Canon Pixma MG6150 review: Canon Pixma MG6150

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Typical Price: $299.00

Canon Pixma MG6150

(Part #: CNETCanon Pixma MG6150)
5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Excellent black print quality. Excellent photo print quality. Intuitive and slick touch panel. CD/DVD printing.

The Bad Very slow print speeds. iPhone/iPad app performance is flaky.

The Bottom Line Canon's Pixma MG6150 is a slow multifunction printer, but the print quality and ease of use make it a multifunction worth waiting for.

9.1 Overall
CNET Editors' Choice Nov '10


The PIXMA MG6150 is a large multifunction in glossy piano black plastic that uses a lot of touch controls, which naturally enough makes it something of a smudge magnet. Its three inch LCD screen seems awfully small set against the large top of the 470x368x173mm printer body, but when you power it on the touch panel below, which runs the length of the printer, lights up. This makes selection a snap for any given task; and as the display only lights up relevant options subject to the context of the menu you're currently in, it's also very easy to learn the flow of menu commands.


The multifunction aspects of the MG6150 encompass scanning via a 4800x4800dpi CIS scan head, copying via the same mechanism and printing; fax is the noticeable absentee feature, but we're seeing fewer multifunctions with faxing built in these days, at least in the consumer/SOHO space.

The MG6150 prints from six colour inkjet tanks to plain paper, photo media and directly onto CD and DVD media, giving it plenty of operational flexibility. Connections are via USB or 802.11n Wi-Fi, and it's compatible with Canon's Easy Photo Print App for iPhone and iPad. That's not quite as fully featured as HP's competing ePrint solution that we've seen on the Envy 100 and the Photosmart B110 .


In one key aspect, the MG6150 doesn't perform as we'd like. Specifically, Canon rates its print speeds at a relatively sedate 12.5ipm in black and white. IPM figures should be more in line with real world printing speeds, or at least that's the theory. Printing a standard document on the MG6150 over Wi-Fi, it managed to spit out a single page in 18.26 seconds and a total of 5 pages across a minute, well below its stated specifications. Even switching to draft mode didn't make that much of a difference, with the first page emerging in 12.02 seconds and a total of 7 pages emerging within a minute.

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