Canon Pixma iX6820 Wireless Inkjet Printer

Excellent wide-format photos, documents, and posters

Canon's Pixma iX6820 supertabloid photo printer
Canon's Pixma iX6820 supertabloid (13x19 inches) photo printer. Photograph courtesy of Canon

If you’re looking for a printer that can churn out borderless masterpieces up to supertabloid size (13x19 inches), and things like cost of consumables (in this case ink and media, or paper) and print speed are of secondary importance, Canon may have just what you need. Depending on what kind of commitment you’re willing to make, you can choose one of the Japanese imaging giant’s professional photo printers, such as the $1,000 Pixma Pro-1, or perhaps instead a $150-$200 (street price) consumer-grade photo printer like the topic of this review, Canon’s $149.99 (street) Pixma iX6820 Wireless Inkjet Printer.

Granted, this Pixma can also print documents, but not cheaply, rendering it an occasional-use document printer. It doesn’t print photos cheaply, either, but then most photo printers don’t.

Design and Features

Since this is a 13x19-inch printer, it is unusually wide to accommodate the supertabloid paper, but other than that, it really takes very little desk space. At 23 inches across, 12.3 inches from front to back, and a mere 6.4 inches tall, it should fit neatly on your desktop, and, at 17.9 pounds it’s easy to move around if you need to.

All the iX6820 does is print, and it’s designed to print very well, so you won’t find any document processing features—it has no scanner nor a corresponding automatic document feeder (ADF) for scanning and copying. It does, however, support Wi-Fi and Ethernet, as well as connecting directly to a single PC via USB. Keep in mind, though, that for any of this printer’s cloud and other mobile features to work, it must be connected to a network that is in turn connected to the Internet.

One of the things I didn’t like about this printer was that it is devoid of controls; there’s no control panel, aside from a couple of buttons and status LEDs—but like I said, all it does is print. And quite nicely, I should add.

Performance, Print Quality, Paper Handling

Canon claims 14.5 images per minute (ipm) for black-and-white and 10.4ipm for color.

But keep in mind (as I’ve said here on a few times) these are very simple text pages with little-to-no formatting—not what this Pixma was designed for. When it comes to printing large photos (say 8.5”x11” up to 13”x19”), or even large business documents with embedded graphics and photos, the iX6820 is considerably slower.

Slow is not unusual for a photo printer, especially when printing documents. As I’ve said a couple times now, print quality is the goal here. That you have to wait a few minutes for great-looking tabloid and supertabloid pages, as well as borderless images and pages all the way up to the largest (13x19-inch) size, all I can say is, so what.

The iX6820’s fifth “Pigment Black” ink makes blacks blacker and provides for a wider range of grayscale levels and increased overall color depth.

This Pixma, like most others, has only one paper source, a 150-sheet cassette near the bottom of the chassis. A drawback here is that every time you change paper sizes, say from letter to supertabloid and back again, you must remove the current contents, reconfigure the cassette, and so on.

Cost Per Page

Given that this is primarily a photo printer, I didn’t calculate it’s cost per page.

(Besides, I’ve reviewed printers that use this cartridge set; the CPP was off-the-chart high.) What I can tell you is that, no matter what you’re printing—documents or photos—the per-page cost will be high, ridiculously high. So use it as a photo printer and enjoy it; try not to think about the cost.

The End

If you need to print documents, too, and the volume is in excess of a couple hundred pages each month, do yourself a favor. Buy this Pixma for printing your photos—of all sizes! Use something else for office printing. (Unless your work involves photography, of course.)

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