My 8-year-old HP All In One printer has been having issues for the past few months, so I have been in the market for a replacement. I mainly make copies and some minor color printing, with my main printing needs handled by my HP Laserjet. I also wanted a printer that worked wirelessly, but the most important feature had to be the availability of cheap ink. I didn’t want to be gouged for $50 or $60 for replacement cartridges. During my entire computing career, I have been a slave to HP printers. I have helped build the HP empire to what it is today, just in the cost of printer cartridges that I have paid for over the years. LOL.
Since before the holidays, I have looking been roaming the Internet looking for a new All In One printer. I finally decided on the Canon PIXMA MG5200. I bought it at Amazon for $89.99. I also ordered a pack of 5 remanufactured print cartridges for $20.50 which included shipping.
The printer arrived Thursday afternoon, and I had to put away my other toys, while I setup my new toy. After getting the printer out of the box, and installed the print cartridges, my first task was to set up the printer to my wireless network. I would recommend you follow the instructions that come with the unit and make sure you follow the procedure as specified. After finishing the wireless part, I tried to print from my personal laptop, without installing the software provided. It worked.
I am not a huge fan of software that comes with printers. I have not installed the software that came with the printer yet, so I can not comment on it.
I have 4 computers connected to the printer, all using Windows 7, except for one older laptop using Windows XP SP3. All work just fine printing.
Manual copying and scanning also works fine.
But this is where the little box shines. I had a photo on a memory card that I printed on photo paper. The results were stunning. The images were sharp and clear and rivaled in quality to what Walgreens and Wal-Mart offers.
There is only one thing I don’t care for. The printer is a shiny black plastic that looks sharp. But fingerprints and dust cling like a magnet.