Canon PIXMA MG6150Rating:
Many of us want both, which is where Canon’s latest PIXMA ChromaLife100+ printers have made a name for themselves.
Models such as the MG5150 include pigment- and dye-based black inks, plus yellow, cyan and magenta dye-based inks, which team up to produce rock solid document output and stunning photo prints.
The MG6150 goes further still, with an additional dye-based grey ink cartridge making it great for top-quality black-and-white photo printing as well.
Ideal for the photo enthusiast who also wants to print documents, the MG6150 has a lot to offerAn ultra-high-resolution 9,600dpi print engine based on near-microscopic 1pl (picolitre) ink droplets is hooked up to a 4,800dpi, full 48-bit colour scanner, enabling you to print, scan and photocopy.
You also get three memory card slots, which include direct compatibility with CF, MS, MS Pro, MS Duo, MS Pro Duo, SDHC and MMC cardsThere’s also optional compatibility with various other cards, including xD Picture Cards via additional adaptors, and you can print directly from attached USB flash memory sticks.
Stand-alone printing and photocopying is greatly refined when compared to older printers such as the Canon MP640, thanks to a crystal-clear 3-inch LCD and immaculate touch panelThe latter features underlying icons that only illuminate when activeEpson performed a similar trick when upgrading its PX710W to the PX720WD, and it really makes the interface much more intuitive to use.
Printing from a PC or laptop is equally painless, thanks to Canon’s typically logical printer software as well as full USB, Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity, enabling you to print from all round the home.
As with most Canon printers, the dual full-sized A4 input feeds include an underlying cassette, which is ideal for plain paper, and a rear tray, which is perfect for photo paper.
In our tests, print speeds were identical to the five-ink Canon iP4850, at six seconds for a mono text page, 16 seconds for colour DTP, 19 seconds for a 6 x 4-inch photo print in standard quality mode and exactly 2 minutes for a full borderless A4 photo print at the highest quality setting – all very impressive.
One drawback with the cheaper iP4850 and more modest all-in-one printers in the vein of the MP640 and newer MG5150 is that black-and-white photo prints can take on a slight colour castThere’s no such problem with the MG6150, since it includes an additional grey cartridge that provides excellent monochrome fidelity.
Another bonus is that you can also print directly onto white-faced CDs, DVDs or Blu-ray discs, unlike all-in-ones such as the HP Photosmart Premium and Lexmark Interact S605.
Canon PIXMA MG6150 review: conclusion
The beautifully designed MG6150 looks wonderfully sleek with an almost complete absence of buttonsInstead, the top cover also acts as a neat touch panel and icons become illuminated only when they’re active, which also makes the printer very intuitive in stand-alone useThe feast of all-in-one extras here includes direct photo printing and photocopying, along with USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Print speeds are really impressive and much quicker than Canon’s slightly downmarket MG5150While the printer offers superb document quality, it really comes into its own with photo printingColour is just as sumptuous as Canon’s MG5150 and iP4850 printers, and the black-and-white photo output is the best we’ve seen from any A4 printer.
Build-wise, the new touch-panel controls add elegance and simplicity to the MG6150What’s more, the wide-ranging media card slots include compatibility with CompactFlash cardsThis is often omitted in the latest all-in-one printers, but it’s still a necessity for many D-SLR camera users.
There’s almost nothing to dislike about the MG6150Sure, it doesn’t have stand-alone fax facilities built in, but this isn’t a printer geared towards small business useIt’s a little on the chunky side too, measuring 470 x 368 x 173mm (W x D x H), but this isn’t above average for an all-in-one printer.
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- 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
- Fast, fabulous print quality for both photos and documents
- 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
- Bulkier than a straightforward printer but still reasonably compact for an all-in-one
- No fax facility
- It's not cheap, costing twice the price of the more basic Canon iP4850
Barely any more expensive than the outgoing Canon MP640,
the MG6150 crams in an extra grey cartridge for fabulous fidelity in
monochrome photo printing and a much more elegant touch panel interface,
but still offers auto duplex double-sided printing, direct printing
onto discs and wide-ranging connectivity optionsIt’s a cracker.
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