Boasting wireless capabilities, we reviewed the Canon Pixma MG6250 to find out how it performs.
Canon Pixma MG6250 Review
Canon’s multifunctional PIXMA MG6250 is specified to an impressive standard, with a strong set of basic functions sweetened with touch-operation and an array of wireless-oriented capabilities.
The printer which lies at the heart of the unit uses six separate inks and prints to 9,600x2400px, while the scanner boasts an optical resolution of 4,800×4,800px. And, in addition to the customary card slots the MG6250 also allows wireless printing, which includes printing through smartphones and tablets via a dedicated app.
Canon also stresses the Pixma MG6250’s ecological strengths, with an Auto Power Off function and the ability to check the paper and carbon emissions saved through duplex printing.
The unit’s 3in colour LCD may be pulled up for easy viewing, while the Intelligent Touch System allows the unit to be controlled through a range of virtual buttons which illuminate themselves through the casing.
The MG6250’s glossy casing may not be to everyone’s taste, and the Intelligent Touch functionality may appear to some as something of a gimmick at first, although there are many benefits to this: not only does it allow for a more pleasing streamlined design, but as controls only show themselves when they are required there’s little to confuse novice users. Furthermore, as these are based on capacitive – as opposed to the lesser-sensitive resistive – technology, they require little more than a gentle press to register contact.
The unit is reasonably discreet as it prints, with full colour A4 prints emerging in around 2 minutes and 20 seconds, and smaller 6x4in photos taking around 40 seconds (this varies with content, print settings etc). Prints show very good detail and are dry as soon as they emerge from the unit, although colours tend to be a little on the warm side, which is particularly noticeable in more netural areas.
A typical scan takes around 12 seconds, and this can be written to a card, USB drive or sent straight to a computer. Scans show pleasant colours and neutral areas remaining so upon reproduction, although on the whole they’re a little bright and slightly lacking in contrast. MG
The MG6250 is a competent printer for the money, and the Intelligent Touch System makes it easy to recommend to those otherwise confused by the functionality and operation of such multifunctional units. Only the slight colour inaccuracies rule it out for more critical photographic reproduction.