Designed to print high-quality documents and photos, the Canon Pixma MG7720 is one of the best home all-in-one printers we’ve reviewed. As the flagship model in the Canon Pixma line, it boasts reasonable ink prices and some of the best and fastest photo printing we saw in our review.
The Pixma MG7720 prints both impressive-quality documents and photos, thanks to a print resolution of 9600 x 2400 dots per inch. It produces high-quality documents, without noticeable flaws, but at slower speeds than most. Black-and-white documents printed at 9.8 pages per minute (ppm), while color documents are actually slower at 7.5 ppm.
Where the Pixma really stands out is photo printing, as it created some of the best-quality photos in our review. Regular 4 x 6 photos printed off at a reasonable 1.5 photos per minute. Because the Pixma uses a special secondary cartridge of pigment black ink – a type of ink better suited to photo printing – the photos stood out with sharp details and vibrant colors.
With a five-cartridge system, the overall cost of ink for the Pixma is a little higher than competitors that only use four cartridges, like the HP Officejet Pro, but the average per-page cost comes out to a still-reasonable 18 cents. The printer uses two different types of black ink: one for documents and one for photos; this creates superior photo prints and doesn’t leave you empty when printing black-and-white documents. If print quality is a priority, especially for photos, paying a bit more for better prints may be worthwhile. Canon also offers high-capacity ink options for all five cartridges, which reduces the cost per page to 15 cents.
Designed for home use, the Pixma has a single primary paper tray with a 125-sheet capacity. A secondary tray, used mainly for photo paper or on-off printing, holds an additional 20 pages. It’s not meant to compete with office printers that can run off 100 pages a day, but the paper tray is slightly larger than the 100-page average of most home printers. It also has automatic duplexing for dual-sided printing and can print on several media types, including printable CDs and DVDs.
The Pixma MG7720 may print great photos and documents, but it is missing a few features that you expect to find on an all-in-one printer. While it does scan and copy using a flatbed scanner, there isn’t an automatic document feeder for copying multiple pages, and there’s no integrated fax. A fax machine isn’t a must-have feature for many home users, but you would expect a top-rated all-in-one printer to include one. If you need to fax a few pages now and then, you can probably make do with just the scanner and a free online fax service, but frequent faxing can be a real headache.
The Pixma has memory card slots for SD cards, including SD, SDHC and SDXC formats, and Sony’s Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick Pro Duo formats, which is fitting since it prints such great photos. However, it doesn’t have a USB port. Because of this, you can’t print from a flash drive or external hard drive without going through your laptop or desktop computer.
Storage issues aside, since the Pixma is a wireless all-in-one printer, you have several options for connecting all of your other devices. Wired and wireless networking are both available, with Wi-Fi Direct letting you connect to the printer without having to go through the router. Smartphones and tablets can connect via Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print and Mopria-certified apps, matching the best Wi-Fi printers. Canon also has its own app called Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY. The app lets you print from your phone or tablet, as well as scan, copy and manage files through Canon’s own cloud storage service.
For further convenience, the printer has built-in support for Near Field Communications (NFC), which lets you use any phone or device equipped with an NFC chip to pair with the printer. Printing from cameras is also simple with Wireless PictBridge support.
The Canon Pixma MG7720 is covered with a standard one-year warranty. Support needs are met through phone and email contact, but the Canon website doesn’t have live chat support, and there are no social media support channels. There are, however, several support materials available online, including a searchable manual, answers to frequently asked questions and a troubleshooting guide. If all else fails, there are also dedicated support forums where you can ask questions and get answers from employees and fellow customers.
The Canon Pixma MG7720 boasts excellent photo and document printing. While it’s missing features like fax and USB printing, the printer has a lot of connectivity options and relatively affordable printing costs. When it comes to print quality, the Canon Pixma MG7720 is one of the best inkjet printers you can buy.
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