Printer Shopping Tips: Canon PIXMA Review by Jesse Bluma

Canon PIXMA MG5320 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-in-One Printer (5291B019)

For Canon PIXMA USB 2.0 Printer Cable Cord A-B NEW 6'

 HP Photosmart 3210

Gurrhr, gurrhr, gurrhr, zzz gurrr eheheh.  Those were the last sounds of my old printer.  After years of good quality printing my HP Photosmart 3210 All-in-One Printer, Copier, and Scanner no longer worked.  (See below) I was a bit glad, as the ink was expensive and printers have gotten smaller,  lighter, and more energy efficient.  Additionally, the scanner cover popped off the hinges and I could never get it back on all the way.

Computer Printer Shopping Tips

-  Determine if you want a printer, printer/copier, or printer/copier/scanner.  Think practically as to its usage and you. 

-  Check with several electronic review sites (, Consumer Reports,

-  Ask friends, family, and colleges for their recommendations and test print from the printers they like.  

-  Consider your budget.  Maybe you can print from another source until you can afford a printer.

-  Many printers do not come with the printer cable, like the Canon above.  Make sure to purchase a cable for the printer if you do not have WiFi for wireless machines.  

-  Comparison shopping pays off. has many reasonably priced printers.  Look for coupons and sales.  

After much research I selected the Canon PIXMA MG5320 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-in-One Printer (5291B019).  No printer is "perfect", unless you want to spend mega zillions.  Considering all the pros and cons of various printers I chose this Canon.  I will keep you posted as to my satisfaction with it over time. 

*Update:  It has been a few years and my printer has maintained good performance.  The printer is used in my home office a few times a week.  My only issue, as with other printers, is the printer does not hold a ton of paper and I wish the ink lasted longer.

From the Manufacturer
"The beautiful PIXMA MG5320 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One delivers superior quality, versatility, and ease of use. Built-in Wi-Fi®1 technology allows you to easily print and scan wirelessly virtually anywhere around your house. Print gorgeous, borderless2 photos at home up to 8.5" x 11' size with a maximum print color resolution of 9600 x 2400 dpi3 and five individual ink tanks.

Have all new sorts of fun with your images by adding new effects like Fish Eye, Miniature, Toy Camera, Soft Focus and Blur Background before you print. Enjoy a new sphere of printing options as PIXMA Cloud Link lets you conveniently print pictures from online photo albums Canon Image Gateway and Picasa as well as templates including seasonal stationary and calendars from a compatible Canon PIXMA Wireless All-in-One, all without a computer. Built-in Auto Duplex Printing allows you to automatically print on both sides of the paper and can help reduce paper usage and cost by up to 50%. The MG5320 also lets you print on your CD, DVD and Blu-ray Discs, and you can even turn your HD Movie clips into beautiful photos.

View beautiful, easy-to-view scans by advanced image analysis and area-by-area data correction, automatically. Plus, you can print and scan jpeg and pdf files wirelessly from compatible iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Android devices4 without a computer. And, enjoy direct printing options from compatible memory cards5, USB Flash Drives6, PictBridge and optional Bluetooth devices."

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