Canon MAXIFY GX6550 review

The Canon MAXIFY GX6550 3-in-1 MegaTank printer is pricey to buy but could save you bigtime in the long run

Canon MAXIFY GX6550
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Designed for the small or home office, and with hybrid workers in mind, this Canon printer runs on four pigment-based inks which are bottle-fed, claiming to reduce the total cost of ownership by 90%, compared with many popular inkjet and laser printers. It takes printing, scanning and copying in its stride, thanks to an intuitive touchscreen control panel. For the latter two tasks, it also features a 35-sheet ADF which, unusually, enables front-loading rather than from the side, potentially saving space and adding to its compact credentials. It’s a fast and versatile printer that’s easy to live with and cheap to run.


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    Good print quality for documents

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    USB, Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity

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    Fast printing with low running costs


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    Expensive initial purchase price

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    Mediocre glossy photo quality

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    Less suitable for occasional printing

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The Canon MAXIFY GX6550 is from Canon’s range of MegaTank printers, which feature large ink tanks that are refilled by bottles, rather than conventional cartridges. As usual for this type of printer, you need to pay more up-front but the running costs are very much lower. You’re unlikely to see any savings if you only create prints occasionally but, for higher-volume printing, the ‘total cost of ownership’ over the lifetime of the printer can be considerable – saving you around 90%.

(Image credit: Matthew Richards)

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.