The Canon Pixma MG3650 and identical MG3550 are budget machines at the lower end of the Canon Inkjet Printer range. Their low initial purchase price offers a cheap introduction to decent printing. Unfortunately, running costs are high using the replacement PG-540 and CL-541 ink cartridges. However, these thermal ink cartridges are capable of printing high quality documents and photographs thanks to the 4800 x 1200 dpi resolution of the print heads.
The Canon Pixma MG3650 printer is a popular mainstream product, partly due to the low initial purchase price. Because of this, there are hundreds of on-line customer reviews to read, which typically achieve an 8 out of 10 feedback score. The customer reviews highlight the good printing quality of the MG3650, and the value for money it offers. However, many bloggers write about the very poor instructions, expensive low capacity ink cartridges, and difficultly in setting up the WiFi.
There are so many features on offer for a budget printer, including automatic duplex double sided printing, 1200 x 2400dpi scanning, tablet and smartphone connectivity, print from and scan to the cloud, and borderless photographs.
We categorize the Canon Pixma MG-3650 as a 'pay-as-you-go' printer. Initially cheap to buy, but the on-going ink cartridge costs make it an expensive printer to run over time. This is why many owners of these machines opt to refill their cartridges. We supply Eco-Fill Canon PG-540 CL-541 Ink Refill Kits for £11.99 that contain enough ink to refill these cartridges several times.
We can only recommend this printer for occasional home use. If you are a regular printer user, consider instead either the Canon Pixma MG5650 or Canon Pixma MX725. These printers use five single black/colour ink tanks, and compatible / refillable replacements are available.
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