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Canon Pixma TS5150 Printer Review Versus TS5050 TS5051

Refill TS5150 Printer TS5050 Versus TS5150 TS5051 Printer Review TS5151 Printer Review

"Don't make the mistake of buying the Canon Pixma TS5150 thinking it uses 5 ink tanks!  This model uses a pair of print head cartridges, the PG-540 and CL-541!"

Up to now, the TS-5000 series Canon printers have used 5 cartridges. But do not confuse the new Canon Pixma TS-5150 with the older TS-5050/5051/5052/5053 models. The new TS5150 uses 2 cartridges (PG540 / CL541), and the older TS5050 uses 5 cartridges (PGI-570 BK / CLI-571 BK/C/M/Y). So why is this important you may ask? Well, if you are eventually looking for cheap replacement cartridges, or refillable cartridges, then you must buy the older TS-5050/5051/5052/5053 models.

Looking at the printing resolutions, new and old both share the same 4800x1200dpi figures. The scanning resolutions are also identical at 2400x1200dpi. They both offer Wireless connectivity (WiFi / Apple AirPrint / Google Cloud Print). Both of them have a 100 page paper tray, a Colour flatbed scanner, SC / SDHC Memory card ports.

The comparable sizes of the boxes are (TS5150 425 x 315 x 147 mm (W x D x H)), and (TS5050 372 X 315 x 126 mm (W x D x H)). So the newer model is larger and will command more desk space.

The advantage of the new TS-5150 is that it has two paper feeds. A rear (100 sheet), and a front cassette (100 sheet), meaning that you could load photo paper into one, and ordinary plain paper in the other. This means that you could fit the new TS5150 under a shelf if you just used the front cassette, even though it is wider and higher than the TS5050 which only has a rear tray.

Print quality on the new Canon TS-5150 is excellent as it to be expected from most Canon printers. As we have already mentioned, it uses the PG-540 and CL-541 print cartridges with a built-on print head. The advantage to this is that you get a new print head each time you buy a cartridge, but this significantly increases the cost of replacement ink. You can refill the cartridges using a refill kit, but not everyone wants to do this. The big advantage of the older TS5050 / TS5051 was that compatible and refillable separate ink tanks for each colour are available to buy.

Canon TS5050 TS5051 better for refillable and compatible cartridges.

In summary, both printers offer a similar specification, except for the useful front paper cassette on the newer TS5150, however the new model is wider and higher. The older TS5050/TS5051/TS5052/TS5053 models use 5 individual ink tanks, and compatible and refillable versions are available.

 



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