A basic all-in-one printer that performs pretty well for a budget model
Are you searching the UK market for an extremely cheap printer that prints, scans and copies like a much higher-end model? Then you’d be mad not to look at the Canon Pixma MG3650 – an excellent little bargain that’s perfect for the home.
This all-in-one printer from Canon is shockingly cheap for what it can deliver. The main body of this compact and attractive printer houses the scanning mechanics so there’s no space for paper storage. Printing is done via the manual feed tray at the front, meaning the printer takes up much more space on your desk than you might have first envisaged. You’re likely to leave it open for quick printing, so you do need to keep a watchful eye on dust build up from time to time if you want to avoid paper jams and damage to the printer heads.
The scanning is excellent and the copying sharp and very accurate – particularly in colour. However, while the print quality is very decent, it’s also frustratingly slow – especially if you’re printing images or documents full of charts and graphs. This isn’t the case with standard text, so you’ll find black and white documents whizzing through in decent time.
Overall this is a largely back-to-basics, feature-free device. For example there’s no LED or LCD display and nor is there a way to print directly from a USB stick. But you do get automatic double-sided printing if you want to save paper. And the Wi-FI function lets you print wirelessly from a laptop, tablet or phone. Finally, Canon ink cartridges are cheaper than most so you should save a few pounds over time.
- Copies and scans very well
- Automatic double-sided printing
- Great value
- Slow printing pictures
- No internal paper storage – manual feed only
- No LCD or LED display
Why you should buy it: If you’re after a dirt-cheap, but pretty effective all-in-one printer, the Canon Pixma MG3650 is one of the best. It’s very basic, gets the job done, and comes with a useful wireless feature.