April 26, 2011
- Easy to use
- Interactive touch-controls
- Good print quality
- Built-in networking
- Overly sensitive controls
- Memory card issues with Mac OS
The Canon Pixma MG6120 is a compact multifunction printer that has a touch-interface, wireless connectivity and an automatic document feeder. It also has a budget-friendly price and performance that doesn't leave anything to want.
In total, the Canon Pixma MG6120 measures 18 x 7 x 14.5-inches (whd) and weighs about 20 pounds, which is quite heavier than most other similar all-in-ones. Despite having dual paper feed trays, it has a relatively small footprint that should fit into any home office or small business setup.
The only physical button lies on the left side and is to turn the device on and off. The touch-sensitive control panel provides buttons for printing, copying and scanning all in one area. This interactive interface makes using the printer a breeze because it only shows the options that are relevant to the mode you're using (print, copy, scan). There is a nifty touch wheel that allows you to scroll through the interface and adjust the number of copies you wish to print.
While we really admire this touch-sensitive panel, we must tell you that it is extremely sensitive. We found that buttons are activated from the faintest touch or accidental swipe.
There is also a 3-inch LCD screen that tilts 90 degrees and supplements the control panel by showing printer status, errors, information and more.
Setting up the Canon Pixma MG6120 is easy and can be connected directly to a computer via USB or to your network via Ethernet or 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. Using the installation disc, you can choose what type of installation you want and what software you want to install, if any, on your computer. Getting the printer connected to our wireless network was a breeze and we had no issues with wireless network encryption. The built-in memory card reader allows you to print photos directly from the cards, but for some reason, we couldn't access the memory cards from a Mac OS X computer via our wireless network, but we could from a Windows PC.
There are two 150-sheet paper trays, one on the top and one on the bottom. They adjust forward and backward to accommodate paper that ranges from legal size to 4 x 6-inches. This is convenient because a user could choose to store a different paper type in each tray. For example, a small business could store their letterhead in one tray while having plain paper in the other. This printer also has built-in duplexing, which automatically prints on both sides of the paper without any need to manually flip pages.
The Canon Pixma MG6120 has five ink cartridges that it uses: cyan, magenta, yellow, black and high-capacity black for "monochrome" mode. This allows you to only change a cartridge when it is empty and not have to throw away non-empty colors in a multiple ink cartridge.
The scan feature allows you to copy up to legal size documents and also allows scanning of negatives and slides via the special included adapters. The maximum scanning resolution is 4800 x 4800 dpi.
If you have a compatible Canon EOS Digital SLR or Canon PowerShot camera, you can use the HD Movie Print feature to print stills from your HD video.
Text print speeds with the Canon Pixma MG6120 are quite speedy. Expect to get about 8 pages per minute for printing text documents and about 1 page per minute for photos. The photo print speed is actually a little slower than average, but still within reason, mostly because color prints were of very good quality. Text prints were very clear and crisp, even with very small font sizes.