Canon Maxify MB5350 Review



  • Very low printing costs
  • Duplex scan and print
  • High quality photo and text printing


  • Touchscreen is a bit spongy
  • Doesn’t print borderless photos
  • Could be quieter

Key Features

  • Review Price: £248.00
  • Duplex print, copy and scan
  • Colour touchscreen control
  • Wireless and remote print
  • Twin paper trays
  • Fast first page out

What is the Canon Maxify MB5350?

Canon’s Maxify business inkjet range, launched last year, tops out with the MB5350, a machine boasting nearly all the extras you could want in a small business all-in-one, including duplex scan and print, twin paper trays and full wireless connection.

Canon MAXIFY MB5350

Canon Maxify MB5350 – Design and Features

Big, black and cuboid, the Canon Maxify MB5350 is also quite tall due to its twin 250-sheet paper trays. At the top, a sloped control panel set into the lid of the scanner includes a 75mm touchscreen which handles many of the control functions, supplemented by six push buttons.

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If you’re used to the touchscreen on your phone, you’ll find the plastic face of the Maxify one a bit spongy, though it’s reasonably responsive if you use firm pressure.
Canon MAXIFY MB5350 - Controls
The flatbed scanner is fitted with a 50-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) with twin scan heads, so you can scan and copy duplex documents in a single pass. This is much quicker than having to pass the paper through the scanner once for each scan and a third time to re-collate the sheets.

There’s a front panel USB socket, so you can use a USB drive to upload documents for printing or download pages from the scanner. The lower of the two paper trays takes only A4 paper, but the upper one can take smaller sizes, down to 10 x 15cm photo blanks. Printed pages feed out to an extending support above the upper tray.

Each time you change the paper size or type, you have to enter the new details on the touchscreen and register them with the machine, so it knows what it has available. It’s a pity there isn’t some way of sensing this automatically.

Canon Maxify MB5350 – Cartridges and Software

Pulling down the front cover gives access to the four individual ink cartridges, which have high yields of 2,500 black pages and around 1,500 pages in colour. When a cartridge runs out, the machine automatically moves it to the correct position for replacement and won’t let you continue printing. There doesn’t appear to be a way to change cartridges before they’re empty, though.

Supplied software includes Canon’s Easy WebPrint and My Printer utilities. There’s also a free Android app to download for printing from mobile devices and you can use AirPrint for iPhones, iPads and Macs.

Canon Maxify MB5350 – Print Speeds

Canon claims speeds of 23ppm

for black print and 15ppm for colour from the Maxify MB5350. Under test,

those figures look a bit fanciful. Our 5-page mono text test gave a

speed of 14.3ppm, though this increased to 17.1ppm on the 20-page

document. These are both healthy speeds, just not up to the claims.

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it comes to colour print performance, we saw 7.7ppm in our 5-page text

and colour graphics test, only just over half the claimed speed, but

again reasonable in comparison with other machines of the same type, and

even colour lasers in the same price bracket.


print is standard on the machine and Canon seems to have got round the

drying time issue common to most duplex inkjets as there’s very little

pause between sides. We measured 9.8 sides per minute on the 20-side

duplex document, another respectable result.

A single page colour

copy took 19s, while five pages from the ADF completed in an impressive

26s. 15 x 10cm photos took around 50s, independent of source, though

it’s not possible to print borderless photos.

Canon MAXIFY MB5350 - Trays

Canon Maxify MB5350 – Print Quality and Costs


quality is very good, with sharp, densely black text, not as clean as

laser output but close. Colours in areas of fill are bold and unbanded

and black text over colour is clean, without any haloing. Photo prints

are up to the high standard of colour photos from all four-colour Canon


The device is quite noisy, with a measured output of

66dBA at 0.5m, but it offers a quiet mode, which reduces the noise,

though reducing speed at the same time.

Using the high yield

cartridges, which seem to be the only ones generally available, gives

page costs of 1.4p for mono and 4.2p for colour, both including 0.7p for

paper. These are very low, well below the costs from any colour laser

we’ve tested and below those of many inkjet rivals, too.

Canon MAXIFY MB5350 - Cartridges

Should I buy a Canon Maxify MB5350?


range of Maxify all-in-ones looks like very good value and the MB5350

compares well with both Epson’s WorkForce Pro WF-5620 and HP’s much more

expensive Officejet Pro X576DW.


the HP blows both of the others out of the water on print speed, it

can’t match the running costs of the Canon machine. The Epson, which is

around £20 cheaper than the Maxify MB5350, can’t match its print quality

and is also slightly slower.

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has done most things right in the Maxify MB5350. We might want it a

little quieter and it’s very keen on filling its display with messages

and requests, but it’s quick, produces high quality print and is cheap

to run. In our book, those are the three things that make a good