Conclusion

March 29, 2013 by Amber Riippa Reads (14,939)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 7
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 8
    • Features
    • 7
    • Operational Costs
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.17
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Energy Tests
The Pixma iP7220 is energy star qualified and produced predictable energy consumption results. We were happy with the amount of energy it produced; it wasn’t particularly high.

When the printer was on but not in use, it stood at an even 9-10 watts. While it was printing black and white text pages, it fluctuated between 21-50 watts. The energy consumption during start-up fluctuated between 11-35, but reached 53 watts. Printing 8.5 x 11 photos was especially low in energy consumption; it was between 11-35 watts. Printing 4 x 6 photos consumed 34-37 watts of energy.

Pixma iP7220 Specifications

  • Single function inkjet
  • Print speeds: up to 15 ipm in black, 10 ipm in color
  • Photo print speeds: 4×6 in 21 seconds
  • Print resolution: up to 9600 x 2400 dpi
  • Automatic duplexing
  • CD/DVD prints
  • Apple AirPrint
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0, Wireless LAN
  • Operating systems: Windows, Mac OS X
  • 1-year limited warranty with InstantExchange
  • Energy Star qualified

Conclusion

The main concern when purchasing a photo printer should be whether it prints quality photos reliably. We believe the Canon PIXMA iP7220 does print quality photos reliably, especially at this price tag ($99.99).  We found the photo prints to be detailed, crisp and we found the color to be brilliant. We compared the original digital image on our PC to a printout of that same digital image, and found it to be remarkably close to the original. A photo printout of a close-up of a dog in black in white was very detailed and precise; it just looked great overall. The printer did not jam up or misfeed during our tests, either.

The second factor might be the price of ink. The Pixma iP7220 works on a five-ink system because its main function is printing photos. As of right now, the five required inks should run users around $63 a pop. We printed a good deal of photos, color text pages and black and white photos and text pages, and the inks didn’t even dry out half-way. This shows that the inks should last consumers a very reasonable amount of time.

The build of the printer is slightly different from its predecessors, meaning it’s been tweaked to sit flush against a wall to save on space. We found, however, that it’s just as wide as multifunction printers that copy, fax and scan as odd as that seems. While it can sit right against the wall, it’ll take up just as much desk space as an all-in-one.

Another huge ‘plus’ is that this printer is nearly silent while printing, especially when printing photos. Personally, I couldn’t even tell when it was printing photos several times, I had to check to see if it was actually printing. It is a bit louder when printing text pages, but it was still quiet.

Other big positives include wireless connectivity, the appealing glossy design of the Pixma iP7220 itself, and features such as Apple AirPrint, full HD movie print, high color resolution, and automatic duplexing. These features add to its overall value and usefulness.

One thing I disliked was the photo software that came bundled with the device. It wasn’t very useful, didn’t work as it should have, and wasn’t very intuitive. It would take the average Joe a long time to figure it out, and the photo editing portion of it wasn’t very in-depth at all. If you’re looking to edit photos and create things like collages or cards, we suggest looking elsewhere for your software.

Other negative concerns are the fact that Canon still has yet to add small, ‘wallet sized’ photo printing capability and the fact that the lower cassette only loads about 50 pages of plain paper at a time. Get ready to load and re-load the printer if you need to print a large job.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon Pixma iP7220 Premium Wireless Inkjet Photo Printer is available now from Canon for the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $99.99.

Replacement inks are selling for $11.99 for the four color inks and $14.99 for the pigmented black ink on Canon?s website. Users can buy an extra-large color cartridge for $17.99 and an extra-large black cartridge for $22.99 to see an increase in print volume.


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