Canon Pixma MG6250 review

The Pixma MG6250 isn’t the largest printer in this group but it still weighs in at over 9kg, and by the time you open up the front and rear trays it does take up a fair amount of space. However, it’s a thoughtfully-designed device that performs well and packs in plenty of up-to-date features.

The first thing that caught our attention was the assortment of ink cartridges we found in the box. The MG6250 uses six different inks. In addition to the standard cyan, magenta, yellow and black inks, there’s also a grey ink used for printing black-and-white photographs and a special pigmented black ink for text documents. The results when using all those inks are certainly impressive, with crisp black text and excellent photo output that really picks out subtle shades of colour, especially with skin tones. Photos printed on plain paper were rather dark though, so you’ll need to use good-quality photo paper for best results.

Print speeds were good too. The MG6250 effortlessly churned out 10ppm, printing simple text documents, while coloured text and graphics documents came in at 6ppm. Photo printing was also very fast, producing a high-quality 4 x 6in print in just 29 seconds.

The MG6250 is one of the first Canon printers to support AirPrint – in fact, our original review unit had to be replaced as the company had only just updated the printer’s firmware to work with AirPrint. There are also separate iPhone and iPad apps that can be used to print multiple photos, as well as print photos off social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. The app runs on Android devices too, so Canon has covered all the bases for mobile printing.

Canon’s Pixma MG6250 uses six different inks to produce high-quality photo prints

OUR VERDICT

The downside of the MG6250 is that those six inks can push up the running costs a little. Canon provides a confusing selection of different cartridges and multipacks, with widely varying page yields, but we estimate that colour printing will cost about 8p per page if you buy one of Canon’s three-colour CMY multipacks. That high-quality pigmented black ink also pushes up the cost of simple black-text documents to around 3p per page, even if you buy a twin-pack to save money.