- Relatively inexpensive to run
- Easy-fit cartridges
- Straightforward controls
- Big footprint when open
- Pauses during colour print
- Errors in manual
- Review Price: £49.00
- Wireless connection
- Duplex print as standard
- Good quality print
- Mobile print support
- Good software bundle
Canon’s PIXMA MG3250 printer sits slightly above entry-level and directly replaces the PIXMA MG3150. It bears a lot of similarity to the earlier, home all-in-one, with the most obvious difference being that this one has textured black side, back and front panels, where the previous model’s were high-gloss.
Elsewhere, a simple, A4 flatbed scanner sits to the right of a tall, thin control panel, with plenty of buttons and indicators to control the machine, but just a single, seven-segment LED display.
This is fine for selecting number of copies, but not much good for status feedback. Canon has tried to use it in a variety of ways, but the error codes it produces require constant reference to the manual to interpret. A single-line, mono LCD would be far preferable.
The front cover clicks open to reveal what Canon refers to as a ‘Fast Front’. Quite what’s fast about it isn’t obvious, but the two, fold-down trays work between them to feed and collect paper as the machine prints. When folded down, they virtually double its depth.
There are no front panel memory card slots or a USB socket, though the printer does support USB and wireless connections. If you intend to print from a phone or tablet, wireless is the obvious way to go.
The twin ink cartridges slide into two holders behind an internal cover, once you’ve folded down the Fast Front. One is black and the other tri-colour. This makes the printer easy to service, but could make it a bit more costly to run.
The software bundle has been updated, with handy applets like the reversed-L shaped ‘Quick Menu’, and the small panel that is ‘Image Display’. There’s also ‘My Image Garden’, for sorting photos and ‘Creative Park Premium’ for downloading photos and illustrations from professional artists – a feature only available to users of genuine Canon inks.
One of the things you need to do with the Canon PIXMA MG3250, as with most printers, is to align the printheads. If you do this from Windows Printer Properties, the alignment sheet that’s printed is different from either of those shown in the manual – so there are no instructions on how to use it.