My review of the Canon Pixma G4210 MegaTank Wireless All-in-One Printer at PCMag

  • PROS

    Excellent running costs. Great print quality, especially photos. Prints Instagram’s 5-by-5-inch images. Ethernet networking. Strong mobile device support.

  • CONS

    No Wi-Fi Direct or auto-duplexing. Slow document printing.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Canon Pixma G4210 is a small-office bulk-ink AIO printer that produces quality output at a super-low price.

The Canon Pixma G4210 Wireless MegaTank All-in-One ($399.99) is designed for home-based and small offices and workgroups. Like its predecessor, the Pixma G4200, it sits at the top of the company’s MegaTank brand bulk-ink printers. Except for a few new features, such as Ethernet connectivity and a slew of updated utilities, this new Pixma is a lot like the old one. This all-in-one doesn’t have the speed or wealth of features that the Editors’ Choice Pixma TS9120 offers, but its exceptional output and low running costs make it a strong contender for offices where quality and cost is key.

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My article on How to Recycle or Donate Your Old Printer at PCMag

Whether your trusty inkjet or laser has spit out its last page, or you’re just looking to upgrade, here’s how not to land your old printer in a landfill.

ByWilliam Harrel

Donate, Recycle, or Sell Your Old Printer?

Whether your printer is a lightweight budget inkjet or a bulky workhorse laser, a single-function printer or a versatile all-in-one (AIO), the time will come when you’ll need to find a responsible way to dispose of it. Maybe it broke down for good; maybe you’ve simply replaced it with a better model. Whatever the reason why you don’t need your printer any longer, getting rid of it responsibly means making sure it gets refurbished and put back into service, or that its materials get into the right recycling streams. Here’s how to make that happen.

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Review of the Canon IVY Mini Photo Printer at PCMag.da

  • PROS 

    Good print quality for its class. Easy to set up and use. Tiling feature allows for bigger images and collages. Competitive running costs.

  • CONS

    Can’t print from a PC. Bluetooth is only connection option. Lacks support for Wi-Fi. No savings for buying paper in bulk.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    With on-par output quality, print speeds, and running costs for a Zink-based photo printer, the Canon IVY Mini is a solid portable model that churns out 2-by-3-inch prints.

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a surge of pocket photo printers that you operate solely from your smartphone or tablet. A few, notably the HP Sprocket Photo Printer and the Lifeprint 2×3 Hyperphoto Printer, have managed top ratings in PCMag reviews. Now, along comes Canon’s IVY Mini Photo Printer ($129.99), which, aside from a few set-apart print features, is essentially a “me-too” model. It prints as well as most of its competitors, and it comes with an easy-to-use app for printing, as well as for cropping and enhancing your photos. In our testing, though, little about the IVY stands out. It’s as good a choice as most of its competitors, assuming what you’re after are tiny, on-the-fly prints from a mobile device.

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Editors' Choice

  • PROS

    Single-pass automatic document feeder (ADF). Expandable paper-input capacity. Large customizable touch control panel. USB thumb drive support. Fast. Good overall print quality. Decent running costs.

  • CONS

    Photograph output could be better.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    Canon’s imageClass MF424dw all-in-one (AIO) prints terrific-looking text and graphics at a highly respectable speed for the price, and its competitive running costs make it a great value overall.

A step up from the Canon imageClass MF249dw, a top pick, the Canon imageClass MF424dw ($349) is a little bigger and faster. It has more productivity and convenience features, such as a single-pass auto-duplexing automatic document feeder (ADF), and support for USB thumb drives. Its paper-input capacity is expandable, making it an all-around more versatile and robust monochrome all-in-one (AIO) than the Canon MF249dw—for not that much more money. All that, and Canon’s new three-year warranty, as well as lower-than-average running costs, are more than enough to elevate the MF424dw as our Editors’ Choice for a monochrome laser AIO for low- to moderate-volume printing in a small- to medium-size office or workgroup.

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Review of the Canon imageClass MF236n at PCMag

  • PROS

    Good price. Fits comfortably on an average desktop. Automatic document feeder (ADF). Reasonably fast. Excellent print quality.

  • CONS

    No auto-duplex printing or scanning. Running costs are high. Lacks Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, and NFC.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    Canon’s entry-level imageClass MF236n prints good-looking monochrome documents at a respectable clip, but its running costs relegate it to a low-volume laser AIO.

Like the Editors’ Choice imageClass MF249dw, the Canon imageClass MF236n ($199) is an entry-level monochrome laser all-in-one (AIO) printer designed for low-volume printing, copying, scanning, and faxing in a small or micro home-based office or workgroup. You sacrifice a few things for the low price, however, such as the ability to copy and scan two-sided multipage documents automatically, as well as wireless networking. While the MF236n is a capable little AIO, what you give up for a not-so-significant price difference between it and the Canon MF249dw is more than enough to keep the MF236n as a mere contender; however, in the right low-to-medium-print-volume environments, it’s a sensible alternative to its costlier sibling.
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Review of the Canon imageClass MF232w at PCMag

  • PROS

    Good price. Compact. Excellent print quality. Fast print speed.

  • CONS

    Running costs could be better. Lacks automatic document feeder (ADF). No auto-duplex printing.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    It may lack an ADF and automatic two-sided printing, but Canon’s imageClass MF232w all-in-one (AIO) prints well and at a highly respectable speed for the price.

The Canon imageClass MF232w ($189) is a monochrome all-in-one (AIO) laser printer that’s a step below the Editors’ Choice Canon imageClass MF249dw. Granted, it lacks an automatic document feeder (ADF) and an auto-duplexing print engine for printing two-sided pages automatically. What you do get with this sub-$200 laser AIO, however, is decent print speeds and good output quality for the price, as well as competitive running costs. That makes it a sensible choice for low-volume printing and copying from a home-based or small or micro office or workgroup, or as a low-volume personal laser AIO.
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With all of the innovation going on in information technology these days, printers may not be the sexiest set of gear, but they remain one of the bedrocks. An absolute in the printer market nowadays is that, no matter what you pay for it—from $50 to $1,000 or more—your single-function or multifunction machine should print at least passably well, and it should perform like a champ—in terms of mechanical functionality, if not necessarily speed. Those are 2017’s printer table stakes.

Computer Shopper's Top 100 Tech Products of 2017: Printers

From small or home-based offices to huge enterprises and workgroups, an ongoing trend in printer technology over the past several years has been mobile connectivity—printing from and scanning to your smartphone, tablet, or laptop from virtually anywhere and everywhere. The year 2017 continues that trend, as well as the ongoing ink wars, in which printer makers promote various technologies and programs for providing lower-cost ink (or at least the illusion of it), especially among lower-end consumer and small-office all-in-ones (AIOs). The reality is that ink’s not really any cheaper, but these products do provide a lot more transparency into what it actually costs to keep your printer inked up.

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Review of the Canon Pixma TR7520 Wireless Home Office Inkjet All-in-One at Computer ShopperHere’s another of those situations when a printer maker (in this case, Canon) offers two all-in-one (AIO) printers close in price, but diverse enough in features that the higher-end iteration dwarfs its slightly less expensive sibling. In this case, we’re talking about the Canon Pixma TR8520 Wireless Home Office All-in-One [amazon_link asins=’B074VFW3VX’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’dd386c4f-daa9-11e7-af58-e5ef4ac38939′] and its $20-cheaper sibling, the $179.99-list ($129.99-street) Pixma TR7520 Wireless Home Office All-in-One [amazon_link asins=’B074V5CMYK’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’3362d5a2-daaa-11e7-a840-2591473b8703′]  reviewed here today. The cost/value ratio between them is so far out of whack that choosing the TR7520 only makes sense in some very specific, rarely encountered situations.

[amazon_link asins=’B074V5CMYK’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’3f1b5284-daaa-11e7-ad92-7b701dab8545′]In other words, for $20, you give up too much. As you can tell by their names, both the Pixma TR7520 and TR8520 are home office all-in-ones (AIOs), and, as you can probably tell by their prices, we’re not talking a corporation’s home office. Both the TR7520 and the TR8520, the TR-series flagship model, are relatively low-volume home and family appliances that provide your domestic office the ability to print, scan, copy, and fax.

If you go with the TS7520, you give up Ethernet (wired networking); the ability to print from SD cards from your digital camera, smartphone, or tablet; and a larger 4.3-inch touch screen, settling for a 3.0-inch control panel. Any one of those features on its own is well worth an additional Jackson, although we suspect that most home office and family environments could get by without any or all of them.

Canon Pixma TR7520 (Angled Output)

Similar in many ways to Canon’s Pixma TS6120 [amazon_link asins=’B074VD4WZS’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’8e6fb378-daaa-11e7-b818-65777a7f07d2′], the TR7520 is more of a business-oriented machine, whereas the TS6120 leans more toward family and photo-printing use. The primary differences between them, while significant, aren’t many. The TR7520, for instance, comes with an automatic document feeder (ADF) for hands-off multipage scanning and the ability to send and receive faxes. The TS6120, while it comes with a scanner, lacks ADF and fax capabilities.

The TR7520 also lists for about $30 more than the TS6120. These two machines are similar in that both use five-ink imaging systems. In fact, at their core—namely, their print engines, as far as we can tell—they’re pretty much the same; their print speeds, output quality, and running costs are close enough that for our purposes here, they’re identical.

The TR7520 is, then, essentially an entry-level home office AIO. Not only is that reflected in its relatively low purchase price, like many of its competitors, including Epson’s Expression Photo XP-8500 Small-in-One [amazon_link asins=’B074V4MQ3L’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e6b47110-daaa-11e7-a881-73b87ed76396′] and Expression Premium XP-640 Small-in-One [amazon_link asins=’B01J7H8HP6′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’0a1b6694-daab-11e7-8022-819690a560fb’], the TS7520 is slow and its per-page price for ink is high, especially compared to similarly priced business-oriented AIOs—such as Epson’s WorkForce Pro WF-4720 All-in-One [amazon_link asins=’B01MT8VSLU’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’2924315a-daab-11e7-97a6-95b62c127ee4′], to keep the comparisons focused on that manufacturer.

Where the TR-series Pixmas excel, though, is in their terrific output, especially with graphics and photos. They’re also very easy to use, as they come with software geared more toward home users. The bottom line on the TR7520 (and its TR8520 sibling) is that, though Canon doesn’t market it as such, it is essentially a five-ink consumer-grade photo printer with an ADF and fax capabilities, with a well-under-$200 street price, and that is somewhat unusual. Even so, its high cost per page (CPP) and relative sluggishness relegate it to home-office AIO duty. If that’s what you’re looking for, this is a terrific little printer—though, as we said, the TR8520 is just a bit more terrific.

Read the entire review at Computer Shopper



 

Review of the Canon Pixma TS3120 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One at PCMag

  • PROS

    Low price. Compact and light. Bluetooth 4.0 support. Good print quality overall.

  • CONS

    No automatic document feeder. Only two ink cartridges. Lacks SD card and USB thumb drive support. High cost per page. Maximum 5-by-7-inch photo output size. Slow document printing.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The budget-friendly Canon Pixma TS3120 prints text, graphics and photos well enough, but its low price also means having to forgo some convenient features.

[amazon_link asins=’B074VD1GGT’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’748559cd-c322-11e7-851a-fd6bf86437c2′]The Canon Pixma TS3120 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One ($79.99) ([amazon_link asins=’B074VD1GGT’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’4821fa60-c322-11e7-9840-256be18b8a29′] at Amazon) is one of very few inkjet printers with the distinction of a sub-$80 list price (and its street price of $49.99 means that you can actually buy it for less than $50, making it all the more unique). Not only is this one of the least-expensive consumer-grade photo all-in one (AIO) printers we’ve reviewed recently, it’s also one of the smallest, slowest, and shortest on features. Like the HP DeskJet 3755, the TS3120 is designed for families and homes that do very little printing and copying—a sort of there-when-you-need-it device. In that role, it’s a lower-cost alternative to the Canon Pixma TS5020 or the significantly more-expensive Editors’ Choice Canon Pixma TS9120 Wireless 
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Review of the Canon Pixma TS9120 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One at PCMag

  • PROS

    Lightweight and compact. Two additional ink cartridges for higher-quality photos. Two paper input trays. SD card, Ethernet, and Bluetooth 4.0 support. Excellent print quality. Fast snapshot printing.

  • CONS

    No automatic document feeder. Lacks NFC and Wi-Fi Direct. Slow document printing.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    Though it lacks an automatic document feeder, the six-ink Canon Pixma TS9120 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One printer produces exceptional text, graphics, and photos.

[amazon_link asins=’B074VFYB9J’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’191a86f9-c323-11e7-9db8-41e82d195c6c’]The flagship model in Canon’s Pixma TS-series consumer-grade photo all-in-one (AIO) inkjet printers, the Canon Wireless Inkjet All-in-One ($199) ([amazon_link asins=’B074VFYB9J’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’dd24a4fc-c322-11e7-895a-57f6b5d1c2e3′] at Amazon) replaces the Pixma TS9020 ([amazon_link asins=’B01N2RB71T’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’49ec3cf8-c323-11e7-bab9-9315cedd9bfc’] at Amazon) we reviewed earlier this year. Like its sibling, the Pixma TS8020, ([amazon_link asins=’B01MXYIJQR’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ad0e0bf2-c323-11e7-892b-af0f281f51a6′] at Amazon) a top pick, the TS9120 is a six-ink machine designed to print primarily photographs, and that it does quite well. It prints and copies documents well, too, but sluggishly, compared with its business-oriented counterparts, and it lacks an automatic document feeder (ADF). However, its outstanding output quality, larger display, and Ethernet support for just $20 more than the Canon TS8020 makes it well-deserving of our Editors’ Choice as a consumer-grade photo and occasional document printer for home and family use.
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