Canon PIXMA MG6350

KEY INFO
Manufacturer: Canon
Price: £130

SPECIFICATIONS
Print engine: Inkjet, six tanks
Print resolution: Up to 9600×2400
Dimensions/Weight: 46.6×36.9×14.8cm/8.4kg

Canon’s home and small office inkjet printers have long led the field in print quality, but can lack panache. The new PIXMA MG6350, an update to 2011’s MG6250, sees the range back on track. Elegant touchscreen control heads a list of improvements.

The MG6350 is more stylish than its predecessor. Its shallower and more compact, and has a touchscreen instead of the MG6250’s somewhat clunky button controls. The rear sheet feeder for photo paper is replaced with a second tray, and the removable caddy for optical disc printing is stored on the base of one of the paper trays when not in use, where the older printer’s was loose. Online and mobile printing options include Google Cloud Print, AirPrint and printing directly from Canon Image Gateway or Picasa.

The MG6350 inherits the older printer’s high photo and text quality, with its six tanks and pigmented black ink really showing their worth. Colours are vibrant, text clear and colour ramps smooth. It’s fast too, printing our 20-page text document in 02:10, and a high-quality A4 photo in a similar time. It proved less capable when printing images in default quality on plain paper, with some banding. It’s a little noisy too.

The MG6350 is a quality printer with many features. It has more style than its predecessor, but if you do a lot of plain paper image printing, you might prefer the older MG6250.

Verdict

A solid, capable and stylish printer. Only banded plain-paper image prints keep it from greatness.