Ink Control Tests
In our tests, we exhaust (printing until the color runs out) a new set of cartridges; exhaustion meaning the printer will not print another quality document without a replacement. We print at a ratio of three pages of black and white text to one full page of color. We decided on the 3:1 ratio because we felt that the average user is printing more text than color.
The Canon Pixma MG8220 includes six standard capacity ink cartridges: one pigment-based Canon PGI-225 black ink tank and five Canon CLI-226 dye-based color cartridges cyan, yellow, magenta, black and gray. As of this writing, there weren’t high capacity cartridges available on the Canon U.S.A. site.
At the ratio of 3:1 in Canon’s Standard Printing mode, the Pixma MG8220 printed just over 300 pages before the pigment black ink cartridge started showing signs of fatigue through the status bar on my computer.
At 382 pages, the printed alerted me through a pop up on my PC that the pigment-based black ink had expired (ran out of ink).
The Pixma MG8220 will allow you to continue to print with one expired ink cartridge but the pop up alert (shown above) warns against continued printing due to possible printer damage. Since I was in the middle of printing a large document, I hit continue and ended up printing just over 400 pages even with the pigment ink expired.
These numbers are extremely close to what we saw with the Pixma MG8120 tests (it uses the same ink set) so it seems the Canon 225/226 cartridges run fairly consistent.
I experienced zero paper jams or misfeeds during my ink tests but I did have a one printer error. The Pixma MG8220 was processing a job I sent it and then it threw up identical unknown error messages on my computer and on the LCD suggesting that I power down the printer and then turn it back. I did and had no other problems during my tests.
The Pixma MG8220 spiked at 27W when warming up from sleep and during a few print trials, but when printing documents, the energy consumption was closer to 18- 24W. When printing photos, the energy consumption was slightly lower, between 11 – 18W.
When the MG8220 is in ready mode, the energy use was approximately 8W. In sleep mode (with the LCD off), the MG8220 pulls in about 3W of energy.
PIXMA MG8220 SPECIFICATIONS:
- 3-in-1 photo inkjet: print, scan and copy
- Print speeds: up to 12.5 ipm in black and 9.3 ipm in color
- Print resolution: up to 9600 x 2400 dpi
- Film adapter unit with scanner
- Intelligent Touch with 3.5-inch LCD
- CD/DVD/Blu-ray print functionality
- Automatic duplexing
- Built-in memory card reader with USB/PictBridge port
- Full HD Movie Print
- Pixma Cloud Link
- Paper capacity: 150-sheet rear tray, 150-sheet paper cassette
- Connectivity: Hi-Speed USB, Ethernet, Wireless LAN
- Operating system: Windows, Mac OS X
- Energy Star qualified, RoHS compliant
- 1-year limited warranty with InstantExchange
The Canon Pixma MG8220 Photo All-in-One is a quality inkjet printer with unique, useful features while still getting the basics right: printing great looking text documents and color photos quickly. I’m fan of the Intelligent Touch System, it actually helps users navigate menus easily and it looks great. The Pixma MG8220 definitely has style.
But it’s not perfect. I still had to deal with lenghty processing times during our tests. I’d like to see this printer hop out of sleep mode a little quicker, and I’d really like to know how Canon comes up with print speeds as fast 9.3 ipm in color. Is there a way to bypass the printer stalling between each page? If so, that would definitely be a plus.
And like many inkjets on the market today, the ink refills are expensive. I like that the standard capacity cartridges printed over 400 pages during our ink tests for the third time (we saw similar results with the previous generation Pixma MG8120 and the Pixma MG5220).
Which leads me to my next point. Besides a few minor changes, the Pixma MG8220 seems to be a replica of the Pixma MG8120. That’s not a bad thing since I thought that Canon did an excellent job the first time around. But I would have liked to see Canon address some of the issues, namely the processing times.
Overall, I liked the Canon Pixma MG8220 Photo All-in-One and would recommend it to the user more interested in quality photos and creative features than quanity and speed of document prints.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
The Canon Pixma MG8220 Wireless Photo All-in-One will be available this fall through Canon and authorized vendors for the suggested retail price of $299.99.
Ink and supplies can be purchased through Canon as well. A full set of six ink tanks, five CLI-226 cartridges and one PGI-225 cartridge, will set users back $85.97.
Canon offers a 1-year limited warranty with InstantExchange service.