Canon Pixma MG4120 Review: Family Friendly Photo AIO

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 7
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 6
    • Features
    • 6
    • Operational Costs
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 6.67
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overview

  • Pros

    • Improved B&W print speeds
    • Ease-of-use
    • Compact design
  • Cons

    • Color processing times
    • Average black and white photos

The Canon Pixma MG4120 Wireless All-in-One was one of three budget friendly inkjet printers announced by the popular manufacturer in the Fall.

At $129.99, the 3-in-1 Pixma MG4120 offers users new features including a front loading two cartridge ChromaLife 100 ink system, front loading paper trays and Pixma Cloud Link as well as a mix of standard features such as automatic duplexing, built-in card reader, Full HD Movie Print and wireless connectivity.

BUILD AND DESIGN
The Canon PIXMA MG4120 is technically a new addition to the Pixma MG series but it’s a mixture of old and new, inheriting the heart of the Pixma MP495 and the sleek, glossy design of the Pixma MG5120 and Pixma MG5220 models.

But it has its own personality with the repositioned control panel, front side loading ink system and a front loading paper trays making the Pixma MG4120 more compact and easier to use than the previous generations. The approximate dimensions in storage are 18 x 12 x 6 inches and it weighs in just less than 13 lbs without consumables.

You’ll find the 48-bit CIS Flatbed scanner in the same position and with the same skill set: a optical print resolution up to 1200 X 2400 dpi, a maximum scan size of 8.5 x 11.7-inches, Auto Document Fix, Auto Scan Mode and Gutter Shadow Correction to name a few.

As I mentioned above, the control panel is now on the left side of the MG4120 and it features a 2.4-inch adjustable LCD, Canon’s Easy Scroll Wheel (I missed this on higher end models) and 10 quick keys designed to make navigation a breeze.

The built-in memory card reader is located below the control panel on the front side of the printer. Compatible media includes: SD, SDHC, MultiMediaCard (MMC), MMC Plus, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick PRO Duo.

I do realize this will be the third I’ve mentioned the front loading ink system in this first look but it’s probably my favorite addition to the Pixma series in the past couple years. I’ve reviewed many printers with the ink cartridges attached to the print head and it can be frustrating to replace ink cartridges. Brother has the front loading ink cartridges on some of their inkjet models and I love it – I’m excited to see how this new addition makes a difference in ease of use.

Canon nixed the rear feeding paper trays on all of its new budget friendly models in favor of the front loading tray. You can still print on a variety of media up to Legal sized documents and the front loading tray has the same capacity – 100 sheets – as the Pixma MP495’s rear tray.

You’ll find all connections on the back. The Canon Pixma MG4120 offers users two connectivity options: Wi-Fi or Hi-Speed USB 2.0.


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