Canon Pixma MG6350 review - Excellent print quality and a real premium feel make the Pixma MG6350 worth every penny

Excellent print quality and a real premium feel make the Pixma MG6350 worth every penny

Canon’s MG6350 photo printer manages to be both massive and oddly sleek at the same time. The flat, streamlined shape means it will take up a lot of desk space – it measures 466 x 369 x 148mm – but it doesn’t feel as imposing as the HP Photosmart 7520. It helps that you can get it in a clean white finish. 

The angled front edge is one big touch panel, with buttons glowing into life around the 8.8cm screen. It defaults to Eco mode for double-sided prints and Quiet mode to eradicate the worst of the whirring, and it also has an automatic paper tray – unlike several others, this one flops open rather inelegantly when you start a new job. 

There’s a main A4 tray and a separate photo tray tucked in beneath the output area, and it prints onto DVDs. Above that, the front panel lifts effortlessly so you can install the six inks: three individual colours, a pigmented black, and dedicated photo grey and black tanks. Setup was a breeze, with the installer taking us online to make sure we had the latest drivers. 

There’s no doubt the MG6350 is a top-quality printer. Text in our documents was deep and crisp, and colours were accurate. Photos were also detailed and vivid, and we could only spot the slight grain and lightness of tone when we put them side by side with the flawless Epson. Viewed on its own you’ll have no complaints.

We got nowhere near Canon’s claimed speeds, as the MG6350 insisted on pausing to let the ink dry between every page – there is an option to reduce drying time in Windows, but for some reason it was absent from our Mac driver. That meant speeds of just 4.6ppm in mono and 3.1ppm in colour; a 6 x4in photo took 63 seconds. 

OUR VERDICT

Running costs are similar to the Epson at 2.8p for mono and 9p for colour pages, and there are plenty of other parallels between the two. They’re both photo specialists with their own strengths, but the Canon’s excellent text output makes it a real all-rounder.

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