Canon specs the PIXMA MG7150 at 15ppm printing black and 10ppm printing colour. We saw a maximum of 10.3ppm in black, on our 20-page test print, and 3.7ppm in colour, on a 5-page document.
Two thirds the rating for black print is not too bad and anything over 10ppm for an inkjet is impressive. 3.7ppm is not so hot, but subjectively the machine didn't feel slow. Duplex print of the 20-side document gave a commendable 4.1 sides per minute.
A colour copy from the flatbed took 19s, which is good, and 15 x 10cm photos were all quick with an outstanding 27s for a borderless print from SD card. A wireless print from a Samsung Galaxy Mini Android smartphone only took 41s, as well.
Print quality, as we’ve come to expect from Canon over the years, is pretty much as good as you'll get from an inkjet. Black text is dense and sharp, colours are bright and attention grabbing and solid fills show no signs of banding or dither patterns. Black text over colour is well registered. Photo prints give natural colours and smooth transitions and there's plenty of detail, even in darker areas of images.
The back page cost, using XL ink cartridges, is 3.1p, very similar to those of other all-in-ones in this market. With Canon’s extra grey ink, designed to improve black-and-white photo prints, colour page costs are a little higher than with some five-ink machines, but still come out at a very acceptable 8.4p.
The £100-150 all-in-one market is a crowded one, with machines like Epson's Expression Photo XP-750 and HP’s Photosmart 7520 in the mix. The Epson is a bit quicker on colour print, but its plain paper print quality is not as clean. It offers optical disc print like the Canon and has better OCR software.
HP's machine has a bigger screen but no disc print and only five inks. It's the fastest of the three and compares well on page costs. It’s also noticeably quieter (62dBA) than this machine (67dBA) or the Epson (66dBA), while also being noticeably faster.
The Canon PIXMA MG7150 is a good all-round all-in-one for home and particularly photo-enthusiast use. Its neat design and clever control panel are supported by good wireless provision, making it well-suited to customers who need to print from a variety of different devices.
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