Canon Pixma MG6620 Photo All-in-One Inkjet Printer

Now Replaced by the Pixma MG6820 Photo All-in-One

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Canon Pixma MG6620 Photo All-in-One Inkjet Printer. Canon

Before reading on, you might want to check out this model's replacement, the Pixma MG6820 Photo All-in-One Printer.

Wasn’t it just the other day, when talking about Canon’s top-of-the-line consumer-grade photo printer, the $199.99 (MSRP) Canon Pixma MG7520 Photo All-in-One Inkjet Printer, I said that the Tokyo imaging giant’s 6-ink printers were among the best. Also, great printers, although a little bit cheaper and not quite as vibrant as their 6-ink siblings, are Canon’s 5-ink Pixmas, like the topic of this review, Canon’s $149.99 (MSRP) Pixma MG6620 Photo All-in-One Inkjet Printer.

Part of a trio of photo printers Canon released recently, at $150, the MG6620 is in the middle, with the abovementioned MG7520 above it, and the $99.99 MG5620 (which I’ll be reviewing in a few days) bringing up the rear. What you give up for the $50 between the MG7520 and MG6620 is primarily the former’s sixth ink tank, a slightly smaller LCD (3.5 inches versus 3.0 inches), and the ability to print labels on appropriately surfaced CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs. 

For another $50 savings, you can get the MG5620, which is slightly slower, has an even smaller LCD (2.5 inches), and it doesn’t support the range of memory cards supported by both the higher-end models. 

Design & Features

Like most Pixmas, this one is a black cube, but as is the case with many new Pixmas these days, you can also get it in white—you know, to help with your décor. At 18 inches across, 14.6 inches from front to back, 5.9 inches high, and weighing a mere 14 pounds, the MG6620 is somewhat petite, light and portable.

The context-sensitive control panel is anchored by a 3-inch touch LCD. From here, you can configure the printer, as well as initialize and execute PC-free functions, such as printing from and scanning to one of the several supported memory devices, including SD Card and USB thumb drives.

The MG6620 can also print labels on printable CD and DVD discs, and it supports several of the new mobile printing options, such as near-field communication (NFC) for Canon’s Touch-to-Print feature, part of the company’s new Pixma Printing Solutions, which center around NFC and other fairly recent mobile printing features, such as AirPrint and Google Cloud Print.

Performance and Output Quality

As to print speeds, like most Pixmas, this one is slow—especially when printing business documents. Besides, this just isn’t a high-speed, high-volume printer. If that’s what you’re looking for, don’t look at Pixmas. Period. Without question. Don't even think about it. Granted, photo-centric printers, in general, aren’t known for their print speeds. In any case, few $150 printers are as slow as this one.

When it comes to printing documents, even documents with embedded business graphics and photos, though, this and most other Pixmas do a decent job, with crisp-looking fonts and detailed images, if not a little slowly. This particular Pixma also printed our test photographs exceptionally well—among the best I’ve seen from a consumer-grade photo printer.

Cost Per Page

Right, wrong, fair, unfair—photo printers are, especially compared to their business-centric counterparts, expensive to use. This one is no different. Its cost per page prohibits it from being a strong business printer, unless, that is, you don’t mind paying two or three times what you should per page? When you use Canon’s highest-yield tanks with this printer, monochrome pages will cost you about 4-and-a-half cents each, and color pages will run you just under 13 cents.

 

(For an explanation of how choosing the wrong printer can be expensive, check out this About.com “When a $150 Printer can Cost You Thousands” article.)

The MG6620 is a good photo printer at a decent price, and from that perspective, it’s a darn good value.

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