Canon MG6220 All-In-One Inkjet Printer Review

The PIXMA MG6220 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One is one of the latest All-in-One offerings from Canon. Like the other photo AiO’s, this multifunction machine’s best feature is its wireless printing capacity which is provided by the built-in Wi-Fi® technology. You can print anywhere you may be located within your local network whether you use the printer at your small home office or just at home. The same goes for scanning.

All-in-One Highlights

Canon’s latest technology of Intelligent Touch System turns the top of the printer into a touch panel that lights up only the buttons that you need.

It has the ability to print beautiful, borderless photos up to 8.5″ x 11″ size using resolutions of up to a maximum of 9600 x 2400 dpi. Another plus is the six individual ink tanks that include gray ink to produce high quality professional black & white and color photos.

You can print directly from compatible USB Flash Drives, memory cards, optional Bluetooth, and PictBridge devices.

A new printing option is introduced with the PIXMA Cloud Link that lets you print photos from online albums like the Canon iMage Gateway and Picasa, and this without the use of a computer. It can also print select Gmail™ and Google Docs™ attachments from a compatible wireless device.

Other software that is significantly remarkable is AirPrint, which allows you to print photos, web pages, emails, and other documents wirelessly without having to install device drivers, thus saves time; Fun Filter Effects like Toy Camera, Miniature, Fish Eye, Blur Background and Soft Focus that you can add on your photos before you print.

More plus points of the MG6220: the capacity to print on printable DVD, CD, Blu-ray Discs and jackets; a built-in Auto Duplex Printing allowing you to print on both sides of the paper automatically, thus helping reduce paper cost and consumption by up to 50%; and the ability to print still photos from captured HD Movie clips.

The MG6220 scanning functionality provides you with easy to view scans that are corrected area-by-area and analyzed automatically. It scans using maximum optical resolutions of 4800 x 4800 dpi. The maximum scan size is 8.5″ x 11.7″. You can scan and print JPEG and PDF files from compatible iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices wirelessly.

The copier feature on the other hand has a copy speed of up to approximately 14 seconds per copy task and has a reduction and enlargement range from 25% to 400%.

What Do People Say

The major issue that people have reported is the high ink consumption of this multifunction device, and that it wastes a lot of ink when it executes an automatic cleaning EVERY TIME it comes from a long sleep. And because the inks are small and quite expensive, especially if you get them directly from Canon, it uses up a big chunk off that small ink tank.

To sort of counter this issue, try connecting your computer to the printer via Wi-Fi to reduce the automatic cleaning. As a customer had observed, the regular cleaning sequence seems to be set off if the USB-attached computer has been restarted, or if the printer itself has lost power (meaning unplugged). After any of those events, the printer will perform a cleaning cycle the next time it prints.

I also suggest that you load up on the ink value packs which are cheaper also lookup online for sources where you can avail of genuine Canon inks at a lesser price, like Amazon. A few dollars less is a huge saving!

Another customer had pointed out that to resolve the issue of high ink usage, he had used the ink-saving ‘fast’ setting but after limited use, the printer started giving him low ink warnings, especially on gray. When he called Canon to check on this, apparently on this setting it uses up most of the gray ink, rather than black. So they suggested using grayscale printing if you wanted to save on gray ink.

Canon also told him that printing would be disabled temporarily if an ink tank becomes empty and will prompt you to change the ink cartridge before it can continue printing. The Canon representative had also said it was an issue that cannot be overridden.

Another downside is the issue of driver support. The driver does not support scanning within a local network via WIA/TWAIN interfaces. If you use other software not included in the bundle, it will only work if the MG6220 is directly plugged into the PC’s USB port. For Vista, you will have to manually install the TWAIN/WIA to make it work, that should really be done by the driver installer.

In a Nutshell

The majority of the users who have left feedback on Amazon were generally satisfied with the performance of the PIXMA MG6220 in spite of the negatives. They still recognize the outstanding quality of photo prints that only a product by Canon could produce as compared with other brands.