Canon has revamped its range of photo-enthusiast inkjet all-in-ones and renamed them the PIXMA MG series. The PIXMA MG5150 is at the lower end of the new range, but still has quite a few things going for it.
Canon has squared off the case, so that it no longer has bulging verticals, but still includes the wide radius curves to its top and integral duplexer. It still includes great swathes of high-gloss, piano-black plastic, too, which looks nice initially, but shows every fingerprint and micro-scratch – you'll need a very clean duster to remove dust without marking its surface.
To the right of the flatbed scanner lid is the control panel, which includes a 60mm colour LCD, with a rather loose hinge, which doesn't always stay where you put it. The menu interface on this display has been restyled and now includes three soft-function buttons, just in front, to select many of the options.
There's also Canon's trademark click-wheel, which makes menus easy to scroll through, and large simple buttons for things like print job start and stop. The power button is now set into the curved front corner of the machine, where they used to be more conveniently positioned on the top panels of its machines.
Below the power button is a flip-open cover revealing three different memory card slots, which can take a Compact Flash card, as well as the more recent SD, Memory Stick and xD formats. Right at the bottom of the panel is a PictBridge socket, which will also take USB drives.
The front panel flips down to become the output tray and can take pages from a 150-sheet upright tray at the rear, or a 150-sheet cassette that slides in underneath, from the front. The rear tray is normally reserved for photo paper. At the back is a single USB socket, the only data connection on this machine, as it has no network capabilities.
The five individual ink cartridges, with both a pigmented black and a dye-based equivalent for use in photos, have a new, shallow design, enabling the overall height of the printer to be reduced.
The usual, well-featured set of applications is provided and now includes a feature to take stills from an HD video and enhance them to print as individual photos. We guess Canon must have run the focus groups to mark this as a potentially popular feature.