC 24712) £10, CLI-571Y XL yellow (715 pages ISO/IEC 24712) £10
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge(s)Pigment ink 300 pages (ISO/IEC 24712), dye ink 1,795 pages (Canon estimate)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s)Cyan 345 pages (ISO/IEC 24712), magenta 306 pages (ISO/IEC 24712), yellow 347 pages (ISO/IEC 24712)
Cost per ISO/IEC 24712 A4 page inc VAT6.3p
Cost per ISO/IEC 24712 A4 page inc VAT (colour part)4.1p
Cost per ISO/IEC 24712 A4 page inc VAT (mono part)2.2p
Supplierwww.amazon.co.uk
Detailswww.canon.co.uk
Part code0557C008