Canon PIXMA MG3250 - Performance and Verdict

score

Sections

View All

The Canon PIXMA MG3250 is rated at the same speeds of 9.2ppm for black and 5.0ppm for colour as the MG3150, but under test, it wasn’t as quick as the spec or the earlier machine. On the 5-page test, it gave 7.0ppm, against 7.1ppm. OK, not a big difference, but the draft mode test returned 6.5ppm, to the earlier machine’s 8.1ppm. We repeated the draft mode test, as it’s unusual to see a lower result than in normal mode, but it came through the same.

The 20-page test was faster on both machines, though again the MG3250 gave 6.6ppm to the MG3150’s 7.5ppm. The 5-page black text and colour graphics test results were 1.65ppm and 1.75ppm, respectively. Both machines pause for around 12s half-way through each page print, presumably for ink drying, so the quoted speed has to be for a single-page print.

Canon PIXMA MG3250

When it comes to duplex, both machines produced a very slow 1.9 sides per minute, but copying a colour page saw the new machine beat the old, completing in 31s, rather than 45s. 15 x 10cm photos took between 56s and 1:39, with the shorter time coming, surprisingly, via an Android link from a Samsung Galaxy Mini.

Print quality for single-sided black text is very clean and densely black, but in duplex mode, it’s much paler, looking as if it’s a composite of the cyan, magenta and yellow dye-based inks or a draft mode print.

Colour graphics are bright and clean and black text over colour is reasonably sharp. A copy reproduces the original’s colours closely and photo prints are well balanced and natural.

Canon PIXMA MG3250 - Cartridges

Canon ink prices have dropped a little recently and using the XL inks, rather than the regular yield ones, gives page costs of 3.7p for black and 7.9p for colour. These are fair, though not the best we’ve seen, and could turn out more costly, if your colour use is atypical.

Verdict
While it’s still a good value, all-in-one home printer, the Canon PIXMA MG3250 printer is no better than its predecessor and from our tests, it prints more slowly. The display is only really good for counting copies and the Fast Front may be quick to set up, but gives the printer a big footprint.

More from TrustedReviews

LG Q8 finally brings the V20’s promise to Europe

Atari is now in the speaker business… and the hat business

Thinner Moto Z2 Force could come with a huge trade-off

HyperLoop One

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop gathering pace as NY-DC link gets ‘OK’

N64oid

Is this proof an N64 Classic will follow the SNES?

Agents of Mayhem preview

cats 17

Why you’ll want to download this OnePlus 5 update today

Golf rory

British Open Golf Live Stream: How to watch online for free

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare for Xbox One down to under £9

Samsung Gear S3 finally gets Samsung Pay support in UK

Welcome to the all new Trusted Reviews

Netgear Arlo

Netgear Arlo Pro

Cat Amazon

Are you kitten me? Pet translation devices tipped for future smart homes

fire emblem warriors

Fire Emblem Warriors

pokken

Pokkén Tournament DX

TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb 5

TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb

Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay now lets you use your PayPal funds at the checkout

assassins creed origins

Ubisoft teases new games for Nintendo Switch, coming ‘quite soon’

amazon echo

Ask Vodafone: Mobile network’s first Amazon Alexa voice skill is revealed

Google Feed

The Google app’s new personalised feed might just drag you off Facebook

z2play 9

Moto Z2 Play

Mira Prism

For just $99 you can bring AR to the iPhone 7

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S9 displays may be the same, save one major new feature

movie theatre

The Netflix Effect: ‘Binge-watching’ is coming to movie theatres

Porsche MIssion E

Porsche’s latest electric car chargers put Tesla to shame

EE logo

EE’s new 20GB SIM-free deal is the best value tariff you’ll see all summer

Int-Ball

These are the first images from the ISS – as captured by a zero-gravity drone

iMac 21.5-inch 4K (2017)

LG V30 case

LG V30 design ‘confirmed’ ahead of IFA 2017 launch

iPhone 7 vs iPhone SE

Waiting for the iPhone SE 2? Sadly, it could be a one-and-done

Google Glass Enterprise

Google Glass 2 has arrived, sort of

Denon AH-C621R

Denon AH-C621R

BBC Proms

Get ready to listen to the BBC Proms like never before

Fender Newport Monterey Bluetooth speakers

Fender’s new Bluetooth speakers look just like tiny guitar amps

Garmin Vivosmart 3

Garmin Vivosmart 3

airplane

Is the laptop travel ban dead? Electronics restrictions lifted by TSA but UK fails to follow suit

KitSound Immerse

KitSound Immerse Wireless Headphones

Emojis

It’s World Emoji Day and Apple is showing off all of its newcomers

Porn Block

Privacy fears as UK plans age verification for porn sites

WhatsApp

New WhatsApp feature could give Apple’s iMessage a run for its money