Canon PIXMA MG6150 £200

27th Sep 2010 | 11:30

Canon PIXMA MG6150

A multifunction printer with no real weaknesses

TechRadar rating:

5 stars

Barely any more expensive than the outgoing Canon MP640, the MG6150 crams in an extra grey cartridge for fabulous fidelity and an elegant touch panel interface. It's a cracker.

Like:

Fast, fabulous print quality for both photos and documents; Full range of USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity; High resolution 9600dpi printing and 4800dpi scanning; Sleek and intuitive touch panel interface for stand-alone functions; Extra grey cartridge for beautiful black-and-white photo prints that are free of colour casts.

Dislike:

It's not cheap, costing twice the price of the more basic Canon iP4850; The glossy black surface of the touch panel is prone to pick up finger marks; Some might prefer a touchscreen LCD to a touch panel, as featured on the HP C309G and Lexmark S60; Bulkier than a straightforward printer but still reasonably compact for an all-in-one; No fax facility.

Canon's recent PIXMA multifunction printers have impressed, and the PIXMA MG6150 is no exception.

Combining a fantastic feature set with a consistently superb print engine, it's arguably the best home inkjet in its price range. Connecting through Wi-Fi, USB or Ethernet (optional Bluetooth available), the MG6150 has two 150-sheet paper trays, a 7.5cm LCD, PictBridge, Duplex and a card reader.

You can print directly to an optical disc with adapter, but there's no faxing. Ink tanks are up to six, with CMYK and pigment black joined by a grey tank for improved monochrome printing. And it shows.

Even at default quality, its greyscale ramp is smooth and consistent, with very little banding.

The MG6150's high-quality photo prints are impressive too. Colours are rich and strong, subtle shades are beautifully realised and fine details accurately reproduced. Photos printed on plain paper at the default speed are a little grainy, but colours remain strong.

Text quality is excellent. Characters are well-defined and readable even at very small point sizes. Our 20-page test document printed four minutes, six seconds, which is acceptable for a home printer.

A high-quality A4 PhotoDisc test print took just under two minutes on photo paper and one minute 15 seconds on plain paper.

So much functionality has been crammed into such a small box, with almost no weaknesses. If you're after a multifunction printer, this is it!

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