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Canon PIXMA MG5550 review

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8

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Pros

  • Low-profile case
  • Neat cartridge cover
  • Four colour photo prints

Cons

  • Low capacity main tray
  • Noisy, particularly when feeding paper
  • Large footprint when printing

Key Features

  • AirPrint and Direct print
  • Duplex print
  • Convenient soft key control
  • Direct printing from Cloud
  • Wireless scanning
  • Manufacturer: Canon
  • Review Price: £100.00

What is the Canon PIXMA MG5550?

For some years, Canon has adopted what we’ve described as a Chinese Lacquer box look for its all-in-ones – big and with heavily chamfered edges to their top covers. Its new devices for this year, such as the home office-targeted PIXMA MG5550, have a modified look, so it’s lower profile and has a smoother, textured black finish.

Canon PIXMA MG5550

Canon PIXMA MG5550 - Design and Features

The scanner is set well down into the case and the lid has extending hinges, to cope with books as well as single sheets. In front of the lid is the control panel, which is centred around a 62mm LCD panel.

As well as the usual square of navigation buttons for working your way around the menus, there are three soft keys which show context-sensitive onscreen legends and make working with the screen nearly as natural as using a touchscreen.

Canon PIXMA MG5550 - Controls

Below the control panel, the front cover flips open to become the paper feed tray. An extension swings out from its front lip, with a flip-up paper stop for the output sheets, which come to rest on a telescopic inner tray, resting above the feed tray. The feed tray pulls out to make paper loading easier.

Canon PIXMA MG5550 - Installation and Connections

Fitting the five ink cartridges – there's a photo black as well as the pigmented text black – is made a lot easier by a new design, where you lift the whole of the control panel up out of the way. The head carriage then swings into view, with any cartridges that need replacement showing flashing red LEDs. Very convenient.

One of the PIXMA MG5550’s new features is the ability to interact directly with Internet sites, controlled from the printer’s display. It’s compatible with Google Cloud and Canon’s own Inkjet Cloud Printing Center and the idea is that you can download files for printing without the use of an intermediary computer or mobile device.

However, every time we tried to register the printer with either Google or Canon, from the printer or a connected PC, we got the same ‘Cannot connect to server’ message. This was using the same wireless link to the same router that worked fine for printing all our test jobs. We checked for firewall issues in the router, but couldn't track down a cause for this failure.

toboev

October 20, 2013, 1:35 pm

When thinking of scanning pages in books, how small is the bezel/border area around the scanning plattern? How easy is it to get into the inside margin of the page without having to risk breaking the spine of the book? Many of scanners fail through poor design with wide bezel areas around the plattern which makes them all but useless for scanning other than single sheets, despite their fancy hinge arrangements. Sadly no picture in the review nor any comment on this type of typical usage of a flatbed scanner.

Michael Keane

April 26, 2014, 9:44 am

Based on research, I purchased this printer in January 2014, three months later it has broke! I am very frustrated with this as I have barely used it, I'm only partway through the original ink cartridges after printing about 20 pages.

Every time I power it up, there is an error message 5011, all Canon can recommend is to disconnect the power and retry. What a bargain £3.50 per page :(

POK

April 29, 2014, 1:59 pm

Thanks for this advise, I was thinking the same myself, you have just confirmed how bad this simple design aspect was overlooked.

Matthew Wilkes

August 6, 2015, 11:54 pm

Any flatbed scanner will be no good for scanning a hardback book - you need specialised scanners for this. Whether it's Canon, Kodak, Epson, Fujitsu, Konica or Ricoh - unless you have the tool for the job it won't perform, bezel or not. The MG5550 is a printer/copier/scanner that costs less than £60, has separate ink cartridges, wifi/cloud capabilities, a colour screen and DUPLEX!!! And you're moaning because it can't scan a book without breaking the spine? Oh my goodness!!!!!

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