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?