Canon’s Pixma TS6320 delivers exceptional photos and excellent text and graphics output, making it a great family and home-office AIO.
The Canon Pixma TS6320 Wireless All-in-One ($129.99), a direct competitor to the Editors’ Choice Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 Small-in-One, is a photo-centric multifunction printer designed for family and home-office use. Like the XP-7100, the TS6320 is a five-ink machine with excellent print quality; also like most family-oriented photo printers, it’s somewhat expensive to use. Even so, this Pixma is an excellent choice for a den or micro office with moderate document- and photograph-printing needs.
A New Look
The Pixma TS6320, an upgrade to Canon’s TS6220, is one of four recently upgraded TS-series models, which includes the Pixma TS8320 reviewed here a few months ago and the soon-to-be reviewed TS3320 and TS5320. This time around, the TS6320 is available in black, white, or navy blue, instead of just the black or white models offered last year, and this latest version has an all-new look.
While last year’s TS6220 had a 3-inch color LCD control panel and a few supporting buttons that occupied most of the face of the printer, the Pixma TS6320 sports a 1.44-inch OLED screen with an LED status bar designed to make it quicker and easier to navigate and view the printer’s status. The control panel and supporting buttons are all located toward the right side of the printer face, as shown here.
Also new on the TS6320 is a self-opening output tray that deploys each time you print a document or make a copy.
Measuring 5.6 by 14.2 by 14.9 inches (HWD) and weighing 13.9 pounds, the printer is a bit longer and heavier than its predecessor, but significantly smaller and lighter than the Epson XP-7100 mentioned earlier. One reason is that the Epson comes with a 30-page, single-pass auto-duplexing automatic document feeder (ADF) for scanning two-sided multipage documents, while the Canon has only a flatbed scanner that obliges you to put pages on the glass for scanning or copying one at a time.
To get a TS-series Pixma with an ADF, you’ll have to step all the way up to up to the wide-format, six-ink TS9520, or you can go with one of Canon’s more business-centric Pixma TR models, such as the Editors’ Choice TR8520. However, while the TR-series units print decent photos, they are not photo-optimized five- or six-ink AIOs as the TS-series are.
Nowadays, smart home voice activation has become common on most Canon, Epson, and HP inkjet printers and AIOs, and the TS6320 supports Amazon Alexa and Google Home Assistant as well as standard IFTTT (If This Then That) scripting, which allows for reasonably simple voice commands for certain other services such as Microsoft’s Cortana and Apple’s Siri. You can go to ifttt.com to learn how to deploy IFTTT and how to add more commands to the TS6320.
Paper input capacity is 200 sheets, split between one 100-sheet tray in the front and another that pulls up from the back, as shown below. The rear tray can also hold up to 20 sheets of premium photo paper, and the printer automatically detects which media type the rear tray holds.
Like most other photo-centric Pixmas these days, the TS6320 also supports Instagram’s square image media sizes—in this case, 3.5 inches, 5 inches, and 7 inches square. I don’t know of any non-Pixma models that support the square format. Unlike the older Pixma TS6220, however, the TS6320 can’t print labels on pre-surfaced optical discs. Nor can it print two-sided pages automatically as the TS8320 and other high-end Pixma TS models do.
Ample Connectivity and Supporting Apps
Standard interfaces include 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and connecting to a single PC via USB, as well as PictBridge wireless for printing directly from several Canon cameras. Also supported: Bluetooth 4.0 LE (Low Energy), for printing from multiple mobile devices simultaneously.
Other mobile options include Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, and Mopria, as well as several Canon mobile selections such as Pixma Cloud Print and Canon Print App (Android and iOS). There’s also Canon’s Message in Print feature; it hides messages and links in printed photos that friends and family can reveal by scanning the images with their smartphones or tablet cameras. You also get Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS versions of Easy-PhotoPrint Editor, a fairly robust photo enhancement, touch-up, and printing app, as well as Scan Utility (Windows and Mac), and Scan Utility Lite (Mac).
Typical Pixma Print Speeds
Canon rates the TS6320 at 15 monochrome and 10 color pages per minute (ppm), which is about standard for most TS-series Pixmas. I tested the printer over a USB connection from our standard Intel Core i5 testbed running Windows 10 Pro. Like its TS6220 predecessor, the TS6320 printed our 12-page Microsoft Word test document at just under 13ppm—actually, 12.7ppm, which is 0.2ppm slower than the older model and 2.3ppm slower than the Epson XP-7100.
Next, I printed our collection of full-color Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint business documents containing charts, other business graphics, and embedded photos, then combined those results with the Word scores to come up with a comprehensive speed rating. The Pixma TS6320 managed only 4.7ppm, which tied its predecessor (and most other TS-series Pixmas) and came in 2.2ppm behind the XP-7100.
As for our 4-by-6-inch borderless snapshots, the TS6320 printed them in about 20 seconds each, two seconds quicker than the TS6220 and five seconds ahead of the Epson. As we said about last year’s model, for home offices that churn out 100 to 200 pages each month, this Pixma should be plenty fast enough.
First-Class Output, Steep Operating Costs
Only a handful of consumer-grade AIOs (except, perhaps, their Epson rivals) print and copy as well as Canon’s five- and six-ink Pixmas, especially when it comes to photos. That’s not to disparage their text, which is well-shaped and highly legible—more than suitable for most home and small business needs—or graphics, which print with terrific detail and minimal banding, as well as brilliantly true colors and gradients.
But photos are where the TS6320 and other high-end Pixmas shine. The borderless 4-by-6-inch and 8-by-10-inch images I printed were brightly colored and highly detailed, far beyond what you’d get from most business-oriented four-ink inkjets. If printing photos is your principal purpose, the TS6320, like most other Pixma TS models, is a terrific consumer-grade choice.
A disadvantage of most consumer photo printers is that they’re expensive to use. PCMag’s standard method for calculating running costs is tripped up by the way Canon publishes its ink cartridge yields and the fact that this is a five-ink machine instead of a typical four-ink model, but based on my experience with these printers, I estimate that black pages will run you about 4 to 6 cents apiece and color pages roughly 15 to 17 cents. Photos, of course, with their 100 percent ink coverage, cost somewhat more.
These days, though, there are other options. Epson’s five-ink Expression Premium ET-7700 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer, for example, costs several times as much to buy, but it delivers black and color pages for just under and just over a penny, respectively. It’s a great alternative if you plan to print a lot. In addition, HP’s four-ink Envy Photo 7155 and a subscription to HP’s Instant Ink program gets you monochrome, color, and even letter-size photo pages for as little as 3.5 cents each.
Fine Family and Home Office Printing
If you’re looking for a machine for printing family photos and churning out or copying the occasional document, five-ink Pixmas like the TS6320 (and Canon’s slightly more expensive six-ink models such as the TS8320) are excellent values. Otherwise, their high running costs consign them to low-volume duty. If your home office requires a higher duty cycle, machines with lower-cost consumables such as the HP Envy Photo 7155 or the Epson ET-7700 are sensible alternatives. If a more robust feature set, including Ethernet connectivity and an ADF, is attractive to you, the Editors’ Choice-winning, wide-format Pixma TS9520 is another outstanding choice.
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