For a few years now, we’ve praised the six-ink imaging system in some of Canon’s Pixma inkjets for its exceptional photo reproduction. However, we haven’t been quite as impressed with the company’s tendency to re-release essentially the same machines—with just a few modernizing updates—every 18 months or so.
Take, for example, the Pixma MG6320, which we reviewed in February 2013. Disregard the addition of a few cloud- and mobile-printing features, and it was fundamentally thePixma MG6220 we reviewed a year and a half earlier. We’ve seen the same trend across plenty of other Pixmas.
We’re happy to report, however, that this year the Japanese imaging giant has contributed something quite different to the market for photo-centric inkjets: the $299.99-list Canon Pixma iP8720 Wireless Inkjet Photo Printer, a mainstream-priced single-function model that can print wide—very wide.
In addition to the excellent print quality we’ve come to expect from Canon’s six-ink printers, the Pixma iP8720 prints wide-format to tabloid-size stock (11×17 inches), as well as to the next size up, 13×19 inches. That means you can print high-quality oversize images and posters on a consumer-grade photo printer.
The next step up from the Pixma iP8720 is a professional-grade dedicated photo printer, such as Epson’s $499.99-listStylus Photo R2000 or the $649.99-list Stylus Photo R3000, both of which are well more expensive. Also, unlike these Epson models, the Pixma iP8720 is much more adept at printing document pages. (That’s not to say, however, that this Pixma is a good choice for heavy document output, if a document printer is what you need first and foremost. Far from it.)
Furthermore, the Pixma iP8720 is capable of printing on appropriately surfaced recordable CDs and DVDs, increasing its overall utility. Still, like most Canon photo printers (and, in fairness, most other photo printers in general), this Pixma is expensive to use, in terms of the per-page cost of operation, compared to most machines built for business printing.
If you print a lot of documents, you should really only consider purchasing the Pixma iP8720 as a secondary printer for photos. This Pixma iP8720 is foremost a photo-centric model, and, from that perspective, it’s an excellent choice. It’s among the best-value high-end photo printers for consumers that we’ve tested in recent years. If you have the room for it (and the ongoing cashflow for the cartridges and A4-size photo paper), you’ll love its flexibility for photo output at all sizes.
Read the entire review at Computer Shopper.