Canon Pixma MG5220 – Two Month Review

On January 15, 2011 I wrote a mini-review of the Canon Pixma MG5220 all-in-one wireless printer. Since my original review I have had the opportunity to use the printer more extensively and I wanted to share my thoughts about what I have learned.

The Canon MG5220 can handle two-sided printing with ease. There are two paper drawers, with one mounted below the unit and holds 150 sheets of paper. The second drawer is for thicker paper and card stock. The cover on the scanner also can accept thicker materials as well.

Using standard paper and printing black text documents the Canon Pixma MG5220 spits the pages out on average of about 8 pages per minute. Color documents and slightly slower but not by much while color photographs print out on average of about 2 per minutes.

The memory card holder supports SD Card, Memory Stick, CompactFlash as well as XD-Picture Cards.

Wireless works very well. All of my laptop computers have no issues printing from anywhere in my home.

The scanner is a little slow and takes a minute or so to warm up. But once it does get warmed up it works flawlessly.

I also believe that the controls on the Canon Pixma MG5220 are easy to use and function without issues. The best way to describes the controls is that they just flat-out work right.

At all speeds, the MG5220 is quieter than most printers.

When it comes to the price of ink, the Canon is on par with any of the other ink jet printers. I don’t believe the cost of ink is outrageous nor is the amount of ink used excessive. Overall the printer usage and cost of ink is average.

I did try using the printer with Linux Mint buy I couldn’t get it working via wireless.

Overall I am very satisfied with the Canon MG5220. When I purchased the system from Amazon it was on sale for only $89.99 which I believe is a very good price for a all-in-one printer.

If you own one of these printers, please let us know what you think of it.

Comments welcome.

Apple TV, Roku, Boxee Box, Or A Gaming Console, Which Do You Use To Stream Video?

With all of the new devices available for streaming video to a HDTV, I have taking a looking at the devices available. I have been a Netflix users for years and I am on the $9 a month plan which includes video streaming. I also have a 12Mbps Internet speed and have used video streaming on my laptop without issue. I also connected a Nintendo Wii to my HDTV, but notice that the picture quality was just OK. The Wii streams in SD only.

I took a look at the HD Roku being offered by Netflix for about $70. This also includes a wireless connection built into the system. In addition, I know that some of the newest Blu-Ray players now also comes with Netflix streaming ability built-in as well as wireless connectivity. After looking at all of the different connections, I am leaning toward the Roku.

So my question to you is this?

Is a Roku a good device or do you have a better recommendation?

Comments welcome.

Crucial Technology Introduces microSD Memory Cards

Crucial Technology has announced the immediate availability of 512MB and 1GB microSD memory cards to round out its extensive line of flash memory solutions. Crucial’s new microSD cards are designed for use in today’s mobile devices, such as cellular phones with memory-hungry multimedia features like built-in music players and digital cameras. Crucial’s microSD cards are removable and reusable, not only allowing more memory-intensive files to be stored over and above the integrated memory capability, but also enabling files to be transferred to other devices.

Crucial’s microSD cards are shipped with a Secure Digital (SD) adapter, enabling the microSD card to be inserted into a variety of larger, SD-compatible devices, including digital cameras, handheld computers, and digital music players.

“Crucial’s new microSD card broadens our current flash memory product offering and allows our customers to enjoy the continued growth of the mobile lifestyle,” said Crucial Technology Product Manager Ben Thiel. “The extra storage our microSD cards provide, and their versatile usability, when combined with the standard SD adapter, enables users to share their music files or video clips with friends and then display them on their computers.”

The microSD card is the smallest memory card with worldwide availability, measuring about 38 percent of the area size of miniSD and 21 percent of the area size of a standard SD card.

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My Canon PowerShot SD700

I’ve been a Canon PowerShot fan for several generations now – dating back to the G2. Before that, I was a Sony digicam man (starting with their floppy-driven Mavica). I’ve owned several PowerShot digital cameras over the years, skipping most of the sub-compact models because they lacked features. Well, I learned that through regular usage, I really needed and wanted a sub-compact digital camera to carry with me wherever I went. Who’s gonna haul something around if it won’t fit in your pants pocket? Ponzi made me get rid of all my belt-clipped geek toys when we first met, so that option is completely out. Here’s my problem: I have both a PowerShot S2 IS and a PowerShot SD550 in my array. Two cameras, each with dramatically different features and functions. The S2 IS has amazing optical image stabilization. The SD550 has a diminutive shell. And never the ‘tween shall meet – until today.
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