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Canon PIXMA TS6420 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Oct 09, 2020 at 10:19 am
Canon PIXMA TS6420 Picture
7.2
Family
4.0
Small/Home Office
7.2
Student
5.0
Black & White
7.6
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 is a decent all-in-one inkjet printer for family use. Photo quality is excellent due to good detailing and very little coloring in the grayscale, and color accuracy is passable enough for casual use, although those in need of accurate color reproduction should consider something else. It has only two cartridges, and while they're not expensive to purchase, they do have low yields and often need replacing. On the bright side, it supports a Bluetooth connection and is compatible with the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app.

Our Verdict

7.2 Family

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 is a decent printer for family use. The quality of printed photos is excellent, as they have good detail and little coloring in the grayscale. While the cartridges are quite affordable, they also have a low yield and often need replacing. There's a flatbed scanner and the lid can extend partly to accommodate thicker items like small books, but there's no sheetfed scanner.

Pros
  • Good value when printing in color.
  • Excellent photo printing quality.
  • Compact size.
Cons
  • Low-yielding cartridges.
  • Mediocre color accuracy.
  • No sheetfed scanner.
4.0 Small/Home Office

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 is a poor printer for small and home offices. Its cartridges have a low page yield and often need replacing. On the upside, they aren't expensive to replace. There's no sheetfed scanner, so you have to scan each page individually using the flatbed. Also, the design makes it tedious to access paper jams. On the upside, it has great connectivity options and is fairly compact in size.

Pros
  • Compact size.
Cons
  • Low-yielding cartridges.
  • Mediocre color accuracy.
  • No sheetfed scanner.
7.2 Student

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 is a decent printer for students. It has a better cost-per-print with color than it does with black-only, but both cartridges have low yields and often need replacing. Printing speed is also slow, regardless of what you're printing. There's no sheetfed scanner, so you have scan each page individually using the flatbed. On the upside, it has great connectivity options, including Bluetooth support.

Pros
  • Good value when printing in color.
  • Higher-yielding cartridge available.
  • Bluetooth support.
Cons
  • Low-yielding cartridges.
  • Mediocre color accuracy.
  • No sheetfed scanner.
5.0 Black & White

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 is a poor choice for printing in black and white. While the cost of a black cartridge is quite affordable, it also has a low yield and often needs replacing. Fortunately, there are high-yield cartridges available to purchase. There's also no sheetfed scanner, meaning you'll have to load each page of a document one by one. On the upside, it's fairly compact and doesn't take up much desk space.

Pros
  • Higher-yielding cartridge available.
  • Compact size.
Cons
  • Low-yielding cartridges.
  • Mediocre color accuracy.
  • No sheetfed scanner.
7.6 Casual Photo

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 is a good printer for casual photos. While the quality of printed photos is excellent, its color accuracy is unremarkable, although it should be good enough for casual photo use. It supports most photo sizes, but can't print on 2" x 3".

Pros
  • Excellent photo printing quality.
  • Can print 4"x 6" and 5" x 7" photo size paper.
  • Compact size.
Cons
  • Mediocre color accuracy.
  • No sheetfed scanner.
  • Can't print 2" x 3" photo size paper.
  • 7.2 Family
  • 4.0 Small/Home Office
  • 7.2 Student
  • 5.0 Black & White
  • 7.6 Casual Photo

Test Results

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Design
6.0
Design
Build & Design Quality

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 has a mediocre design and build quality. It's made entirely of plastic, and there's a smooth finish to it that feels good to the touch. The scanner's hinges extend high enough to accommodate a magazine, and the lid doesn't close on itself while it's fully extended. Also, the power cable is removable, which is handy if it gets damaged. The rear input tray feels thin and unreliable, while the output tray feels flimsy and springy. Access to paper jams is a tedious three-step process and not user-friendly, and the printer needs to be on to change the ink cartridges.

Design
Dimensions
Height 5.8" (14.7 cm)
Width 15.8" (40.1 cm)
Depth 14.2" (36.0 cm)
Weight
14.1 lbs (6.4 kg)

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 is a pretty compact printer and shouldn't take up much space on a desk, making it suitable for small offices or dorms.

6.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
1.5" (3.7 cm)
Touchscreen No

The Canon PIXMA TS6420's OLED display screen is only okay. The menu is easy to navigate, and the entire front panel can tilt upwards to improve visibility. Unfortunately, the screen has no touch capabilities and is pretty small.

Design
In The Box

  • Power cord
  • User manual
  • 1x Canon PG-260 Black ink cartridge
  • 1x Canon CL-261 Color ink cartridge

4.3
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
1
Black Cartridge Model
PG-260
Tested Black Page Yield
7.71 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
146 prints
Color Cartridge Model
CL-261
Tested Color Page Yield
10.17 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
232 prints
Third Party Cartridge
No
High Yield Cartridge
XL
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 has a poor cartridge system. Both the black and color cartridges have a low yield, so they need to be replaced frequently if you print a lot. Fortunately, there are high yield cartridges available should you need them.

We couldn't find any third-party ink cartridges for testing. If you come across them, let us know in the discussions. Note that third-party ink can void the manufacturer's warranty.

6.2
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
No
Automatic Document Feeder
No
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
1200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 has mediocre scanning features. The hinges of the flatbed can extend to accommodate smaller books or manuals, but it doesn't have an automatic document feeder, which means you'll have to manually scan each page of a document.

To scan at a 1200 DPI, you need to access the 'Advanced Mode' in the settings menu and change the output resolution.

Printing
7.3
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
17.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
24.99 US$
Black Only Printing
0.123 US$/print
Color Printing
0.108 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.287 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

The Canon PIXMA TS6420's cost-per-print is decent. That said, due to the low yield of the cartridges, costs rise quickly the more you print. Fortunately, they aren't expensive.

Keep in mind that even if you only print in black, most inkjet printers continue using the color cartridge for servicing tasks, so you'll likely still need to replace it eventually.

6.1
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
6 PPM
Color Document
4 PPM
Photo Printing Time
50.1 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
13.2 sec
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
200 pages

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 has mediocre printing speed. It's slow regardless of what you're printing, but it can perform duplex printing automatically.

6.3
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
10.51

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 has mediocre color accuracy. Most colors are noticeably inaccurate, and while this may not be an issue for casual photo printing, it's not recommended for those who require accurate color reproduction as part of their profession.

8.5
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 has excellent photo printing quality. Colors have a nice tone overall with good detailing. There's almost no color present in the grayscale, but there's a small amount of green visible in the black tone.

These results are based on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not be representative of the printer's photo print quality.

Printing
Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") No
A6 (105mm x 148mm) No
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Yes
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Photo (2" x 3") No
Photo (4" x 6") Yes
Photo (5" x 7") Yes

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 has two input trays that can hold 200 sheets of paper combined. Most common paper sizes are supported up to the standard legal size. It can print on photo paper, but it can't print in the 2" x 3" format.

Mobile App And Connectivity
8.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
No
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
No
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 has great connectivity options. It supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and USB, but lacks an Ethernet port and external storage support, meaning you can't print off an SD card or USB flash drive.

9.5
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App Print
Mobile App Yes
App Name Canon Print Inkjet/Selphy
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes
PDF
Yes
Microsoft Office Files
Yes
Text Files (TXT)
No
Webpages (HTML)
Yes

It's compatible with the outstanding Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app. You can scan, print, and copy from the app and order ink directly from Canon.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 is available in black and white variants. You can see the label of our unit here.

Compared to other printers

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 is a decent all-in-one inkjet printer. It's a mid-tier offering in Canon's TS lineup and is a step above the near-identical looking Canon PIXMA TS5320, only its color cartridge can yield a marginally higher amount of pages before needing to be replaced. It offers excellent photo quality at a cheap price, but its two cartridge-system is disappointing considering there are similarly-priced printers with better cartridge systems available. For other options, see our recommendations for the best photo printers, the best laser printers, and the best all-in-one printers.

Canon PIXMA TS5320

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 is the higher-end model of the Canon PIXMA TS5320. The two printers perform nearly identically, except that the TS6420 can yield more color pages before the cartridges need replacing, making it cheaper for color printing.

Canon PIXMA MG3620

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 and the Canon PIXMA TS6420 perform almost identically. The TS6420 has a display screen, Bluetooth support, and has superior photo printing quality. That said, the MG3620 has a more affordable cost-per-print, a higher black page yield, and it can be upgraded with high-yield cartridges.

Canon PIXMA TR8520

The Canon PIXMA TR8520 is a better printer than the Canon PIXMA TS6420. The 8520's cartridges have a superior page yield and it has an automatic document feeder. That said, the 6420 has an optional ink subscription and its input tray can hold more pages.

HP ENVY 5055

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 is a better printer than the HP ENVY 5055. The Canon has Bluetooth support and better photo printing quality. That said, the HP has superior color accuracy and a better display screen.

Canon PIXMA TS8220

The Canon PIXMA TS8220 is a better printer than the Canon PIXMA TS6420. The TS8220 has external storage support and three more color cartridges. That said, the TS6420 has an optional ink subscription service and has better photo printing quality.

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