The Canon Pixma ip7250 printer has been available for a couple of years now, replacing the older iP4950, adding Wireless WiFi Connectivity and AirPrint. However, there is still no LCD colour touchscreen to view photographs or control the printer, and still no memory card ports.
This is NOT a multi-function printer, so if you require a scanner and copying facility you should look elsewhere. We would recommend the Canon PIxma MX725, or MX925 (with CD/DVD disk printing facility). What the ip7250 does do is print documents and pictures particularly well. In addition, there is a removable tray to print directly on to disks.
The print head resolution is a healthy 9600dpi x 2400dpi, which is comparable to the more expensive and highly rated MX725 and MX960 multi-function printers. Interestingly, this is a superior resolution to the Canon Pixma MG5750 and MG5050 printers (4800dpi x 1200dpi).
The Canon cartridge codes are PGI550BK Pigment Black, CLI551BK Black, CLI551C Cyan, CLI551M Magenta, and CLI551Y Yellow. Canon also offer the more expensive XL versions which contain more than twice the capacity of ink, which they say represents a 30% cost saving. The good news is that refillable cartridges with arc chips, and compatible chipped cartridges are available at a very good price for this machine.
The Canon Pixma iP7250 offers good print quality at a very good price. Running costs are low if using generic inks, and the quality of print is excellent. Just like many other Canon inkjet printers, the iP7250 performs regular and annoying head cleaning cycles, but this is necessary to ensure a consistent print.
This machine regularly achieves review scores in excess of 4/5 or 8/10.