Printing meets the cloud: Canon Pixma MG6250 review

First things first: the MG6250 is an inkjet all-in-one with USB Ethernet and Wi-Fi interfaces a paper cassette plus a top feed for photo paper and other specialist media duplex printing and a degree of internet connectivity. Not bad for $250.

The user interface consists of an LCD screen plus touch-sensitive buttons on the scanner lid. Those buttons are very sensitive so it’s easy to inadvertently activate the wrong button or register a double-touch.

Physical setup was straightforward but we had to manually start the Windows print spooler before the installer would work and three restarts were needed before the printer was available. The bundle includes software for printing projects (e.g. CD labels) and scanning. When used on a network scans can be directed to any computer running Canon’s software. OCR worked well except that digits only reaching the typeface’s x-height were often misrecognised as letters (e.g. ‘ro’ instead of ’10’).

The first page of our business document printed in 23 seconds. The second took 22 including a significant yet consistent pause in the middle. Duplex printing increased the total time to 77 seconds.

Text quality was what we expect from a decent inkjet while graphics were appropriately bright and duplex show-through was moderate.

Printing a 10 x 15cm photo took 42 seconds. The prints had the ‘real photo’ look we’ve come to expect from Canon. While flesh tones were very slightly pinker than usual this was only apparent on a side-by-side comparison. The addition of grey ink didn’t seem to help our test images but might be useful when printing black-and-white photos. Printing directly from memory cards was a snap but be prepared to experiment when printing CD/DVD media: we found the ‘recommended’ setting worked better than ‘others’ which gave a washed-out look.

Like a growing number of models in this category the MG6250 can print stationery (e.g. calendar pages) from templates stored in the device or downloaded from the internet. Google Cloud Print (for remote printing from certain combinations of devices and applications such as Google Docs) is also enabled. This is likely to become an increasingly important feature as smartphones and tablets proliferate.

It also supports direct printing from Canon’s HD camcorders a feature we were unable to test.

Copying gave good results with practically no banding. Browns could have been slightly redder and sky blues were slightly purplish but this is about as good as it gets with an inkjet all-in-one. Scanning results were also satisfactory.

Available from Canon retailing $249.
APC rating: 8/10 (Highly Recommended)