The Pixma MG5350 sits squarely in the middle of Canon's current line-up of multi-function inkjet models.
It offers touch control, duplex support and direct CD/DVD printing, but lacks the film scanning and six-ink engine of the company's higher-end models.
Still, it's very affordable, as you can buy it for around £105 online.
The Pixma MG5350's squat profile, curved corners and glossy black finish make it a good-looking model. At the top of the printer you'll find the flip-up 7.5-inch colour screen. Unfortunately, unlike the displays on the latest models from the likes of HP and Lexmark, this isn't a touchscreen.
Instead, Canon has placed a number of touch buttons directly beneath it that are used to select the various options shown on the display. A touchscreen would have been better, but this isn't a bad compromise; it still makes the printer's menus quick and easy to navigate.
This model has two paper trays. There's a cassette-type tray at the bottom, which takes up to 150 sheets, and a vertical tray at the back that has the same capacity. The dual trays mean that you can have A4 and photo paper loaded at the same time and select between them using the printer driver, which is handy.
This model can also print directly to CDs or DVDs. There's a special plastic tray that you load your disc onto and then place into a slot, just above the paper out tray.
Set-up is hassle-free. Once you've installed the ink cartridges and loaded the drivers onto your computer, it'll print an alignment page, after which you're ready to go. You can connect to this model locally via USB. Alternatively hook it into your network using Wi-Fi. This model also supports direct Internet printing from Google Picasa and Canon's own Image Gateway services.
Scanning and copying
The flatbed scanner at the top of the Pixma MG5350 has a resolution of 4,800dpi. Its lid lifts up slightly to allow you to scan thicker object, such as books and magazines. The scanners on Canon multi-function models haven't always been that great, but the one used here actually performs very well. Scanning speed was fast, text looked sharp and it captured finer detail well.