Not to be confused with the completely different and much weirder-looking TS6350. this inkjet sits in the middle of Canon’s current Pixma TS range, and while we haven’t been convinced by some of its stablemates, the TS6250 achieves a happy medium. The rounded- rectangle styling is more elegant than most, with a front panel that tilts up to make the large colour touchscreen even easier to operate. Thai’s particularly useful on a multi function machine that can photocopy as well as print and scan, because you won’t necessarily be operating it from your PC. Both USB and Wi-Fi connections are provided, with the usual support for Apple AirPrint, online services and HP’s print and scan apps.
High-quality prints and scans in a well- designed package
There’s a hopper at the back for up to 100 sheets of plain paper, or 20 of photo paper (up to 300gsm), as well as the main 100-sheet cassette, plus an exension to catch the printed pages, which you can’t always take tor granted. You can print both sides of the paper (duplex), but the scanner has no automatic feeder, so you’ll have to line up originals on the glass yourself.
Canon reckons this printer can churn out 15 black-and-white pages per minute (ppm), or 10 in colour, but our tests were evidently a bit more challenging, because our black text document only managed 12.7ppm, while colour graphics barely hit 4ppm. That’s not
very fast even for a basic inkjet, but a single borderless 6x4in photo took just 40 seconds, which is good. A mild scraping sound made printing slightly noisy. High-res scans were slow, taking a minute and 40 seconds for a similar photo at 1200dpi, but regular document scans and copies didn’t keep us waiting, with a single A4 page copying in 12 seconds, or 22 for colour.
We were very happy with both print and scan quality generally, although the duplex mode used less ink to speed things up and avoid over-wetting, which compromised quality a bit. Otherwise, both glossy photos and plain paper solid colour business graphics came out well.
Refills come in five colours a pigment black is used for crisper text, as well as a separate dye-based black to match the cyan, magenta and yellow inks – and. assuming you buy Canon’s most efficient XXL cartridges, work out at about 8.7p per colour page, or 2.9p for black. That isn’t the cheapest around, but could be worse.
4800x1200dpi maximum print resolution • 1200x2400dpi maximum scan resolution • 100- sheet paper tray • 100-sheet rear feed • USB 2.0 • 802.11n Wi-Fi • 139x372x315mm (HxWxD) • 6.2kg • One-year warranty
With a roughly similar spec, this was faster but pricier to run, and results were questionable