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Canon PIXMA TS6420a Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Apr 29, 2022 at 10:13 am
Canon PIXMA TS6420a Picture
7.2
Family
5.9
Small/Home Office
7.1
Student
6.2
Black & White
7.7
Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The Canon PIXMA TS6420a is your typical budget all-in-one printer. It has a small OLED display screen, and you can feed the paper through the front or back, so it supports many different formats. Like other traditional inkjet models in this price range, it uses two cartridges: one for black ink and one for color ink. It's identical to the Canon PIXMA TS6420 that it replaces, but there are a few performance differences, like the lack of Bluetooth 4.0 LE for setup. The very similar Canon PIXMA TR7020 (and the Canon PIXMA TR7020a) is identical but has an automatic document feeder since it's designed more for office use.

Our Verdict

7.2 Family

The Canon PIXMA TS6420a is decent for family use. It has a flatbed scanner to fulfill basic needs, like digitizing a few photos, recipes, or signed documents. It has wireless printing options, including Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Apple AirPrint, and Mopria Print Service, and you can also print via the mobile app. Printed photos look nicely detailed, though some small objects can look a little blotchy. Colors look accurate enough for the occasional fun picture, but blues, reds, and blacks look a bit off from their originals. Also, it doesn't print many pages before its cartridges run out of ink, so you need to buy new cartridges often, especially if you print dozens of pages a week.

Pros
  • Flatbed scanner with extendable hinges.
  • Excellent-looking photos.
  • Reasonably accurate colors.
Cons
  • Low page yield.
  • High cost-per-print for black-only prints.
  • Slow printing speed.
5.9 Small/Home Office

The Canon PIXMA TS6420a is bad for small or home office use. It doesn't print many pages before its cartridges run empty, so you need to buy new cartridges often if you print frequently for your work. Since it doesn't have an automatic document feeder, you need to position and scan each sheet on the flatbed, making scanning a long, multi-page document a long process. Also, it's slow at printing, so your 20-page documents take a few minutes to be ready.

Pros
  • Flatbed scanner with extendable hinges.
  • Good wireless connection options.
Cons
  • Low page yield.
  • High cost-per-print for black-only prints.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • No automatic document feeder.
7.1 Student

The Canon PIXMA TS6420a isn't bad for students, but its page yields aren't very high, so you need to replace the cartridges often. Also, it prints slowly, so your long, multi-page assignments can take a few minutes to print out, even if they're just 20 pages long. On the bright side, while it doesn't have an automatic document feeder, it does have a flatbed scanner, so you can still scan your notes, drawings, or textbook pages if you need to. There are many ways to print wirelessly, including Wi-Fi, Mopria Print Service, and Apple AirPrint.

Pros
  • Flatbed scanner with extendable hinges.
  • Good wireless connection options.
  • Reasonably accurate colors.
Cons
  • Low page yield.
  • High cost-per-print for black-only prints.
  • Slow printing speed.
6.2 Black & White

The Canon PIXMA TS6420a is disappointing for high-volume black and white printing. Since it only yields around 100 pages before the ink runs out, you'll be spending a lot of money buying new cartridges. It doesn't print very fast, so printing out long documents will take a while. If you tend to print out just one page every few hours, it takes 16 seconds to wake up and print your page if it has been idle for over an hour.

Pros
  • Good wireless connection options.
Cons
  • Low page yield.
  • High cost-per-print for black-only prints.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • No automatic document feeder.
7.7 Photo

The Canon PIXMA TS6420a is good for photos since it prints really nice images that look detailed and sharp. Most colors look okay, but blues, reds, and blacks look the most off. Also, some small objects, like tree leaves, look a bit blotchy since the color gamut isn't very wide. Otherwise, it prints a 4" x 6" photo in under a minute and prints on a variety of paper types, including heat-transfer sheets, glossy photo paper, and magnetic photo paper.

Pros
  • Excellent-looking photos.
  • Reasonably accurate colors.
  • Can print on paper up to 670 g/m².
Cons
  • Color gamut range isn't very wide.
  • Low page yield.
  • 7.2 Family
  • 5.9 Small/Home Office
  • 7.1 Student
  • 6.2 Black & White
  • 7.7 Photo
  1. Updated Sep 21, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  2. Updated Sep 01, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  3. Updated Apr 29, 2022: Review published.
  4. Updated Apr 22, 2022: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
6.0
Design
Build Quality

The Canon PIXMA TS6420a's body is entirely plastic. It feels okay, though a bit cheap. It has a smooth finish; however, fingerprints are very noticeable due to the texture, so you might need to wipe it down often if this is something that bothers you. The power cable is removable, making it easy to replace if it gets damaged. The lid dampener keeps the lid open on its own and slowly closes down once you let it go, so you don't need to worry about it slamming down. Its rear feeder is pretty flimsy and feels like it might snap in half if you put too much pressure on it. The cartridges are easy to remove when the printer is on, but the B (black) and C (color) labels are on the clips, so they aren't visible with both clips lifted. This means you need to check the label before removing the cartridges to ensure you're putting them in the right place.

Design
Dimensions
Height 5.8" (14.7 cm)
Width 15.8" (40.2 cm)
Depth 12.3" (31.2 cm)
Height When In Use
11.0" (27.9 cm)
Width When In Use
15.8" (40.2 cm)
Depth When In Use
25.8" (65.5 cm)
Weight
14.0 lbs (6.4 kg)

While the Canon PIXMA TS6420a is fairly compact when not in use, the input tray sticks out when you load it with letter-size paper.

7.0
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Expected
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

Like all inkjet printers, the Canon PIXMA TS6420a needs maintenance to prevent printhead clogging and dried-up ink. There are some built-in tasks to help with these issues, like printhead nozzle check, printhead cleanings, printhead alignments, sheet roller cleaning, and bottom plate cleaning. The ink cartridges are easy to replace, though the printer needs to be on. The only way to know which cartridge goes where is by looking at the cartridge clips before removing the cartridges since you can't see the labels with both clips lifted. However, since you need to replace the cartridges fairly often due to the low page yield, you might memorize their placement. The input tray and the rear feeder each hold 100 pages, so you'll likely be refilling them around the same time you replace the cartridges.

Paper jams are easy to access by lifting the rear feeder and removing both the back panel and transport unit cover. You can also access paper jams from the cartridge bay, but you need to make sure not to touch the white ribbons on the inside as that can damage the printer.

6.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
1.5" (3.8 cm)
Touchscreen No

The Canon PIXMA TS6420a has a small display screen with responsive buttons. The white text on a black background is easy to read thanks to the good contrast and resolution; however, the small text can be hard to read, especially since you need to wait for long phrases to scroll. You can tilt the display panel upwards to help you see the screen better, but the tilt range is small. The menu is very simple, but it doesn't let you access scanning features from the printer. If you want to scan, you need to use a computer or a mobile device.

4.1
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
1
Black Cartridge Model
PG-260
Tested Black Page Yield
6.74 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
128 prints
Color Cartridge Model
CL-261
Tested Color Page Yield
10.12 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
232 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Not Found At Time Of The Review
Ink Type
Dye And Pigment
High Yield Cartridge
Yes

The Canon PIXMA TS6420a doesn't yield many pages before its cartridges run out of ink. It has only one color cartridge, making it cheaper to replace all three colors, but it's more wasteful since you need to replace the entire cartridge even if only one color is empty. The printer gives low ink warnings when it estimates ink is running out, but you can still get a few full pages out of it after that. Also, it doesn't stop printing when the cartridge is empty, so you might end up with a few blank pages if you continue printing after the warning.

If you're looking for good photo printer with much higher page yields, check out the Canon PIXMA TR8620a.

6.1
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
Flatbed
ADF Capacity
N/A
Scan Speed
1 PPM
Duplex Scanning
No
Max Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Max ADF Scan Size
No ADF
Flatbed Hinge Adjustability
0.61" (15 mm)
Fax
No
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Software

The Canon PIXMA TS6420a only has a flatbed scanner, so it isn't an ideal pick if you need an automatic document feeder to scan many pages in a row. However, it's perfect if you have simple needs. Its lid hinges extend up enough to lay the lid over thicker items, like textbooks and workbooks. Also, the Canon IJ Scan Utility software has OCR (optical character recognition) capability. It means you can scan your documents as a TXT file, letting you copy and edit your text very easily. There are a few transcription errors; it's mostly just with special characters.

7.5
Design
Scan Quality
Max Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
24Bit

The Canon PIXMA TS6420a's default scan resolution is 300DPI, which is fine for simple text documents. However, if you're planning on scaling or retouching your scan, you can increase the resolution up to 1200DPI.

Design
In The Box

  • User manuals
  • 4" x 6" Photo Paper Plus Glossy II (3-sheet sample)
  • 1x PG-260 starter black cartridge
  • 1x CL-261 starter tri-color cartridge
  • Power cable

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A
Document
8.0
Document
Black & White Documents
Color Ink Needed For Black & White
No
7.5
Document
Color Documents
7.0
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
17.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
24.99 US$
Black-Only Printing Cost
0.141 US$/print
Color Printing Cost
0.108 US$/print
Photo Printing Cost
0.263 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

The Canon PIXMA TS6420a's running costs are decently low, thanks in part to its inexpensive cartridge costs. However, since you need to replace them every hundred or so pages, the costs can quickly add up if you print a lot. The single-color cartridge helps cut costs since you don't need to buy three cartridges at once, but this also means that you need to buy a whole new cartridge even if only one color runs out. On the bright side, Canon offers an ink subscription called the 'Auto-Replenishment Service', which automatically sends you new cartridges when you're running low.

6.1
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
8 PPM
Color Document
3 PPM
Photo Printing Time
57.8 s
Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
16.2 s
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
200 pages

The Canon PIXMA TS6420a has an okay printing speed. While it isn't the slowest we've tested, it isn't very fast, so printing 20-page documents take a few minutes. It takes a while to initialize and print a single page if the printer has been idle for over an hour.

Document
Document Printing Sizes
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") No
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Yes
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Yes
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Max Paper Weight
670 g/m²

The Canon PIXMA TS6420a has presets for the most common paper sizes. You can also select custom sizes, which lets you print anything between 2.17" x 3.5" (55mm x 89mm) and 16.54" x 26.61" (420mm x 676mm). The front input tray only supports regular copy paper of letter, legal, and A4 sizes. If you want to print different sizes or on different paper type, you need to use the rear manual feeder.

Photo
7.0
Photo
Color Gamut

The Canon PIXMA TS6420a's color gamut is decent. You can see the zig-zag line throughout most colors, but it doesn't show up in the bright blue and green sections. In the green-to-yellow section, the line shows up as a lowlight instead of a highlight, meaning the printer tries to substitute saturated hues for a darker tone it can actually print. It's good at printing dark colors, though it struggles with dark blues most, and the whole black area has a greenish hue. It isn't too noticeable unless you're directly comparing it to true black, though. The white area at the top extends too low, so the printer isn't really good at printing light colors (especially light blues), but its transitions from one color to another look smooth.

6.6
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
6.97

The Canon PIXMA TS6420a's color accuracy is okay. Some colors look off from their originals, especially blues and reds. Black tends to have a greenish hue, but it's only noticeable if you compare it directly to true black.

8.5
Photo
Small Details
Max Print Resolution (DPI)
4800 x 1200
9.5
Photo
Photo Printing Sizes
Glossy Paper (4" x 6") Yes
Glossy Paper (5" x 7") Yes
Glossy Paper (8" x 10") Yes
Glossy Paper (8.5" x 11") Yes
Glossy Paper (13" x 19") No
Borderless Printing
Yes
Mobile App And Connectivity
7.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
No
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
No
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

Unlike the older Canon PIXMA TS6420, which supports Bluetooth for setup purposes, the Canon PIXMA TS6420a doesn't have Bluetooth support at all.

8.9
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App
Mobile App Yes
App Name Canon Print Inkjet/Selphy
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Android and iOS
PDF
Android and iOS
Microsoft Office Files
Android and iOS
Text Files (TXT)
No
Webpages (HTML)
No

The Canon PIXMA TS6420a is compatible with the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app. You can print a range of files from the app, and you can use the Easy-PhotoPrint Editor to create collages, calendars, and more. You can also scan and copy from your device and manage your ink subscription.

Mobile App And Connectivity
OS Compatibility
Windows Fully
macOS Fully
Chrome OS Fully

You need to manually install drivers on Windows to print and scan with the Canon PIXMA TS6420a. On the other hand, you don't need any drivers for macOS or Chrome OS.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Canon PIXMA TS6420a in black, but it's also available in white. While not a variant, the Canon PIXMA TS6420 is the older model of this printer and is nearly identical. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The Canon PIXMA TS6420a is similar to many other inkjet printers in its price range. Like others that use traditional cartridges, its page yield is low, so you don't get many pages out of it before you need to buy ink replacements. It has a higher color page yield than other similar printers, which is great if you print lots of photos or colorful reports. All in all, it's a decent choice if you need a simple inkjet printer to print a few times a week with, but it isn't an ideal inkjet choice if you print very often.

See our recommendations for the best home printers, the best all-in-one printers, and the best cheap printers.

Canon PIXMA TR7020

The Canon PIXMA TR7020 and the Canon PIXMA TS6420a are very similar inkjet printers, but the TR7020 is better suited for home office thanks to its automatic document feeder. It lets you scan a stack of pages much quicker than using the flatbed scanner on the TS6420a. On the other hand, the TS6420a is a better choice if you print photos often. Its photos look much nicer than the TR7020's, and it prints them much faster, too.

Canon PIXMA MG3620

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 and the Canon PIXMA TR6420a are both decent all-in-one printers with very similar features. The biggest differences are that the MG3620 has a higher black page yield, meaning it's a better choice if you tend to print monochrome pages more than anything. On the other hand, the TR6420a has a higher color page yield, and its photos look much nicer, so it's a better option if you print pictures and other color documents more often than black text.

Canon PIXMA TR8620

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is overall better than the Canon PIXMA TS6420a. The TR8620 has a higher page yield, which results in a lower cost-per-print, even if its five cartridges cost more to replace than the TS6420a's two cartridges. Also, it has an automatic document feeder, an Ethernet port, and support for a USB drive. It also prints colors more accurately, so your photos will look truer to life.

Brother MFC-J1010DW

The Brother MFC-J1010DW and the Canon PIXMA TS6420a are both budget all-in-one inkjet printers. The Brother has a few more features, like an automatic document feeder, and its ink cartridges yield more prints, meaning you won't have to replace them as often. It also prints faster and feels sturdier. On the other hand, the Canon produces better-looking photos because it can print a wider range of colors.

HP DeskJet 3755

The HP DeskJet 3755 and the Canon PIXMA TS6420a are both inkjet printers, but the Canon is better overall. The Canon prints a lot more pages, especially in color, giving it a much lower cost-per-print. It means you'll save more money in the long run, even though the Canon's cartridges cost more. Also, it prints much nicer-looking photos, and it prints borderless. On the other hand, the HP is much more compact and has a sheetfed scanner, though it can only scan one page at a time, so it isn't any faster than using the Canon's flatbed scanner.

HP ENVY Inspire 7255e

The HP ENVY Inspire 7255e and the Canon PIXMA TS6420a are both all-in-one printers designed for home use, but the Canon is better overall. It yields more color pages, which gives it a lower cost-per-print, even though its cartridge cost is nearly identical. It prints nicer-looking photos with better color accuracy, and it can print on thicker media, including magnetic photo paper. However, the HP yields a few more black pages, and it's also a bit faster at printing documents, so it's a better choice if your focus isn't photo prints.

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