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Canon Pixma MG5550 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £70
inc VAT

With excellent print quality and features including an automatic duplexer, this is a great printer for the money


Canon Pixma MG5550F Scanner

The MFP has a 1,200×2,400dpi CIS scanner, but it’s impossible to judge quality based on specifications alone: most modern MFPs are similarly equipped. Fortunately, the MG5550 has one of the best scanners we’ve seen on a sub-£100 all-in-one printer. Subtly different shades of colour are accurately captured, while fine details are clearly visible even at high zoom levels. Always challenging shaded areas were delicately gradated, too, and scan speeds were reasonable, if not exactly blistering: 13 seconds for a 150dpi A4 scan up to a minute and 39 seconds for a 1,200dpi 6x4in scan. We were pleased to find that even a 150dpi document scan was legible, although if you want to zoom in on text a great deal, you’re still better off with a 300dpi scan, which took 20 seconds in our tests.

Copy quality is highly dependent on the quality of your scanner, but a good scanner alone doesn’t guarantee top-notch copies. Contrast was great even in our mono copies, making illustrations clearly visible. 8pt text was sharp and legible, but dark areas on both mono and colour copies were a little grainy, with visible print head marks in places. A mono copy took 14 seconds, while a colour copy took 18.

Canon Pixma MG5550F Conclusion

The MG5550 is a well-built all-in-one printer, with excellent print and scan quality for an inkjet of this price. Its running costs are reasonably low, with a mixed-colour page costing just 7.4p and a mono page a fantastic 2.3p. Combining speed, plenty of features, good print and scan quality and a price that’s well under the £100 mark, this is an ideal home or home office MFP for practically anyone, whether you’re into photos, scanning artwork or just printing reams of double-sided documents. It earns a well-deserved Best Buy award.

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Basic Specifications

Maximum native print resolution4,800×1,200dpi
Max optical resolution1,200×2,400dpi
Output bit depth24-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A412ppm
Quoted speed, colour A49ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.03m 39s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.04m 19s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB, 802.11n wireless
Optional printer interfacesnone
Noise (in normal use)43dB(A)

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeup to A4
Maximum paper weight300gsm
Standard paper inputs1
Standard paper input capacity100
Maximum paper inputs1
Maximum paper input capacity100
Duplex (code, cost if option)Yes


Printer technologythermal inkjet
Supported operating systemsWindows XP/Vista/7/8, Mac OS X 10.6.8+, Android, iOS
Other inkjet featurescloud printing
Other inkjet optionsnone

Buying Information

Consumable parts and prices£11 each
Price per colour A4 page5.1p
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge300 pages (ISE/IEC 24711)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s)345 cyan, 306 magenta, 347 colour pages (ISO/IEC 24711)
Quoted life of supplied photo cartridge(s)376 black, 125 cyan, 131 magenta, 127 yellow photos (four-ink)
Warrantyone year RTB

Print Quality

Number of ink colours4
Number of ink cartridges5
Maximum number of ink colours4
Maximum number of cartridges5
Quoted photo durability30 years
Quoted photo durability sourceCanon

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview6s
A4 document at 150dpi13s
A4 document at 300dpi20s
6x4in photo at 600dpi26s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi1m 39s

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.014s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.018s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0N/A

Photo Features

PictBridge supportNo
Borderless printingup to A4
Direct (PC-less) printingYes
Supported memory cardsnone
CD printingNo

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies99
Max mono copy resolution1,200dpi
Max colour copy resolution1,200dpi

Fax Features

Max mono fax resolutionN/A
Fax memory (maximum mono pages)N/A