Canon's new Pixma MG6220 multifunction printer carries an impressive list of features compared with other consumer-level printers that sell for $200. This capable machine achieves top-scoring marks in both speed and output quality, but also innovates with features you can't get with the competition, like a 3-inch display that pairs well with the touch-sensitive control panel. The touch sensitivity can use some tweaking, but if you're on the hunt for a printer truly worthy of its all-in-one moniker, the Canon Pixma MG6220 won't disappoint.
The Pixma MG6220 features a thin shape and a unique design that incorporates folding trays to keep the footprint small. The printer measures 18.5 inches wide, 14.5 inches deep, and just under 7 inches tall with both front and rear trays folded. It also weighs slightly more than average at 20.1 pounds due to the rear-mounted ADF and the six internal ink tanks, but it should still be relatively easy for anyone to transport around the home or office.
The far left side of the printer houses the only hard button for power. Touch-sensitive virtual buttons for copy, scan, and print controls light up the top-mounted interactive panel when you initially hit the hard power button, but the printer only illuminates the commands necessary for each function once you select a print mode. This feature helps eliminate confusion typical of heavily populated control panels.
The MG6220 will always display the "home" and "back" navigation buttons regardless of which application you access (print, copy, scan), but you can also scroll through the menus and adjust the number of print copies using the active touch wheel. Finally, an ample 3-inch color LCD screen lifts up from the middle and tilts 90 degrees forward and back to allow visibility no matter where the printer sits in relation to the user.
The new "as-needed" buttons are useful and easy to use, but I hope the next version will let you adjust sensitivity settings. The fixed setting is so sensitive that a quick swipe can easily trigger an accidental press, and even hovering your finger over the sensor can activate it.
Dual 150-sheet paper trays fold out of the top and bottom of the MG6220 and adjust forward and backward to accept a range of paper sizes from 4-inch-by-6-inch snapshots all the way up to legal-size sheets. The 300-sheet overall paper capacity means you can put different-sized media in both compartments, but the trays themselves both feel easily breakable; I can't vouch for their durability over time and continued use.
The MG6220 can also print labels for your blank CD and DVDs using the extra feed tray included in the box. Canon calls it the Printable Disc tray, and it even has notches that fit full-size CDs as well as mini-media, but the special slot located just above the paper output tray can only accept one disc at a time. Regardless, the process is easy to use thanks to Canon's free label-printing software (included) that lets you design and print your own stickers.
Setting up the printer is simple no matter how you choose to connect it to a computer, and the installation disc offers onscreen instructions that guide you through three connectivity options using either 802.11 b/g/n wireless, an Ethernet cable, or a simple USB cord. You can choose Easy Install to grab everything, or pick Custom Install for a-la-carte features, including Easy-PhotoPrint EX for managing your digital photos, MP Navigator EX to guide you through the scanning process, and more. Keep in mind you'll need 691 megabytes of free hard drive space on your computer if you go with the comprehensive Easy Install.
Once Easy Installation is complete, Windows users will notice several new buttons displayed above the taskbar on the lower right side of the screen. These shortcuts are designed to give you quick access to five of the most commonly used printer functions: Scan a document, Layout print, Photo Print, Show Main Screen, and Hide.
The MG6220 also includes Canon's HD Movie Print that pulls still photos out of videos shot with compatible Canon HD video cameras. I tested the printer with a Canon Powershot S95 top-flight handheld camera and was impressed with the Canon Solution Menu EX software's step-by-step walkthrough instructions.