I am trying to post a question (forgive me).
I set the printer up for a neighbor.
He wishes to only use the black ink cartridge.
I tried various settings, but they do not appear to be remembered for the next session.
Could someone spell it out for me (in detail) ?
PS Can it be used wirelessly, without needing a Router ?
OR, Advice on using Bluetooth instead ?
Canon PIXMA MG5250 multifunction inkjet printer
This mid-range Canon inkjet multifunction has some useful features and prints detailed photos
The Canon PIXMA MG5250 is an inkjet printer that also scans, copies, prints directly from memory cards or USB sticks, and wirelessly connects to your home network. If you've got a household with multiple computers, the PIXMA MG5250 is a not-too-expensive way of meeting your printing needs.
- Good print quality in High quality mode, easy to use with on-screen prompts via 2.4in LCD, cheap monochrome document printing
- Not the fastest document or photo printer, set up takes a while
The Canon PIXMA MG5250 is an all-in-one printer that manages to fit in almost everything a home user could want. A reasonable asking price makes it a good purchase, and ongoing costs are fine as long as you aren't printing large volumes of documents or photos.
Price$ 229.00 (AUD)
The Canon PIXMA MG5250 inkjet multifunction is easy to set up, although the process does take some time if you're not familiar with it. You’ll need to unbox the printer and remove all its protective padding and wrapping, and then install the print head and each of the five ink tanks before a print head alignment and test page. Then comes the powering up, connecting to your PC and installing all necessary software. We managed to get from opening the box to printing in around 20 minutes, which is slightly longer than average for an inkjet printer.
The 2.4in colour LCD of the Canon PIXMA MG5250 is an invaluable addition to the printer — we think that if you’re buying a multifunction printer for home, a colour LCD is almost mandatory because of the useful information it can display. It also makes the printer a lot easier to use when you’re printing directly, or scanning or copying documents without the help of a computer. The PIXMA MG5250's 2.4in screen is bright and tilts with a wide range of motion, and provides constant updates on the printer's status.
Wireless connectivity is a useful extra that makes the Canon PIXMA MG5250 attractive to multi-computer households. It's easy to connect the PIXMA MG5250 to a wireless access point using the scroll wheel and display, and accessing it over a network is similarly trouble-free. The front-accessible card slots and USB ports make direct printing from a PictBridge-compatible camera or memory card simple, although there is not much scope for editing your photos before printing.
The Canon PIXMA MG5250 impressed us with the fine quality of its photo prints. Using individual cyan, magenta and yellow ink tanks with a dedicated photo black cartridge, the PIXMA MG5250 can output images that are vibrant and full of detail. We ran through around thirty A4 full colour prints in High quality settings, and the included ink cartridges were all still around half full. Colour images display great levels of detail, and we were also surprised with the fine gradation and lack of visible banding in monochrome prints.
The Canon PIXMA MG5250 isn't a particularly fast printer. In Standard quality mode we managed to just top 10 pages per minute with our monochrome test document, while colour documents were printed at just under eight sheets every minute. If you're desperate for speed you can switch the PIXMA MG5250 to Draft mode but this takes its toll on quality, especially in the saturation of solid colours. High quality photo prints are even slower, with colour A4 printouts taking over a minute to complete.
A full set of inks — using PGI-525BK black, CLI-526BK photo black, CLI-526C cyan, CLI-526M magenta and CLI-526Y yellow cartridges — will set you back $119.75 at Canon's recommended retail price. You should get an average of 469 prints from the photo/colour cartridges for a combined ongoing running cost of 4.98 cents per A4 colour page, while black documents are incredibly cheap at 0.7c per A4 sheet — this figure comes from the quoted 3005-page yield of the Canon PIXMA MG5250’s black cartridge, which only costs $23.95 on its own.
If the black ink yield can be believed, the Canon PIXMA MG5250 is a relatively cheap printer to run. It's a strong performer in almost all other areas as well, making its $229 asking price more than reasonable.
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I am trying to post a question (forgive me).
It is not working even after extensive cleaning, works for five mins, then same again????? not sure what to do next
I have Cannon MG5250 all in one printer. It looks fabulous, it works well only if I have full set of cartridges. Does not work on Black& White only, it uses color whether I am printing grey scale or not. I could never get such number of prints as specified in the above article. There is no way to use black ink only and save on color. I was not told this when I purchase the machine, and I explained my requirements to the salesman. Another thing and a big problem is the scanner doesn't work if you don't have full set of cartridges. So, if you want to scan on the weekend, or in the area where there is no close supply of ink you can not scan nor fax, and machine is useless. The manufacturer should advise customers in advance about this, so we could make the wright decision and not being stuck with product that we don't need. I will try to sell mine on the net, and hope to get another brand that works to my specification. If it is not sold will go to the tip!
- Easy to install
- Unhelpful error messages
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After having the machine work perfectly for over a year, error message "U052". Apparently during the night someone came to my place and changed the print head. The message reads "The type of print head is incorrect. Install the correct print head." Some searching on the net revealed ways of cleaning the print head but the message remains unchanged. Also as has been mentioned previously, uses colour even if only printing in black. Found it strange that the yellow cartridge started flashing when all I was printing was black outlines of drawing so kids could paint then in colour!
What dissapoints me is that I've been an avid Canon user since my days of the BJC-210.
AVOID the Canon MG5250 like the plague.
- Nice quality printing, duplexing is great
- Cost of ink is outregous, if you're on a budget stay away, at times it is unreasonably slow to print
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I bought what I thought was a good quality printer to use while at university. 6 months in I had the 6C10 error and it had to be repaired, timing was terrible (just before exams) but at least it was fixed under warranty.
I'd give it a much higher rating despite the break down and despite the occasional amazingly long delay in printing (up to a few minutes while it makes up its mind) if it weren't for the issues I have with ink consumption.
Unfortunately for this little printer it is unburdoned by a "use black ink only" setting, and as a fairly unhelpful individual from Canon explained, since PDF documents are seen as "images" by the printer, rather than hammering the high capacity black cartridge when it's printing 20 pages of journal articles, it's actually mixing colours to make black. Hurrah!
Smart huh? No, not at all. I have had this printer for 18 months and have yet to print a single photograph, or more than a few words of colour. And yet I've been through 4 sets of colour cartridges which as you can imagine has cost a small bloody fortune. I've started printing at uni instead because it's just costing too much to print a PDF from home.
Canon's response to the above problem was more or less "Suck it up".
- Excellent value and great performance & design
- took patience to set up, "ink low" warnings come too soon
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It's really hard to find fault with this printer. The purchase cost was low and I have found the running costs to be very reasonable. Excellent quality photo printing and fast and clear plain text. Great scanner. Wireless. Card slots. Duplex printing. CD printing. What more could you want?
The ink refills are reasonably priced compared to other printers. My only advice is not to change the ink cartridges when you see the warning that they are running low or even empty. I have found with my low-medium volume printing that they are good for an extra 2-3 weeks before they actually run out.
It's true that it did take some time and concentration to get this product set up and connected initially. My advice, take the time and follow the instructions carefully - it's worth it.
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