For as long as I can remember, I've had the same old printer in my office — mostly collecting dust or serving as a resting place for other office supplies. It wasn't until about two years ago when it finally gave out and I upgraded to a newer, Wi-Fi connected printer (ooh, Wi-Fi!). It was great to be able to print from anywhere in the house without having to be connected to the printer itself, however I bought a fairly low-end model (I don't print all that often) so this one too and its fair share of issues. A few weeks back my printer woes looked to be solved for good when I was sent a shiny new Canon Pixma MG7120 — an all-in-one inkjet printer that has a slew of geeky options that I was sure to love. I've been playing around with it for over a month now, and it's a proven to be a great addition to my office setup.
Print Resolution (Up to)
- Color:Up to 9600 x 2400 dpi2
- Black:Up to 600 x 600 dpi2
- 4" x 6", 5" x 7", Letter, Legal, U.S. #10 Envelopes
- Plain: Plain Paper, Canon High Resolution Paper;
- Super High Gloss: Photo Paper Pro Platinum;
- Glossy: Photo Paper Plus Glossy II, Photo Paper Glossy;
- Semi-Gloss: Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, Photo Paper Pro Luster;
- Matte: Matte Photo Paper;
- Envelope: U.S. #10 Envelope;
- CD/DVD: Printable CD/DVD/Blu-ray Disc;
When I opened the box to my new printer, my first thought was how "modern" it looked. I unpacked it and set it on my desk, realizing that there was no open paper tray or discharge, which I thought odd at first. Breaking my normal rules, I actually pulled out the manual to see what I need to do to get it up and running, and it was all a breeze from there. After plugging in and powering on, the Pixma does all of the hard work. The setup process does take quite a while (mostly the printer adjusting, aligning and doing various other internal things) but all it requires is a few taps, putting in the included in cartridges and dropping in some paper. Unlike my old printer which took way too much effort to connect to my Wi-Fi network, the Pixma just needed my SSIS and password to get going.
The cartridges even light up when inserted properly so you know you're good to go
Everything on the printer is controlled via the 3.5" touch screen up front. From setup to final printing, the screen walks you through all of the necessary items, so even the least tech-savvy person should be able to get this printer setup without a hitch. All of the options, settings, updates and other items are accessible from this screen as well, so there's no need to dive deep into your computer settings (in most cases) to do anything printer related here.
After plugging in my info and tapping the screen a few times, I dropped in the ink cartridges one by one. The Pixma takes 6 ink cartridges in total — so you'll find the standard fare, plus a gray cartridge that helps add detail to things like photos. The cartridges even light up when inserted properly so you know you're good to go — very cool. I have yet to run out of ink (thankfully so since I've only been using it a few weeks) but it looks like there are a variety of OEM and generic replacements on Amazon for a wide range of prices.
Once the setup was complete (again, it takes a long time to finish) I was ready to rock and roll. Right off the bat I noticed some awesome features that I was pumped to try out. First off, the Pixma features auto-on — that means that it can sit quietly until you need to print, then will turn on for an incoming photo or document to be printed. The unique pop-out "tray" is cool as well. The printer sits closed up — almost like a big black box — then when it's printing, the front door pops open on its own. It adds to the great looks of the Pixma and almost elevates the look of my office — this thing is a nice looking printer.
Printing works just as any USB-connected device would, only you need to be on the same network. I had no trouble finding the Pixma from my Mac, or getting it to print any type of document. One drawback for me is that when printing the Pixma takes a long time to do its thing and spit out a final document. I'd attempt to print a one page text file and at times have to wait nearly 5 minutes for the printer to finish. Other times, it started right up and was only a few seconds to finish. Time is something that the Pixma uses a lot of, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons on this one. It doesn't just stop at printing on paper either — the Pixma also can handle printing to CDs and other media. With resolution up to 9600 x 2400, this guy really puts out some high-quality items.
You can literally print photos on your home printer no from anywhere in the world — which is amazingly awesome
Aside from standard printing from a PC or Mac, the Pixma can also handle printing from a mobile device — be it from the Pixma app (Android & iOS) or just using AirPrint. The Pixma app lets you easily print off photos or documents from your mobile device, and you can even activate the scanner with just a few taps. Add in cloud printing for easy access to Flickr, Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter and Picasa, and you have a solid solution for printing almost anything from anywhere. The app doesn't require you to be on the same network, so you can literally print photos on your home printer no from anywhere in the world — which is amazingly awesome.
No frills to the included flatbed scanner here either. It too can handle pretty much anything. I had no issues scanning pages either directly on the Pixma, or using third-party software on my Mac. I don't scan too often, but having this available is a definite bonus.
Overall I really like the Canon Pixma MG7120. It's a huge upgrade from my previous printers, and one that I look forward to keeping in my office for quite some time. It's nice to look at, has plenty of great features and does what I need it too. It's not the smallest printer, but that's a small tradeoff for being able to print over Wi-Fi, from the cloud, or even across the world. The best part? It's not going to break the bank either — you can pick up the MG7120 for just $99 — you won't find many other printing solutions that offer all of these features at that price point.
So if you're in the market for a new printer, or will be soon, the Pixma MG7120 is definitely worth a look. It's easy to setup, can print anything from anywhere, and just plain works.