Canon Pixma MG5650 in the Test

The multifunction device Canon Pixma MG5650 is an old acquaintance in the new dress. The test shows that this is not a bad thing.

The Canon Pixma MG5650 is a Inkjet Multifunction device for home use. It is intended as an all-rounder, which can be used for printing, scanning and copying. The manufacturer did without a fax function. The Canon Pixma MG5650 replaces its predecessor Canon Pixma MG5550, which has undergone the test at the time properly . This has not changed so much in the current combi printer model – after all, it is available in two housing variants – black and white – and can now attach scans to e-mails without the need for a computer.

Features – Focus on mobile printing functions

Of connections offers the Canon Pixma MG5650 USB and WLAN. The latter is available in two variants: as a wireless network connection via a router and for direct connection to the multifunction device via WiFi Direct. If the device is connected to the Internet, it achieved without computer cloud services like Dropbox or Evernote. Also for online albums like Picasa or social networks like Facebook you do not need a connected PC. Do you want to drive the multifunction device via a smartphone or tablet PC, proceed either via Apple AirPrint or the Canon app (Canon EPP), through which you can not only print but also scan. In addition, the device also dominates Google Cloudprint. Although the Canon Pixma MG5650 is quite compact, it has a duplex unit integrated, which can be printed and copied on both sides. The paper tray is designed for a maximum of 100 sheets – not very generous. An extra paper tray for photo media has saved Canon. The control panel lacks a touch function that would simplify operation. To jump from key to key, which is now a bit old-fashioned.

Consumption – including real switch

In the power supply, the Canon Pixma MG5650 behaves unobtrusively: Without WLAN, the device switches to sleep in the first mode to 1.4 watts, before it goes under a watts. If the WLAN is active, the demand does not fall below 1.5 watts. For this, the combi printer separates completely from the power supply – which is laudable and not self-evident for devices for the home. Inside there are five cartridges, which are also available in XL variants in the after sale. In the best case, we calculate 3.6 cents for the black and 7.7 cents for the colored leaf. This way you get exactly the same side costs as the predecessor. In view of the five tanks, the prices are reasonable. However, in the test, the numerous nozzle flushes disturbed, which drive the consumption unnecessarily high. Particularly annoying: When the device is awakened from the idle mode, a nozzle flush is the first action.

Sophisticated quality in printing, scanning and copying

In the quality, the manufacturer continues to rely on the tried and tested: In the printing process, we are able to read legible texts from the Canon Pixma MG5650, which are not shown in duplex mode. Color prints are bright – in the red area somewhat exaggerated, but in itself quite harmonious. The scanner digitizes the originals with some strong reds, but has little problems with the depth of focus. The test copies convince in grayscale mode. For color copies the colors are pleasing, although the background colors fade quickly. After all, we have no problem with the A4 format. The copies are 1: 1 out of the unit.

Speed – quiet, reliable working

On Sprints the Canon Pixma MG5650 is not off. Compared to its predecessor, it has increased slightly in color printing. We are waiting for ten seconds on 54 pages – an average time value. The color photo on special paper is finished with a 1:44 minute quicker than the MG5550. In the scan unit, however, we do not see any change: it takes a preview in 6 seconds and requires 15 seconds for the color scan – good but unspectacular values.


Conclusion – reliable worker at home

The Canon Pixma MG5650 continues the tried and tested and presents itself as a balanced multifunction device for the home. The operating guide without touch function is already slightly overtaken and almost a little unusual – also with regard to the use of Internet services without a computer. The results in printing, scanning and copying are convincing. Who does not need a fax, will come with the equipment clear. We find less well the numerous nozzle flushing passages. They are technology-driven but could certainly be reduced. Overall, the combi printer comes at a very good price / performance ratio.


Canon Pixma MG5650

Quality (40%)


Speed ​​(20%)


Handling (15%)


Features (15%)


Service (10%)


Appreciation / depreciation

0.30 (Pictbridge WLAN, Apple Airprint, Google Cloudprint, App, Canon Cloudlink, WiFi Direct)

test score

Satisfactory (2.58)

Price-performance ratio

very cheap


Canon Pixma MG5650 (Rating: 4,42)


USB, Pictbridge-USB, WiFi 802.11n, WiFi Direct


Flatbed scanner, screen, duplex printing, borderless printing


My Image Garden, My Printer, Easy Webprint


Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, Mac OS

Faxing without PC possible




Canon Pixma MG5650 (Rating: 3.25)

Print (b / w): 1 page text, quality mode / 10 pages text, normal mode / graphics, normal mode / graphics, quality mode

1:14 / 0:54 / 0:15 / 2:13 minutes

Print (color): 10 pages PDF / A4 photo, normal mode / A4 photo, photo paper / randl. Photo (10 x 15 cm)

2:30 / 0:32 / 1:44 / 0:57 minutes

Scanning: color, text, preview, grayscale

0:15 / 0:11 / 0:07 / 0:11 minutes

Copy (b / w): 5 pages, 1 page

0:37 / 0:15 minutes

Copy (color): 1 page

0:18 minutes


Canon Pixma MG5650

Power consumption: Off / Sleep mode / Operation

0.0 / 1.4 / 12.0 watts

Side cost: black and white / color

3.6 / 7.7 cents per side



Canon Pixma MG5650

Test category

Multifunction devices

Multifunction device manufacturer


Internet address of Canon

our site

Price (suggested retail price)

109 euros

Canon’s technical hotline


Manufacturer’s warranty

12 months


Canon Pixma MG5650

Printing technology / number of printing inks / number of cartridges

Inkjet / 5/5

Driver version: printer / scanner

2.80 / 20.0.10



Canon Pixma MG5650


Print (b / w): text, quality mode / text, normal mode / graphics, normal mode / graphics, quality mode

Very good / good / good / goodgut

Print (color): PDF, normal mode / A4 photo, normal mode / A4 photo, quality mode / randl. Photo (10 x 15 cm), high quality mode

Good / good / very good / very goodgut,

Print: Color chart (hits)

11 of 24

Scan: Screen


Scanning – hits: colorless / too light / too dark

6/5 /

Scanning – Color Stitch: Red / Green / Blue / Yellow


Scanning: Total impression


Copy (b / w)


Copy (color)



Software: Printer / Scanner

good Good

Transport lock / manual: detailed / German / printed / as PDF

No / yes / yes / no / no

Control panel / cartridge replacement / colors individually interchangeable / space requirement / processing / paper transport / max. Paper stock

Still simple / simple / yes / 2732 cm² / good / good / 100 sheets



12 months

Service-Hotline / German-speaking / available (hours) / continuous / accessible via e-mail

069/29993680 / yes / 9.5 / yes / yes

Website / English / Manual download / drivers and firmware / support programs

our site / Yes / Yes / Yes / Yes