Canon PIXMA MP495 inkjet multifunction printer
This $99 Canon PIXMA printer is good for occasional document and photo printing but don't expect excellent quality or speed
- Cheap initial price, inbuilt 802.11n Wi-Fi
- High ongoing consumable costs, single-character LED display can be frustrating
If your printing and scanning needs aren't very intensive, the Canon PIXMA MP495 has a low initial price and it has integrated Wi-Fi. Its reasonable print quality makes it a good choice for occasional use, but its inks are expensive.
Price$ 99.00 (AUD)
The Canon PIXMA MP495 is a budget inkjet multifunction printer that includes memory card slots and inbuilt 802.11n Wi-Fi networking. It's easy to set up and operate with or without a computer. Print quality is good but not spectacular for the price you pay, and inks are expensive if you buy them at Canon's recommended retail price.
Canon PIXMA MP495: Design and connectivity
The Canon PIXMA MP495 is a compact printer — measuring 450x335x153mm it is noticeably smaller than some of Canon's other PIXMA models. Its basic internals may have something to do with this: it uses only two ink cartridges, including a combined tri-colour tank. This has an upside, with set up taking less than 10 minutes including software installation.
As well as the requisite USB 2.0 connector, the Canon PIXMA MP495 has integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi networking. A Wi-Fi Protected Setup button makes it easy to connect the printer to your home network, but if you run into trouble there's no on-screen display to guide you through — so keep the manual handy.
We were pleased by the comprehensive interface and information provided by the screen on the Canon PIXMA MG5250, so to find the same LED display as the Canon PIXMA MP270 was disappointing. If you're doing all your printing via a PC you shouldn't need to rely on the printer's display, but direct printing via memory card is a bit tricky — especially given the sometimes-confusing labelling of the printer's buttons.
Canon PIXMA MP495: Performance
The Canon PIXMA MP495 has a maximum 4800x1200dpi print resolution, which puts it on par with Canon's other budget PIXMA models. It's rated at five colour A4 pages per minute, or 8.8 pages per minute if you're printing black and white. We managed 4.2 colour A4 pages and 8.6 monochrome A4 pages per minute in our testing, which is reasonably close to Canon's quoted figures. Printing a 6x4in photo takes just under a minute (52sec).
Document print quality is reasonable in Standard and High quality modes. If you're printing off school assignments, travel directions or other documents where print quality isn't critical, the Canon PIXMA MP495 does a fine job. If you're printing photos, we'd definitely opt for the High quality setting — and even then you can still notice a lack of fine image detail in A4 prints and some posterisation in colour gradients.
The PG-510 black and CL-511 tri-colour ink cartridges yield 220 and 244 pages respectively according to Canon, and retail at $29.50 and $33.50 each. This translates into an ongoing cost of 13.7c per colour A4 page and 13.4c per monochrome A4 page — significantly higher than printers like the Canon PIXMA MG5250 (which is admittedly more than twice the price). The PIXMA MP495 is also hamstrung by not having individual ink cartridges for its colours — if you run out of cyan ink, you'll have to replace the whole cartridge and waste the other colours.
The Canon PIXMA MP495 is a cheap printer that does basic tasks acceptably. The inclusion of 802.11n Wi-Fi at this price is definitely a good thing, and would suit a budget-conscious buyer with a wireless home network. Print quality is reasonable but ongoing ink costs are high.
Become a fan of GoodGearGuide on Facebook
Follow GoodGearGuide on Twitter: @GoodGearGuide
Stay up to date with the latest reviews. Sign up to GoodGearGuide’s Gear Daily newsletters
Join the newsletter!
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Apple iPhone X
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
cloudandco Smart Cane
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Toys for Boys
Bose SoundLink Micro
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Xbox One X
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Epson Australia Unveils New Expression Home Range of Printers
- Epson launches new high-speed Enterprise inkjet printer
- When life gives you a 3D printer, make a house
- Hacker hijacks thousands of publicly exposed printers to warn owners
- Why won’t my printer connect to my wireless router?
PCW Evaluation Team
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review
- The Best Australian Black Friday Tech Deals That Aren't On Amazon
- Wolfenstein The New Colossus Review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCIT Specialist - System ServicesNSW
- CCDesktop Engineer - MULTIPLE ROLESQLD
- CCLevel 1 Help DeskNSW
- CCDevOps Engineer - AWS, Jenkins, GitVIC
- FTWeb DesignerOther
- FTCloud Test Engineer - AWS/Azure - IaaSOther
- FTSolution Designer - WealthOther
- CCUser Experience DesignersACT
- FTInfrastructure Design Engineer, DC Power, CommunicationsOther
- FTTechnical Product ArchitectQLD
- FTPayments Solution DesignerNSW
- CCAnalyst Programmer / DeveloperNSW
- FTSoftware EngineerSA
- FTTelecommunications RiggerOther
- FTTelecommunications Field Engineer (x2)WA
- CCAdlib DeveloperVIC
- FTSAP Payroll SpecialistOther
- FTBusiness Analyst - Contract - $650 per dayOther
- CCJunior to mid-level - Business Analyst ? AgileACT
- CCITSM Integration Solution ArchitectNSW
- FTCustomer Service RepresentativeOther
- CCPHP DeveloperVIC
- FTFull Stack Developer - ASP.NETVIC
- FTSystems Engineer (data centre)Other
- TPIT Cloud EngineerNSW