Canon Pixma iP6700D review

£97
Price when reviewed

Being Canon’s top-end offering, the only real competition the iP6700D has this month is HP’s D7360, as both sit around the £90-100 mark. There’s very little to choose between the two: both are packed with the wealth of features the price tag suggests, both print fantastic photos at good speeds, and both have their areas of strength and weakness.

The iP6700D should be geared more towards photo printing than its cheaper cousin, the iP5300, since it ditches that model’s pigment-based black and instead adds two extra inks: photo cyan and magenta. But while this leads to a slightly better colour gamut and – in theory – less grain, the demands of replacing six colours (rather than four) contribute to a higher overall cost per print of 41p.

Plus, in our tests, the extra inks didn’t contribute to noticeably improving the quality of our photos. The four test prints all scored top marks, but so did the iP5300’s, and the iP6700 doesn’t have the benefit of perfect text printing to bolster its quality score. It’s still good, but the dye-based black leads to minor spidering around characters. On the plus side, the iP6700D’s draft text is barely distinguishable from normal output, although at 6.8ppm it’s the slowest printer here in draft mode.

Photos appear with haste, though, taking just over a minute for a 6 x 4in print and 1min 45secs for an A4. It isn’t quite up there with the nippy iP5300, but it’s well ahead of the HP D7360. And there’s an integrated duplex unit for added convenience and saving paper, as well as a CD and DVD printing tray, and a colour LCD for direct printing. A PictBridge port and media card slots are present and correct, although they don’t support xD-Picture cards. An optional Bluetooth adapter can be added too.

The single year of return-to-base cover is somewhat rescued by Canon’s table-topping performance in our most recent Reliability & Service Awards, but you must also take into account the tendency of Canon prints to fade more rapidly than those of Epson and, to a lesser extent, HP. This isn’t a huge criticism, but it’s just one more reason why HP’s Photosmart D7360 edges it to be our top-end printer of choice.

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