We recently reviewed Canon’s PIXMA MG2150, a budget all-in-one which we thought was a fair home printer for the money. That money was around £42. For roughly £7 more, you can have the PIXMA MG3150. This machine betters the MG2150 by having a faster print speed, duplex print, wireless support and mobile printing as standard.
Like the PIXMA MG2150, the PIXMA MG3150 is a big, shiny, black box with a flatbed scanner built into its top and a front panel cover which folds down and forms a 100-sheet paper tray. The output tray folds down and telescopes out from within the front of the machine. This would be quite neat, except that printed pages are too long for the telescopic output tray. To stop them falling on the floor, the paper tray has a swivelling extension, which catches them and a flip-up paper tab, which stops them. All a bit convoluted.
At the back is a single USB socket, but the better choice is wireless. This is designed to be simple to set up through WPS, but with only a single, seven-segment LED display on the printer, you have to follow instructions on your computer’s screen to make the connection, which complicates things. The rest of the control panel is adequate to its task, though.
There are just two ink cartridges to fit, one black and the other tri-colour, and they slide in horizontally behind an internal, flip-down cover, which isn’t as easy as dropping them into place. Other software includes Canon’s MP Navigator and Easy-PhotoPrint.
Easy-PhotoPrint includes mobile printing, which enables you to print from an Android device or iPhone without having to install drivers. You do have to download and install an app on your phone, but it gives you more control over prints than either HP’s ePrint or Google Cloud Print. You can specify the size of the print and the number of copies, for example. It’s a wireless-based app, not a remote print facility, but is of more general use.