I bought the Canon 2900 series (which is similar to the 2500's) during the holidays of 2014 on sale for about 15-20$ online, free shipping to my local Walmart. The most recent prices I've seen them being sold for now are around 25-30$ from in store. Compared to other printers this was very cheap so I took a chance since I would only be about 15-20$ if it wasn't worth it. I'll tell you right now. Even if it was 30$ I would buy it after having owned it now.
It's a Copier, Scanner & Printer. It does a great job with all these functions, it's a fairly quick printer and the quality isn't bad either. I've always liked Cannon Cameras and Printers so I felt confident in the brand. The Printer hardware itself is all plastic, very big and blocky. The material is cheap and doesn't look very sophisticated but for the price I wasn't expecting it to be a Ferrari or anything if you know what I mean.
THE NEGATIVE I will say the printing, the start up and functions are very loud and they do take a minute or two on the initializing once it's turned on. If you want something quiet and silent then this isn't for you. So noise knocks off maybe a 5% out of a 100%
Mixed feelings overall on the interactive software. It's not super fast, and takes a lot of time and processing from your computer on the start up. I have it set to not show up when I start up the laptop now so that's good that Canon put that feature in. You can do a lot of customization with the Canon Quick menu. You can Scan, Copy and even specify documents and photos and so on to scan for the best quality. So lots of options on the software, easy install.
THE NEGATIVE I had the most trouble with setting up Wifi. I think perhaps that was because I didn't have a Disc Drive on the laptop that I was using but I found a few alternatives to make it work temporarily. The wifi set up is really frustrating with or with out the CD. Personally I'm not sure why companies haven't started using USB's to install software instead of the CD's that are slowly becoming outdated in the tech world, but I digress. If yo're not worried about the inconvenience of not having a wifi connected printer then this won't be an issue. If you want that wifi connection then just be warned, it can work but it's not always easy to set up. This knocked the rating down 15% because I did want it with the no hassle wifi connection.
So overall, If you just need a Printer/Scanner/Copier, you don't care about looks, noise or wifi, then this is for you. Easy printer for everyone (kids/teens/adults/eldery/non-tech savy) to use with ease. Also the cartridge is easy to find, $50 usually for the XL black and color bundle, not super pricey so it's not bad.
Overall Grade 80%
(This was my first review on Walmart. I hope I didn't ramble too much lol. I took about 10 pictures but only allowed 2, bummer. Anyway, Thank you)
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