Canon Pixma MG8250 Driver Download– The Canon MG8250 is undoubtedly not a cheap all-in-one. At first glance, it may even seem a bit redundant because we are dealing here with one of the most expensive consumer all-in-ones, but no ADF or fax functionality. So, business applications do not seem to focus on this Canon.
What the MG8250 focuses on is image consumers, from photo printing to film scanning. There are two additional ink tanks, namely photo black and gray, and the four regular cartridges (cyan, magenta, yellow and black). Therefore, it is possible to make better photo prints than just four standard cartridges. The scanner built into the MG8250 is different from what we find in all of today’s consumer all-in-ones, to our knowledge, at least the model we’ve just tested here. We will return to this later.
Appearance and connection
The MG8250’s appearance can only be described as stylish. When turned off, it’s a matte black box that gives the illusion of no buttons at all. A screen with a diagonal of 3.5 inches is then hidden in the machine’s cover. When you turn on the all-in-one, some buttons suddenly light up. This makes it possible to navigate the MG8250’s menus. For example, if you select ‘Scan,’ the corresponding button will light up, similar to how it works with the MX885 and MX895, also from Canon.
However, the buttons on the MG8250 are not physical, except for the power button. Canon talks about the Intelligent Touch System’s operation via these buttons. This means that it is a capacitive touch button and refers to the button above lighting where relevant. The function is excellent with the vast (3.5-inch) full-color LCD screen. The screen can’t be operated by touch and is a TN type, so the viewing angle is not very good, especially from above.
In terms of connection, you don’t have much to complain about with the MG8250. Everything is there except for the association for the phone line (for the fax function). You can connect to the wired and wireless network, but you can also connect it to your computer via USB. Behind the cover are various card readers (CF, MS, MS Duo, and SD), and underneath we see a PictBridge compatible USB connection.
CCD not CIS
In the field of scanners, you can roughly distinguish between CCD and CIS. It stands for Charge-Coupled Device and Contact Imaging Sensor. The exact workings of these two technologies are beyond the scope of this article. As the name implies, the Contact Imaging Sensor is located close to the original to be scanned. The advantage of this technology is that it generally works quickly and requires little maintenance. A CCD scanner uses a lens to get an image across a series of capacitors, with each capacitor getting a separate ‘image’ (in the form of an electric charge). This allows to display a broader range of colors and scan ‘deeper.’ This makes this technology preferable if you want to scan photos and the like and scan slides and films.
Canon’s software for the MG8250 is no different from any other model from this brand. This means you have Full HD Movie Print. You can print frames from movies, Fun Filter Effects to add fun effects to photos, and access Creative Park Premium, a download portal where, for example, all kinds of pictures and illustrations can be downloaded.
In addition, it is possible to print to the MG8250 via mobile devices, from iOS and Android devices, and it is possible to print via the cloud with PIXMA Cloud Link.
The Canon PIXMA MG8250 has a red bar on this page and the next. We’ve included relatively recently tested models that aren’t intended for small business use either, so they don’t have fax functionality, but all have card readers, from which they could theoretically print photos.
When it says ‘from the command’ above the graph, it means we are pressing the stopwatch when we click ‘Print’ on the computer. If it’s not listed above, we start measuring when we hear the machine picking up paper. A test document that refers to one of the graphs is four pages long and measures how fast and how well the device handles various types of printing (text, images, graphics, grids, diagonally printed text). For testing, we connected all printers directly to the computer via USB. It is possible that the speed we achieved here is not the same as that achieved if the printer is part of a (wide) network.
Performance: print quality and power consumption
The print quality of the Canon PIXMA MG8250, in other words, is excellent. The text looks sharp and is a beautiful deep black. He just had a few issues with very smooth screen printing. Photo printouts are also ideal, as expected. Many (photos) of other all-in-ones often produce either too saturated or too dull prints. The MG8250 delivers perfect images, although it could be a little oversaturated. The CCD scanner also lives up to its name, as photo quality scans look much sharper than the same scans made with a CIS scanner.
The MG8250’s power consumption is on the high side compared to other devices, but not so high that it’s a reason not to buy this machine.
Price per page
Price per page is something that consumers pay attention to when buying a printer or all-in-one. With a device like the MG8250, we don’t think this is a significant consideration you should make, but we calculated the price per page based on Canon’s statements. In our experience, these statements are pretty accurate these days. Canon provides quotes on their website for printing text pages and 10×15 photos. Printing a single page of text and graphics will cost you 15 cents, based on the average cartridge price in our Price Comparator. A 10×15 photo costs 23 cents. Whether this is a lot compared to other manufacturers, we can’t just say, because as far as we know, Canon is the only one that determines their results in this way. Of course, you can lower the price if you take the XL variant cartridge.
According to Canon itself, head over to this page if you want to see what your Canon has for page yields.
As far as we’re concerned, the Canon PIXMA MG8250 is the best photo all-in-one we’ve tested recently. He didn’t disappoint at all. It looks fine, has almost all the connections you could want, and can be operated very well via the touch buttons and screen. The most important thing about a machine like the MG8250, primarily aimed at people who are busy with photography and film, is the possibilities in those areas. Thanks to the CCD scanner, the scan looks much better than the scan done with the CIS scanner, and it is also possible to scan 35 mm film. Print quality is also excellent, with excellent color prints, text, deep blacks, and sharpness.
Overall, we see no reason not to credit the Canon PIXMA MG8250 for this performance. We haven’t found anything better than this with all-in-one photos. As far as we know, the Hardware.Info Gold Award is in progress.
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