The printers of the day come with too many features, making all the non techies muddle headed. Scanner, copier, Wi-Fi connectivity and lot more are incorporated within this small gadget and they picture the small process of printing as an onerous task. There are still a few people who want simple printers to perform the basic uses, may be just to print few documents and photographs. Cannon addresses this crowd through Canon PIXMA iX6550 A3+ Inkjet Printer.

Design

There is nothing specific to boast about the design of Canon PIXMA iX6550 A3+ Inkjet Printer. The absence of crowded features makes it compact and easy to handle. The printer measures only 549 x 299 x 159 mm, a little more than the A3 sheet papers. But it weighs 7.6kg, which seems to be slightly higher when compared to similar single use printers.

The outer shell is made up of glossy black plastic and this gives it a stylish look. The input trays are on top of the machine and the output comes out through the front trays. There are just two control buttons on this printer, a power button and a cancel button. All other settings are done via the printer’s driver, which is installed on the PC connected to it.

There is no memory card slot or a PictBridge/USB socket. This limits direct printing which means the user cannot print directly from a digital camera or any mobile device. Parallel to it, there is no LCD screen as well.

However, a single USB socket for PC connection is provided at the back. There is no Wi-Fi or Ethernet port and hence, there is no question of multiple users sharing this printer.

Features

User-friendly: This is the most beneficial factor about Canon PIXMA iX6550 A3+ Inkjet Single User Printer. To begin working on it, all you have to do is to install it with your PC, adjust the printing quality, feed the papers and go for printing. The gadget initiates the printing process within few seconds.

The process to change the cartridges is also easy in this Canon printer. Lift the top cover of this Inkjet printer and there exist five cartridges-one for the black and white printing and the others are individual cartridges for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black colours. This individual cartridge system enables the users to replace the one cartridge which ran out of the colour. This is highly cost saving, comparing to the system of changing the whole range of cartridges when one colour runs out.

Quality Printing Performance: Canon PIXMA iX6550 A3+ Inkjet Printer provides a decent quality print, be it on colour photographs or black and white document printing. In addition to the A3 print, this inkjet printer provide option to print smaller sizes of paper, B4, A4, B5, A5, Letter, Legal, Envelopes, 25 x 30cm (10 x 12 in), 20 x 25cm (8 x 10 in), 13 x 18cm, 10 x 15cm; up to a text size of 7 points. The quality delivered on any size of paper is clean and sharp.

Borderless printing is possible in this Canon printer, but not for the media types like envelope, high resolution paper, T Shirt transfer and Photo stickers. The user can feed up to 150 sheets at a time. Two sided printing is possible, but not automatically. The users have to manually load the papers to get it printed on dual sides. The print resolution claimed is up to 9600 x 2400 dpi.

Considering its printing speed, Canon PIXMA iX6550 A3+ Inkjet Printer is a good performer. Multiple numbers of document pages can be printed within few minutes. Photo printing speed too is impressive and it does the job in one minute for a single standard size photograph. The company claims the mono print speed to be at an approx of 11.3 ipm and the colour print speed to be at an approximate of 8.8 ipm.

The tank life of cartridges is not bad. It enables the users to print around 335 pages on black ink. The colour tanks may sustain up to the printing of 200 to 500 pages. The media types allowed to be printed on Canon PIXMA iX6550 A3+ Inkjet Printer are plain paper, envelopes, photo papers-both glossy and matte, photo stickers and T-shirt stickers.

Interface and Connectivity: As mentioned earlier, there is no Wi-Fi or any other mobile device connectivity and the only option provided is USB of 2.0. This delivers a high speed connection. Canon PIXMA iX6550 A3+ Inkjet Printer supports several operating systems, including Windows® 7, Windows Vista, Vista SP1/SP2, Windows XP SP2/SP3 and Mac OS X v.10.4.11 – v.10.6.

The driver of this Canon printer provide options such as multiple pages per sheet, poster print, scaled print, fit-to-page print, photo noise reduction and photo effects. This shows it has covered all the basic settings in its driver. The range of software supplied includes Easy-PhotoPrint EX, Easy-WebPrint EX, Full HD Movie Print and Solution Menu EX suitable for both Windows as well as Mac operating systems.

Power Consumption: Being a home use printer, Canon PIXMA iX6550 A3+ Inkjet Printer is expected to be of low power consumption. The company has ensured this and its consumption is nominal when compared to its competitors in the market. In standby mode, this Canon printer consumes around 1.3W. During printing, the power consumption is an approximate of 20W. 45db of noise level is produced by this printer with its default settings.

Verdict: From its technical features and settings described above, it is evident that Canon PIXMA iX6550 A3+ Inkjet Printer is only for those who aim for printing A3+ document printing and colour photograph printing. With its limited features provided, this printer delivers a decent quality printing performance.

Moreover, this is suitable for all who are incapable of handling complicated operations. The whole process of printing on Canon PIXMA iX6550 A3+ Inkjet Printer is simple and user friendly, with no room for confusions around. If you do not aim for multiple users on your printer, the absence of USB socket may not be a pitfall for you.

Printer Specifications:

Manufacturer Canon
Model Name PIXMA iX6550 A3+ Inkjet Printer
Functions Print A3+ documents and Colour Photographs
Number of cartridges 5
Print Engine Inkjet
Print resolution Up to 9600 x 2400 dpi
Mono Print speed Approx. 11.3 ipm
Colour print speed Approx. 8.8 ipm
Paper capacity 150 sheets
Media Type Plain Paper, High Resolution Paper, Envelopes,
Photo Paper (Glossy and Matte), Photo Stickers,
T-Shirt Transfer
Media Size A3+, A3, B4, A4, B5, A5, Letter, Legal, Envelopes,
25 x 30cm (10 x 12 in), 20 x 25cm (8 x 10 in), 13 x 18cm, 10 x 15cm
Dual Side printing Yes (manual)
Borderless Printing Yes
Connectivity USB 2.0 High speed
Wi-Fi No
Supported Operating Systems Windows 7, Vista, Vista SP1/SP2, Windows XP,
Mac OS X v.10.4.11 – v.10.6
Power Consumption Approx. 20W (printing)
Approx. 1.3W (Standby)
Noise Level 45db (A)
Dimensions 549 x 299 x 159mm
Weight Approx. 7.6 kg