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Canon PIXMA MG6120 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-in-One Printer (4503B002)
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- All-new Intelligent Touch System allows you to effortlessly operate your machine with gorgeous touch sensitive buttons
- Six individual ink system featuring gray ink for professional-looking black & white photos
- All new Full HD Movie Print software turns your favorite HD movie clips captured with your compatible Canon EOS Digital SLR or PowerShot cameras into beautiful prints
- Maximum 9600 x 2400 color dpi for exceptional photo quality
- Keep it eco-conscious: Built-in 2-sided printing helps the environment and can cut your paper usage by 50%
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|Connectivity Technology||Ethernet | Firewire | USB Cable | Wireless | Memory Card||Wireless;USB; Bluetooth||Wireless;USB||Wi-Fi||USB; Ethernet; Wireless||Wireless;USB|
|Item Dimensions||14.5 x 18.5 x 6.9 in||14.5 x 17.8 x 6.6 in||15.6 x 18.5 x 7.9 in||18 x 14.6 x 5.9 in||14.7 x 12.8 x 5.6 in||21.7 x 11.8 x 6.3 in|
|Item Weight||19.3 lbs||18.3 lbs||23.6 lbs||14 lbs||14.7 lbs||16.7 lbs|
|Maximum Print Speed (Black and White)||12.5 pages_per_minute||12.5 pages_per_minute||12.5 pages_per_minute||—||—||11.3 pages_per_minute|
|Media Size Maximum||8.5 x 14 inch||8.5 x 14 inch||8.5 x 14 inch||8.5 x 14 inch||8.5 x 14 inch||13 x 19 inch|
|Operating System||Windows, Mac||Windows, Mac||Windows, Mac||Windows, Mac||Windows, Mac||Windows, Mac|
|Print Media Type||Envelopes, Glossy photo paper, Paper (plain)||Envelopes, Glossy photo paper, Glossy film, Paper (plain)||Envelopes, Glossy photo paper, Glossy film, Paper (plain)||Glossy film, Glossy photo paper, Paper (plain)||—||Glossy photo paper, Paper (plain)|
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|Additional Features||Copying, scanning||cd-printing||Auto-Duplex, Copying, scanning||Wifi Printing||color, photo|
|Wireless Compatibility||802.11bgn||802.11bgn, Bluetooth||802.11bgn||802.11bgn||802.11bgn||—|
Canon PIXMA MG6120 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One: High Performance Wireless1 Photo All-In-One with Intelligent Touch System, Gray Ink and Built-In Auto Duplex Printing. The PIXMA MG6120 delivers high performance, quality and true ease of use in one, sleek machine. It begins with a revolutionary interface that Canon has created where the top of your printer turns into a sleek, ultra-responsive touch panel. The Intelligent Touch System provides light-guided direction with gorgeous touch sensitive controls so only the buttons you need light up. Your fingers will realize fluid, effortless operation where once you choose your function you’re one step away from imaging brilliance.
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Canon PIXMA MG6120 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One: High Performance Wireless1 Photo All-In-One with Intelligent Touch System, Gray Ink and Built-In Auto Duplex Printing
The PIXMA MG6120 delivers high performance, quality and true ease of use in one, sleek machine. It begins with a revolutionary interface that Canon has created where the top of your printer turns into a sleek, ultra-responsive touch panel. The Intelligent Touch System provides light-guided direction with gorgeous touch sensitive controls so only the buttons you need light up. Your fingers will realize fluid, effortless operation where once you choose your function you’re one step away from imaging brilliance.
Canon PIXMA MG6120 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One
High Performance Wireless1 Photo All-In-One with Intelligent Touch System, Gray Ink and Built-In Auto Duplex Printing
For the first time in home photo printing your HD Movie moments can now become beautiful photos with your new PIXMA printer. Full HD Movie Print2 turns your favorite HD movie clips captured with compatible Canon EOS Digital SLR or PowerShot cameras into beautiful photo prints. Built-in Wi-Fi1 lets you easily print and scan wirelessly with the added ability to print your photos from compatible iPhone, iPod touch and AndroidTM devices4. Produce true photo lab quality prints at home with a maximum print resolution of 9600 x 2400 dpi3 and six individual ink tanks including a gray ink for professional color and black & white photos. Plus, Auto Document Fix delivers beautiful, easy-to-view scans by advanced image analysis and area-by-area data correction, automatically.
Join the Generation Green initiative with Built-in Auto Duplex Printing, which allows you to automatically print on both sides of the paper and can help reduce your paper usage by up to 50%. Don’t feel like using a computer? No problem. Just insert a compatible memory card5 into the built in card slot, select images on the LCD display, and print! Thanks to a PictBridge6 connection you can also print photos directly from your compatible digital camera, DV camcorder or camera phone, and even with the optional BU-30 wireless Bluetooth7 unit. Enjoy previewing and editing images on a 3.0" Color LCD and print a beautiful, borderless 4" x 6" image in approx. 20 seconds8.
FEATURES & BENEFITS
SPEED & QUALITY
Realize the power of 9600 x 2400 maximum color dpi firing with 1pl. Benefit? Incredible quality and detail in both your business documents and photos.3
High Performance Six Individual Ink Tank System:
This 6-color ink system consists of five dye-based inks including a dedicated gray ink tank for professional-looking black & white and color photos. A pigment-based black ink produces exceptionally crisp, laser-quality text. Plus, only replace the color ink tank that runs out.
This system combines enhanced FINE print head technology with select genuine Canon inks and select genuine Canon photo papers for beautiful borderless photos that will last up to 300 years when stored in an archival-quality photo album9.
Print Beautiful, Borderless Photos Fast:
Print a borderless, 4" x 6" in approximately 20 seconds.8
EASE OF USE
Intelligent Touch System:
This all-new button navigation system allows you to effortlessly operate your machine with gorgeous touch sensitive controls.
Full HD Movie Print:
The all new Full HD Movie Print software turns your favorite HD movie clips captured with your compatible Canon EOS Digital SLR or PowerShot cameras into beautiful prints.2
Built-In Auto Duplex Printing:
Automatically print on both sides of the page without the hassle of turning it over manually. This saves you time, helps the environment and can cut your paper usage by up to 50%.
Easily and quickly access and select the various features available for faster operation.
Easily view, select and edit your images for simple computer-free printing. No downloading needed, just pick your pic and print!
Auto Photo Fix II:
This built-in technology automatically categorizes your images into one of five types - Portrait, Scenery, Night Scenery, Snapshot with Scenery, and Snapshot with Night Scenery - then applies optimal image and multi-zone exposure correction. So, unexposed areas of the photo will be optimized, area by area and faces that are backlit and under-exposed will automatically be brightened with correct color cast to help ensure more accurate skin tones for gorgeous images.
Auto Document Fix:
Auto Document Fix delivers beautiful, easy-to-view scans by advanced image analysis and area-by-area data correction, automatically. So, your document text can be darkened with pronounced edges for clear, sharp text that’s easy to read, and pictures will maintain color tone and contrast.
Auto Scan Mode:
Automatically recognizes the type of original being scanned, then scans and saves with the suitable settings.12
Powering up your printer is now faster than ever. After pressing the power button you can begin inputting commands in mere seconds. So, full operation is possible in a much shorter time.
2-Way Paper Feeding:
To add to your options this feature lets you load paper from the front cassette or rear tray so whether your home office or photo lab is open, you’re ready to print!
Beautiful & Borderless:
Print photo lab quality from 4" x 6" up to 8.5" x 11."10
Print or scan wirelessly from any Wi-Fi enabled computer around the house.1
Smart Phone Printing:
Take full advantage of Canon’s fantastic Wi-Fi printing technology to unlock, print and share your stored images right on the spot. Print your photos wirelessly from compatible iPhone, iPod touch and AndroidTM devices.4
This wired LAN interface lets you connect to a home or office network, with connected computers sharing the power of this versatile machine, each being able to display the printer’s status at any moment.
Memory Cards5 / USB11 / PictBridge6 & Optional Bluetooth7:Don’t feel like using a computer? No problem. Just insert a compatible memory card into the built in card slot, select images on the LCD display, and print! Thanks to a PictBridge connection you can also print photos directly from your digital camera, DV camcorder or camera phone. Plus, you can print from the optional BU-30 wireless Bluetooth unit.
Plug the cable into your PC for a super-fast connection for your data transfers.
ADDITIONAL FEATURES & BENEFITS
Fast Document Printing:
Print black and white, and color documents in the official print speed measure (images per minute) for one, four page Excel document, one, four page Word document and one, four page PDF document.14
Optical Scanning Resolution:
Produces high quality, 4800 x 4800 dpi scans for incredible image detail.
Print what you want off the web, easily. Easy-WebPrintEX allows you to create your own layout, take different sections of different websites and put them all on one page. Move, resize and trim your clips, insert notes and edit text, make it a portrait or landscape, print up to 3 columns on a page and even save the layout as a PDF file.13
Stay True To The Original:
This built-in technology automatically optimizes your copy quality based on the type of original you’re copying.
- Windows® 7,Windows Vista®, Windows XP/200015
- Mac OS® X v. 10.4.11 to 10.6.x15
WHAT'S IN THE BOX
- PIXMA MG6120 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One
- Document Kit: Cross Sell Sheet, Getting Started, Important Information Sheet, Networking Troubleshooting Guide, Safety Environment Information, Setup Software & User’s Guide CD-ROM, Warranty Card
- Ink Tanks: PGI-225 Pigment Black, CLI-226 (Cyan/Magenta/Yellow/Black/Gray)
- Power Cord
- Print Head
- Sample Media (PP-201 4" x 6"/3 Sheets)
|PIXMA MG5220 |
Wireless Photo All-In-One
|PIXMA MG6120 |
Wireless Photo All-In-One
|PIXMA MG8120 |
Wireless Photo All-In-One
|Functions||Print, Copy, Scan, Photo||Print, Copy, Scan, Photo||Print, Copy, Scan, Photo|
|Speed & Quality|
|ISO Print Speed (up to)14 / |
4" x 6" Borderless Photo8
|Print Resolution (up to)3 / |
Minimum Ink Droplet Size
|Individual Ink Tanks|
|Maximum Scan Resolution|
|Ease of Use|
|Slide & Negative Scanning||-||-|
|Intelligent Touch System||-|
|Full HD Movie Print Software Included2|
|Advanced Media Handling|
|Fun Printing Projects|
|Direct Photo Printing4,5,6,7|
GENUINE CANON INKS & PAPER
- Wireless printing requires a working network with wireless 802.11b/g capability. Wireless performance may vary based on terrain and distance between the printer and wireless network clients.
- "Full HD Movie Print" is available from "MOV" movie files created by Canon digital cameras. From PC, or Mac with Intel® processor. Requires Canon ZoomBrowser EX 6.5 or later, or Canon ImageBrowser 6.5 or later.
- Resolution may vary based on printer driver setting. Color ink droplets can be placed with a horizontal pitch of 1/9600 inch at minimum.
- Requires Canon Easy-PhotoPrint for iPhone app, available for free on the App StoreSM, or Canon Easy-PhotoPrint for Android app available for free in the Android Market. Compatible with iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, iPod touch and Android devices running Android OS 1.6 or later.
- Compatible memory cards include SDTM Memory Card, SDHCTM, MultiMediaCard®, MultiMediaCard® Plus, CompactFlash® Card, Microdrive®, Memory Stick®, Memory Stick PROTM, Memory Stick DuoTM and Memory Stick PRO DuoTM. The following can be used with the addition of a special adapter sold separately: miniSDTM Card, miniSDHCTM, microSDTM Card, microSDHCTM, RS-MMCTM, Memory Stick Micro, xD-Picture Card®, xD-Picture Card® (Type M), and xD-Picture Card® (Type H).
- Requires mobile phone equipped with PictBridge technology and a USB cable.
- Requires mobile phone (or other device) equipped with Bluetooth v2.0 technology and optional Canon Bluetooth Unit BU-30. Bluetooth operation depends on the device and software version used. Operating distance is approx. 10 meters but may vary due to obstacles, radio signals, locations where radio interference occurs, magnetic fields from microwave ovens, device sensitivity and/or antenna performance.
- Photo print speeds are based on the standard mode driver setting using photo test pattern(s) and select Canon Photo Paper. Print speed measured as soon as first page begins to feed into printer and will vary depending on system configuration, interface, software, document complexity, print mode, types of paper used and page coverage. See www.usa.canon.com/printspeed for additional details.
- Based on accelerated testing by Canon in dark storage under controlled temperature, humidity and gas conditions, simulating storage in an album with plastic sleeves. Canon cannot guarantee the longevity of prints; results may vary depending on printed image, drying time, display/storage conditions, and environmental factors. See www.usa.canon.com/chromalife100plus for additional details.
- Supported paper types for borderless printing are as follows: Photo Paper Pro Platinum, Photo Paper Plus Glossy II, Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss, Photo Paper Glossy and Matte Photo Paper.
- USB flash memory with security enabled may not be used. Requires an extension cable if cannot be attached.
- For network users, Auto Scan Mode is only available when scanning at a computer using MP Navigator EX software and selecting the 1-click feature then "save to PC".
- Compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 in Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP only. Not included on installation CD. Requires Internet connection during installation.
- ISO/IEC 24734, 24735 define the default print and copy speed measurement methods. Print speeds are the averages of ESAT in Office Category Test for the default simplex mode, ISO/IEC 24734, excluding time to print the first set. ADF copy speed is the average of ESAT in General Performance Test for the default simplex mode, ISO/IEC 24735, excluding time to copy the first set. See www.usa.canon.com/ipm for additional details.
- System requirements vary by application.
- Warranty programs are subject to certain conditions and restrictions. See www.usa.canon.com/support for details.
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I wrote this review on September 26, 2010. The printer lasted until January 7, 2014--essentially 4 years and about 3 months.
The problem is something called a B200 error. This is a printhead error and after reviewing some of the 'expert' commentary on line, the printhead in this type of printer 'usually' lasts about 2 to 3 years under normal usage. In the great tradition of Canon, if the printer doesn't work, the scanner goes kaput too. (It's not clear to me what the printerhead has to do with the scanner; this was a major frustration when it came to having a bad ink cartridge too. If the machine has a printer error, the scanner won't work.) I will leave this review as it stands but will knock the printer down by 1 star due to this severe problem.
Essentially, the B200 error generally represents failure of the printhead. Upon looking up the cause of this error, I uncovered some simple troubleshooting tips on Canon's site and on miscellaneous sites. If your lucky, the printer will work after going through the following steps: turning it off, unplugging it, removing the ink cartridges, slipping out the printhead, replacing the print head, replacing the ink, leaving it off for 10 minutes, and rebooting. If it does not work after this sequence, in all likelihood, the printhead is broken. (Oh. It could be another circuit board problem--you'd have to get the printer examined at a service center to be 100% sure, but dollars to doughnuts it's the printhead...)
The printhead for the MG6120 is Canon part# QY6-0078. I did a quick web search. If you buy it NEW, this will run you somewhere between $115 to $200 (!). If you buy it used or refurbished and buy it on a popular web auction site, you might be able to get one for $60. Given that the cost of the printer TODAY on Amazon is about $150, it hardly pays to buy one new--you might as well replace the printer. As to the refurbished ones, you'd be hard pressed to buy a new printer for $60, but as the printhead will be coming refurbished from an auction site with few guarantees, it seems a little dicey. The brand, spanking new one only lasted me 3 years. Why pay $60 to extend 'the lease' on the printer for what is likely to be less time than that.
I had NO IDEA that this was the case when I received this printer and am sorry to have steered people towards buying this printer. I suppose that 3 years is a long time in the world of fast-changing technology. However, up until January 7, 2014 the printer worked perfectly--I even just bought a set of new cartridges for it... It was a cinch to set up, printed text quickly and handsomely, and really printed great color and black and white pictures. The fact, though, that I was able to drag the MG6120's ugly stepsister--my ancient Canon MX310--out of the basement and it still works after oh-so-many years speaks volumes.
For some, 3 years may be a long time, so I've only knocked down the review by one star and added this warning at the top. For me, 3 years to failure is a terrible kind of built-in obsolescence that would force someone to either buy an overpriced printer part or buy a new printer. Sadly, I cannot guarantee that ANY manufacturer does any better than Canon in this regard. However, I would be remiss if I didn't report this problem
Effortless set up, even for WiFi
Excellent print and photographic quality
High quality scanning
Faster than older Canon inkjet printers
Slick interface/modern design
Buffed up Canon software
Front loading paper tray
Excellent customer support (see addendum)
Printer failed after 3 years and 3 months due to a printhead error!
Memory card reader on WiFi works for Windows but not for Mac
Slow wireless 'upload' from printer
Shiny exterior picks up fingerprints
Completely redesigned ink cartridges means that you are stuck with expensive, proprietary
ones, at least for the time being
No continuous document feed
Long install time for proprietary software
Canon software is much better, but still a little slow and clunky
No printer functions will work (including scanning) if there is a missing or malfunctioning ink cartridge
The PIXMA MG6120 is one of Cannon's newest line of printers. It is long on features and really is an excellent, all around printer for home use. It was easy to set up using the supplied CD and worked without a hitch on WiFi immediately on set up. The text printing on normal paper is excellent and the photographic reproduction is nearly photo-lab comparable.
Note: I am using the printer on an Apple iMac with a 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM (for the truly savvy, this is a 17" MA590LL/A, late 2007 model). I am running OS X 10.6.4 on the Mac side and Windows 7 home edition on Bootcamp. The printer that I am comparing this model to, is my old Canon MX310], bought from Amazon circa 2007.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX:
The printer is packaged with a quick start up guide, network trouble shooting guide, a starter pack of 6 ink cartridges, power cord, paper for print head alignment, and sample pack of 4 X 6 Canon Plus Glossy II photo paper. Extricating the printer from its box was par for the course, with the usual removal of protective wrapping and unsticking of orange tape.
The printer itself weighs in at 20 lbs, so it is somewhat more hefty than it looks and it is by no means petite at 18.6 x 14.5 x 6.9 inches. It sports a small view screen and innovative touch panel that functioned smoothly. It has a pleasing, modern design, and a glossy finish that really looks cool at first, but is a real magnet for fingerprints.
You hardly need a manual to tell you what to do, as the printer really tells you what to do itself once you turn it on. The carriage centers as you open the device and placing the print head in place is easy. The ink cartridges are color coded and fit in place easily. There is a thick, black cartridge that can only fit in one space, but the color cartridges are otherwise identical. They will fit into each other's slots, but there is a guide on the print head that makes placement a no brainer. As each cartridge is equipped with its own microchip, my guess is that the printer would inform you of any errors in placement. Not wanting to mess up the color printing for the first runs, I stuck with the program and didn't let the machine prime the ink tanks while placed in the wrong slots. Once closed, the machine quickly cleans the print heads and then prompts you to place the photographic paper in the back loading slot for print head alignment. A few minutes later, this is done. Plain paper can then be loaded in the front cassette or in the rear loading slot, and you're off to the races.
WARNING!: A word about the ink tanks--these are a brand new style. This means that it will be some time before refurbished or third party cartridges are available for use. Although brand new Canon ink cartridges are likely to function the best, other options do significantly decrease the price per page and not everyone needs 100% full quality prints or an archival photo that will not fade in `300 years.' You can get an idea of ink prices here: Canon PGI-225 BK/ CLI-226 C,M,Y 4 Pack Value Pack (4530B008);Canon CLI-226 Gray Ink Tank (4550B001). Note that at the time that I am writing this there is no value pack that covers all of the MG6120 inks together. Unlike other Canon photo printers you will need the PGI-225 black and FOUR CLI-226 cartridges (C,M,Y, and GRAY). At present prices, refilling the ink tanks twice would cost about as much as buying a brand new MG6120 at Amazon's sale price. To my knowledge, no 3rd party refill kits or refurbished cartridges are available at this time.)
UPDATE 1/15/2011: Generic inks are now becoming available for the printer. But so far, caveat emptor. I purchased these 6 PKS GENERIC INK CANON PGI-225 CLI-226 Pixma iP4820 MG5220 at a bargain basement price but--as always--there's a catch. The cartridges do NOT come with cartridge recognition chips--the printer WILL NOT RUN unless the chips are in place. The instructions tell you how to transfer the chips from your existing OEM cartridges to a plastic device called a 'chip extender.' Once you understand how to do this it isn't exactly rocket science but lets just say that there's a learning curve here and only 1/6 cartridges were recognized by my printer. I will be contacting the company and trying to figure out where things went wrong and re-updated the review, but at this juncture I CANNOT recommend these cartridges. My guess is that either the chip extender isn't lining the chip up correctly, I glued the chips on to the chip extender incorrectly, or I damaged the chip in the process of moving it. The cartridges themselves DO look like the real thing and appear to be compatible in all other ways. Unless you have experience with such things, I would avoid these. Canvassing the net, there now appear to be some vendors (ones certified by the BBB) that are producing compatible or refurbished cartridges (WITH chips). The only cartridge that doesn't seem to be available this way so far is the grey cartridge, but I imagine that this will soon be available.
FYI, there are now places where you can get non-OEM cartridges with working chips. Recently, I purchased these: LD © Canon PGI225 & CLI226 Compatible Set of 14 Ink Cartridges: 4 Pigment Black PGI225, 2 each of CLI226 B/C/M/Y/G and so far they are working well. This is by no means the only source for non-OEM cartridges, but it's right here on Amazon. There are also other sources for these cartridges that can be found on the web. These come with working chips that monitor the ink levels and worked flawlessly with the printer.
The compatible cartriges give you twice as many cartridges as the Canon OEM for less than half the price (Compare this to Canon PGI-225 BK/ CLI-226 C,M,Y 4 Pack Value Pack (4530B008) in Retail Packaging and add in the Gray Canon CLI-226 Gray Ink Tank (4550B001)). Remember, generic cartridges do not have the same guarantee that they will work with a printer and often do not have the same quality control as OEMs. Moreover, the ink inside the cartridges may not be of the same quality.
If you decide to go the way of non-OEM cartridges, make sure that you use a reputable vendor. Also, as noted above, I would recommend avoiding cartridges that do not come with chips. They may be somewhat cheaper in the short run, but having the chips already installed on the cartridge makes life easier in the long run.
Loading the software was similarly easy on both OS X or Windows. The supplied CD easily installs the software with a few simple prompts. In both cases, however, the basic software can take up to 10 minutes to load. On Windows, the printer is picked up and is automatically added with a click. On the Mac side, the software is similarly easy to install, but you have to supply the WiFi network password to add the printer.
The present Canon software is definitely an upgrade from the previous generation. The main screen gives you options for photo printing, calender printing, layout printing, album printing, and movie printing (this feature only works with Canon cameras). The photo print option is the most useful and allows you to print single photographs or a number of photographs on a single sheet of paper. Scanner options include autoscan, OCR (optical character recognition), attaching scans to emails, and opening of saved images. There are also options for web services, help/settings, and product information.
None of the software really represents a real photo editor, and, truthfully, most people have their favorites anyway. Nevertheless, there are some basic photo editing features such as red eye reduction, face sharpening, face smoothing, blemish correction, and brightness/contrast/sharpness/blur controls. But these are painfully slow on both the Mac and in Windows. Unless you are doing something very simple, you'll want to use your photo editor of choice.
The scanner interface is much improved from previous generations. In particular, the auto scan feature quickly detects what you are scanning and accurately recognizes if there are different pictures, and saves them as multiple files . Manual controls are similarly easy to use. The OCR is much improved from their 2007 vintage, and is reasonably accurate across different typefaces.
Printing text is both faster and better than in the previous model. When magnified, it is clear that the text from this printer is sharper and cleaner than the MX310. That being said, when viewed under normal conditions at zero magnification, I'd be hard pressed to tell the difference. Both are certainly acceptable. On the bright side, the MG6120 is almost twice as fast.
I was quite impressed by the MG6120's photo quality. Although this is an all-in-one, it has the capability for near photo-lab quality. With a maximum 9600 x 2400 DPI, there is no visible pixillation to the naked eye when printing a high resolution photo. The colors are true and the blacks are consistently deep black without that line by line variation that is all too common in inkjet printers. The upload to the printer over WiFi did cause a short lag, but this was more than acceptable, even at high resolution. There is a definite advantage in having six, separate tanks of ink rather than four, in terms of producing true colors. I did not show a sample comparing the MG6120 with the MX310 as I ran out of Canon color cartridges for the MX310 and I didn't think that using a refurbished cartridge would be a fair comparison. However, I would never have thought of using the MX310 to print pictures for more than casual use. Even when new, the MX310 had too high a level of artifact to produce photo album quality pictures. The MG6120 may not be a professional level photo printer, but it rivals many online consumer photo print services.
The biggest surprise was the ability of the MG6120 to produce quality black and white photographs. Given the true, deep blacks and the addition of that extra gray tank of ink, the B&W photos have an incredible richness that comes through. I have printed a sample from both printers and it is clear that the MG6120 trumps the MX310 in terms of the level of detail of the picture, the contrast between dark blacks and whites, and the subtle shades of gray in between.
[Note: I uploaded images of Lucy the Elephant to show differences between black and white print quality. Please realize a few important things: 1) I printed both photos on the supplied, 4x6, Cannon Glossy II paper on each printer; 2) I then scanned them using the MG6120; 3)To transfer the photos to Amazon, the TIFF file had to be converted to a JPEG; 4) Amazon seems to shrink the pictures down to size after upload anyway. Suffice it to say you lose a lot of resolution in the process, which actually makes the pretty awful print from the MX310 look acceptable. The MG6120 produces a dark black, without the usual uneven, streakiness you see with ink jet printers. The balance of the grays was true to the original photo. The print was nice enough to frame. In contrast the MX310 produced uneven blacks and the mid-tones were dull and washed out. Visible streaking on the photo meant made it unacceptable for even casual use.]
All the pictures for this review were scanned on the printer. I believe that it produces a high quality scan (the resolution is purported to be 4800 x 4800). All the images for this review were scanned using the machine. Scanning times are quick and the software makes scanning quite simple. One caveat is that there is no feeder tray for continuous scanning, so all scanning has to be done manually. Clearly, this is not the unit to get if you have to scan a lot of pages. The copy quality of the printer is similarly excellent and is also speedy for an all-in-one.
Canon also fixed an OS X driver glitch: when using the MX310 I was unable to switch between scanning and printing (or vice versa) without getting an error saying that the device was in use. In order to switch I had to restart the computer. You can now switch easily between printer and scanner without any errors.
There are numerous slots for media cards and a place to connect a thumb drive or device via USB. In Windows, I was able to access the information on the connected drive wirelessly via the software and print directly this way. On the Mac, I couldn't seem to find the connected card or device--a clear error in the OS X software component. Either way, the download to the computer over WiFi took a considerable amount of time, given that the printer supposedly communicates via wireless n, this was surprising. Just getting the photo thumbnails to show on the computer within the Canon software program took a long time. So if you want to print via the software, it's better to upload the pictures to your computer via a cable first and then use the software. That being said, the upload to the printer has a mild delay, but is much, much faster. It makes me think that this is some kind of software or hardware glitch that may be worked out in the future.)
The printer is also capable of printing without being attached to a computer. The small screen on the printer has a number of printing features available. That being said, it is not always the easiest thing to navigate through and I found it much easier to use the computer with the software. Still, in a pinch this is a nice feature. Being able to do layout prints, print an ID photo, and stickers directly from your printer is a major plus in my book. The printer can even print PDF files from a USB drive without access to a computer--a really nice touch.
This is a capable and easy to use all-in-one that would work well as a home printer. Unlike many all-in-one printers, it seems to perform all of its functions--print, scan, and copy. There are mostly pluses here and few minuses. That being said, for the pure text printer, a laser printer will probably print faster for a lower price per page. And for the advanced photo buff or professional, will need a dedicated photographic printer for that perfect work of art. But for the rest of us the MG6120 is a jack of all trades and master of most.
Near the end of January, my original printer cartridges were empty. In an effort to save money I ordered these non-OEM cartridges:[...] (I am using the web address because I can no longer find this using the insert product link button). These did not come with their own chips, and after spending much time prying off the chips from my original cartridges and gluing them in place, all but one cartridge failed to be recognized by the printer. This rendered the printer useless (not even the scanning function will work with unrecognized cartridges).
I ran out to 3 separate brick and mortar stores for OEM replacement cartridges--these cartridges are new and none of the stores had the full complement of cartridges. The rarest of cartridges in this regard was the CLI-226 Gray cartridge, which is only used on the new, higher-end, photo printers. After placing the OEM cartridges into the carriage, they were still not recognized.
I called Canon customer support and they walked me through the process from start to finish. They were polite and took about 30 minutes on the phone with me troubleshooting the printer. I was also assured that if a cartridge didn't work that they would send out a replacement and if they couldn't get the printer to work that they would exchange the printer for me! In the end, alls well that ends well. The cartridges were recognized and the printer hummed to life.
This kind of customer support is quite rare in the fast world of technology and in my estimation really adds value to this printer in a big way. Hats off to Canon for their careful attention to their customers.
I am really happy I purchased the Canon MG6120. Within the last month, I've purchased a MacBook Air, iMac, Time Capsule and HP Media Server, and all I can say is that I really don't care about those gadgets, I'm simply super excited about my printer purchase - it is by far the best printer I have ever used - it't print quality is on par with the thousand dollar printers my company purchases for media services.
Installation was a breeze, it's just a matter of unpacking the printer, removing all the wrap on it, aligning the print heads, and using it's cool mini LCD to input my wireless network info. Once that's done, simply insert the driver CD into the computer and follow the on-screen instructions (pretty much just click "next" over and over after telling it it's a wireless setup. The only thing that I found a bit annoying was that I had to install using the CD on all 3 of my computers, where on the HP I just had to install one one computer, and after than all the other computers could find it on the network. I might be missing something, so it might be my fault and not Canon's - I'm no network expert. I have been able to get Canon app to work from the iPad; it's only good for pictures though.
Those of you needing high print quality will not be one bit disappointed with this printer. The scanner also works really well, I've already used it to send scans to my computer, and to make photo copies. After creating a photocopy, several people had issues trying to determine which was the original document, which did have an actual pen-written signature.
My one major gripe is the location of the USB port. It is hidden and tucked away on the lower right of the device. It's impossible using the USB port with the printer in its normal position. Rather you have to tilt the computer all the way on to its back so that the front is upright. Only then can you insert the USB stick. Did whoever designed this actually attempt to insert a USB stick into that port? I doubt it.
The only other complaint is how fast it uses the ink, but that is how the manufacturers make money on these machines. These ink tanks are expensive but you can save money by buying in bundles. Nevertheless no bundle includes all the ink tanks - grey and black have to be bought separately. Some colours are used up long before others meaning that there is quite a time lapse between having to insert different ink tanks.