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Printer Primer, Canon PIXMA MG7720 AIO
September 29, 2015
The new PIXMA MG7720 which launched last month is said to be Canon’s current flagship model among their range of photo AIO printers. Earlier, we examined the PIXMA MG5720, an entry-level printer and the mid-range PIXMA MG6820. The PIXMA MG7720 while also just a 3-in-1 device offers more bells and whistles than either of the other two units. Print speeds on the device range up to 15.0 ISO ppm for black and 10.0 ISO ppm for color output, with 4” x 6” photos in roughly 21 seconds. The MG7720 is, perhaps surprisingly, a hair smaller than the MG6820 at 17.2” x 14.6.” x 5.9” (WxDxH), though it weighs a few pounds more at 17.4 lbs. .
The PIXMA MG7720 features a large, 3.5” touchscreen in the middle of a larger touch screen interface with Canon’s Intelligent Touch System that ensures only the buttons needed for the current machine operation are lit, taking the guesswork out printing, scanning, and copying. Like the other new Canon models, it includes Canon’s Auto Power On feature that will power up the printer when jobs are sent, but otherwise only uses minimal energy. As a step up from the other two units, users will also find a self-opening tray which keeps its footprint as compact as possible when the device is not in use. Additionally users will find useful features among the software including built-in photo filters, photo organization tools, and even the ability to use HD movie clips taken with compatible EOS Digital SLRs, PowerShot cameras, and VIXIA camcorders and transform them into prints.
While many of the wireless printing options are consistent across the newest sets of PIXMA printers, as the flagship model, the MG7720 has a few more extra built-in. These include the ability to easily print output through Near Field Communication (NFC) by opening the Canon PRINT app on your Android device and touching it to the printer. Users will also be able to print directly from Facebook®, Twitter, Dropbox®, and Google Drive among others right from the printer without the need for a PC. As far as the features which are common to all new units, there is built-in Wi-Fi connectivity which allows wireless printing over a local or home network from a PC/laptop. Android and iOS users can download and use the Canon PRINT app to print documents directly from popular cloud services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, and more either from their smartphone and tablet. Anddroid users with the Mopria Print Service installed are able to print jobs while their device is on the same wireless network. Similarly for iOS users, Apple AirPrint, offers the same functionality as Mopria with printing while on the same wireless network without the need of print drivers. Finally with Google Cloud Print you can send output to your printer from virtually anywhere, or even share your printer with colleagues and family.
Input capacity on the PIXMA MG7720, like the wireless options is upgraded over the other recent PIXMA models. It offers the convenience of two trays, including a dedicated photo tray that can hold up to 20 sheets of 4” x 6” or 10 sheets 5” x 7” photo paper. The main tray is rated for up to 125 sheets of plain paper. Once again, automatic, two-sided comes standard with the unit.
The PIXMA MG7720 also has an upgraded ink system which extends to six cartridges and now includes pigment black, black, cyan, magenta, yellow, and gray. The inclusion of the gray ink helps to improve the range of colors that can be accurately handled by the printer. All of the The dye-based inks are used to provide vivid, sharp photos and the pigment black is for crisp-looking documents. All of the cartridges have both a standard or high-capacity version, though no information on specific print yields was readily available.
The PIXMA MG7720 is currently available in either white or black from Canon for $199.99. For more details, you can visit product page on the Canon. website.