Canon's Pixma MG5720 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One Printer

Beautiful 5-Ink Photos and Professional-Looking Business Documents

Canon Pixma MG5720 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One Printer

If you’ve had the pleasure of printing your good-quality photos on one of Canon’s consumer-grade photo all-in-ones (in this case, print, copy, and scan), than you’re aware of how well these inexpensive little machines reproduce whatever you throw at them with impressive acumen. The only problem is that they do so all the while at a relatively high cost per page, or CPP.

Generally, photo-centric inkjets cost more to use on a per-page basis than do business-oriented models, such as, say, Canon’s own business-centric Maxify line. Granted, the Maxify models, the good ones, anyway, such as the Maxify MB5320, cost more up front, but you save on the back end when buying ink. In any case, Canon has updated its top three consumer-grade photo printers. Here’s a look at the entry-level model of the three, the $99.99 MSRP Pixma MG5720 Wireless Inkjet All-n-One printer.

Design and Features

There’s nothing particularly remarkable about the MG5720, other than it comes in four color schemes: black, white, black-and-silver, and white-and-silver—something I’ve never seen before, two-tone Pixmas. Other than that, they’re not much different from other photo-centric Pixmas, and the model that came before this one, the Pixma MG5620.

One serious strike against it is the lack of an automatic document feeder (ADF) for scanning and copying multipage documents without your having to swap each page in and out of the scanner manually. Aside from that, as photo printers go—especially under $100 models—this is a good little printer. At 18 inches across, 5.9 inches high, 14.6 inches from front to back, and weighing a slight 13.8 pounds, the MG5720 is easy to setup and move around.

Given its relatively low price (as low as $79 street), it’s not a bad deal, although, compared to some of the others mentioned above, this one is a bit low on walk-up, or PC-free features, as well as mobile connectivity options, such as Wi-Fi Direct or near-field communication (NFC). It does, however, support some of the more basic mobile connectivity options, such as Pixma Cloud Link, Google Cloud Print, and Apple AirPrint.

Performance, Print Quality, and Paper Handling

Canon’s photo-centric Pixma AIOs like this one seldom, especially when compared to comparably priced business-centric models, print very fast. Canon rates this one at 12.6 pages per minute (ppm) black-and-white and 9ppm pages color, but keep in mind that those numbers are for straight text pages with no color, business graphics, or photos. During my tests, the MG5520 scored well under 3ppm—as slow as it gets these days for a low-volume AIO

As for print quality, Canon’s photo AIOs seldom disappoint on that front, especially when it comes to printing photographs. As I’ve said a few times, few things look as good as a well-composed photo printed on a five-ink Pixma photo printer, except perhaps that same photo printed on a six-ink Pixma. That it also prints good-looking documents is an additional plus, even though, as you’ll see in a moment, it’s an expensive one.

The MG5720 has only one input source, a 100-sheet cassette that feeds most paper sizes, including photo paper and envelopes. All printed pages land on a small (about 50 pages) output tray. While this is a simple, lightweight AIO, it performed well on my tests, with no misfeeds or any other problems.

Cost Per Page

One of my most common complaints about photo printers is their per-page cost of ink, and this one is no different. At about 4.6 cents for black-and-white pages and well over 10 cents each for color pages, it’s easy to see why you wouldn’t want to choose this printer if you have a lot of document pages to print. Granted, this means that photos are a little more expensive to print too, but they’re worth it.

Overall Assessment

This is a tough one. Canon’s three new photo printers provide additional productivity and convenience features with each product step up, but if all you want is basic photo printing, the MG5720 is a good place to start.