The joy of the current multifunction printer market is that the sheer volume of machines on offer has reduced prices to extremely friendly levels. This is along with causing manufacturers to think carefully, about how many extra features they can squeeze into the design before falling foul of the price comparison sites.
The Canon PIXMA MG6250 is a classic example of what can be achieved without breaking the £150 barrier. As with many of the new generation of Canon PIXMA MFPs it’s solidly built and is far from a flimsy machine. The printer weighs in at a sturdy 9.2kg and measures a broad 470×367×173mm and yet it still manages to look stylish, with its glossy black compactness and smoothly rounded edges. This is all with a dedicated Quiet setting, where it has to be one of the most silent running printers currently available.
Touch and no touch
Operations are handled through a mixture of ‘futuristic’ backlit touch-controls on the lower half of the scanner cover, with the tilting 7.5 cm colour TFT display that’s positioned squarely in the centre. It’s a bit of a shame that the display wasn’t also touch sensitive, and the touch controls were a little too frisky at times, but we did appreciate the way only the essential icons lit up for each printing task.
In terms of capacity, you can either choose the 150 sheet pop-up rear tray or the 150 sheet cassette at the base of the printer. The MG6250 cleverly prefers photo paper in the rear tray, which makes for easy separation. Labels for CDs and DVDs can be created using the supplied direct disc, with the print tray slotting neatly into the front. Memory cards are not ignored either, with slots available for all the most common types, such as SD, MultiMedia Card and Memory Stick as well as the much-maligned Compact Flash, plus a USB port for PictBridge enabled cameras.
Excellent quality images
Connectivity is also generous, with Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB 2.0, Bluetooth v2.0 and a Canon iEasy-PhotoPrint app for iPhones – there’s even cloud printing via Google Cloud Print. Auto Duplex printing comes as standard and Canon has even bumped their scanning resolution up to 4800 x 4800 dpi, with much more detailed and vibrant results. The other major new addition is the inclusion of a grey ink cartridge alongside the two blacks (one dedicated to documents), cyan, magenta and yellow. All of which makes gradation in black and white photos extremely authentic, while producing much improved colour documents, colour photos and colour copies.
Black text draft documents are particularly distinct and solid, while flying out at a rate of 15ppm, with standard versions around 12ppm and colour documents closer to 9ppm. Duplex black text documents manage a more than respectable 4ppm; with colour prints we found the average A4 image took 1’25″ (1’20″ for a copy) and a 10x15cm glossy print just 17 seconds. Although printing costs are marginally high, at roughly 3.5p for black documents and 9p for colour pages – this is magnificently offset, by the quality of the work produced.
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- Choosing to boost colour accuracy with the addition of a grey ink cartridge.
- The hybrid control system with only partial touch screen capability.
Canon has pulled out all the stops with their latest PIXMA multifunction printer, both in terms of the multiplicity of functions available and a massive improvement on picture quality – thanks to its new grey cartridge and higher resolution scanner.