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Canon PIXMA MG6450
  • Canon PIXMA MG6450
  • Canon PIXMA MG6450
  • Canon PIXMA MG6450
  • Canon PIXMA MG6450
  • Canon PIXMA MG6450
  • Canon PIXMA MG6450
  • Canon PIXMA MG6450

Summary

Our Score:

7

Pros

  • Easy access cartridges
  • Separate pigment black ink
  • 75mm LCD display

Cons

  • Slow duplex print
  • No touch-screen
  • Awkward paper trays

Key Features

  • Fast black text print
  • SD/MS card readers
  • Direct wireless print and scan
  • Low running costs
  • High yield ink option
  • Manufacturer: Canon
  • Review Price: £99.00

What is the Canon PIXMA MG6450?

Canon’s PIXMA MG6450 looks a bit like a model refresh in the middle of its life-cycle. It’s a home inkjet all-in-one, aimed more at the photo enthusiast or student than somebody running a business from home. It’s a five ink printer with a pigmented black ink alongside it’s photo black counterpart, so that plain paper prints can use the faster drying formulation.

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Canon PIXMA MG6450

Canon PIXMA MG6450 - Design and Features

Canon uses a slightly squatter, black-box design, with a 75mm LCD set into its shallowly-raked control panel, the machine looks sleek and smart. The flatbed scanner lid has a pleasant, dotted texture to it and the whole of the control panel lifts up and swings back in a Thunderbirds-like way, to reveal the five ink cartridges sitting in the thermal print head.

The controls themselves don’t include a touchscreen, but the three soft keys in front of the LCD still make control of the machine very straightforward. There are two memory card slots in the front panel of the printer, for SD and MemoryStick cards.

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Canon PIXMA MG6450 - Controls

Paper handling is down to the two fold-down trays, the first being the front panel of the printer. This takes up to 100 sheets of plain paper, or photo paper – there’s no separate photo tray. Paper feeds out to a second tray, but is also supported by a swivel-out paper stop from the bottom one. It feels a bit makeshift and gives the printer a big overall footprint.

Canon PIXMA MG6450 - Installation and Connections

Software includes the strangely named My Image Garden for simple graphic editing and Easy-WebPrint EX for printing web pages. Installation of the five ink cartridges is a simple clip-in process.

There’s a USB socket at the back, but most customers will go for the wireless connection, as this gives direct links to mobile devices, like Android and iOS, and remote print via PIXMA Cloud Link.

Prem Desai

August 30, 2014, 8:24 am

Another model? Groan!!! Why so many???!!!

Whilst I have always have a good experience with Canon printers, their range is now so confusing with the number of current models and new ones appearing almost weekly.

I would love to line up all of their models and challenge their marketing director to explain the difference between the models.

I would also like just one good reason why every model has different ink cartridges??!! Sheer madness.

toboev

August 30, 2014, 9:05 am

Perhaps I can hazard a reply?
1) 'New' printers every other week - old printers don't get reviews, 'new' printers do, even if they are just the old printer reskinned. People look for reviews before buying.
2) Different ink cartridges - not so sure on that one. It is where they make their money. But I'd have thought they would keep the cartridges constant, to encourage you to stay with the brand. £60 ink invntory is a strong reason to buy your next printer from the same brand, but what do I know?

TR - pretty please, MEASURE ink consumption in a real world usage scenario. Calculating them using official yield data is no good. My last Canon printer got through an entire set of COLOUR cartridges even though I had only been printing in GREYSCALE - it purged all the cartridges at every print run. My current one chunders away for ages before printing, no doubt filling the sponge with ink.

Prem Desai

August 30, 2014, 10:42 pm

I get all your points mate.

However, I probably didn't make mine too clearly - go to Canon's website and look under 'home' printers. They have no less than 14 models. Did they really need this model?

Guest

November 5, 2014, 11:19 am

I am not sure about one thing - can I connect the printer to local network via wi-fi and use it then from computers in the same network as a "network printer"?

Thanks, David

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