Canon Pixma MG3120 Review: Good Value

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 7
    • Print Quality
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 7
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 5
    • Features
    • 7
    • Operational Costs
    • 5
    • Total Score:
    • 6.50
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

    • Good value
    • Great quality photo printing
    • Wireless connectivity
  • Cons

    • Original ink cartridges didn't last long
    • Color printing is slow
    • Photo scans appear grainy

Quick Take

The Canon Pixma MG3120 is a budget friendly all-in-one inkjet with the added bonuses of photo printing and wireless connectivity.

Three inexpensive Canon multifunction inkjets joined the Pixma lineup last fall, including the Pixma MG4120, MG3120 and the MG2120. Canon stressed simplicity and easy-to-use features with these printers and included Canon’s new FastFront ink system and front-loading paper input trays.

We’ve already reviewed the Pixma MG4120 so now we’ll be taking a closer look at the Pixma MG3120, a budget-friendly inkjet with print, scan and copy capabilities as well as photo printing and wireless connectivity.

This review will cover how fast it can print, as well as its print quality, how long the inks will last you, build and design, energy usage, specifications, and more so be sure to keep reading.

Build and Design

The Pixma MG3120 replaces the Pixma MP495 because it’s extremely similar in terms of outward appearances, save the new FastFront system and front loading paper tray. It still has a simple black exterior, the Pixma logo across the top and a sleek, glossy body. Its physical dimensions are about 18 x 12 x 6-inches while folded in and it weighs only 12 pounds.

The scanner is not as wide as some of the more expensive all-in-ones in the Pixma lineup, but it can still scan up to 8.5 x 11.7-inch documents. The flatbed scanner has an optical resolution of 1200 x 2400 and has some neat features such as Auto Scan Mode, Gutter Shadow Correction, Push Scan, and Auto Document Fix. Users can also scan wirelessly.

The control panel is extremely simple. It’s on the left side of the Pixma MG3120 and features a 7-segment LED to use with setup and to let users know how empty the inks are, to change the number of copies, and to select the paper type, etc. The settings option might be a bit confusing for first time users; it simply shows the icon or letter corresponding with the options available, so be sure to check the user manual for more information. The panel also has quick keys for stopping a print job, black and color start buttons, and a Fit to Page option.

In order to load the paper in the 100-page output tray, users must first extend the front panel down. The inks can be installed by opening the ink door on the right side, lowering the ink holders and inserting them. The Pixma MG3120 comes shipped with one standard Canon CL-241 color ink and one standard Canon PG-240 black ink, but users can purchase extra-large (XL) inks for longer-lasting inks and more value.

All of the connections are on the back. Upon software installation, users can choose to set the Pixma MG3120 up over a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 or Wi-Fi connection.



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