Canon rates the Canon PIXMA MG2250 slightly slower than the Canon PIXMA MG3250, quoting 8.4ppm and 4.8ppm for black and colour print, against 9.2ppm and 5.0ppm. Under test, though, these figures weren’t completely borne out.
Our five-page black text test returned 6.5ppm and the black text and colour graphics test gave 1.7ppm, while the Canon PIXMA MG3250 produced 7.0ppm and 1.7ppm. So, while the black text speed is 0.5ppm slower on this machine, the colour speed is pretty much the same.
This is mainly because any difference in print speed is swamped by the 12s pause for ink drying on all but the first sheet of any colour print-out. Canon really needs to sort out the drying time of its inks – we don’t know of non-Canon inkjets that do this on single-sided prints.
The 20-page black text print gave 6.8ppm, while the MG3250’s speed was 6.7ppm, so slightly ahead, here. This printer was quite a bit slower at copying a page, though, taking 1:44 as opposed to 1:31. It took only two seconds more to print a 15 x 10 photo, which it completed in 1:41.
Black text print is sharp and dense, with only the occasional wobble as the head matches up lines. Colours are bright on plain paper and black text on colour shows little run. A colour copy comes through reasonably close to the original colours and a photo print punches well above its weight, showing smooth colour gradations, sharp detail and good colour fidelity.
Running costs are fair for a printer at this price. Using the XL, high yield cartridges gives a black page cost of 3.7p and a colour one of 7.9p. Although we’ve tested printers which give better costs, most of these have higher selling prices, too.
As an inexpensive all-in-one for the home or possibly student digs, the Canon PIXMA MG2250 is a good basic printer, copier and scanner. It has extras, but if you can manage without wireless and don’t need duplex print, you can save a few quid. Running costs are reasonable, when compared to other budget printers, though you do have to familiarise yourself with its idiosyncratic, seven-segment LED.