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Canon Pixma MG3150 review: Canon Pixma MG3150

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The Good Low running costs compared with similarly priced rivals; Supports duplex printing; Onboard Wi-Fi; Good output quality.

The Bad Slow print speed; Combined colour cartridge.

The Bottom Line It's not the easiest model to use, nor does it have the fastest print speed, but its high-quality output and range of features for the price make the Canon MG3150 a good budget buy.

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8.3 Overall

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Canon's MG3150 is highly affordable as it's priced at just £55. Despite its low asking price, this all-in-one printer manages to include support for Wi-Fi as well as two-sided printing. With Canon's reputation for producing inkjets with enviable print quality, it looks, on paper at least, to be a bargain. But is this the case?

Glossy finish

Standing just 152mm tall, the MG3150 has quite a low profile design. This, combined with a glossy black paint job, makes it a fairly attractive looking machine. However, the main body of the printer is quite large at 449 by 304mm, and that's before you extend the input and output paper trays.

Unfortunately, the MG3150 doesn't have a proper screen. Instead it relies on a single-digit numerical display that shows you the currently-selected number of copies when you're using the photocopying feature. There are also dedicated buttons for copying and scanning, as well as an option to make the item being copied fit the page.

The Tools button, on the other hand, allows you to perform simple configuration procedures, such as cleaning the print head, turning on and off the wireless connection and printing an alignment page. However, these functions are represented by single letters on the printer's simple display, so they're not easy to understand unless you have the manual to hand.

Canon MG3150 functions
The lack of a proper screen is a let-down.
There are quite a few functions that you can select but you have to cycle through them one at a time by repeatedly pressing the Tools button. As a result, it can be tedious to get to the one you want; it's much easier to perform all of these functions using the My Printer software on your PC.

When it comes to paper management, this printer is similar to most other budget models we see. There's a slot at the bottom into which you slide your A4 sheets or photo paper and the results get delivered into an output tray that sits just above it. There isn't a separate photo paper tray, so you have to remove your A4 sheet when you want to print snaps, but that's hardly unusual on a model in this price range.

Set-up

Despite the lack of a decent screen, setup is still pretty straightforward as the MG3150 is supplied with a large, step-by-step paper chart that guides you through the whole process. The translation could be better on the installation software as too much Japlish creeps in. During the software installation you can choose to hook the printer up to your computer either directly via USB, or through your home network using Wi-Fi.

Scanning and copying

The top of the printer is home to a scanner, which has an optical resolution of 2,400dpi. Scanning speed is on the slow side, but the quality of the scans isn't too bad, although at higher resolutions you do start to see a fair few unwanted artefacts, like banding and image noise.

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