Canon PIXMA MG8150 Cartridge Review

Published: 08th February 2011
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The canon PIXMA MG8150 is a multifunction inkjet printer containing every single option the home user could possibly desire - decent document and also photograph print quality, an excellent scanner intended for documents and also film negatives, and also wireless connectivity in addition to direct printing. Its touch-sensitive interface isn't particularly simple to use, however.

The MG8150 has a comparable format to other PIXMA products like the PIXMA iP4850, however it is broader as well as higher at 470x392x199mm. A 3.5in Liquid crystal display screen in the middle of the printer's top panel comes with an immediately understandable graphic interface, however the touch-sensitive switches underneath it are not as simple to use as we would like. Because there is zero actual feedback it's possible to hit them twice unintentionally in case you're not careful.

The MG8150 does not have an Ethernet port allowing you to connect to a wired home network, however 802.11n Wi-Fi is provided. There is a USB 2.0 port on the back of the machine allowing you to connect a Personal computer (even though there is no USB cable provided). A host USB port on the unit's front makes it possible for PictBridge endowed digital cameras and also USB memory sticks to be utilized directly.

Setting up the MG8150 is easy. Inserting the print head as well as the six ink tanks is tricky, yet an on-screen guide makes it easier. Installing the provided software requires approximately 10 minutes, however a comprehensive collection of maintenance and printing programs is incorporated.

The MG8150 utilizes six ink tanks to create impressive results when it comes to both plain text documents and also photographs. It's a quiet and also fairly rapid inkjet model, creating about 12 black and white pages per minute at normal quality settings in our tests. A 20-page colour A4 document was printed in just over two minutes (9ppm). If perhaps you are wanting to bring down paper costs the Canon PIXMA MG8150 is a smart solution - it's got an automatic double-sided printing option with respect to standard A4 paper.

The caliber of the MG8150's colour prints using Canon PIXMA MG8150 printer ink cartridgesCanon ink cartridges in the MG8150 are really excellent, with razor-sharp image fine detail and sensible gradation in colours. Printing good quality pictures with photo paper uses lots of ink and takes substantially longer than printing a document, however the results really are worthwhile. Because of a separate grey ink cartridge the PIXMA MG8150's greyscale output is sparkling and finely detailed, without any noticeable banding throughout darker photograph parts.

The MG8150 provides one of the most precise flatbed scanners we have witnessed within a consumer multifunction printer. Having a maximum resolution of 4800x4800dpi it is capable of draw out a great deal of first-rate detail from colour and also text documents in addition to photos. In the event that you are looking to digitise old pictures for posterity, the PIXMA MG8150 is certainly up to the work. Built-in film scanning - designed for 35mm negative and slide frames - might appeal to anyone with a number of old pictures, even though quality defintely won't be as good as a dedicated 35mm film scanner plus there is no included film scanning guidelines.

Scans are quick to complete whenever quality isn't actually set to highest levels, but 4800x9600dpi scans of film and 4800x4800dpi document scans raise the time considerably. The MG8150's flatbed scanner is quiet all through its operation.

The Canon PIXMA MG8150 is filled with attributes, and possesses a fairly high asking price to match. This is an outstanding all-round multifunction machine - whether you are printing documents, photographs or scanning it will generate top quality results.

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