The Canon Pixma MG5220 belongs to the same line as the top-rated Pixma MG8120 (*Est. $225). It doesn't include as many features as its high-end cousin: it can't do film scans, for instance, and its scanning resolution is lower. The printer also has a smaller LCD screen (only 2.4 inches), fewer ink colors and no Ethernet connectivity. However, reviewers say the Pixma MG5220 offers the same superb photo quality as the MG8120, and its print speeds are pretty good. Users say its scan quality is also very good, despite the lower resolution. On the downside, the MG5220 printer has the same drawbacks as the more expensive MG8120: no fax, no automatic document feeder and heavy ink usage. If you need higher-quality scans and a wider range of options, you might prefer the MG8120 or the mid-range model, the Canon Pixma MG6120.
We found detailed reviews of the Canon Pixma MG5220 at Macworld, PC World Australia and Imaging-Resource.com. Reviewers put the printer through its paces, testing its printing, scanning and copying functions and evaluating its speed, quality and ease of use. We also found more than 400 reviews from owners at Amazon.com.
The Canon Pixma MG5220 receives a rating of 3.5 "mice" out of a possible 5 at Macworld. The reviewers praise its speed, print quality and low price, but they warn that its features are limited. Overall, they say, "It's a suitable match for families or home offices with light scanning needs."
Review: Canon Pixma MG5220, Jon L. Jacobi and Melissa Riofrio, Oct. 5, 2010
2. PC World (Australia)
Campbell Simpson of PC World Australia gives the MG5250 (the Australian equivalent of the MG 5220) 4.5 stars out of 5 and names it as an Editors' Choice. He admires its print quality and calls the LCD screen "invaluable." Although its speed isn't the best, he says it has "almost everything a home user could want."
Review: Canon Pixma MG5250 Multifunction Inkjet Printer, Campbell Simpson, Sept. 7, 2010
Mike Pasini of the Imaging Resource (a newsletter on digital photography) highly recommends the Canon Pixma MG5220. Although he says some of its new features are less than stunning, this printer delivers "where it counts": printing and scanning quality, coupled with a low price tag.
Review: Canon Pixma MG5220 -- Back to School (or Work), Mike Pasini, Aug. 2010
The Canon Pixma MG5220 earns an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5 from more than 400 owners at Amazon.com -- not quite as high as the more expensive MG8120. Its styling, scan quality and value are features singled out for praise. However, we did see complaints about heavy ink use and frequent paper jams.
Review: Canon Pixma MG5220 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-in-One (4502B017), Contributors to Amazon.com