The Canon Pixma MG5550 has been around for 16 months now, but is still a top quality printer for the home user or small business. Made even better by the current price tag, the MG5550 can be had for as little as £49.99 if you don't mind White, or £69.99 for the more traditional Black version.
The Pixma MG5550 features a 6.2" TFT screen, A4 document print speeds of 12.2 pages/min Monochrome and 8.7 pages/min Colour, Quality 'XL' capacity 5 cartridge ink system and has Google Cloud Print and Apple AirPrint support, as well as being smartphone and tablet ready. The staple features are of course included too. Fully wireless enabled, scanner/copier and duplex printing functionality as standard these days.
This all-in-one has a single paper input tray at the bottom of the printer but unfortunately doesn't feature a rear feed. Not great if you like to have both photo and regular paper installed for different print jobs. The input tray is somewhat fiddly as it is partly hidden away and really needs to be pulled out to reload paper accurately. The input tray is also without a cover unlike older printers in the Pixma range, so dust could be an issue and the output tray is nothing more than a thin piece of pull out plastic, which isn't really substantial enough when printing large volumes.
The dimensions of the Pixma MG5550 are 455 x 369 x 148mm which is quite a large footprint for an A4 printer, although it does have quite a low profile.
Other than those minor quibbles, the MG5550 displays all the hallmarks we've come to expect from Canon, solidly built, excellent performance and very efficient, especially when using the optional XL inks. Canon state expected Page Yields of 500 (@ 5% coverage) from the pigment Black used especially for high quality text prints, which when using quality compatibles can provide more efficient Monochrome results than using a Laser Printer.
Overall, we give the Canon Pixma MG5550
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