Canon PIXMA MX535 - Performance and Verdict

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Canon PIXMA MX535 – Print Speeds

Canon rates the PIXMA MX535 at speeds of 9.7ppm mono and 5.5ppm colour. Under test, we got close to these, with a speed of 8.7ppm on our 20-page mono text print, though the 5-page test only gave 5.7ppm. A draft mode print of the same 5-page test gave 6.7ppm.

Automatic duplex print is standard on this machine and the same 20-page document printed duplex gave a disappointingly slow 2.2ppm. We feel duplex will be little used because of its sluggishness. The single-sided, five-page black text and colour graphics document gave 4.0ppm, which is a respectable speed.

Canon PIXMA MX535 - Open

A single page, colour copy from the flatbed took 31 seconds and the five-page black copy completed in 1:09. Both of these are slow compared to some of the machine’s competitors. 15 x 10 cm photos took 1:38 from a PC in high quality mode and 57 seconds from a Samsung Galaxy SIII android smartphone in standard mode. Both of these speeds are fine.

Canon PIXMA MX535 – Print Quality and Costs

Print quality is very good, with clean, dark text, showing no spatter or mis-registration. Colour graphics on plain paper are also clean, though some colours, such as yellows, show dithering to achieve the shade. Photo prints are natural and very well-defined, with a good range of darker as well as lighter shades faithfully reproduced.

A word here about the machine’s noise level. We recorded peak levels of 74dBA when the printer was feeding paper, which is up to 10dBA louder than from equivalent competitors. Subjectively, although the machine was loud, it didn’t seem that much louder than, for example, the HP Officejet 6700 Premium, which measured 64dBA.

Canon PIXMA MX535 - Cartridges

The two ink cartridges, at the best prices we could find, give page costs of 2.7p for mono and 8.2p for colour. The mono cost is slightly higher than from the same HP machine, but the colour cost is 1p per page lower.

Should I buy a Canon PIXMA MX535?

Although this printer offers a lot of functionality, its performance could be better when compared with its competition. The HP Officejet 6700 Premium is quite a bit faster, measuring a top speed of 12.6ppm under test, has very similar print quality and costs about the same to run.

Verdict

The Canon PIXMA MX535 is an inexpensive SOHO all-in-one, offering a good feature set in an attractive, if slightly bulky, box. It’s useful, wireless capabilities are, if anything, playing catch up with some of its rivals, though, and it doesn’t excel in either speed or running costs.