Canon PIXMA MG6350 review
print speed, USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 148x466x369mm
At first glance Canon's PIXMA MG6350 looks identical to the cheaper Canon PIXMA MG5450, and in fact they have a great deal in common: both have two paper input trays and support duplex (double-sided) printing, and they share the same high print (9,600x2,400dpi) and scan (2,400x4,800dpi) resolutions. But while both printers have wireless networking, only the MG6350 also has a wired Ethernet port - which could help speed up high resolution scans over the network.
The MG6350 has a sophisticated touchscreen interface, which uses smartphone-like touch and swipe gestures to navigate the MFP's various functions. The touchscreen is surrounded by a dark panel on which various other touch-sensitive buttons light up only when they're relevant; while it may sound like a gimmick, in use it helps keep things simple.
This printer takes six ink cartridges, comprising a black pigment ink for text, and black, grey, cyan magenta and yellow cartridges for high quality colour prints. They're accessed via a clever, lift-up control panel, but you can't easily see the rear of the ink carrier, so you have to insert cartridges partly by feel. You also can't tilt the screen or the controls, which could be frustrating if you're using the printer on a shelf near eye level.
Start a print job and the printer's front panel pops open, with a support swinging out to form an output tray. You need to extend the support manually to cope with A4 paper, but it's only about an inch wide so large quantities of paper can get untidy, and the support must be retracted before you can re-close the front panel. Two shallow paper trays slung under the printer hold 125 sheets of plain paper and up to 20 sheets of photo media.
High specifications don't always translate into great results, but they do in the case of the MG6350. It's a swift text printer, delivering our 25-page text test at almost 13ppm, but slightly less impressive when it comes to colour graphics, reaching only 2.6ppm in our test. Although it wasn't a fast scanner when connected over our congested wireless network, over USB it was very quick at resolutions up to and including 600dpi. Images were in sharp focus and exhibited a wide dynamic range, with good colour accuracy.
Select the Main tab of the print driver to make basic changes to print speed and quality
To the naked eye, the printer's black text looked as good as the output from a laser device, while colour prints on plain paper were equally sharp and reasonably bold. Colour and greyscale photocopies were both impressively good, and at 21 and 12 seconds respectively they completed very quickly. While this isn't the fastest photo printer we've encountered, the results from the six-ink system were superb, particularly when it came to reproducing shade detail. Our black and white test print was excellent with a very neutral colour - so much so that we suspect only grey and black inks were used to create it.
With good looks, performance and controls, this is a great MFP. It's not especially cheap to buy or run, but it's worth it for those who want the best quality results. It wins our Best Buy award.
|Maximum native print resolution||9,600x2,400dpi|
|Max optical resolution||2,400x4,800dpi|
|Output bit depth||24-bit|
Tested Print Speeds
|Time for two 10x8in photos 1.0||10m 39s|
|Time for six 6x4in photos 1.0||13m 59s|
Physical and Environmental
|Standard printer interfaces||USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless|
|Optional printer interfaces||none|
|Noise (in normal use)||52.6dB(A)|
|Maximum paper size||A4/legal|
|Maximum paper weight||300gsm|
|Standard paper inputs||2|
|Standard paper input capacity||145|
|Maximum paper inputs||2|
|Maximum paper input capacity||145|
|Duplex (code, cost if option)||Yes|
|Printer technology||thermal inkjet|
|Supported operating systems||Windows XP/Vista/7/RT/8, Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later|
|Other inkjet features||8.8cm colour touchscreen|
|Other inkjet options||none|
|Consumable parts and prices||£12 e|
|Price per colour A4 page||5.4p|
|Quoted life of supplied black cartridge||Pigment black 300 pages (ISO/IEC 24712), dye black 1,795 pages (Canon estimate)|
|Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s)||Cyan 332, magenta 319, yellow 344 pages (ISO/IEC 24712), grey 780 pages (Canon estimate)|
|Quoted life of supplied photo cartridge(s)||N/A|
|Warranty||One year RTB|
|Number of ink colours||6|
|Number of ink cartridges||6|
|Maximum number of ink colours||6|
|Maximum number of cartridges||6|
|Quoted photo durability||30 years|
|Quoted photo durability source||Canon|
Tested Scan Speeds
|Full scan area preview||6s|
|A4 document at 150dpi||13s|
|A4 document at 300dpi||19s|
|6x4in photo at 600dpi||25s|
|6x4in photo at 1200dpi||1m 17s|
Tested Copy Speeds
|Time for single A4 mono copy 1.0||12s|
|Time for single A4 colour copy 1.0||21s|
|Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0||N/A|
|Direct (PC-less) printing||Yes|
|Supported memory cards||Compact Flash, MicroDrive, Memory Stick, SD|
|Maximum number of copies||99|
|Max mono fax resolution||N/A|
|Fax memory (maximum mono pages)||N/A|