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Printer Primer, Canon PIXMA MG5721
December 16, 2015
We reported on the debut of the seven new PIXMA models aimed at homes and home offices when they were announced back in late August. Last week we examined the PIXMA MG5722 and today we are going to take a closer look at another of the mid-range units, the PIXMA MG5721. The PIXMA MG5721 is a 3-in-1 (print, scan, copy) multifunction color inkjet that features print speeds of up to 12.6 ISO ppm black and 9.0 ISO ppm for color pages. Its relatively small footprint of 18.0" x 14.6" x 5.9" (W x D x H) makes it easy to place almost anywhere, even in tight spaces. Moving it is not cumbersome, as the device weighs under 14 lbs. Located in the top middle of the device is a 2.5" LCD touch screen interface for navigating the device’s modes and functions quickly and easily.
With an increasing shift and desire to be able to print from mobile devices from almost anywhere, the PIXMA MG5721 has a reliable set of features that make this possible. It is basically assumed that users want to free themselves from the tethering that printing even five years ago was still in common practice, thus Canon includes no USB cable in the box. The unit does have a USB port if needed, though as we just indicated a cable would have to be purchased separately. For wireless laptop/PC printing to the PIXMA MG5721, there is built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Shifting now to mobile connection options, users of iOS devices can take advantage of the built-in support for Apple AirPrint&trade. Microsoft users also have an OS-specific option for printing for Windows devices with Windows RT support included. Among the options not linked to a specific mobile operating system are Google Cloud Print and Mopria Print Service. The PIXMA MG5721 also features compatibility with a native OEM solution, Canon PRINT app (for iOS and Android devices) to connect to and print from the device.
Paper handling on the PIXMA MG5721 is comparable with most other sub-$100 units. The standard input capacity is rated for up to 100 sheets of plain paper or up to 20 sheets of 4x6 photo paper which should work for average home use. Automatic two-sided printing also comes standard on the device, making it easy for users to save paper. The resolution of up to 4800 x 1200 dpi for prints provides incredibly crisp and clear output for users.
The PIXMA MG5721 takes five individual inks for printing including pigment black and four other dye-based colors which consist of black, cyan, magenta, and yellow. The pigment-based black ink is reserved just of printing text, adding to its value, and the other cartridges are used for everything else. All of the cartridges are available in both a standard and high-yield option, giving users the option to buy the cartridge that best fits their print usage and behavior.
The PIXMA MG5722 is currently available from the company for$69.99 or from Amazon through the link above. For more information on the unit, visit the product page on the Canon website.