Canon claims print speeds of 9.7ppm in mono and 5.5ppm in colour for the PIXMA MX475. Our five-page mono text print returned 7.5ppm in normal print mode and 7.7ppm in draft mode - not bad. Increasing the page count to 20 gave 8.3ppm, which really is impressively close to that claimed top speed.
The five-page mono text and colour graphics test only gave 1.9ppm, mainly because of a 12s wait, to allow ink drying, before delivering each page after the first. This can be adjusted in Custom Settings, but as we always test using defaults, it isn’t possible to reach the kind of colour print speeds Canon claims.
A single page colour copy from the flatbed took 29s and a five page mono text copy via the ADF took 1:06. Both of these speeds are reasonable for an all-in-one in this class. 15 x 10cm photos took 1:35 at highest quality and 57s from a Samsung Galaxy SIII at normal quality.
One small grumble is that noise levels are a bit high: we saw peaks of 65dBA when feeding paper.
The print quality of the machine is very good, though, with crisp, black text and well-formed, if light, draft print. Colour graphics are smooth, with no dither patterns and little spread of black text over solid colour. Photo prints, as always from Canon, are natural and bright, depending on subject, with no banding and good reproduction of those hard-to-capture shadowed areas.
The two cartridges are available in standard and XL versions and using the high capacity consumables gives page costs of 2.9p for mono and 6.1p for colour. These are quite a lot lower than from its main competitors in the same price bracket and are very good for what is close to an entry-level machine.
There’s quite a lot of competition in this section of the market, with printers like the £58 Brother DCP-J132W, the £65 Epson Expression Home XP-412 and the £49 HP Envy 4500. Of these, the HP Envy 4500 was the one to earn our recommendation, mainly on the strength of its very modest price and large, mono LCD display.
Canon’s PIXMA MX475 is a very good, budget all-in-one, which doesn’t sacrifice the flexibility of wireless connection to lower its price. It doesn’t have the duplex print or front-panel USB socket of the PIXMA MX535, but then its nearly 40 percent cheaper, too. It earns a recommendation, partly because of its high quality print and high mono print speed.
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