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Canon PIXMA MG5550 - Performance and Verdict

By Simon Williams
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Summary

Our Score

8/10

User Score

Review Price £100.00

Canon PIXMA MG5550 - Print Speeds

Canon rates the PIXMA MG5550 at 12.2ppm printing black and 8.7ppm for colour. The black print claim is reasonable according to our test results, which gave 9.4ppm for the 5-page document and 10.3ppm for the 20-page one. The colour result, at 4.5ppm, is only around half the claimed speed, though.

A colour copy from the flatbed took 25s, which is very reasonable and a 15 x 10cm photo from a PC in highest quality took 1:04, also quick. A photo from a Samsung Galaxy Mini Android phone took 53s, using Samsung’s own app, but we couldn’t get AirPrint to find the machine – probably a problem related to the earlier server difficulties.

Canon PIXMA MG5550 - Open

Canon PIXMA MG5550 - Print Quality and Costs

The quality of prints on plain paper is very good, with dense black text and no signs of jaggies or feathering. Colours are generally bright and solid fills show no signs of dither patterns and are well registered, when there’s black text on top of them.

The colour copy loses some colour brightness, but is still fair. The scanner retains plenty of detail and its 1,200 x 2,400ppi resolution is enough for photo scanning as well as documents. Photo prints are better than very good, with smooth, natural colours and plenty of detail in light and dark areas of images.

It's worth noting that the PIXMA MG5550 is unusually noisy for a Canon machine and we measured peaks of 68dBA during paper feeds.

Canon PIXMA MG5550 - Cartridges

The four ink cartridges are available in two capacities and using the XL versions gives page costs of 3.1p for black and 9.0p for colour. Both these sit pretty much in the middle of the range for all-in-ones in this price bracket. The black price is a little better than average and the colour is a little below.

Should I buy a Canon PIXMA MG5550?

There’s a lot going for this all-in-one and it does well where it counts, against likely rivals. The £100 price point attracts machines such as the Brother MFC-J625DW, which offers an ADF, memory card slots, dual paper trays and fax, but noticeably lower quality plain paper prints.

Verdict

It comes down to what you want from an all-in-one. If you want the most versatile feature set to be found in a multifunction machine, Canon’s PIXMA MG5550 is probably not your best bet, but if you value top-quality print at good speed, then you won't have any complaints here.

Scores In Detail

Features
7/10
Print Quality
9/10
Print Speed
8/10
Value
7/10

Our Score

8/10

User Score

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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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