Canon Pixma MG6350 review

Canon updates its high-end printer

Canon Pixma MG6350 review
The Canon Pixma MG6350 is a high-end multi-function printer

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The Canon Pixma MG6350 uses a six-tank ink system. As well as the expected cyan, magenta, yellow and black cartridges, there's a grey ink that does much to improve both colour and greyscale photo printing.

There's also a large tank of pigment-based black ink for text printing that's both clearer and waterproof - just the thing for flyers and envelopes.

The inks aren't cheap. A full set of standard 7ml tanks will cost you around £60, with the higher-yield 11ml XL versions costing around £80, and offering better value for money. The Canon Pixma MG6350 has a print resolution of up to 9600 x 2400 dpi.

Canon Pixma MG6350 review

As you'd expect from a high-end Canon home printer, the MG6350 can be connected directly to your computer with a standard USB cable (not supplied), or networked using Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n or Ethernet (again, cable not supplied).

With your printer connected to your network, you can take advantage of its AirPrint compatibility for printing directly from Apple's mobile devices. It's also Google Cloud Print compatible. This enables you to print from almost any internet-connected device from anywhere in the world.

It also features Pixma Cloud Link, which means you may browse and print photos from your online albums at Canon Image Gateway or Picasa directly on the printer screen, and print Canon's stationary templates such as calendars, graph paper and envelopes.

Canon Pixma MG6350 review

There's also a free Canon Easy-PhotoPrint app for iOS, Android and Windows RT devices for printing images from and scanning directly to your smartphone or tablet.

Unlike its predecessor, the new Canon Pixma MG6350 has two paper trays. The lower cassette can hold up to 125 sheets of A4 (US letter) size, while the upper tray is for photo paper of 10 x 15cm (3.9 x 5.9 inches) or 13 x 18cm (5.1 x 7.1 inches).

This is an improvement on the Canon Pixma MG6250, which had a single photo tray and used a rear sheet feeder for photo paper. Neither of the MG6350's trays are particularly big, but they're perfectly adequate for a home printer.

Canon Pixma MG6350 review

Another improvement over the Canon Pixma MG6250 is that the new Pixma multi-function device's disc tray, used for printing onto optical discs, is caddied on the base of the upper paper tray when not in use. It's far less likely to get lost than the 6250's, which was supplied loose.

When you want to print on CDs or DVDs, just remove the disc tray, put your disc in it and slide it into the slot on the front of the printer.

The Canon Pixma MG6350's flatbed scanner has an optical resolution of up to 2400 x 4800 dpi, and is Twain compatible. Its colour touchscreen is 8.8cm (3.5 inches) from corner to corner, which is slightly bigger than the Canon Pixma MG6250's display-only screen.

Canon Pixma MG6350 review

The new Pixma supports automatic Duplex at A4 (US letter), A5 (8.3 x 5.8 inches) and B5 (9.8 x 6.9 inches) sizes, is WLAN PictBridge compatible and supports all popular memory cards including SD/SDHC, Memory Stick and Compact Flash.

The Canon Pixma MG6350 is available in black or white, and you can set the touchscreen's background colour to match the unit.