If Canon’s Pixma MG2220 were a summer movie, it would be the low-budget conclusion to a ho-hum trilogy. Of Canon’s summer-2012 photo-printer efforts, all of them entry-level all-in-one (AIO) photo inkjets, this one’s the cheapest. (The other models are the Pixma MG4220 and Pixma MG3220.) At the core, all three of these new Pixmas are direct rehashes of three models we saw in 2011: the Pixma MG4120, MG3120, and MG2120, respectively. Alas, those machines were not overly impressive in their time, and since so little has changed in the 2012 versions, the three newer models didn’t stand out, either.
At $69 list, the Pixma MG2220 is the cheapest of the 2012 trio, and, as you’d expect, it has the fewest features. One of the least-expensive AIOs we’ve seen, it’s also one of the most stripped-down. Indeed, you give up a lot for the $10 difference between it and Canon’s next model up in this line, the MG3220. For example, the Pixma MG3220 supports wireless networking, printing to the machine from mobile devices, and automatic two-sided printing, all features the MG2220 does not.
To get certain other basic features in a Pixma machine (“basic” by today’s standards, anyway, such as a color LCD and printing from flash-memory devices and cloud sites), you’ll have to step up a bit further, to the $149-list Pixma MG4220. Of these three Pixmas, the MG3220, with its better connectivity options and auto-duplexing print engine, is the best value for the budget-strapped. (In our eyes, that model’s biggest trade-off is its inability to print directly from memory cards, something of a no-brainer for a photo printer.)
Under what possible circumstances, then, would the Pixma MG2220 make sense? If you have only one computer and no wireless network in your home—and you don’t think you’ll ever need to connect to the printer wirelessly, and you don’t mind flipping pages manually when you need two-sided prints—well, then, saving $10 with the MG2220 over the MG3220 might make sense. But that’s a stretch.
The Pixma MG2220’s lack of Wi-Fi support and convenience features are not our only concerns about the value proposition of this printer. While Canon continues reusing the same print engine in this current family of Pixma MG models, other manufacturers, such as Kodak (with its $99-list ESP 3.2 All-in-One PrinterBest Deal: $69.00 at Walmart.com), have meanwhile souped up their previous models, making them faster and more efficient. In addition, the Pixma MG2220 uses the same print cartridges as the other two Canon MG models discussed here, and they’re pricey on a cost-per-page (CPP) basis. That makes using this printer one of the dearest in the budget-printer field. If you’ll print on it much at all, the initial savings will get eaten up quickly (and soon, forgotten) by what you pay for the ink to keep it going.
Still, $69 isn’t much to pay for a machine that prints, copies, and scans, and if you just want to print the occasional photograph or business document, the MG2220 will give you respectable-looking output, albeit slower than most competitors. It also scans and copies well—but then, too, so do most competing models. Were sluggishness the MG2220’s only shortcoming, we could overlook that for the price. But the high ink cost is a huge drawback, and it makes this AIO hard to recommend for anything more than occasional use.
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