Canon Pixma MP250 All in One Printer – A Review in Plain English

The Canon Pixma MP250 has been promoted as one of the best all in one printer-scanner-copiers in its class. It works hard to live up to that billing, with several strong positive features, but it is not without drawbacks. Let me explain.

The Canon MP250 has several positive features:

  • Excellent print resolution
  • Easily affordable
  • Canon Quick Start Technology makes setting up as easy as A, B, C.
  • Cartridges are fitted with integrated print heads which makes changing then a snap
  • The paper output tray opens automatically once the print command has been activated and the rear paper feed can hold up to one hundred sheets

The Canon MP250 provides crisp, clear, easily read text, and color photographs that look great and if you use the mono printing setting you can get a lot of mileage from your black ink cartridge. You don’t expect a low cost printer to be able to output the sharp and almost grain free photos that the Canon MP250 provides but the MP250 performs much better than you would expect from a printer that costs so little to buy.

All of the above is made possible by the use of FINE technology (Full-Photolithography-Inkjet-Nozzle-Engineering) which utilizes a 2pl drop size from 4800 dpi cartridges to provide photo lab prints of a particularly high quality.

  • HI speed USB 2 connectivity
  • Compatible with Windows 2000, Vista, 2010, XP and the Mac OS X v.10.3.9-10.5

HI speed USB 2 allows faster printing, so you won’t have to wait long for your document to print and the broad range of operating systems make the Canon Pixma suitable for home and small office use.

Negative features of the Canon MP250

  • It has a large footprint so finding space can be difficult.
  • It can be noisy.
  • Side wall connections for power and USB make fitting into a tight space awkward.
  • It has no wireless feature which means having to find a space near your computer.

The clunky sounds at start up and while spooling up to print readiness can irritate, as can the limited options of placement due to size, lack of any wireless feature and the minor consideration of the side wall connections, If you have a limited space available in your room or office then you really need to think about where you are going to place this printer as it will need to sit at a minimum of two feet from you tower unit, unless of course you have access to adapters and extension cables.

The Canon Pixma MP250 all in one printer weighs in at 5.1 kg. It stands 15.5 cm tall, 44.4 cm wide (front view) and 33.1 cm deep (side view).

[Software offered with shipping includes MP Navigator EX, Easy Photoprint EX, and Easy Webprint EX downloader.]


The Canon Pixma MP250 is an inexpensive printer-scanner-copier designed for home or small office use and it does its job efficiently and economically. It offers excellent print quality both for text and for photographs and graphic. The copier likewise works as featured and while the scanner can take a little bit more time to figure out it too is an admirable addition to this product.

The low price and high quality print features are more than enough to make this product worth purchasing and while not the most attractive of printers, its muted grey and black color will fit smoothly into any office environment.

The negatives of size, sound and the lack of a wireless feature are more irritating than true negatives and are not significant enough to warrant overlooking this product.

Is the Canon MP250 worth buying? My answer – yes it is. I purchased this product on the recommendation of a friend and I have yet to find a fault with the print quality or speed. The biggest issue I had to deal with was the size of the printer and finding a space for it in my home office. That was easily sorted and I have not had a single problem with it since. Setting up was easy, without complications and buying new ink cartridges is a snip as they are well priced and readily available at local Malls and certain stores.