Canon Pixma E600 Printer Review

9/2/2012 7:19:00 PM

Though Pixma E600 doesn’t have fast printing speed, its black-white and color outputs are all better than those of inkjet rivals.

Description: Canon Pixma E600

Canon Pixma E600

E600 is an upgrade of E500 plus new features and considerably bulkier case. Besides functions of printing, scanning and copying like E500, the new model can perform faxing, which is suitable for small and medium businesses who want a multi-function device. Besides, the printer can serve home entertainment by printing Full HD capture with interesting effects.

RRP is $1,750.

Like its predecessor, Canon Pixma E600 uses 2 ink cartridges, including one for black-white for normal photocopies and documents and another dedicated to color printing (PG-88 and CL-98). Maximum resolution is 4,800 x 1,200 dpi, scan resolution is 1,200 x 2,400 dpi. The device can also scan colored images.



Good-quality printouts

Multi-function with printing, scanning, copying and faxing



Bulky and heavy

Big noise created during process of scanning and copying

Design and features

Description: E600 has a quite big design.

E600 has a quite big design.

Pixma E600 has considerably larger and chubbier case compared to E500. The printer seizes 458 x 385 x 200 mm and weighs 8.5 kg. It is heavier than E500 model by 3.2 kg. Because the machine is big for a desk, users have to consider a particular space for it so that they won’t feel cramped.

Description: User-friendly control panel

User-friendly control panel

In the top is paper tray and open-air control panel. There’s still glossy plastic finish which easily gets scratches and fingerprints, like on other E-series models.

Control monitor is quite simple with screen displaying the number of pages copied or printed. Next to it are number keys, options for black-white/color printing while function keys, such as fax, copy and scan, are visually illustrated in left buttons.

Description: Connectors in the back

Connectors in the back

E600 has its connectors lay in the back, including power jack and port for connecting to PC via USB line and fax signal. The printer also has front paper tray the upper tray is able to load paper automatically, which comes handy.


Canon Pixma E600’s printing support maximum resolution of 4,800 x 1,200 dpi with only two official ink cartridges, PG-88 and CL-98, for black-white and color printing. This absolutely saves user when other printers use from 4 to 5 cartridges with lower quality.

Description: Auto-load tray in the top

Auto-load tray in the top

E600 has single-page printing speed of 5ppm for color A4 and 8.9ppm for black-white A4. The device also support various paper sizes like A4, A5, B5, LTR, LGL and 4x6. With scanning feature, E600 uses optical resolution of 1,200 x 2,400 dpi and scanning speed of 15 seconds per page for color documents. Meanwhile, photocopying feature gives an operating speed of 23 seconds per page.

Description: Replace ink cartridges

Replace ink cartridges

E600 places its ink cartridges in the same position of E500. User is recommended to open the front cap then open a small cover and switch the bolt to replace the ink cartridges. Sharing few ink cartridges saves more money but required more regular replacement when compared with using many ink cartridges.

Performance and printout’s quality

Pixma E600 comes with 3 printing modes: high-quality, standard and fast. In our test, printing a black-white page containing texts and images (from a website) in A4 size took 6 seconds per copy. Meanwhile, using the same source but with color printing allotted for 11 second for a copy in a similar size.

Description: Printing speed is not improved but the quality is quite good.

Printing speed is not improved but the quality is quite good.

In another test, we noticed that printing consecutive 10 pages shared a familiar amount of time with printing 10 pages separately. Additionally, for an image on 20x30cm glossy paper, the system used up 1 minutes and 16 seconds. This process was slowed down in condition of image overflowing the frame (A4).

Image quality of black-white texts was very good and no less than that of laser printer despite inkjet method. With small texts (under 10points), strokes were not stuck together but legible. With color images, output colors were quite nice and there’s no colors overlapping in tiny details and complex areas.

Trying photocopying with Standard and Fast mode (plus lower quality), processing speeds are 15 seconds and 21 seconds respectively. There wasn’t much difference in the speed. Thus if users print separately and leisurely work, they are recommended to use Standard mode because Fast one would produce images having lower quality which is clearly visible.

Description: Top tray’s mechanism of loading paper

Top tray’s mechanism of loading paper

In test of scanning a color A4, the printer supported 600dpi resolution and took 1 minute and 15 seconds. When we lowered the resolution, allotted time reduced to 30 seconds. During scanning process, this printer caused a lot of noise due to inkjet method.

Moreover, with faxing feature, E600 is compatible with common A4 paper. This saves a great amount of time as well as cost.

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