Canon Pixma MG3120 – Big Printer, Little Price

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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