Test of the Canon PIXMA MP 550 Multi Function Device

Review Canon PIXMA MP 550

The Canon PIXMA MP550 is a multifunction device of middle class and currently about 150 euros. In addition to the normal print jobs, the multifunction device can also copy and scan. Noteworthy are the two large paper trays for each 150 sheet paper. A cassette is located at the bottom of the second on the back of the printer. In addition, a direct printing from a memory card or camera is possible. All other functions, see technical data, slightly below our Canon PIXMA MP550 test report.

As ink cartridges come with the Canon PIXMA MP550 which widely-used Canon PGI-520BK and CLI-521 series. The thicker black cartridge has a capacity of 19 ml and have the other four ink cartridges per 9 ml of ink into the tank. For this printer there are compatible cartridges from Alternativanabietern some time like peach, we test them in the second part of our tests. All original cartridges and compatible cartridges, Cartridge chips are attached.

Included in the Canon PIXMA MP550

  • Power cord
  • Installation CD
  • 10 sheets of photo paper 10 x 15, PP-201 260 g
  • 5 ink cartridges: per 1 x PGI-520BK, CLI-521BK, CLI-521 C, CLI-521 M, CLI-521Y

Technical data of Canon PIXMA MP550

  • Printing, copying and scanning
  • Printing speed *: up to 9.2/6.0 ISO pages per minute (SW/color) *.
  • Up to 9,600 x 2,400 dpi resolution, up fine ink droplets to 1pl; 10 x 15 cm Randlosprint approx. 39 seconds *.
  • 5 separate ink cartridges
  • 5.0 cm TFT colour display and easy-scroll control wheel
  • Scanner with up to 2,400 dpi *.
  • PictBridge and memory card slots
  • Two drawers for up to 300 sheets of plain paper
  • Automatic image optimization with auto Photo fix II

Installation of the Canon PIXMA MP550

First, you must connect the multifunction device with the mains plug from the wall socket. Unfortunately, no USB cable is enclosed as almost all new printers. You should obtain so before this, if you have one at home. The USB cable should be connected to the printer and the PC.

The supplied pressure head is used next, the supplied Canon printer cartridges used in this print head then with slight pressure. The printer recognizes the cartridges, a red LED on the heater lights up. Now, the driver asks us whether we want to perform a print head alignment. This process took 10 minutes to the final pressure of the test image. The Canon PIXMA MP550 is now ready for use.

Print head alignment

Canon PIXMA MP550 print quality: photo printing

For the checking of the quality of the photo we use Fuji test image. The printing process lasted 3 1/2 minutes plus 2, high quality glossy photo paper setting and borderless.

After printing, automatic print head cleaning was carried out by the printer. When printing photos, the PIXMA automatically opened the paper output tray, should you have forgotten it because to open. I think this gimmick very good even if I got frightened something the first time. The expression of the test image looks as a whole very well, the colors are brilliant and high resolution. Overall, one can say that all new Canon inkjet printer print the colors slightly too vigorously. The individual colours look slightly too “bright”. That will appeal to many people, but not to everyone’s taste. As in previous Canon printers, is stressed too much for in this model magenta color. You can see it very well on the faces of the Fuji test image. The faces look realistic, however, one can detect a slight slope in the reddish. Users who doesn’t look like us, and that are likely to be more than 99 percent, will not even notice it. So let’s not worry of my criticism. In addition, you can set individual colors in the color management of the driver.

Photo test print of the Canon original cartridge. Scanned using the MP550 scanner.

Canon PIXMA MP550 range: photo printing

Then was tested by us, how many photo prints make the color cartridges . The cartridges in the colours of cyan and magenta were empty after 43 photo printouts of the Fuji test image. The yellow color cartridge is almost empty, as well as photo black half. The thicker text black cartridge was used only when the occasional and automatic cleaning cycle of the printer. In this print head cleaning the PGI-520BK lost a ink cartridge about 1 gram. We have weighed all the cartridges before and after the test pressure, therefore we can assess as accurate.

Printing for this 43 A4 images took approximately 2 1/2 hours. Then the printer reported us that two cartridges are empty and we should create a new. We have not done of course that because we know that a lot of ink in the cartridge is. So we have pressed the OK button on the printer and the printing process was continued. Another 10 photo prints in the same quality could be printed with the remaining ink. Should you even after the note that the ink is empty continue to print, must remain always at the printer and check when exactly the ink is really empty. You can see the photos very well, because then the colors of prints no longer match and the image is printed totally distorts. Once you discover wrong colors or stripes in the expression, you must immediately cancel the print job because otherwise the print head could really be damaged.

Canon PIXMA MP550 print quality: text printing

Next, we have tested the MP550 text printing. Because pigmented ink is included in the thick black cartridge, the printed text is sharp and with a rich black on the paper. Overall, the text printing has a good quality.

Canon PIXMA MP550 range: text printing

We test the range text printing with an overlay that exactly 5% has leaf darkness. 278 pages was the message that the thick black cartridge is exhausted and should be replaced. Also here the printing process was continued by us, by pressing the OK button on the MP550. Ultimately, the black cartridge for more 72 pages was enough. High, there is no difference to the previous print was visible. Overall, the Canon PGI-520BK cartridge printed exactly 350 pages at 5% coverage. This value is however not representative for private users, because we have listed all prints in a slip. Thus, no ink in the automatic print head cleaning has been consumed. At a normal pressure behavior to turns of course time and again to the printer on and off, and must therefore live with the automatic Reingungsläufen.

Conclusion

The Canon PIXMA MP550 is a well-equipped multi function device, that allows very good photos and a good text print. May be, also the price based on the performance data and the facilities as cheap. Unfortunately, printing costs compared to the predecessor model were increased, since the used ink cartridges have less ink content than the previous cartridges. The MP550 is recommended for home users and small offices that not very much print. For many printers, the device because of the high costs of printing, with the use of original cartridges, is not recommended. If you use compatible cartridges, you can save about 50% printing cost and already the thing looks very different.
For many printers there but better business devices, which are more expensive in the purchase price, but much more print, since the used ink cartridges have significantly higher ranges. When a high volume of printing it is certainly not beneficial, if you must constantly replace the cartridges.

In the second part of the tests, printerhall compared the Canon original cartridges with the compatible cartridges from the Swiss brand peach. Peach indicates a greater range between 30 and 60% with these cartridges, depending on the printer model! This assertion we go to the bottom and test how far the peach validly print cartridges.

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