Canon PIXMA TS6420 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Updated Sep 28, 2021 at 10:49 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 an all-in-one color printer that produces excellent-looking pictures. It yields a decent number of color pages, and the cost-per-print for color documents and photos is amazingly low. There's a flatbed scanner if you need to digitize delicate photos or scan documents. The connectivity options are great, including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Sadly, the black page yields are terrible, and it prints documents very slowly, so you might have to wait a while. Colors have mediocre accuracy, and since there's only one color cartridge, you'll need to replace it even if you run out of just one color.

Our Verdict

7.2 Family

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 is decent for family use. Photos look excellent, with a nice overall tone. The cost-per-print of color documents is very low, helping keep you within budget. Unfortunately, the cost-per-print for black text documents is mediocre. Also, there's only a flatbed scanner, and the accuracy of produced colors is unremarkable.

Pros
  • Good value when printing in color.
  • Excellent photo printing quality.
  • Has flatbed scanner.
Cons
  • Low-yielding cartridges.
  • Unremarkable color accuracy.
  • No automatic document feeder.
4.0 Small/Home Office

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 performs poorly as a printer for small or home offices. The overall page yields are poor, so you'll need to replace all the cartridges often if you frequently print in black or color. Also, it prints black text documents very slowly. There's no automatic document feeder or Ethernet port, which can be very limiting for some. Fortunately, it supports automatic duplex printing, and due to its relatively compact size, it can easily fit in smaller rooms.

Pros
  • XL cartridges available.
Cons
  • Low-yielding cartridges.
  • Mediocre black-only cost-per-print.
  • No Ethernet port.
  • No automatic document feeder.
7.2 Student

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 is a decent printer for students. The cost-per-print for color documents is excellent, useful for printing photos or color-coded reports. There's a flatbed scanner, as well as support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Unfortunately, the cost-per-print for black text documents is mediocre, it takes a little while to print the first page, and printing subsequent pages of documents is very slow.

Pros
  • Good value when printing in color.
  • XL cartridges available.
  • Supports Bluetooth.
Cons
  • Low-yielding cartridges.
  • Unremarkable color accuracy.
  • No automatic document feeder.
5.0 Black & White

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 is disappointing for black and white printing. The page yield is low, meaning you'll have to change cartridges frequently, and the cost-per-print is mediocre at best. It prints at a poor speed, and there's no automatic document feeder. On the bright side, it's compatible with XL-size cartridges, and it supports automatic duplex printing.

Pros
  • XL cartridges available.
Cons
  • Low-yielding cartridges.
  • Mediocre black-only cost-per-print.
  • No Ethernet port.
  • No automatic document feeder.
7.6 Casual Photo

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 is good for casual photo printing. It produces excellent-looking photos, with good detailing and almost no color present in the grayscale. The cost-per-print for photos is amazingly low, which should help you stay on budget. Sadly, the color accuracy is unremarkable, and the build quality of the printer itself feels mediocre.

Pros
  • Excellent photo printing quality.
  • Can print on 4"x 6" and 5" x 7" photo paper.
  • Excellent photo cost-per-print.
Cons
  • Unremarkable color accuracy.
  • 7.2 Family
  • 4.0 Small/Home Office
  • 7.2 Student
  • 5.0 Black & White
  • 7.6 Casual Photo
  1. Updated Oct 09, 2020: Review published.
  2. Updated Oct 05, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
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. Unfortunately, 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 you need to turn the printer 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)
6.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
1.5" (3.7 cm)
Touchscreen No

The Canon 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 TS6420 has a poor cartridge system. Both the black and color cartridges have a low yield, so they need to be frequently replaced 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
1,200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 Bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes

The scanning features on the Canon TS6420 are mediocre. 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. If you need a printer that has an automatic document feeder, check out the HP ENVY Pro 6475.

When using the Canon IJ Scanning Utility software, you're limited to a 600 DPI scan resolution by default. To access the full 1200 DPI resolution using IJ Scanning Utility, you need to click on "ScanGear", go to "Advanced Mode", then change "Output Resolution" to 1200 DPI. Doing so will create a large scanned file, which will require you to disable the thumbnail. You can disable it using an option in the top-left corner of the ScanGear window. The scanner will then be able to capture finer details as a result.

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. If you want a printer with a significantly lower cost-per-print, check out the Canon PIXMA G1220. 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 s
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
13.2 s
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
200 pages

The Canon TS6420 has mediocre printing speed. It's slow regardless of what you're printing, but fortunately, it can automatically perform duplex printing. It has one front and one rear input tray, which hold 200 sheets of paper combined.

6.3
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
10.51

The Canon TS6420 has mediocre color accuracy. Most colors are noticeably inaccurate, and while this may not be an issue for casual photo printing, we don't recommend it for those who require accurate color reproduction as part of their profession. If you want a similarly-priced printer with better color accuracy, consider the Canon PIXMA TR7020 or the HP DeskJet 4155e.

8.5
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The Canon TS6420 printer 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. We base these results on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not represent 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
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
9.5
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App For Home Use
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

The Canon TS6420 is 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, but it can yield a marginally higher number of color pages before the cartridges need replacing. It offers excellent photo quality at a cheap price, but its two cartridge-system is disappointing considering similarly priced printers with better cartridge systems are available.

For more options, see our recommendations for the best photo printers, the best laser printers, and the best all-in-one printers.

Canon PIXMA TR4520

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 and the Canon PIXMA TS6420 are both all-in-one color inkjets that are good for casual photo prints, but the TS6420 is better for students. The TS6420 has better page yields, a much cheaper cost-per-print, prints much faster, produces somewhat better-looking photos, and has an Ethernet port. On the other hand, the TR4520 produces much more accurate colors, has an automatic document feeder, and can fax.

Canon PIXMA TR4720

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 is a better printer for most uses compared to the Canon PIXMA TR4720. The TS6420 yields much more pages, has a significantly cheaper cost-per-print, prints much faster, and produces somewhat better-looking photos. Also, it has a much better display, and it can print via Bluetooth. On the other hand, the TR4720 reproduces colors with significantly better accuracy, and it has an automatic document feeder and built-in fax.

Canon PIXMA TS6320

The Canon PIXMA TS6320 and the Canon PIXMA TS6420 are all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the TS6320 is better overall. The TS6320 feels better built, has a lower cost-per-print and higher page yields, prints faster, and produces photos with vibrant, more accurate colors.

Canon PIXMA MG3620

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 and the Canon PIXMA TS6420 are both decent family printers. If you intend on printing a lot of photos, the TS6420 is a better choice because it has a high color page yield, resulting in a lower cost-per-print for color documents and photos, and it produces significantly nicer-looking images. Also, it has a display screen and supports Bluetooth printing. On the other hand, the MG3620 has a higher black page yield and costs less per print for black documents.

HP ENVY 5055

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 is a much better printer overall compared to the HP ENVY 5055. The Canon yields many more pages at a significantly cheaper cost-per-print, produces significantly better-looking photos, and can print via Bluetooth. On the other hand, the HP produces far more accurate colors, which might be better for people who print logos or designs.

Canon PIXMA TS3520

The Canon PIXMA TS3520 and the Canon PIXMA TS6420 are both all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the TS6420 is better overall. The TS6420 has higher page yields and a much lower cost-per-print, prints faster, and produces nicer-looking photos. Also, it has a better display, can automatically print double-sided, and can print via Bluetooth. The TS3520 produces significantly more accurate-looking colors, but it still isn't suitable for tasks that require exact color reproduction.

Canon PIXMA TS8220

The Canon PIXMA TS8220 is a better printer overall compared to the Canon PIXMA TS6420. The TS8220 yields much more pages, has a much cheaper cost-per-print, and prints color documents and photos much faster. Also, it reproduces colors much more accurately and can print directly from SD cards. On the other hand, the TS6420 prints much better-detailed photos.

HP OfficeJet Pro 8025

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8025 and the Canon PIXMA TS6420 are similarly performing all-in-one inkjet printers. The Canon has a slightly lower cost-per-print for black and color documents, and it prints photos at a higher quality than the HP. However, the HP feels better built, and it has a faster printing speed, an automatic document feeder, and a responsive touch screen. 

Canon PIXMA TR8520

The Canon PIXMA TR8520 is a better printer overall compared to the Canon PIXMA TS6420. The TR8520 yields more pages, has a much cheaper cost-per-print, prints black text documents much faster, and produces somewhat better-looking photos with much more accurate colors. Also, it has an automatic document feeder, built-in fax, an Ethernet port, and can print directly from SD cards. On the other hand, the TS6420 has a larger paper input tray.

Canon PIXMA TR7520

The Canon PIXMA TR7520 and the Canon PIXMA TS6420 are both all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the TR7520 is better for families and students. The TR7520 has higher page yields and a lower cost-per-print, it prints much faster, and it produces much more accurate colors. It also has an automatic document feeder and can fax. On the other hand, the TS6420 produces better-looking photos.

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.

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