Canon PIXMA MP530
- Sharp plain paper printing, Bright and vivid photo reproduction
- Lacks media card slots, Lacks a colour LCD
The Canon Pixma MP530 may lack some trimmings of a full-featured MFP, but it delivers a good mix of performance, quality, and paper handling at an affordable price.
Price$ 399.00 (AUD)
The Canon Pixma MP530's solid combination of features makes it ideal for a small office that works with documents and photos. It handles faxing, scanning, copying, and printing but lacks a few features that you might expect to find on an office-oriented multifunction printer.
For instance, the MP530 comes without built-in networking, so you'll have to use Windows' printer sharing to make it available to other PCs on your network. Also missing are media slots and a colour LCD. The only way to print directly from a digital camera is to connect it to the MFP's PictBridge port and use the camera's screen and controls. Of course, this may not be a significant issue if you prefer to store and edit images on your PC before printing them.
The MP530's control panel features a two-line monochrome LCD surrounded by sensibly arranged buttons. You can program up to 40 speed-dial numbers for destinations you frequently send faxes to, and the fax is rated to transmit pages at a standard 33.6 kbps (in either black-and-white or colour. The MP530 possesses a 150-page memory in case it runs out of paper while you've run out to buy more.
The glass platen accommodates letter-size paper, and the automatic document feeder lets you scan 30 sheets of legal-size paper at a time. Dual paper trays hold a total of 300 sheets, split evenly between the cassette in the unit's base and the upright feeder at the rear. The rear feeder is convenient for switching among different types of paper, and its straight paper path makes it a good choice for thicker media. For example, you can stack ten envelopes in the rear feeder, whereas Canon recommends stacking no more than five in the cassette. The built-in duplexer lets you save paper by making double-sided prints.
Each of the printer's five ink cartridges--one per primary colour, plus two black inks--incorporates a red LED that flashes when the ink runs low. On photo paper, the printer uses dye-based black, but to produce stronger and sharper darks on relatively absorbent plain paper, it adds pigment-based black.
Print quality was good, albeit with some flaws. The MP530 produced attractive dark text, but some edges looked splattered and we detected occasional slight horizontal banding. Our line-art sample suffered a few ripples in blocks of closely spaced vertical lines. Photos printed on plain paper had surprisingly sharp details, though the level of contrast was almost too much. On photo paper, images came out beautifully sharp, with bright and vivid colours. Scans and copies of photos and documents earned consistently high marks from our judges.
The MP530 may not be the fastest printer on the block, but it performed well in our speed tests, at 8.9 pages per minute for text and 3.2 pages per minute for graphics. It rolled out our test photo on letter-size photo paper in a commendable 41 seconds, and its 4.3 pages per minute copy speed was impressive, particularly given its high quality. Finally, the MP350 completed our 100-dpi test scan of a 4-by-5-inch photo in a snappy 7.2 seconds.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: Phones just got smarter
- 2 Sony Xperia XZ review: turbo-charged last-gen phone
- 3 Hisense Series 7 ULED 4K UHD TV review
- 4 Sony X9300D and X8500D UHD 4K TV review
- 5 Moto X Force review: Leading features from a mid-range phone
Latest News Articles
- HP offers US$1 billion for Samsung's printer business
- How 4D printing is now saving lives
- HP begins selling its Jet Fusion 3D printer; says it's 50% cheaper, 10X faster than others
- 3D printing industry to triple in four years to $21B
- Disney files patent for near instantaneous 3D printing
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: The new best Android phone
- Japan Robot, gadget and car expo slideshow
- Panasonic DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review: Best all-round TV ever?
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- CCDigital Producer - 3 Month Contract Immediate Start!NSW
- CCContract Computer Operator (UNIX/Windows-based) 161014/CO/vmtAsia
- CCTechnical Business Analyst - Wealth/Super backgroundNSW
- FTScrum MasterNSW
- CCNetwork Capacity PlannerVIC
- FTProject ManagerSA
- CCInfrastructure & Security Solution ArchitectVIC
- CCContract Management SpecialistNSW
- CCManager of Pricing and AnalyticsVIC
- CCInfrastructure Project Manager - Site MoveNSW
- FTSalesforce Subject Matter ExpertNSW
- CCSenior Solution Designer, Wealth ManagementNSW
- FTTest ManagerNSW
- CCSenior Business AnalystVIC
- CCDigital Solutions ManagerNSW
- CCPMO Program CoordinatorNSW
- CCApplication Support DeveloperVIC
- CCContract Programmer (JAVA/J2EE/SQL) 161018/P/911Asia
- FTRelease CoordinatorACT
- CCSAS DI DeveloperNSW
- CCPerformance AnalystNSW
- FTAgile Front End Developer- HTML5 & CSS3NSW
- CCUnix Project LeadNSW
- CCSystem & Network EngineerVIC
- FTSoftware Developers | .Net 4.6 | Multiple RolesNSW