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Printer Primer, Canon PIXMA MG2920
February 8, 2016
Users seeking a new, inexpensive color inkjet AIO may wish to consider one of Canon’s entry-level models, the PIXMA MG2920. Bargain priced at well under $100, it delivers solid, basic printing for users with relatively low print demands. It serves as a 3-in-1 unit, offering users the convenience of being able to print and scan in addition to print documents and photos. Print speeds are about what one would expect on a device at this price point with up to 8 ISO ppm print speed for monochrome pages and up to 4 ISO ppm for color pages. Nice and compact at just 16.8" x 12.1" x 5.8" (W x D x H) and weighing less than 8 lbs., it can be easily placed wherever needed.
Perhaps surprisingly given its price point, the MG2920 features a fairly respectable array of options to print and connect. As with most lower-cost printers, it offers a USB connection for users as well as Wi-Fi compatibility. What you might not expect is the unit’s ability to connect to mobile devices which can be handled with Google Cloud Print and Windows RT printing among others. Those with the Canon PRINT app can quickly select files and photos from Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google CloudDrive and is available from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Given its auto-on functionality when jobs are queued, users never have to worry about the unit being powered off when printing remotely.
As we noted above, the unit is definitely aimed for light duty personal printing only as is illustrated by the maximum 60 page input capacity. Unlike those printers on the market today with larger paper capacities, all paper is loaded through the back of the machine with a paper guide that flips up from the lid. Scanning and copying can be completed while in front of the device or wirelessly from mobile devices with the Canon Pixma Printing Solutions app, also available for iOS and Android devices. There is no ADF so original sheets must be handled one at a time through the flatbed scanner and copier.
The PIXMA MG2920 uses a two-cartridge Hybrid ink system with one black cartridge and one tri-color ink cartridge. Each is available in both a standard or high-capacity version depending on your needs. Generally, higher-capacity cartridges offer a better cost per page, but for infrequent printing, they may be overkill.
Currently the PIXMA MG2920 is available on special from the company for $49.99 ($30 off the standard price) as well as Amazon via the link on the top left. For more information on the unit, visit the product page on the Canon website.