Review of Canon Pixma MX532 Printer
Canon is probably one of the most competitive brands in printer market which offers all-in-one (AIO) products priced under $150. As one of their strategic product, a series of office-oriented printer named Pixmas (e.g. Pixmas Printer MX532, MX522…) is brought to the table with the cost in the range of $70-150. Models belonging to this product line are yearly updated in springtime whilst the original print engine and some other fundamental components remain unchanged which can satisfy your desire of a strong machine to kick off with.
The above features have revealed the subject that this review is about, Canon’s $149.99-list Pixma MX532 Wireless Office All-in-One Printer. The printer is considered to be a great upgrade of the former model produced last year, Pixma MX522. Following the previous success-based model, Pixma MX532 is complimented as a well-built, good appearance, and user friendly device with great print quality compared to other entry-level office-oriented AIO. However, it’s perhaps on the slow side if you print a large amount.
Design & Features of Pixma MX532 printer
Measuring 18.1 by 15.2 by 7.9 inches (HWD) and weighs 18.7 pounds, the Pixma MX532 printer is quite light and compact for a $150 multifunction inkjets. The device provides an automatic document feeder (ADF) of 30-page which enables users to perform a multiple tasks such as copying, scanning and faxing without turning the pages yourself. Nevertheless, this printer does not support auto-duplexing function.
Besides, the MX532 offers some other features without the operation of PC of PC such as scanning and printing from USB thumb drives, PictBridge-compliant devices (some digital cameras, for instance). Though unlike Pixma MX522, the MX532 cannot display color graphics for viewing images and documents or change configuration, it is built in 2-line monochrome LCD which is rather simple to operate for most users.
The MX532 simultaneously provides users flexibility for mobile printing by such options as Wifi-Direct, Google Cloud Print and Apple’s AirPrint. However, the printer does not include near-field communication (NFC) for printing. (To know more about today’s mobile printing features, you can see About.com “Mobile Printing Features” article)
Performance and Output Quality
The Pixma MX532 printer has not yet been improved in the speed in comparison with its’ former models (such as the MX 522, MX512…). Many tests have shown that the MX 532’s speed is sometimes even twice times slower than other small- and home-based-business AIOs. Combined with several other causes, the Pixma seems not geared to offices with medium to great amount of paper to be printed.
Despite some cons of its speed, the MX532 steadily comes with business-friendly features with great quality of documents, graphics, and photos. Though being a bit darker than laser printer, it gives good text quality in terms of forming and spacing, and accurate color and details of pictures. The photographs print quality on premium photo paper is also nicely performed by MX532, but it’s even better from several photo-oriented Pixmas.
A majority of Pixmas can bring users great experience of scanning and copying with not much to do with settings or programs in PC.
Cost Per Page
The Pixma MX532 is operated with two-ink imaging system with one back ink tank and other tanks for tri color process including cyan, yellow and magenta. Along with this, the sluggish print engine makes the cost per page (CPP) of the device extremely high especially for those who use Canon’s highest-yield ink tanks.
With the use of the highest-yield black tank and standard-yield color cartridge, it costs you approximately 6.3 cents/page for black-and-white prints and 13.8 cents for color pages. There are many other choices you can have for lower CPPs. An unsuitable type of printer might cost you a fortune, see About. Com “How a Low-price Printer Can Be So Costly” article.
Conclusion about Pixma MX532 printer
Like other products in Pixmas line,The Pixmas MX532 is recommended for two-tank print engine, remarkable AIO features and good operation. However, the cons are the inefficient speed and unreasonably high cost for 100 pages or more printed each month.