Last month we saw Canon unveiling its new Pixma range, kicking off with the MG5350. The Canon Pixma MG6250 offers plenty of the same, but with a better scanner, and a bit of enhanced ink support and improved print quality.
And with both printers now available on the streets, the prices have tumbled, making the Canon Pixma MG6250 potentially a very impressive MFD for the money.
Like the MG5350, the Canon Pixma MG6250 is pleasingly moulded. It isn’t the most stylish printer, partly thanks to the sheer bulk of it, but Canon has done its best to add pleasant lines and subtle curves.
The various paper feeds slot away nicely, and the arresting selection of lights makes the Canon Pixma MG6250 look quite futuristic. As on the MG5350, the control panel’s only drawback is that the 3in screen isn’t touch-sensitive – don’t get taken in by Canon’s misleading boast of an ‘Intelligent Touch System’ interface.
The bold graphical icons are bright and extremely colourful, but the need to use the button-based control panel – jumping slightly awkwardly between the cursor pad and the three dedicated buttons used to select items on the screen – makes for a user interface that isn’t as pleasurable to use as it might be. The likes of the Lexmark S605 still lead the way here.
The Canon Pixma MG6250 retains the MG5350’s functionality, with the extensive options including eco and quiet print modes, and a variety of templates and disk labels, and the ability to print PDF files directly from a memory card.
Connectivity options are lavish, and include 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi network support and Cloud Computing. The latter lets you access images directly from internet sources, like Canon’s Image Gateway service. It’s not the fastest means of accessing an image, but we can see the potential here.
You also get a choice of 150-sheet paper feeds, using either the flexible rear tray, or the cassette option – this takes quite a bit of grunt to push in. You can even use the Canon to print directly onto optical discs.
So what makes the Canon Pixma MG6250 different from the MG5350? Well, the scanning component has been slightly upgraded, with the optical resolution pushed up to 4800 x 4800dpi.
We found the component offered greater depth of detail and took a few seconds off the times as well. The scanner lid is reasonably robust, and allows for a certain amount of lift, allowing you to squeeze in thicker source material, such as books or catalogues.
The ink cartridges are more complex. Besides the normal trio of colour tanks, you get two different types of black – dye and pigment. So far, so MG5350.
But the Canon Pixma MG6250 goes further with an additional Grey tank. The fact that this printer has six different tanks will make it quite an ordeal to keep stocked up – although the grey tank has a very high capacity, as does the black dye.
However, it makes for very colourful output. Indeed, the Canon Pixma MG6250’s photo printing is exceptional, surpassing that of the already very good MG5350.
On plain paper it managed a fastest speed of 6.1ppm – actually slightly slower than the MG5350. But the colours, even in this mode, are bright and attractive.
In the 3.2ppm standard mode, the images are crisp and biting, with a balanced colour palette that hits a good middle path between brooding and bright.
The Canon Pixma MG6250 also does very serviceable text, producing text in Fast and Normal modes at the rates of 12.4 and 11.3 pages per minute – these figures are little different from those measured on the MG5350.
The characters are slightly fuzzy, if dark and bold. This won’t be a number one choice for text, but then, few inkjets fare well in this department.
As on the MG5350, the Canon Pixma MG6250's auto duplex function sees speed drop by almost 60%.
Running costs are trickier to judge with so many different ink tanks. We'd estimate around 2.9p per page for black-and-white printing, and 6.7p for a page of colour. That suggest that mono pages are on the dear side, while colour is also not so cheap. It does beat cheap printers like the Epson Stylus SD525WD though that can cost 10p per page of colour and 3p for mono.