Canon Pixma MG7120 Review and RatingsAs we’ve noted over the years, when it comes to printing photos on all-in-one (AIO) inkjet printers (that is, multifunction models that can print, copy, and scan), few solutions provide better-looking photographic output than the six-ink imaging systems deployed in a few higher-end, photo-centric Canon Pixmas. (The Pixma MG6320 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-in-One we reviewed back in February 2013 comes to mind.) Hence, we always pay attention when another new model based on this tried-and-proven imaging technology comes along.

Enter Canon’s MG7120 Photo All-in-One Inkjet Printer, the Japanese electronics giant’s latest model based on that detail-rich, vibrant six-ink imaging system. It lists for $199.99 and sells for roughly $149 on the street. Designed for photo enthusiasts and capable of printing exceptional photographs, this AIO also performs basic office functions, such as printing business documents, scanning, and copying.

Canon Pixma MG7120 (Angle View)The key word here is basic, though. Notably, this Pixma lacks an automatic document feeder (ADF) for scanning and copying multipage documents. What this means is that each page of a document must be placed on the scanner bed one at a time, which can be time-consuming and tedious, especially if your original document is two-sided. These days, it’s unusual for a printer in the $200-list price range to come without an ADF onboard.

In addition, the Pixma MG7120 is—in terms of print speed, input and output volume, and cost per page (CPP)—a decidedly low-volume machine. While everything it prints looks good (partly because it uses six discrete, premium inks), what it prints, as you’ll see in the Setup & Paper Handling section later in this review, costs a bit too much to output for our tastes.

Usually, we ding a printer hard for high CPPs, though we do make some provision for photo printers built around five- and six-ink systems. Typically, you would buy one of these photo-centric models only if image printing were more important to you than office-productivity and convenience features. In these cases, as we see it, it’s important that you understand what you’re getting and why.

Canon Pixma MG7120 (Buttoned Up)As we’ve put forth for years, Canon’s six-ink Pixmas print exceptional images. The business documents it prints look good, too, but, compared to the CPP figures we’ve calculated from many other inkjet-based AIOs, they’re also a bit too expensive. In addition, this machine’s lack of an ADF limits its flexibility as a copier or scanner, which is a pity, because the quality of its copies, as we found in our tests, is excellent.

In light of that, be clear on what the Pixma MG7120 is, regardless of its AIO exterior: a photo printer, first and foremost. There’s no denying that the Pixma MG7120 prints stellar photos, but that’s by far the main reason you should consider it.

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Canon Pixma iP7220 Wireless Color Photo Printer ReviewIn this digitally enhanced era we live in, printing scads of business or personal documents is no longer as big a part of everyday life as it was a short decade ago. With the advent of electronic banking, electronic tax filing, electronic mail…well, electronic everything, the personally printed page is becoming increasingly passe and inefficient.

In fact, the “paperless office” (where nobody prints, making the world safe for trees) predicted by last century’s pundits is becoming—for some homes and small businesses, anyway—at least a partial reality. Still, even though many people have much reduced how many documents they print, nearly everybody enjoys having printed photos on hand. And that’s where old-school, single-function photo printers, such as the $99.99-list Canon Pixma iP7220 Wireless Color Photo Printer we’re reviewing today, come in.

Canon Pixma iP7220 Closed and AngledThough it’s a device primarily optimized for printing photos, the Pixma iP7220 is not a “dedicated” photo printer. It will also print documents, and it supports duplex printing (automatic two-sided output), which means you can print double-sided letters, business documents, or flyers as needed. And, like Canon’s other midrange and higher-end photo-centric Pixmas, such as the Pixma MG5420, this one performs its intended tasks—printing exceptional-quality photos and the occasional good-looking document—quite well.

In that regard, much like a few other Pixmas we’ve tested that use Canon’s five-ink imaging system (such as the Pixma MG5420), the iP7220 delivers printed output that looks exceptional, especially photos. However, as with the MG5420, the iP7220’s ongoing per-page cost of its ink, is also exceptional—exceptionally high, that is. (We’ll talk more about the five-ink system and this model’s cost per page, or CPP, in the Setup & Paper Handling section a little later in this review.)

Usually, we ding printers hard if they have high CPPs, especially if they are all-in-one (AIO) models geared toward business-document output. In the case of single-function photo printers, though, where the prime reason for buying one is high-quality image printing, we can accept a higher CPP, so long as the image quality justifies the extra pennies per photo. The Pixma iP7220 certainly meets these criteria. In fact, the only consumer-level printers we know of that print photographs better than Canon’s five-ink machines are Canon’s own Pixmas that use six inks, such as the multifunction Pixma MG6320 and Pixma MG8220.

Canon Pixma iP7220 Wireless Color Photo Printer Printing ViewAs a document printer, the Pixma iP7220 delivers output quality that’s about average, and it churns out document pages a little slower than several other competing devices. If you print documents more than “now and then,” many, many other printers out there will serve you better than this one. But if you’re looking for consistently vibrant, colorful, developer-quality images, we can recommend the Pixma iP7220.

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Canon Pixma MG6320 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One Review and Ratings

Pixmas…we got Pixmas. When it comes to offering a wide selection of all-in-one (AIO) photo printers, few manufacturers, if any, are more prolific than the Japanese imaging electronics giant Canon. Every year or so, practically like clockwork, we receive a wave of new or updated models in the company’s MG line of Pixma printers, ranging in price (and feature sets) from about $70 for the very basic Pixma MG2220, to $300 for the feature-rich and highly capable Pixma MG8220.

“MG,” as you might have guessed, is the company’s designation prefix for its photo-centric line of consumer multifunction print/copy/scan models. And as you’d expect from most printer product lines, the more you pay for a given printer in the line, the more features and the higher print speeds you get. With Canon’s Pixmas, though—perhaps more so than with any other printer maker—what you pay for the machine also greatly influences print quality, especially when it comes to printing photographs. Entry-level Pixmas in the $70 to $130 range, for instance, come with print engines that use only two ink cartridges and print only passable photos, while models that fall into the $150 to $300 price range come with five- or six-cartridge ink systems that print some of the best-quality images available from a consumer-grade photo printer.

Canon Pixma MG6320

The Pixma we’re reviewing here, the $199.99-list MG6320 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One, replaces the Pixma MG6220 we reviewed back in October 2011, and it falls into that second group. When you combine this model’s six-ink imaging system with Canon’s high-quality glossy photo paper (and assuming you start with good-quality high-resolution photos), you’d be hard-pressed to find a consumer-oriented AIO printer that delivers better-looking images—period.

Like other Canon Pixmas, the MG6320 also doubles as a light-duty all-around document printer. From that standpoint, it’s capable enough, but its performance, in both document-print quality and speeds, is, well, mediocre. While it prints document pages that look as good as those we’ve seen from most other AIOs, it’s slower at it than most competing models, and the per-page price of the ink, or cost per page (CPP), is higher. In short, the MG6320 costs more to use than other AIOs in this price range, be they photo-optimized or business-centric machines.

Furthermore, the Pixma MG6320, like other Pixmas in the MG product line, lacks an automatic document feeder (ADF) for scanning and copying multipage documents. Nowadays, an ADF is standard fare on most AIOs around $200. If you need to scan or copy multipage originals routinely, doing so with this Pixma is much more tedious and time-consuming than on most competing models.Canon Pixma MG6320 White Version

Considering the MG6320’s lack of an ADF, its document-printing sluggishness, and its high CPP, normally we’d say that home and small-office users would be better off choosing another model. Epson’s $199.99-list Expression Premium XP-800 Small-in-One Printer, for example, is not only faster, but it’s also a little cheaper to use on a CPP basis, and it comes with a 30-page ADF. Overall, the XP-800 is better suited for offices that need a full range of document-printing and -processing options, but to our eyes, the Pixma MG6320 churns out slightly superior photos.

And that’s where we draw the line. If your primary concern is getting the best-looking, most vibrant, and most colorful photos you can, and your business-document needs are secondary or minimal, you can’t beat the Pixma MG6320. If you need your AIO to print many documents, or to reproduce multipage originals, though, several competing models are better values. Like its predecessor the MG6220, the Pixma MG6320 is a terrific photograph printer—one of the best—but you need to know its limitations as an everyday document printer, copier, and scanner before diving in.

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Canon Pixma MG2220 Review and Ratings 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.)Canon Pixma MG2220 Review

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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Canon Pixma MG3220 Review and RatingsSometimes, attempting to save money can wind up costing you more in the end. This is especially true of entry-level inkjet all-in-one (AIO) printers for printing, copying, and scanning documents and photographs. Buying the wrong machine can cost you plenty, in terms of wasted time and the cost of consumables (in this case, ink cartridges). An attractive purchase price is not, by far, the only thing to consider when looking for a printer for your home or home-based office.

And that’s our main concern about Canon’s Pixma MG3220. While the MG3220’s suggested list price, $79.99, is low for a printer that can also copy and scan, this Pixma is considerably slower than some other recent similarly priced models, and it costs a lot to use—its ink cost per page (CPP) is just too high. If you use this printer a lot, it will cost you much more over time then some other entry-level competitors.

The MG3220 is the middle model (between the $69.99-list Pixma MG2220 and the $129.99-list Pixma MG4220, in a trio of low-end photo-centric Pixmas Canon rolled out in midsummer 2012. As we pointed out in our review of the MG4220 earlier this month, these are actually tweaked-and-rereleased versions of 2011’s Pixma MG2120, MG3120, and MG4120. As far as we can tell—and as our tests bear out—aside from a few additional features, these 2012 models are essentially the same Pixmas as last year’s.Canon Pixma MG3220 Review

Of the three, the MG3220 makes the most sense—assuming, that is, that you can do without the 2.4-inch color display, as well as the ability to print from and scan to memory cards, provided on the more-expensive MG4220. On the cheaper MG2220, you also give up wireless connectivity and automatic two-sided printing, which is a lot of sacrifice for the mere $10 price difference. As for the higher-end MG4220, our concern with it is that you can get a faster and more feature-rich Pixma, such as the Pixma MG5320, for about the same price (or cheaper, if you shop around).

As we said about the last-generation MG3120, the MG3220 prints documents and photos well enough, especially for an entry-level model, but it’s slower than some other recently released competitors, such as Kodak’s $99.99 ESP 3.2 All-in-One. It also has a much higher CPP than that Kodak and some other models. (We discuss the CPP in the last section of this review.) With that in mind, after spending a few days with this Pixma, we’re just not that enthusiastic about it. You can save a lot of money over the long haul by choosing a competing model, even one that costs just a little more.

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Canon Pixma MG3120 Review

One thing’s for sure about Canon: When it comes to entry-level all-in-one (AIO) photo printers, you can’t accuse the company of not providing you enough choices. That’s clear from the early-2012 release of three new low-cost models: the $69.99 Pixma MG2120, the $79.99 Pixma MG3120 we’re reviewing here, and the $129.99 Pixma MG4120. Essentially, in terms of print engine and chassis, these three all-in-ones (AIOs) are identical, but each model provides a different set of features.

The Pixma MG2120, for instance, is completely stripped-down. It lacks Wi-Fi (wireless) or Ethernet (wired) connectivity, as well as support for printing and scanning to memory devices. It also lacks several other features found on the higher-end Pixma MG4120.

In addition to these features, the Pixma MG4120 has a small (2.4-inch) full-color LCD that makes scanning to and printing from memory devices and configuring the printer easier. Positioned between the MG2120 and the MG4120, the $79.99 MG3120, the subject of this review, supports automatic duplexing (double-sided printing, which the MG2120 lacks), but it does not support memory devices (cards or USB drives), and it doesn’t have an LCD screen.

Canon Pixma MG3120

Canon's new budget-priced photo-centric Pixma leaves some things—and ADF, auto-duplexing, and so on—to be desired.

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Canon Pixma MG2120

Canon Pixma MG2120 - Not much printer for not much

Practically since the personal computer first emerged, tech pundits, year after year, foretold the “paperless office.” By now, according to those trend analyzers of the 1980s and 1990s, we should all be using little or no paper, pushing bits around in our clean, clutter-free office spaces.

Well, welcome to 2012, where you’ll still find a printer in just about every office. Some homes and home offices, though, seldom use their printers at all, and when they do, it’s only to print a photograph or two, make a few copies of a flyer, or churn out the occasional business document. These folks don’t need a speedy, high-volume all-in-one (AIO) printer. Why buy an 18-wheeler tractor-trailer when a minivan will do? Or, more fittingly, why spend $200 to $300 on a networkable small-office AIO when an under-$100 device, such as Canon’s $69.99 Pixma MG2120, might meet your needs?

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Canon Pixma MG4120

Canon Pixma MG4120 – Not quite up to Pixma standards. Too Bad.

Today, any late-model all-in-one (AIO) inkjet printer should churn out decent-looking photographs—it’s almost a given. The models in Canon’s Pixma line of AIOs, however, consistently reproduce photos with better detail, higher color accuracy, and more color depth than most. And there’s no shortage of them: With Canon’s recent introduction of three new entry-level Pixmas (the MG2120, MG3120, and MG4120), you now have 13 models, ranging in price from $69.99 to $299.99, to choose from—truly, a Pixma for every budget.
A lower price, of course, means that, in terms of features and prowess (speed and volume capabilities), you get less printer. The three latest Pixmas are on the lower end of the cost spectrum ($69.99 to $129.99), with the MG4120, the focus of this review, the most expensive and functional of the three. In the overall Pixma pecking order, the MG4120 falls between the $149.99 Pixma MG5320 and the $79.99 Pixma MG3120. With so many Pixmas available in such close price slices, not only did we need to evaluate how well this one holds up against competing models from other manufacturers, but also against its siblings. How much Pixma do you get for what price?



Canon Pixma MG5320 - A whole lot of photo printer at a small entry-level price.

Canon’s Pixma line of printers are some of the best photo printers around. This one, the $149.99 Pixma MG5320 offers the tried and proven Pixma five-ink system at an entry-level price. See the review at Computer Shopper.

Beautiful Outsides and Output

Beautiful Outsides and Output

In over 20 years of reviewing hardware, I seldom come across products that are so well constructed, stylishly designed and do what they’re intended to do so well. The Canon MG6120 is a beautiful machine, and prints some of the nicest looking photos I’ve ever seen. You can see my entire review at computershopper.com.