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Canon PIXMA MG6350 review

Simon Handby
26 Jan 2013
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
126
inc VAT

A smart, stylish and swift MFP that produces great results for home and creative users

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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.

Canon PIXMA MG6350

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.

Canon PIXMA MG6350 print driver

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.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****
Maximum native print resolution9,600x2,400dpi
Max optical resolution2,400x4,800dpi
Output bit depth24-bit

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.010m 39s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.013m 59s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless
Optional printer interfacesnone
Size148x466x369mm
Weight8.4kg
Noise (in normal use)52.6dB(A)

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeA4/legal
Maximum paper weight300gsm
Standard paper inputs2
Standard paper input capacity145
Maximum paper inputs2
Maximum paper input capacity145
Duplex (code, cost if option)Yes

General

Printer technologythermal inkjet
Supported operating systemsWindows XP/Vista/7/RT/8, Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
Other inkjet features8.8cm colour touchscreen
Other inkjet optionsnone

Buying Information

Price£126
Consumable parts and prices£12 e
Price per colour A4 page5.4p
Quoted life of supplied black cartridgePigment 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
WarrantyOne year RTB
Supplierhttp://www.printerland.co.uk
Detailswww.canon.co.uk

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 150dpi13s
A4 document at 300dpi19s
6x4in photo at 600dpi25s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi1m 17s

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.012s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.021s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0N/A

Photo Features

PictBridge supportNo
Borderless printingA4
Direct (PC-less) printingYes
Supported memory cardsCompact Flash, MicroDrive, Memory Stick, SD
CD printingYes

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies99

Fax Features

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