Canon’s performance specs for the PIXMA MG2150 are modest and therefore more likely to be truthful. It claims black text speeds of up to 8.4ppm and under test we saw 6.8ppm on our 5-page text document, rising to 6.9ppm on the 20-page one. These are close to claims and fair speeds for what is a budget machine. Colour speeds aren’t so promising.
Printing our 5-page black text and colour graphic page produced just 1.7ppm, against a spec of 4.8ppm. This was mainly due to a series of pauses during printing, when the printer appeared to be doing nothing. We repeated the test, to check it wasn’t an aberration, and saw an identical time. We expect pauses in duplex print to allow for ink drying, but they are unusual in single-sided print.
The machine also sometimes performed housekeeping tasks amounting to 30s or more before starting printing. It was only fair at copying, too, taking 45s for a single colour page copy. A 15 x 10cm photo printed at best quality on Canon Platinum Pro paper took 1:37. This is no speed merchant.
Print quality is very good for an inexpensive printer, with dense, sharp black text and faithful colours. There’s a little bit of fuzz around emboldened headings, but nothing to get too worried about and the fast, draft mode is very serviceable. Photos are as good as any you’ll see from a printer under £100, with natural colours and sharp images.
There are only two cartridges in this machine; one black and the other tri-colour, but they are available in two capacities, with the high yield parts offering 600 and 400 pages, respectively. At the best prices we could find, this gives a black page cost of 3.9p and a colour one of 8.5p.
These are good costs for a budget machine; manufacturers often boost consumable prices to recoup low selling prices. Both black and colour are lower than from the HP Deskjet 1050, for example.
This is a good, budget all-in-one, which is easy to use and maintain, though it’s paper feed system doesn’t show Canon’s normal design flair. Black speed is good and printed output is as good as from more expensive machines, but there are too many pauses in colour jobs. At least long term running costs are low, given the asking price, and worth balancing off against printers with a lower initial price tag.