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Canon PIXMA MG6150 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £139
inc VAT

This big, stylish MFP is a great all-rounder, but it's quite expensive to run. Epson's PX720WD just has the edge.

The PIXMA MG6150 is aimed at those wanting a little more than a basic inkjet MFP. Its price reflects the higher specifications: the scanner can capture images at an impressive 4,800×4,800dpi, there’s a comprehensive set of interfaces that includes wireless networking and (unusually) infrared, and the print engine uses six inks.

Canon PIXMA MG6150

Unlike some six-ink systems, the MG6150 doesn’t use light cyan and light magenta. Instead, there’s a large pigment-black cartridge that’s used almost exclusively for printing text on plain paper, and five dye-based inks: black, cyan, magenta, yellow and grey. The latter should give the printer better control over the shading in light regions of a picture and help deliver good black and white prints. All six cartridges and the print heads must be inserted before the printer is ready to go.

Canon PIXMA MG6150 Top

As we’ve come to expect from the PIXMA range, the MG6150 is extremely stylish, with a predominantly high-gloss black plastic case. Although this is a bulky MFP, it wouldn’t look out of place in the sitting room next to expensive AV equipment. At least, not at first. Our test units weren’t brand new and had already picked up several light marks and scratches that took the edge off their appearance. While review units do have a hard life, this does suggest that the PIXMAs’ gloss finish is less durable than more run-of-the-mill alternatives.

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Basic Specifications

Maximum native print resolution9,600×2,400dpi
Max optical resolution4,800×4,800dpi
Output bit depth24-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A412.5ipm
Quoted speed, colour A49.3ipm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.03m 29s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.04m 43s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB, PictBridge, IrDA, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n wireless
Optional printer interfacesBluetooth
Noise (in normal use)36dB(A)

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeA4/legal
Maximum paper weight300gsm
Standard paper inputs2
Standard paper input capacity300
Maximum paper inputs2
Maximum paper input capacity300
Duplex (code, cost if option)Yes


Printer technologythermal inkjet
Supported operating systemsWindows XP/Vista/Vista-64/7/7-64, Mac OS X 10.4.11
Other inkjet features7.5cm colour screen, automatic print head alignment, replaceable print head
Other inkjet optionsnone

Buying Information

Consumable parts and prices£10
Price per colour A4 page7.1p
Quoted life of supplied black cartridgePigment black 328 pages (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s)2,185 dye black, 1,515 grey pages (estimate), 462 cyan, 437 magenta, 450 yellow pages (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied photo cartridge(s)N/A
Warrantyone-year RTB

Print Quality

Number of ink colours6
Number of ink cartridges6
Maximum number of ink colours6
Maximum number of cartridges6
Quoted photo durability30 years
Quoted photo durability sourceCanon

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview6s
A4 document at 150dpi11s
A4 document at 300dpi11s
6x4in photo at 600dpi14s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi44s

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.013s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.022s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0N/A

Photo Features

PictBridge supportYes
Borderless printingA4
Direct (PC-less) printingYes
Supported memory cardsUSB flash, CF, SD, SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro, MicroDrive
CD printingNo

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies99

Fax Features

Max mono fax resolutionN/A
Fax memory (maximum mono pages)N/A