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Canon iP7250 review

£79 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Canon

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

The Canon iP7250 is an affordable home printer – but watch out for the cost of cartridges. Here's our Canon iP7250 review.

Most printers on sale these days are multifunction devices that include a scanner, copier and other features. However, if you're simply looking for a basic printer for light use at home then you might want to opt for Canon's new iP7250. See all budget printer reviews.

Priced at just £79.00, the iP7250 is a standalone printer that provides little in the way of added extras – no scanner, touch-screen controls or memory card slots. It's also rather bulky considering that it's just a straightforward A4 printer.

Yet Canon gets most of the basics right, offering 9600x2400dpi resolution, wireless networking, duplex printing, and the ability to print on to CDs and DVDs. There are two separate paper trays, with the main tray holding 125 sheets and a smaller 20-sheet tray for photos and envelopes.

Canon quotes print speeds of 15 pages per minute for text and 10ppm for mixed text-and-graphics. Our test results put those numbers closer to 12ppm and 7ppm respectively, but that's still perfectly acceptable for such an affordable home printer. Print quality was consistently good too, with smooth, sharp text, colourful graphics and bright, bold photos.

But, as is often the case with cheaper printers, you can get stung when it comes to buying replacement ink cartridges. Text printing isn't too costly, as the iP7250 uses a special black pigment cartridge that is dedicated to just printing text. The high-yield ‘XL' version of this cartridge costs about £13.00 and produces around 500 pages – which works out at about 2.6p per page. We've seen lower costs from a few other printers but that's still reasonable enough for casual use at home.

Unfortunately colour printing works out a lot more expensive. The problem here is that the high-yield colour cartridges don't actually provide very high yields – only around 300 pages, at a cost of £12.00 each for the cyan, magenta and yellow cartridges. That adds up to 12p per page, which is definitely well above average.

Canon iP7250 Expert Verdict »

Canon iP7250 reviews verified by Reevoo

Canon iP7250Scores 8.2 out of 10 based on 385 reviews
Photo printer - ink-jet - colour
Canon FINE (Full-lithography inkjet Nozzle Engineering)
Minimum Ink Droplet Size: 1 pl
Ink Cartridge Configuration: 5 individual ink tanks
Ink Type: Canon ChromaLife100+
USB, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Max Resolution (Colour): 9600x2400dpi
Print on CD/DVD
Borderless printing, fit-to-page, Apple AirPrint
CD/DVD tray, 125-sheet paper cassette, 20-sheet paper cassette
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

The iP7250 works well as a basic home printer for producing fast, affordable text documents. However, the high cost of the colour ink cartridges means that it’s only really suitable for printing occasional photos and graphics. If you need to print colour documents on a regular basis then it’s worth spending a little more upfront for a printer with lower long-term running costs.

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