January 4, 2012
- Network & Apple AirPrint printing
- Interactive touch panel makes things simple
- Large-capacity black for monochrome prints
- Very good text print quality
- Panel is too sensitive
- Slow color printing
The Canon Pixma MG6220 is packed with unique features, like CD/DVD printing, Apple AirPrint support and HD Movie Print. It has a really great design that includes a touch sensitive panel, but we had some issues with the screen itself. Other than that, it has a very reasonable price for its wealth of features.
The Canon Pixma MG6220 measures 18.5 x 14.5 x 7-inches (wdh) and weighs about 20-pounds, which makes it fairly heavy compared to other printers. The design of the printer is rather unique in that it has a thin footprint and folding trays to make its footprint even smaller. The body has a glossy black plastic that shows fingerprints rather easily, but gives it a stylish look.
While most users will connect this printer to their computer via the conventional USB method, you can also connect it to your home or small business network via Ethernet or 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. This makes it really easy to allow multiple computer access to the printer without having to go through the clumsy Windows printer sharing feature. The included software will walk you though setup regardless of the connection method you choose to use. Canon lets you choose what you want to install onto your computer, from just the basics to everything, which includes almost 700 megabytes of software.
The MG6220 also supports Apple's AirPrint feature, which lets you print wirelessly from an Apple iPad or iPhone. This is a huge bonus for these users because supported AirPrint printers aren't too common.
On the printer's left side is where the only physical button is located, which powers on and off the device. On the top, there's a touch panel that's completely interactive, meaning the buttons displayed are based upon your task. So for example, if you click scan, you'll only be shown buttons/features/settings that deal with scanning. This is a really easy way to simplify using the device, even for the novice computer user. There's also an active touch wheel that allows you to scroll through the menus and adjust various settings quickly. We did, however, find the touch-sensitive panel to be extremely sensitive. It was even sensitive enough to respond to hovering your finger over the panel for even the shortest moment, which led to lots of accidental selection of buttons. There's a 3-inch color LCD display that lifts out from the printer's body and tilts to allow a wide range of visibility.
There are dual 150-sheet paper trays that come out of the top and bottom of the Canon Pixma MG6220. They both adjust to various paper sizes that range from legal size to 4x6-inch photo paper. We like the dual trays because you can have two different paper stocks always loaded into your printer at all times. Canon also allows printing on CD/DVDs and includes a special tray to do so.
The Canon Pixma MG6220 uses a five-ink system: cyan, magenta, yellow and two blacks. The two blacks include one for high-capacity for printing in "monochrome" mode. The other black is smaller in size and is used when printing in color mode. Some scanning features include the ability to enlarge a copy up to 400%, two-sided copying, borderless and photo collages. You can save scans as BMP, JPEG, PDF and TIFF files and also scanning to e-mail attachments too. There are also negative and slide holders built-into the scanner, so photo buffs will appreciate that feature as well. The maximum scan size is 8.5 x 11-inches, but the hinge prevents you from scanning thicker documents or books with ease.
One of the Canon Pixma MG6220's most unique features is the ability to print still photos from a frame of a video. The only catch is that the video has to be from one of Canon's supported HD video cameras. We did, however, find this feature very easy to use and it produced nice results.
The speed of this printer was quite respectable and almost top-of-the-class when it came to text. We were able to get about 8 pages of text per minute. However, color printing was a different story at barely 1 page per minute of color graphics and less than that for full color photos. Quality of the color photos were good, but nothing special despite taking forever to print. The text prints were very good and formed very crisp, readable characters all the way down to extremely small font sizes (about 4.5-points).