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Canon PIXMA MP495 review

What price Wi-Fi printing? Canon's new MP495 cuts a few corners to reduce the cost

For

  • Wi-Fi connectivity is a bonus at the price
  • Dual cartridge system makes for simpler stocking of replacements
  • Very compact and fairly quiet in operation
  • Simple to use in both standalone and computer-connected or Wi-Fi print modes
  • All-black finish looks quite sleek

Against

  • No PictBridge port or card reader slots for direct printing
  • No LCD menu screen for advanced standalone print settings
  • Running costs with dual cartridge system can be expensive
  • Wi-Fi set-up can only be carried out via a connected computer rather than on the printer itself
  • Photo quality isn't up to Canon's typically high standards

The word 'printer' seems too humble for most of the all-in-one devices currently on the market, which sprout full-colour LCD menu and photo preview screens, memory card slots aplenty and high-resolution scanners for photocopying.

Some, like the Lexmark S405 and Epson BX305FW add functionality for the home or small office, including direct fax facilities complete with an ADF (Auto Document Feeder).

But what if you just want a straightforward Wi-Fi printer/scanner that you can use from all over, without all the extra bells and whistles? The new Canon MP495 might be just what you're looking for.

Considering its asking price of just £60, the Canon MP495 has a decent specifications list. A 4800dpi print engine running on Canon's latest ChromaLife100+ pigment and dye-based inks is coupled with a 2400dpi scanner to enable one-touch mono or colour photocopying, as well as printing or scanning from anywhere around the home thanks to Wi-Fi connectivity. But look a little closer and you'll spot a few omissions.

Unlike practically every all-in-one printer on the market, the MP495 has no LCD screen, not even a basic mono text display. All you get is a few LED indicator lamps and a single-digit numerical display for setting photocopy quantities between 1 and 9.

With a distinctly limited set of onboard controls, you also have to connect the printer to a PC to enable Wi-Fi set-up and configuration, and there's no PictBridge port or any media card slots, so direct printing from cameras or memory cards is out of the question.

Another potential drawback is that, while even tri-colour cartridge stalwarts like HP and Lexmark have moved to individually replaceable ink cartridges in recent models like the HP Photosmart Plus and Lexmark S405, Canon has kitted out the MP495 with a black pigment-based ink cartridge and a tri-colour dye-based cyan, magenta and yellow cartridge.

In normal use, if you use each of the colours in fairly equal quantity, running costs aren't all that steep at 3.5p per mono page and 8.2p for colour (using the optional high yield cartridges) but if you print a lot of one particular colour, costs can be significantly higher.

Print speeds proved pretty average in our tests at 15 seconds for a mono text page and 23 seconds for a mixed text and colour graphics DTP page.

Standard quality photo output actually proved 15 seconds quicker than with the more up-market Canon MG5150, at one and a half minutes for a borderless 6 x 4-inch photo.

Photo quality itself, however, is relatively poor, with a lack of contrast and depth, although colour rendition is reasonably accurate for a four-ink printer.

Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed41 Second
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
Display Screen TypeLED
Standard Input Media Capacity100 sheets
USBYes
ISO Color Print Speed (ipm)5
ISO Mono Print Speed (ipm)8.8
Product FamilyPIXMA MP
Maximum Print Resolution4800 x 1200 dpi
Brand NameCanon
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Media SizeA4, A5, B5, Legal, Letter, DL Envelope, Com10 Envelope, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm, A5 - 148 mm x 210 mm, B5 - 176 mm x 250 mm, Legal - 216 mm x 356 mm, 101.60 mm x 152.40 mm, 127 mm x 177.80 mm, Letter - 216 mm x 279 mm, DL Envelope - 110 mm x 220 mm, Com10 Envelope - 105 mm x 241 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Printer/Scanner
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Optical Resolution1200 dpi
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed1
Number of Input Trays Supported1
Interpolated Resolution19200 dpi
Maximum Input Media Capacity100 sheets
Height153 mm
Width450 mm
Depth335 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, High Resolution Paper, Photo Paper, T-shirt Transfer, Envelope, Glossy Paper, Semi-gloss Photo Paper, Photo Sticker
Product SeriesMP
Colour Depth48-bit
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelMP495
Product NamePIXMA MP495 Multifunction Printer
Product LinePIXMA
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Image SensorCIS
Manufacturer Part NumberMP495
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

The PIXMA MP495 allows you to print your photos directly from compatible memory cards. High resolution and microscopic ink dots ensure you produce quality borderless photos at home. Fast printing in approximately 41 sec for a 6" x 4" photo. The PIXMA MP495 is the everyday solution to convenient photo printing, copying and scanning at home.

Number of Copies99
Platform SupportedMac, PC
Package Contents
  • PIXMA MP495 Multifunction Printer
  • Setup CDROM
  • 2 x Ink Tanks
  • Print Head
  • Warranty Card
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)5.60 kg