Canon Pixma TS6020
Best for Home Use
- Small Footprint
- Impressive Print Quality
- Blazing Speeds
- No USB option for printing
- Frustrating touch panel
Type: Ink-Jet | Connectivity: Wi-Fi and USB | Touchscreen: Yes | Dimensions: 14.7 x 12.5 x 5.5
VERDICT:It's not easy finding a printer with great image quality and with good printing speeds, the Pixma TS6020 from Canon accomplishes that and more. It definitely offers a tonne of value.
In an office environment where people deal with a lot of paperwork and files, a reliable printer is really crucial. It’s extremely frustrating when you want to print an important document and the printer jams up. Furthermore, sometimes the quality is so bad you end printing 2 or 3 copies just to get the appropriate result. If that sounds like you, its time to step up from your old printer.
Even if you don’t work in an office, having a printer at hand is really helpful. You save yourself the time from rushing out somewhere just to print a single page. But what should you look for in a printer?
First off the print costs should be low, so that the printer actually seems like a worthy investment. Print quality and speed are also important. The Pixma TS6020 from Canon apparently ticks all the boxes for most people. We’ll help you decide if this inkjet all-in-one actually delivers and covers your needs
If we’re talking about dimensions, the Canon Pixma TS6020 doesn’t have a large footprint. The exact dimensions are 14.7 x 12.5 x 5.5 inches, but that’s not including the paper trays. At first glance, the printer might seem ridiculously small, but once you pull out the trays and extend them fully it can take up a bit of space. Still, it’s much smaller than most ink-jet printers seen in offices. And it’s small enough to fit on the average desk.
At the bottom is a horizontal paper tray which slides into the front of the chassis. It’s a 100 sheet paper cassette. There are another one of these trays at the top, where you can slide in another 100 sheets for vertical prints. Pulling these two out fully extends the height and depth of the printer a bit, so keep this in mind. There are a few physical buttons on the front. Mainly the power button, and black and colored copy buttons for quick printing. There is also an LED indicator.
Moving to the back of the printer, we don’t see an ethernet port, because this printer uses a Wi-Fi connection. The only ports on the back are the power port and a single USB port for connecting to your PC. There is a touch screen on the front, where you’ll be messing with the different modes this printer has. More on that later.
A printer isn’t exactly the flashiest piece of equipment, to be perfectly honest. However, Canon offers three color options so it doesn’t exactly look out of place in your environment. You can get it in the stealthy black, grey or a simple white color.
The Canon Pixma TS6020 is very intuitive for most people. It’s main demographic is for the average consumer, so the setup process is actually simpler than other all-in-one printers. Taking it out of the box, connecting everything, installing the drivers and putting in the cartridges takes just about 20 minutes. At no point will you get frustrated or confused, it’s a pretty straightforward process.
In the box, you get the printer itself with minimal packing, a nice little package of letter-sized papers (about 100 sheets), five ink cartridges and a disk for drivers and general setup. By using the touch screen, you can connect to your Wi-Fi, once that’s done the printer will always be available on the network. So you can print photos or text documents using your phone. Wi-Fi printing is definitely handy.
The Canon Pixma TS6020 can print high-quality pictures at a max resolution of 1200 x 2400 dpi. The printer uses five different types of ink. One of these is a dye-based black which combines with the other colors (cyan, magenta, yellow and a standard pigment black). This combination helps the pictures and text look a bit sharper. Black levels are a bit deeper and there is a lot of detail and sharpness that can be seen up front.
Even to the untrained eye, the results from the Pixma TS6020 are very impressive. Glossy pictures printed on a full-size sheet of paper have a tonne of vibrancy and saturation to them. The quality is comparable to much more expensive consumer-grade printers on the market.
Text documents aren’t really a big issue either. Most of the time the prints are clear and easy to read. Although, overall graphics could be a bit better. The combination of the inks mentioned above does provide amazing prints for colored photos. But for plain gray texts with black and white photos (which are most printed documents in the office), we’ve noticed a bit of smudging in the darker areas. The output isn’t exactly unacceptable. Stepping up to higher quality paper helps a bit. Again, it’s not a huge deal but just keep in mind if you deal with sensitive documents.
The Canon Pixma TS6020 is probably one of the fastest consumer-grade printers out there. For most people, the speed is more than acceptable. This is exactly why this printer has sold so well. It combines amazing quality with quick printing. Enough talk, let’s have a look at the numbers.
Canon promises a printing rate of 15 pages per minute (ppm) for black and white or monochromatic pages and 10 pages per minute for colored pages. In reality, the TS6020 falls just a bit short of these numbers. It can print a five-page text-based document at 12 ppm. This is by no means a bad result. It’s actually a bit faster than other consumer-grade printers at this price.
For colored photographs, the printing speed is at about 7-8 pages per minute. But if you are printing a document with a lot of text and a few photographs, the speed will drop a bit. In that scenario, we’re looking at about 5-6 ppm. For printing a 4 x 6-inch high-resolution photograph with a glossy result, the TS6020 takes about 20 seconds. This is much lower than your average ink-jet printer. Overall, the TS6020 does not disappoint in terms of speed.
This compact little printer from Canon is shaping up to be a great choice for a lot of people. Sadly, the printing costs seem a bit higher than other consumer-grade printers. The different types of ink used here are to blame. Canon printers are already infamous to have high running costs, and sadly, the TS6020 is no different.
While coming up with an actual number is a bit difficult, so we put together a rough estimate. Using Canon’s own high yield ink cartridges and high-quality paper, the cost for a monochromatic print comes around to 4.1 cents. The cost for a single color print is also about 12.7 cents. Now, this shouldn’t matter to a person at home, who doesn’t print documents every single day. But for people on the office, this cost is definitely something to keep in check.
Still, those aren’t the worst numbers we’ve seen so far. Other consumer grade printers might be a bit lower, but they don’t come close in terms of print quality and speed. You can get a business grade printer which will have lower running costs, but they mostly start at above $200, so it’s not ideal for home users.
What Else Should You Know?
Printing speed is really important for a lot of people, the Pixma TS6020 ticks that box. Print quality is also important for most people, the Pixma TS6020 checks out in that department as well. But it offers a tonne of other features as well, some of which don’t exactly work all that well. Let’s have a look at the minor caveats.
First off, is the touchscreen. Now usually, we’d expect a touchscreen to be interactive and easy to use. This is not the case with this printer. It often prompts you to go into the setting every time you change the stack of papers. You have to fiddle with the modes often. This can get a bit annoying for the average person. Plus, the screen isn’t all that responsive, the response feels a bit off and inaccurate. This can get frustrating down the line.
For an all-in-one printer, we’d expect it to have more printing options. The only source is selecting documents through your phone or computer. We’d appreciate it if we could directly print off from a USB drive or SD Card.
Let’s move back to the good stuff. It’s important to know that you can print off of your phone. It connects to a tonne of different apps to directly print photos or text. This is a handy feature if you want to quickly print a photo and put it up somewhere.
The scanner and copier are also pretty quick to use. Pressing the button on the front will quickly scan the paper on the top. Speed is not bad at all and most documents with a bit of picture take about 10-15 seconds to show up.
All in all, the Canon Pixma TS6020 delivers on most ends people would expect an everyday printer to. It’s high-resolution print quality, speedy printing times and reliability make it a great choice for home and office users alike. But don’t really expect it to be sufficient in a serious workspace where you are printing stuff every single minute. The Pixma TS6020 has a high printing cost and can’t keep up with the volume people need in that scenario.
The Wi-Fi capabilities and other handy features are really helpful. If we can forget the somewhat unresponsive touchscreen, this is a great option for most people looking for a compact printer for everyday use in the home or even at the office.
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