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Canon PIXMA MP495 - Print Speeds and Running Costs

By Simon Williams



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  • Features 7
  • Print Quality 7
  • Print Speed 7
  • Value 9

Steve Bishop

November 21, 2011, 5:05 am

I bought this Printer on the recommendations I saw on line, I didn't go looking to far as what I saw and read sounded great. This printer was for my daughter at Uni and it appeared ideal. The setup was quite long and drawn out, but we got there, and when my daughter got to Uni we set up the wifi and printer. the latptop connected to both and she was able to print. The printer was purchased on 14th September 2011, my daughter went to uni on 21st September 20011.
Within 5 days my daughter rang me saying the printer was saying the ink was running out. I purchased the proper cannon inks and got them delivered to my daughter at uni. we exchanged them with over the phone instructions. the printer sprang into life again.
My daughter did not do any hard printing, a few essays, a report or two maybe used approx 50 sheets of paper....no excessive.
this was over a 3 week period. My daughter then rang me again saying the printer was indicating the inks were running out, the black ink - as before. I tole her that's impossible and she should be getting possible 100-200 sheets or more per new ink cartridge.
not being able to get to may daughters uni to see for myself I again ordered new inks and sent them to her uni. Again we removed the so called empty in cartridge and replaced it with a brand new on.
this was last Tuesday on Saturday I again receive a call from my daughter that the Black ink says its empty.
Having spent time and effort in trying to resolve this, when I know my own printer at home a Black ink cartridge last approx 3 to 6 months and can go through 3- 4 ream of paper before it runs out.
I think everyone should know that this printer is not worth the amount of money being thrown at it.
Do not buy it....it will cost you more in inks than buying the machine itself. spend a little more and get a proper printer

Sean Aherne

May 12, 2013, 1:31 pm

Steve, you're totally right, but it's some kind of error with INK levels, you can print away about twice more again, it says low INK and shows empty but prints away until you see sheet with gaps, only then change, it will save you a fortune. I use one in work every day


September 26, 2013, 12:39 pm

I've had this printer for over 6 months and have changed the ink twice but this printer only gets used for children's home work.not brilliant regarding ink levels.also trying to connect wifi to the iPads is ridiculous I've tried many ways with no success.i received the disk with this item but I've no computer to install the wifi so I'm pretty much stuck.any ideas would be appreciated.


December 2, 2013, 5:32 am

my color catraged is not working there is have in philippines


December 2, 2013, 5:53 am

my canon is pixma mp495 the cartridge color not working what is the recplacement cartridge please be informed for my email t.y

Stephen Hudson

January 23, 2016, 5:12 pm

I agree with you. I printed 1 X 120 page colour document. It ran out of some colour ink after 60 pages but soldiered on until all three colours were 'out'. It then gives up the ghost completely after 91 pages.

You then will find that the printer will not allow you to print in greyscale with an empty colour cartridge nor does it have a black and white print mode for just printing with the black cartridge. Both tanks must have ink in them or the thing shuts down.

At the moment, I have a very expensive scanner.

Oh, and I literally just bought the new cartridges before the print job.

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