Wednesday, October 28, 2015

CANON Maxify MB5350 - Review

CANON


DESPITE ITS VERY reasonable price, the Maxify MB5350 is stuffed full of useful features: there are two 250-sheet paper trays, wired and wireless networking, a color touchscreen, and duplex printing, scanning, faxing and copying.

At the top is a touchscreen, a few function buttons and status lights. The screen isn’t responsive, though, and transitions between menu items are often needlessly slow due to chuggy fade effects and animations.

The main menu includes a prominent Cloud option, behind which lies support for services such as Dropbox, Google Drive and Evernote. However, the Cloud sub-menu was prone to lag. Cloud support is quite impressive: you can either scan to or print from files stored online, for example.

The MB5350 arrives with a generous 1,000-page black cartridge and color tanks good for 700 pages each. When these are exhausted you can replace them with a 2,500-sheet black tank and color supplies averaging 1,500 pages each, for a cost per color page of 2.8p. That’s pretty good, and a 0.7p per page cost for black prints is also very impressive.

The MB5350 delivered our 25-page mono test at a cracking 20.3ppm, and needed just 51 seconds to copy a 10-page document in black only. Color printing was less impressive. The MB5350 managed only 6.2ppm in our 24-page color test, and needed 1m 49s to copy a 10-page document in color.

We wouldn’t mind so much, but prints and copies suffered from desaturated, dull colors, leaving graphics looking ashen and presentations lacking impact. Pages felt damp after printing, and there was a small amount of bleed-through in duplexed graphics; and at nearly four minutes for 10 sides of color graphics, duplex printing was slow. Scans were generally excellent, but auto-exposure didn’t work as well as we’d expect, leaving our office document’s white background a little blueish.

The MB5350 has plenty to recommend it, particularly if you don’t print lots of color pages. Overall, however, it misses the mark. We’d rather pay another US$70.00 or so for Epson's WorkForce WF-5620 DWF, which matches or beats the MB5350 in most regards.


Specifications

• TECHNOLOGY: Thermal inkjet
• MAX PRINT RESOLUTION: 600x1,200dpi
• MAX OPTICAL SCAN RESOLUTION (OUTPUT BIT DEPTH): 1,200x1,200dpi (24-bit)
• DIMENSIONS: 351x463x394mm
• WEIGHT: 13.1kg
• MAX PAPER SIZE: A4/legal
• WARRANTY: One year onsite
• DETAILS: www.canon.com
• PART CODE: 9492B008AA

By Simon Handby

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