Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE 6500 Series Review

Good: Choice of 10.1" or 10.4" control panels, strong multifunction and security features, optional Fiery print controller.
Bad: No color printing or copying supported, not intended for smaller businesses.
Bottom Line: New high-volume machines designed to help businesses reduce printing costs and improve efficiency.
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Product Overview

The imageRUNNER ADVANCE 6500 Series has several new devices using the latest generation of the imageRUNNER ADVANCE platform. The new platform is designed to help reduce printing costs and streamline productivity. It has a 10.1″ color flat-panel and standard user authentication.

With a speed range of 55 ppm to 75 ppm, these machines are designed for businesses with high-volume printing needs, such as schools, publishing plants and manufacturers. (Businesses looking for even higher printing speeds can check out our review on the imageRUNNER ADVANCE 8500 Series.)

There are three devices in this series. They are:

  • The imageRUNNER ADVANCE 6555i ($18,000) that prints and copies at 55 ppm
  • The imageRUNNER ADVANCE 6565i ($24,000) that prints and copies at 65 ppm
  • The imageRUNNER ADVANCE 6575i ($30,000) that prints and copies at 75 ppm

All three devices provide standard printing, copying and scanning functions, and they use the Canon Dual Custom Processor. Faxing is optional. Standard memory is 3 GB. There’s a standard 250 GB hard drive with an optional mirroring hard drive of an additional 250 GB.

In addition to the standard flat panel, there’s an optional 10.4″ LCD color upright panel.

More details are in our Features section below.


Paper handling: The 6500 Series includes many options for paper handling. Standard paper input starts with a dual 1,500-sheet paper tray, dual 550-sheet paper trays and a 100-sheet bypass for 4,200 sheets. The option’s available to add a 3,500-sheet paper deck (either the letter-sized deck only or the paper deck that accepts up to 11″ x 17″) for a maximum of 7,700 sheets. All trays accept up to 80 lb. cover in paper weight, except for the bypass (which accepts up to 140 lb. index).

There’s a 300-sheet document feeder that supports single-pass duplexing.

Businesses also have different finishing options. First, there is the 250-sheet copy tray. Second, there is a three-tray staple finisher with a capacity of 500 sheets in two trays and 3,000 sheets in a third tray. It supports multiposition stapling of up to 65 sheets. Another option is the booklet finisher with saddle stitching. It has the same tray and stapling capacities as the stapling finisher, but can also saddle stitch up to 20 sheets. A 2/3-hole puncher can be added to either unit.

There’s also a document insertion unit with a 100-sheet capacity. And finally, there’s the 100-sheet folding unit that supports C- and Z-fold.

Multifunction features: The 6500 Series supports Canon’s UFR II language, PCL and PostScript. Mobile printing is supported. USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi are standard. First-page-out copy time is 3.1 seconds on the 6575i.

Color scanning is supported, as is scanning to mobile devices. Users can send scans to email, SMB, FTP, WebDAV and mailbox. Scanning file formats are TIFF, JPEG, PDF, XPS and Office Open XML. There’s also the option to send encrypted PDFs and digital signatures.

LDAP is supported, and users can store up to 2,000 contacts within the address book. These devices include the ability to store up to 100 user inboxes and 30,000 pages maximum.

The fax option uses the 33.6 kbps modem with JBIG compression. Up to four fax lines are permitted. Internet and IP faxing are supported.

Security features: The 6500 Series has strong security features, both standard and optional. Some of the standard features include user and department ID authentication, hard drive password lock, hard drive erase, hard drive encryption, mailbox password, IP/Mac address filtering, secure prints and Adobe LiveCycle Rights Management integration, to name a few.

Print controller: There is an optional Fiery print controller. It has a 2.9 GHz processor, 4 GB of memory and a 500 GB hard drive. It supports PCL, PostScript and Ethernet interfaces. Additional features include hot folders, virtual printers, a paper catalog kit and secure erase.

  • Automatic Document Feeder?
  • Duplexing?
  • Ethernet Connectivity?
  • Wireless Connectivity?
  • Mobile Printing/Scanning?
  • Finishers?


There’s no color printing or copying. Businesses that require them can check out on our review on the Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5200.

Also, the 6500 Series isn’t intended for smaller environments.


Canon is the number-one copier company in the U.S. if measured by the total number of units sold.

The company has an impressive line of multifunctional devices, and it’s one of the leaders in this market. Most of Canon’s multifunction printer (MFP) line carries the imageRUNNER brand name.

Over the years, Canon’s print controller strategy has involved partnering with EFI, the third-party controller company that dominates the color market. The company also relies on controllers developed by Canon itself. The controllers, which feature Canon’s IP architecture (the “IP” stands for “Image Platform”), can be found on all imageRUNNER models.

Canon’s MEAP architecture (Multifunctional Embedded Application Program) has been a significant addition to Canon’s controller strategy. It’s featured on most of its mid-to-high-volume models. The MEAP platform features an open architecture for providing custom software applications, some for private use and others sold on the open market as add-on products from third parties.

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