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Canon MG2150 review: Canon MG2150

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The Good Running costs; Easy to set up; Good quality output.

The Bad Slow print speed; Combined colour cartridge; The MG3150 is much better and only costs around £10 more.

The Bottom Line The Canon MG2150's strength is the high quality of its output. However, compared to the only slightly more expensive MG3150 it's a very basic model, so we don’t think it represents great value for money.

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Canon's MG2150 is the entry-level model in the company's line-up of multi-function printers.

It costs just £42, but on the downside it uses a combined colour ink cartridge and lacks the Wi-Fi and duplex support of the MG3150 -- the next model up in the range.

So is the MG2150 still worthy of consideration if you're looking for a budget inkjet model?

Design and build

Like all the printers in Canon's MG line-up, this one has a low profile design and stands just 152mm tall. However, it's fairly wide at 449mm, so it'll still take up quite a lot of room on a home office desk or shelf.

The styling is attractive enough, thanks to its rounded corners. The matte black finish looks business-like and doesn't show up finger smudges like the glossy styling of some models.

This printer only has a single flip-down paper tray at the bottom that holds 100 sheets. Unsurprisingly at this price, it doesn't have a dedicated photo paper area so you'll have to remove your A4 sheets every time you want to print a snap. Printed results are fed into another flip-out tray just above the input tray. Both of these are made from plastic and feel fairly flimsy.

As with the MG3150, this model doesn't have a proper screen. Instead, it relies on a single-digit numerical display. Next to this is a plus button to increase the number of copies when you're using it as a photocopier. There's no minus button -- you just press the Cancel button to return to the default setting of a single copy.

Below this you'll find the paper selection button, which cycles through three default paper types -- standard A4, photo A4 and 10x15cm photo paper.

Canon MG2150 colour print
Unsurprisingly for a printer of this price, there's no dedicated photo paper area.

There's also a 'Fit to paper' button for the copying feature, along with dedicated colour and black and white copying buttons. You can change some of the printer's settings via the Tools button, but the single-digit display makes this a cryptic process as you have to refer to the manual to find out which function each symbol or letter on the screen corresponds to. As a result, it's best to use the My Printer software on your computer to change settings.

Setting up

The MG2150 comes with a poster-sized set-up sheet that has step-by-step instructions so getting this model up and running won't take you very long. All you have to do is place the two ink cartridges into the easy-to-reach holders concealed behind a plastic flap at the front, then install the software on your PC.

This model doesn't have Wi-Fi or Ethernet, so you can only connect it directly to your PC via USB.

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