Canon introduced the Pixma iP7220 single function photo printer last December and showed it off during international CES 2013 with two other products in the new Pixma lineup. The printer specializes in printing professional-grade photographs wirelessly. We got our hands on one last month to take a first look at its highlights, features, and how it stood out from the previous generation model, the Pixma iP4920. Today we're taking an in-depth look at its print speeds, photo quality, the included software, energy consumption, and ease-of-use.
Its features include faster print speeds than the older model, a fresh design and build, CD/DVD cover print, wireless connectivity, a five ink system with ChromaLife 100, full HD movie print, and other features that we'll expand upon in this review.
Build and Design
Canon brought the Pixma iP7220 to the market with a new design, with an intent to not only make the printer look sleek and professional, but to help consumers save on space. The design features the tried-and-true glossy black exterior of the printer and a new "snap-edge" opening for easy access to the ink and paper cassettes. It doesn't have a rear paper tray, so consumers can place it flush against the wall in order to save on space.
Although it was Canon's intent to save on space, the device is wider than most other single function printers: it's almost 18 inches wide, in fact. That's just as wide as the devices in Canon's current All-in-One lineup, and those have rear paper trays. Its full dimensions come in at approximately 18 (W) x 15 (D) x 5 (H) without the output tray extended, and it weighs about 14 and a 1/2 lbs.
With its size aside, it is a good-looking printer. The ultra-glossy black exterior screams professional, and its lack of an LED/LCD or row of buttons actually helps to complement its style. It looks simple, and we found that it's simple to use, too. It has three buttons on the left side (on/off, Wi-Fi, cancel printing) and one on the right side (to open the output tray manually).
If you press the output tray button to open it and flip the top open, you can load the printer up with ink. It's a professional photo printer, so it takes five ChromaLife 100 inks. It comes shipped with one large PGI-250 black ink and four CLI-251 color cartridges (yellow, cyan, black and magenta). High capacity PGI-250XL and CLI-251XL replacement cartridges can also be purchased and used. When the inks are snapped into place, the red LED indicator will light up on each ink to show that it's installed correctly.
The two paper cassettes lie underneath the output tray. The first cassette holds smaller-sized paper and the second holds larger-sized paper. There is also a CD/DVD tray that can be accessed from the front; users can insert a CD or DVD and print a cover or label directly onto it. The Pixma iP7220 can hold many sizes of regular paper and photo paper, including 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10, letter (8.5 x 11), legal, and U.S. #10 envelopes. It can also handle many paper types, including plain paper, regular gloss, super high gloss, semi-gloss and matte.
The connections are located in the back of the device. It can be set up via wireless LAN or a wired Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connection (despite the connections being on the back, the Pixma iP7220 can still sit flush to the wall).
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