Review: Canon's Pixma MG7720 Photo All-in-One Printer

Canon's Best Consumer-Grade Photo All-in-One

Canon's Pixma MG7720 Photo Inkjet Printer
Canon's six-ink Pixma MG7720 Photo Inkjet Printer. Photo courtesy of Canon

As Canon consumer-grade photo printers go, today’s review unit, the $199.99 MSRP Pixma MG7720 Photo All-in-One Printer, is about as good as it gets in consumer-grade photo printers. After this, photo imaging is relegated to more specialized printers, such as Canon’s own $1,000 MSRP Pixma Pro-1 Professional Photo Printer, or perhaps Epson’s $799.99 MSRP SureColor P600 Wide Format Inkjet Printer.

In any case, this six-ink Pixma prints exceptionally brilliant and accurately colored photos for an under-$200 printer.

In fact, as you can see from the preceding paragraph, the next step up (aside from a few expensive Epson Small-in-Ones) is considerably more expensive, but most amateurs should find the MG7720 more than adequate for printing their family photos.

Design and Features

The Pixma MG7720 comes in several colors, including black, white, red, and gold, and compared to its less-expensive siblings, it comes with a wider selection of convenience and productivity features. Even so, like the other two, it has no automatic document feeder; all scans, multipage or otherwise, must be handled one side of one page at a time.

Unlike its siblings, though, the MG7720 supports a wealth of features left off of the other two, starting with support for about 10 media cards, including SD Card, SDHC Card, MicroSD, and several others. You’ll also be able to print labels on CD, DVD, Blu-ray and other appropriately treated discs, as well as take advantage Canon’s wide range of features and utilities, starting with Easy-PhotoPrint and several others.

Also included are several mobile connectivity options, including Google Cloud Print, Mopria Device Printing, Pixma Cloud Link, Wireless PictBridge, Near-Field Communication (NFC), and several others.

Performance, Print Quality, Paper Handling

As I’ve said about Pixmas for a few years now, they’re just not very fast, but then that’s not really expected from photo printers, not when printing documents anyway.

Photo printers typically print photos very fast, though, 4x6-inch borderless images in less than 30 seconds. On the other hand, Pixma photo printers do not print documents very fast at all. While this Pixma is a little faster than its predecessor, the MG7520, most business-centric printers are still faster.

Print quality on these six-ink Pixmas, especially photos, is hard to beat (although several Epson models, such as the $299 MSRP Epson Expression Photo XP-950 Small-in-One, definitely compete). In addition, it prints sharp and crisp business documents.
Paper handling consists of a single 125-sheet input tray up front, and, just above that a 25-page (or so) output tray. The paper tray can also be configured to hold up to 20 4x6-inch sheets of premium photo paper.

Cost Per Page

As a six-ink photo printer, it’s difficult to come up with an exact cost per page for this machine. Suffice it to say that black-and-white pages probably run somewhere in the 5-cent each range, and full-color pages run somewhere around 15 cents each, which really is about average for a machine in this class.

Until now, living with these outrageous ink charges has been necessary, but HP’s Instant Ink (and in a different way, Epson’s EcoTank) is gradually bringing relief, and Canon will most likely have to come up with an ink delivery program of its own.

Overall Assessment

As consumer-grade photo printers go, among my favorites have always been Canon’s six-ink Pixmas. Color and image quality are (as long as you start with good photos) quite good. To get better than this, you’ll to have to step up to a professional-grade photo printer, and that will cost you.