First "thoughts" on the Canon PIXMA TS6050
This is not a review of the Canon PIXMA TS6050. This is a list of mostly unrelated thoughts and observations of the Canon PIXMA TS6050 after owning it for a day.
- It's a printer and it prints.
- It feels quite flimsy. The paper cassette, rear tray and scanner lid all seem to be prime contenders for the first thing to break.
- The Wi-Fi bits do seem to work, so far.
- The remote login interface looks to be built on scarily outdated tech, as expected
- There are built in "apps" for things like Facebook and Instagram, because you really want to browse all your Facebook photos on a 3-inch screen straight from the printer, and you really couldn't just use your printer's Wi-Fi link to print from your phone...
- The sample ink cartridges are all down to about 85% after first initialisation, a few multi-page documents and one photo
- Photos look alright. Documents look alright.
- Duplex is slow. Not-duplex is fast.
- The Canon printing thing for Windows 10 mostly works
- The only paper selection option is "Auto" for some reason. It seems setting the paper type actually decides the tray it will print from.
- It can turn itself on and off, but the minimum off setting is 15 minutes, and the display stays on for the first 10. Not great for irregular users like me.
- It actually printed from Windows 10 Mobile! I was most surprised, although admittedly I was betting on something on the Windows side breaking, not the printer itself
- The touchscreen and its menus are pretty nightmarish to use for setup purposes
- There was a firmware update available, to v188.8.131.52, but I can't see it has changed... anything
My final impression: It doesn't feel like it deserves its Canon price tag. I'm not sure it warrants the £80 I paid for it. It feels like a £60 printer. Being the first printer I've owned, I can't judge it on performance, but build quality and impression of its headline Wi-Fi/cloud/unnecessary bits aren't great. (Really... who ever needed to print directly from Facebook on their printer!?)
Maybe this not-at-all detailed post may be of use to someone one day. My verdict on the Canon PIXMA TS6050: If you need a printer for infrequent home office use, like me, it seems like it will be fine for documents and a bit of duplexing, with good occasional photos. Anything more and I think you'd better look elsewhere. If you want to print Facebook photos directly on your printer, this may suit you. The one person that applies to.