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I've had many a printer in my time and as a keen photographer I like the ability to print out quality images in the house. I have been after another printer for a while because my last one an Epson had ran out of ink. I know you'll probably say "why did'nt you just buy new ink" but to get the Epson specific ink refils they were wanting close to around £50. So because my printer was a good few year old I gave that one away and decided to look through my subscription to a well known photography magazine and the one they recomended for A4 printing was this Canon Pixma MG6150.
I imagined that I was going to have to pay around £150 for it as thats what it said was the retail price in the magazine but to my surprise when I went down to pcworld/currys it was marked down to just £99.
Thats a lot of product for £99 when you considder its an all-in-one printer copier and scanner.
Here is a bit of tech detail (from canon website) about the product itself then I will talk about my views further. A full spec can be found on the canon site http://www.canon.co.uk/
Intelligent Touch System with light-guided operation
6 Single Inks with grey
9600dpi 1pl; 10x15cm photo in 20sec
Full HD Movie Print
ISO ESAT speed 12.5/9.3 ipm mono/col
Ethernet and Wi-Fi
Auto Duplex, Direct Disc print
Print Resolution Up to 9600¹ x 2400 dpi
Print Engine InkJet 6-ink with minimum 1 pl droplet size and FINE print head
Single Ink technology - 6 separate ink tanks (PGI-525PGBK, CLI-526BK, CLI-526C, CLI-526M, CLI-526Y, CLI-526GY)
Compatible Memory Cards
USB Flash Memory, CompactFlash, Microdrive, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMedia Card (Ver4.1), and MultiMedia Card Plus
Dimensions (W x D x H) 470 x 368 x 173mm
Number of language (LCD) 22 Languages selectable.
Weight Approx. 9.2 kg
Power Source AC 100-240V, 50/60Hz
Power Consumption Standby: Approx. 2.0 W (when scanning lamp is off),
Off: Approx. 0.5 W,
Copying: Approx 24 W¹
Ok so now that tech detail from the canon site is out the way I can tell you about my thoughts on the product.
Out the box it looks really smart. It was really easy to setup and to put the ink cartridges in place if you just follow the simple guide that comes with it it's a breeze.
One issue I had was not with the product put the member of staff that sold me the product who insisted that I needed to buy a printed cable to setup the device... YOU DON'T not if you want to use it wireless that is. Also he wanted me to buy further ink cartridges insisting that the free ones your get with the product only last 5 to 10 prints as they are DEMO inks as he called them.
Load of rubbish.. I've so far printed around 30 FULL A4 photo quality prints and several plain black photocopies of documents and the ink levels are still at MAX. I've found that a full set of replacement Inks actual canon ones and not alternative makers will set you back £40 for a full set from amazon.com. You can get slightly cheaper alternates but I wouldnt recomend them. Individual inks are up to £10 each and you can get twin pack of black inks for £20 which is what you'll probably replace the most.
As mentioned the device was really easy to setup and install and after about 30 minutes I had a fully working unit in place connected wirelessly to my pc and laptop.
The quality of the prints is top notch. I can see why they have introduced the extra ink cartridge so its a 6 cartridge unit. The most impresive colours and crisp black n whites are produced and as a photographer I liked that.
I can completely see why the magazine said it was their pick of the printers to date.
I've never had any issue with the WIFI connection from anywhere in the house but one thing is that it does take a little while cleaning itself when you switch it on, presumably to prepare itself for printing. This isnt an issue however and shouldnt detract from a fine product but it is something to note.
I personally thought the printing speeds to be decent enough and was actualy quite impresed how quickly it prints full A4 photos but I was used to an 8 year old Epson before this which took 3 times as long to print the same thing.
I also really like the flip up little digital display and navigation.
Overall its just a really good product and for £99 you really can't go wrong.
So we were in the market for a new all in one printer and took a stroll to PC World to see what was on offer. The Canon MG6150 instantly grabbed my attention and on getting home i scoured the web to see what i could find out about it. I was looking for a decent scanner as well as a good photo printer to accomodate my hobby of photography. I found the touch controls layout and the whole interface very easy to navigate and it looks pretty cool with the way everything lights up. The pop up monitor is a good size and you do not need a PC to print as the monitor shows everything you need. I had no problem setting up the wifi link to my router and this is a big plus as other printers i have had would lose the signal at times but not so with this Canon. The photo quality output is brilliant and certainly helped by the six ink cartridge system. Printing high quality photo prints can take a bit longer than you might expect but this does not bother me as i demand high quality and this printer delivers. No problems with text print outs as all is nice and clear. The printer is BIG so make sure you have space. The printer seems to spend a bit of time cleaning and setting itself up when turned on and this could waste ink in my opinion.