Canon Pixma MG6150

Canon's Pixma MG6150 is a slow multifunction printer, but the print quality and ease of use make it a multifunction worth waiting for.


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Design

The PIXMA MG6150 is a large multifunction in glossy piano black plastic that uses a lot of touch controls, which naturally enough makes it something of a smudge magnet. Its three inch LCD screen seems awfully small set against the large top of the 470x368x173mm printer body, but when you power it on the touch panel below, which runs the length of the printer, lights up. This makes selection a snap for any given task; and as the display only lights up relevant options subject to the context of the menu you're currently in, it's also very easy to learn the flow of menu commands.

Features

The multifunction aspects of the MG6150 encompass scanning via a 4800x4800dpi CIS scan head, copying via the same mechanism and printing; fax is the noticeable absentee feature, but we're seeing fewer multifunctions with faxing built in these days, at least in the consumer/SOHO space.

The MG6150 prints from six colour inkjet tanks to plain paper, photo media and directly onto CD and DVD media, giving it plenty of operational flexibility. Connections are via USB or 802.11n Wi-Fi, and it's compatible with Canon's Easy Photo Print App for iPhone and iPad. That's not quite as fully featured as HP's competing ePrint solution that we've seen on the Envy 100 and the Photosmart B110.

Performance

In one key aspect, the MG6150 doesn't perform as we'd like. Specifically, Canon rates its print speeds at a relatively sedate 12.5ipm in black and white. IPM figures should be more in line with real world printing speeds, or at least that's the theory. Printing a standard document on the MG6150 over Wi-Fi, it managed to spit out a single page in 18.26 seconds and a total of 5 pages across a minute, well below its stated specifications. Even switching to draft mode didn't make that much of a difference, with the first page emerging in 12.02 seconds and a total of 7 pages emerging within a minute.

In other words, if you're the impatient type, this isn't the multifunction for you. On the other hand, if you're after quality, this is well worth considering. Normal coverage was as close to laser quality as we've ever seen out of an inkjet, and even the draft coverage was generous and easy to read with very little distortion on printed characters. That same quality shone through in 4x6-inch photo prints, which came out bright and vibrant in our tests.

We did hit problems getting Canon's Easy Photo Print application to talk to the MG6150 from an iPhone 3GS and iPad. The printer was detected, and the interface allows for a lot more customisation than HP's ePrint solution, but when it came time to print, we'd hit a near completion point, with the printer indicating it was processing the file, and then it would spit out a blank 4x6-inch and the application would indicate it had lost communication with the printer, every single time. We couldn't discern if this was a printer issue, a phone issue or a wireless network issue, but we'd certainly advise caution if this was a big selling point for you. We were certainly disappointed.

Conclusion

Our annoyance with the Easy Photo Print application aside, the MG6150 offers great print quality for both documents and photo prints. As long as you've got the patience for its rather sloth-like printing style, it's a great printer.

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Loose Cannon
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"Nice looker but poor stayer."

Loose Cannon posted a review   
Australia

The Good:Print quallity, multifunction features

The Bad:Poor quality of print heads, poor longevity score

Very disappointed as print head gave up after less than 18 months. I have found Canon to have not very durable print heads. Pity as it's such a nice looking machine but their printers are obviously designed to become obsolete very quickly.
This was my 3rd. Canon printer and I'll never buy another Canon printer again as they cost more to repair than they do to buy and malfunction too soon.

You must do better, Canon!

"Loose Cannon"

Australia

bcarl16
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"Absolute piece of CR@P"

bcarl16 posted a review   
Australia

The Good:Black is a nice colour

The Bad:Everything else!!

This printer has failed in every way possibe. Prints incorrect colours, scanner fails to work, uses ink like a V8 engine uses petrol and driver reglarly needs updating. Without doubt the worst printer I have ever owned or used. Canon should be ashamed to put their name to such a rubbish product.

frednerk
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"Disappointing!"

frednerk posted a review   
Australia

I got the error C000 "Printer error has occurred. Turn off power then back on again. If problem persists see the manual". No solution in manual, print head will not move. This printer is a piece of rubbish compared to my former printer a Canon Pixma MP800. Will be droppoing in the trash can.

 

avouen posted a comment   
United Kingdom

i got the same i don't know what to do

 

KonstantinosK posted a comment   

_I get a message "error 6000" from my Canon Pixma 6150 All in one and it will not print.
_Neither can I find a solution to the problem. The mashine dosn't suggest what it means or what should be done.
_It would have been no waste, if they (Canon) provided any manual describing the meaning of the error messages and actions that should be taken to that direction.
Thank you in advance !

 

"disappointing scanner"

AnneA posted a comment   

The Good:printing good

The Bad:scanner hopeless at the moment .. hoping for info

Had a great Canon before buying this one .... cannot scan beyond 600 dpi despite being told it does 4,800 by 4,800.
Plus, it refuses to get the whole of the picture in to the frame. I’ve tried in a good number of spots, including where the arrow is at top LHS ... to no avail.
Any hints anyone? I’ve only really bought it because my former scanner stopped working so I’m really in limbo.
Had it a week.

Kuric733
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"No instructions on how to print CD/DVDs"

Kuric733 posted a review   
Australia

The Good:Is there any?

The Bad:Very poor instruction manual

I brought this printer to print CD/DVDs. Every time I go to try and print one the printer tells me that the inner door is open. OF COURSE IT IS OPEN, THAT IS WHERE THE CD TRAY GOES!!! The instruction manual does not tell you how to use the CD/DVD print part of the printer and there is nowhere on the net that I can find to tell me how either. I'm very tempted to take the damn thing back and throw it at the salesman who said it was easy to use. YEAH RIGHT!!! I don't think I'm going to buy another Canon if the manuals do not tell you how to use their product.

 

binch91 posted a reply   
Australia

Anyone who reads this review do yourself a favour and ignore it.

When you press print, the printer prompts you to close the inner and outter door while it prepares for printing. It then even tells you to open it and insert the cd tray when it's ready. The tray, that the printer comes with, also tells you how it should be inserted.

- Patience is a Virtue
* It's bought, not brought.
Perhaps you shouldn't write reviews

 

"Great printer"

RobE1 posted a comment   

Easy setup, great photo quality and was able to print photos from iPad using canon app

happypixma
9
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"Easy to use, happy with results"

happypixma posted a review   
Australia

The Good:Simple once it's set up

The Bad:The cost of the ink cartridges is high

Set it up myself only a couple of hours ago, and the instructions were very easy, that is using USB. I've already printed CD/DVDs, scanned a few documents (scans as many documents / cards as can fit on the glass), printed word documents and I'm very happy with it's ease of use and output. The CD printed out very nicely which was my main reason for purchasing this printer. I'm hoping the ink cartridges last a while as they are rather expensive, so I will print basic things in draft to save ink.

slobbythegreat
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slobbythegreat posted a review   
Australia

The Good:Looks good, individual ink tanks

The Bad:the scanner is horrible, the auto scan is a disgrace, software is bad

I brought this because i collect basketball cards and need sharp crisp scans...the stupid thing is useless at scanning them, the quality is grainy it detects multiple cards as pdf, you cant amend the auto scan, the one click options are farking disgusting, im so annoyed at this....its bascially "over thinking" the scanning...it gives you options for BW photo, colour photo, magazine, document..so many farking options by why cant the damn thing just scan whats on the damn glass....it should just scan the damn thing and not fark about with it...i got it on a sunday its now tuesday and i cannot for the life of my figure out how to use the damn thing for my purpose...i havent tried printing anything yet but im sure ill be god damn disappointed...its an aesthetic machine only and CNET have giving a bum review cos im farked if i know what they scanned on this damn thing cos out the box the first scan sucks balls...thanks for letting me waste 200 bucks on a shiny black brick

 

happypixma posted a reply   
Australia

Before you press SCAN you need to tick the square on the LHS that says Preview or scan as seperate files and you need to make a small gap around each card so it can recognise them as seperate cards.

It's easy, you should make yourself familiar with what you are doing before you put on your comments.


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  • Loose Cannon

    Loose Cannon

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    "Very disappointed as print head gave up after less than 18 months. I have found Canon to have not very durable print heads. Pity as it's such a nice looking machine but their printers are obviously..."

  • bcarl16

    bcarl16

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    "This printer has failed in every way possibe. Prints incorrect colours, scanner fails to work, uses ink like a V8 engine uses petrol and driver reglarly needs updating. Without doubt the worst pr..."

  • frednerk

    frednerk

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    "I got the error C000 "Printer error has occurred. Turn off power then back on again. If problem persists see the manual". No solution in manual, print head will not move. This printer is a piece of..."

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