All in ones make for great resourceful printers, because they offer pretty good functionality at a relatively low price tag. After their Pixma MG8170 that raised the bar for All in ones, Canon has announced their new Pixma E500 – a low-budget super affordable All in one. But, does it withstand our litmus test? Let’s find out.
Compact when closed
Design and Build Quality
The E500 comes in a playful black and blue colour scheme and looks pretty interesting for a home printer. The top of the machine is an absolute fingerprint magnet, and if you look too closely you might even be able to differentiate the people who have used the printer. We’ve got the control panel buttons on top, with the USB and power ports at the back. It’s got a pretty average footprint with a dimension of 449 x 304 x 152mm and a weight of 5.3 kgs. .
In terms of the build, although it may have a lot of flaps, it doesn’t look very sturdy. One wrong placement of your hands and the tray box may break. There are a lot of plastics involved, but you’ll have to be careful not to keep the end of the printer towards the edge of your table, or wherever you’re placing it, because you might just snap it. The design may suit your home interiors, but we’d have loved a little better build quality.
Control panel on top
The Canon Pixma E500 has a maximum printing resolution of 4800 x 1200 dpi. This printer makes use of their proprietary FINE high yield print cartridges and according to their spec sheet, the E500 has a print speed of approximate 5ipm for colour A4 printouts and approximate 8.6ipm for black and white A4 printouts. The Pixma supports a wide variety of paper types, including the popular A4, A5, B5, LTR, LGL and 4 x 6 formats. The front tray can support up to 100 A4 sheets at a time.
As far as scanning is concerned, the E500 is capable of scanning at an optical resolution of 1200 x 2400 dpi and has an approximate scanning speed of 14 seconds. The copier has a copy speed of approximate 30 seconds. We’ve put all these stats to the test in our performance section.
Easy to use software
Setting up the printer is fairly easy. There are clear labels on the insides of the printer that guide you through the cartridge installation procedure. It’s as simple as pull, insert and lock the cartridges inside. The E500 comes with a range of software in its driver CD that allows you to print quickly and without a lot of hassle. It can also create a few effects to your existing images, including the popular Fish-Eye effect, along with Miniature, Toy, Soft Focus and Blur Background effects.
The printer comes with three modes – high, standard and quick, along with a customizable preset. It’s a budget all in one, so there are going to be trade offs between quality and speed of prints. Let’s see if the Canon Pixma E500 gets a right balance.
We carried out all the tests in normal mode. In our photo print tests, the E500 managed to do a full sized photo printout in 101 seconds. On a glossy sheet, print outs took an even longer 118 seconds, under standard mode. When toggled to high quality, the same printout took 4 minutes and 6 seconds. A photo plus text printout took a more respectable 45 seconds. A plain text print with different font sizes took sixteen seconds, while a full page text printout took a quick 11 seconds. A batch of ten pages, full of text took 99 seconds, making it an average of roughly 10 seconds per page, including the initial warm-up times. As you can see, you don’t really get too much of an advantage when you print in batches, as compared to printing individual pages. Scanning documents and photos take approximately 33 seconds to get through.
It’s clear that the E500 is not the fastest printer out there in the market, but let us see if it makes up for that in terms of quality. First up, small tiny fonts are handled extremely well, and unless you view it under a magnification glass, you’ll not be able to see any discrepancies in the flow of text and its smoothness. Even colours have been handled pretty well. For example, for the smallest of images, we found no overlapping between two different colours. For large fonts, there was extremely little jitter and nothing that the naked eye would be able to differentiate. Definitely Canon hasn’t compromised on the quality of its prints.
For full photo prints, the time taken was even longer, but in terms of quality, it is simply superb. Remember that we’re keeping in mind the price tag as well. Detailing is impeccable and we don’t use that word too often. The added vivid mode allows you to spruce up the colour of the images, if you’re not satisfied with the colour intensity. Extremely fine details like colour overlapping, gradients, sharpness and colour retention have been taken care of really well. We noticed a very fine grain for certain boxes of colours and colour tones, but that was barely visible. Overall, images appeared crisp and clear and if compared to printers above Rs.15,000, the difference was minimalistic, at best.
So, in a nutshell, though this may not be one of the fastest printers in the market, it more than makes up for it in terms of quality.
Value for money!
The Canon Pixma E500 is priced at Rs.5,700 (MOP). We’ll keep this short and simple. If you are looking for an AIO at a cheap price bracket, look no further than the Pixma E500. Full “Paisa Vasool”.
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Oct 22, 2016
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