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Canon PIXMA iP7250 - Performance and Verdict

By Simon Williams

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Summary

Our Score:

8

User Score:

Canon PIXMA iP7250 - Performance

Canon claims speed of 15ppm for black print and 10ppm for colour from the PIXMA iP7250. Our 5-page black text print gave 9.7ppm and this increased to 10.7ppm on the 20-page document, only about two thirds of the rated speed, but healthy enough for this class of printer.

The black text and colour graphics print gave 3.9ppm, which is also quite a bit lower than spec. Part of this is due to fairly random bouts of housekeeping, where the machine charges its heads or checks media, sometimes in the middle of a print run.

Canon PIXMA iP7250 - Speeds and Costs

Duplex print has always been slow on Canon inkjets and here it managed 4.1 sides per minute, still slow but noticeably quicker than previous generation machines. Photo prints are remarkably quick, though, completing in 51s from a PC and 56s from a Samsung Galaxy Mini Android smartphone.

Even though Canon is pitching the machine at the lifestyle market, it makes quite a lot of noise, with peaks of 66 DBA measured at 0.5m. As usual, it's feeding paper which is the noisiest part of the print.

Print quality is what we’ve come to expect from Canon; sharp, dense, black print of text on plain paper with clean, vivid graphics and pretty good reverse text. Photos are well-balanced and with plenty of detail in light and dark areas of the image. Smooth transitions and natural hues make photos look authentic and easily up to Photo Booth standards.

Canon PIXMA iP7250 - Cartridges

The five ink cartridges are of a new type and still attracting a bit of a price premium, giving page costs of 3.7p the black and 9.8p for colour. These are quite high when compared with rival machines in the same price bracket, but we would expect prices to drop as the cartridges become more freely available.

Verdict

Canon has put a good bit of design thought into the revamp of this mid-range photo printer and the PIXMA iP7250 benefits in several areas. It's a very practical, easy-to-use machine and its ability to print on plain, photo and CD/DVD media make it a useful device. Excellent print quality, but a little expensive on ink.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Features 8
  • Print Quality 9
  • Print Speed 7
  • Value 8

Brian Jones

August 8, 2013, 10:15 am

But with cartridges at £10 each - and it takes 5 then assuming a new one comes supplied with cartridges then when the ink runs out just buy a new printer!!!!

here

September 11, 2013, 11:07 am

Don't see why you don't test papers size ie, its rated at 300gsm but can it actually do it? who know!

Tim Woodier

September 17, 2013, 10:42 am

New ones come with quarter full cartridges.

jandee

October 15, 2013, 10:28 pm

It takes forever before it actually starts printing (God knows what it's doing, wasting ink, I suppose), so I don't know how you actually measure the printing speed? It's the worst printer I ever had... I just printed ONE page and it took about 3 minutes.Yes, 3 minutes.

petja

December 23, 2013, 5:21 pm

The range of envelope formats is very limited for European users; e.g. there is no C5 or C6.
Further, the associated Easy-Photoprint EX application's function for designing CD/DVD labels has an unwelcome mind of its own: it crops imported pictures of non-standard format without asking the user if that is what (s)he wants.

Ozzy

January 11, 2014, 12:51 am

This machine is like a diva prepares herself forever and ever for a simple performence. It's unbelievable all these noises and actions to get a single page. It takes forever to reach to "I'm ready boss" situation. WiFi performance? Trouble! It's easier to get a cable and print conventionaly.

toboev

January 31, 2014, 8:55 pm

"there are the two paper trays, squashed together to take up little more space than a single tray in other machines" - is that supposed to be a good thing? It only happens because the lower tray only takes half the paper of previous models like the ip5200R, whilst the upper tray takes no paper at all, at least not if we are talking about A4.
Other downsides of this printer compared to my ancient ip5200R, recently deceased:

> if networked, it won't go to sleep.
> noisier on normal setting, slower on quiet setting
> no top feed for heavy paper stock
> smaller A4 paper tray
> costlier ink, in smaller cartridges (The XL cartridges are smaller than the regular ones for the old printer)
> wifi only, no ethernet connection
>regularly drags through multiple pages
>in normal domestic use it spends more time on housekeeping than on printing, chundering away for ages spinning its wheels (and doubtless filling its sponge)
>anodyne design - it's just a black box with 'Canon' plastered on the front

As to progress - Android printing App (Pixma Print), of course not available 10 years ago. But it is a sad joke. PrintShare Premium is miles better.

Honestly I can't think of a single advantage over the decade old ip5200R. Oh, but of course, there is the flippy-out output tray thingy. Not much to show for 10 years R&D at Printer HQ.

I'm at a loss as to how you justify your conclusion: "Canon has put a good bit of design thought into the revamp of this mid-range photo printer and the PIXMA iP7250 benefits in several areas". Compared to their own decade-old equivalent there are no benefits evident at all, and several major steps backwards.

Lets at least hope it proves as long-lasting.

Tim

June 24, 2014, 1:49 pm

This is the worst printer I've ever had. I had a pixma 5200 before hich was a workhorse and a dream to use. This rubbush printer is a nightmare I have had it 2 months and never I mean never had touble free print form it. Do NOT buy this printer ! Why oh why can't cannon just keep it simple.

Giorgio Costantino

August 24, 2015, 7:40 pm

I wonder how can someone rate 8/10 this piece of rubbish?! It takes ages for warming up and ink consumption is just unbearable! Don't make my same mistakes. Do not buy this printer. Do not trust this site.

Kristóf Aczél

September 12, 2015, 11:07 pm

When you actually get this piece of garbage working, it makes quite nice images. BUT!

It takes about 3 minutes from power-on to actually start printing, because it "cleans itself". After that it is indeed fast, but this annoying housekeeping defeats the purpose...

Also, colored inks run out even without using them!!! In about 1 year I printed only 5 colored pages, and it tells me that my colored inks have run out. Probably it wastes ink when doing the 3-minute-long cleaning process. This never happened to me with my other inkjet printers.

toboev

December 11, 2015, 8:42 pm

I would echo your comments. The printer is noisy, and wastes more time and ink doing its housekeeping routines than it does actually printing. Ink costs are extortionate, so I have always used compatibles. Whether that is what has caused it to become faulty after less than two years I'll never know, but it is academic since there is no way I'll try paying hundreds of pounds a year on Canon inks to find out.

A whole new printer costs less than a new print head. This is totally stupid. On the one hand they boast of their green credentials, on the other they make you bury a whole printer in landfill instead of selling you a small and very easily replaceable part. Idiots.

toboev

December 11, 2015, 8:47 pm

Some hope. It just died, under two years old.

Kenneth Nordin

January 19, 2016, 11:09 am

In fact a great photoprinter. High quality prints. For it's price I can live with that the first when print (when it's been idle for a while) takes it's time to warm up. After that it's pretty fast when you run prints after print. Oh yes it's a bit noisy. Easy and stable wifi setup on the plus side. But and don't agree that it consumes much ink. In the end, the most important thing: Does it deliver high quality photo prints? YES ip7250 does that - for a great price!

Emanuel Hodut

March 17, 2016, 12:30 pm

The worst canon printer I ever had. Green tint to the pictures even with the cartridges that came with it, the first 3 cm (1 inch) of an A4 prints correctly, after that, all the colors shift towards green. It's a total train wreck. Wouldn't recommend!!!

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