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Canon PIXMA MP550 review

£129 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Canon

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The Canon PIXMA MP550 is an inkjet multifunction printer that’s designed for home users.

The Canon PIXMA MP550 is an inkjet multifunction printer that’s designed for home users.

It's more than twice as expensive as the entry-level PIXMA MP270, which also includes scanning and copying abilities. However, the Canon PIXMA MP550 offers noticeably superior photo printing, a better scanner and a more intuitive (yet still imperfect) interface.

Like the MP270, MP640, MP560, MP490 and MP990, the Canon PIXMA MP550 has an unobtrusive design. Its finish and construction is slightly better than the cheaper MP270, with a metallic silver finish and glossy black accents. The most important difference is the inclusion of a graphical user interface on the 2in colour LCD screen. It can be controlled by a variety of buttons and an Apple-style click wheel.

The interface of the Canon PIXMA MP550 is certainly superior to the MP270's VCR-style display, but there are still too many buttons. Thankfully the buttons are clearly labelled, and the majority of functions can be accomplished by using the click wheel and central ok button. The 2in LCD is relatively bright and clear, but it’s only good for displaying text instructions. If you are selecting photos to print off a memory card it can be hard to distinguish one thumbnail from another.

Text and photo quality prints from the Canon PIXMA MP550 are quite reasonable. When comparing MP550’s output to the Canon PIXMA MP270's, for example, we noticed significant advantages in detail and print consistency. Vertical banding on landscape images was either miniscule or completely absent, and we could not distinguish any significant posterisation artefacts in areas of complex gradation.

Print speed from the Canon PIXMA MP550 was neither too slow nor blindingly fast. In our tests it garnered a very reasonable 9.1 pages per minute in standard mode for text and 6ppm for colour graphics. The front-loading paper tray can hold up to 300 sheets, so refills in a home office should be few and far between. A top-loading rear tray is used for photo paper.

The Canon PIXMA MP550 uses five ink cartridges in total — four for colour printing and a double-size black tank for text. Costs per print are on par with other major manufacturers' home office inkjet printers.

Scanning with the Canon PIXMA MP550 is both quiet and quick. Our 600dpi test scans revealed a reasonable amount of detail, with clearly legible text and some fine image detail in scanned A4 photos. You can also scan directly to the front-mounted USB port or memory card slots.

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Canon PIXMA MP550 Expert Verdict »
Canon Pixma MP550 Scores 9.2 out of 10 based on 241 reviews
Colour inkjet printer, copier, scanner
2in display
Memory Stick, CompactFlash, SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, USB flash drive, IBM Microdrive, MultiMediaCardplus, Memory Stick PRO Duo, SDHC Memory Card
Canon FINE (Full-lithography inkjet Nozzle Engineering)
Max Printing Resolution: 9600x2400dpi (colour)
5 individual ink tanks
Minimum Ink Droplet Size: 1 pl
CIS scanner
Optical Resolution: 2400x4800dpi
Interpolated Resolution: 19200x19200dpi
Colour Depth: 24 bit
Hi-Speed USB, USB host
PictBridge, Canon Direct Print
453x368x160mm
8.1kg
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Canon PIXMA MP550 is a capable printer and scanner. Its control system may take a little bit of effort to master, but the pictures it produces are detailed and vibrant. Text is printed without problems at reasonable speed — it will handle regular office and home duties with ease.

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