All-in-one printers start at well under £100, but if you can afford slightly more than an entry-level price, you can get useful extra features at around £80. Canon’s PIXMA MG4150 sits close to this price and includes duplex print, wireless connection and several remote printing utilities.
Although Canon's more expensive all-in-ones are starting to dispense with full, high-gloss black cases, this isn't true of the PIXMA MG4150, which is as shiny and fingerprint-prone as its predecessors. Fairly boxy looking, but with large radius curves to its vertical corners, it includes what Canon calls a Fast Front design for its paper trays. This equates to a fold-down paper feed tray and a secondary, internal one, which forms the output tray. There's an extra support which swivels out from the front edge of the feed tray, to support the end of printed pages. Overall, the arrangement almost doubles the depth of the printer's footprint, so you're likely to want to close it back up again when you're not printing.
The control panel includes a 16mm LCD display, coupled with three soft buttons to select main functions. It has one of Canon's intuitive click-wheels for menu selection and assorted secondary buttons for easy and versatile control. At the front to the left of the trays, we have twin sockets for SD and MemoryStick cards, while below that resides a large, blue-ringed power button.
The printer can be connected via USB or Wi-Fi, though wireless is more versatile and is easy to set up. It also supports AirPrint and remote printing via Canon's nifty Cloud Link utility. This makes it pretty easy to print from most smartphones and tablets.
The whole front panel folds down for access to the twin cartridge holders, one with black ink and the other tri-colour.