Canon Pixma MG6850

Five-ink £100, $80

NPhoto - - Gear Zone -

A bit pricier than the Canon MG5750 in the UK, and about the same price in the USA, the MG6850 has rather more go­ing for it. The three-inch screen is not only larger and eas­ier to view but also in­cludes touch­screen fa­cil­i­ties for eas­ier stand­alone print­ing and pho­to­copy­ing. Di­rect print­ing from me­mory cards is also en­abled, thanks to the ad­di­tion of a card reader that’s com­pat­i­ble with SD and MS Duo for­mats. Over­all, it’s a more ver­sa­tile and el­e­gant ma­chine for those that like print­ing with­out the aid of an at­tached com­puter, though it still lacks a sec­ondary in­put tray.

Print qual­ity is iden­ti­cal to that of the MG5750, which is no bad thing. Colour ren­di­tion is very ac­cu­rate with a sur­pris­ingly good gamut, con­sid­er­ing that only four inks are used for photo print­ing. It does jus­tice to ev­ery­thing from vivid land­scapes to sub­tle skin tones.

Pros Good print qual­ity; easy stand­alone con­trols with touch­screen fa­cil­i­ties Cons Like the MG5750, it lacks a sec­ondary in­put tray for spe­cial­ist photo pa­per We say

It’s a bet­ter buy than the Canon MG5750 but still lacks a few finer points Over­all score

The three-inch touch­screen hosts an in­tu­itive in­ter­face for stand­alone print­ing – no com­puter needed

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