Canon Pixma MX922 Review: Continued Improvement

March 25, 2013 by Sarah Meyer Reads (25,327)


Setting up the Pixma MX922
Canon includes a Getting Started fold out to walk users through the first half of the installation including: unpacking, turning on the power, loading the ink cartridges, print head alignment and loading paper. The printer will then ask you if you’d like to set up the Pixma MX922 over a wireless connection. If you select yes, then you’ll need to select your network and punch in your network key (or use the speedy WPS setup if you have the correct router).

When the printer’s LCD takes you to the home screen, that is the clue to pop in the provided CD. The wizard will confirm your connection, ask you to select your preferred software and agree to the terms of service.

Once the wizard is finished with the installation, you can register your device, participate in an extended survey and print out a test print.

Ease of Use
The Pixma MX922 is very similar to previous generations (think Pixma MX892 and MX882) in terms of use. You’ll find the 3-inch LCD and dual function panel, with large, easy to read buttons that light up only when needed with the device you are using (scan, copy, fax, etc.).

You’ll also have access to Google Cloud Print, Apple AirPrint and Pixma Cloud Link. With Pixma Cloud Link, users can wirelessly print photos and images from their Canon Gateway and Picasa accounts through the MX922’s control panel. You can set up the online albums two ways: hit the menu key and select the web services icon or the photo icon. Users will need to select the register their accounts during setup the first time around, but after that, you can simply select the online album print icon and choose the appropriate account.

You can now setup Google Cloud Print (GCP) via the control panel as well. It is SO much easier than the process we had to go through to register the Pixma MX892 with GCP. Simply select the web services icon, select cloud setup and then confirm you want to register the printer with GCP. The MX922 will print out a registration URL that you can pop into your browser (or a QRC code for mobile devices). Once completed, a confirmation should show up on the control panel.

The Canon Easy-PhotoPrint mobile application allows users with Apple or Android devices to print photos saved on their device to print or receive scanned data (PDF or JPEG) wirelessly. Easy-PhotoPrint can be downloaded from App Store and Google Play.

The software, on the other hand, is completely new in design, structure and options (it’s the same software offered on the Pixma Photo AIOs). On your desktop, you’ll find the image display box as well as a shortcut menu in the shape of a backwards L. Select the middle option to pull up the Canon Quick Menu (replacing the Canon Solution Menu EX).

The Canon Quick Menu is neatly laid out in five categories: Print, Scan, Web Services, Manual & Device Info and Device Settings & Maintenance. Following each category you’ll find the main options. For example, under the print category you can open Creative Park, Photo Layout Print, Video Layout Print, Card Print, Collage Print, Disc Label Print and Calendar Print.

The biggest change for previous Canon customers (unless you have already been using one of the new Pixma Photo AIOs announced last year) will be the new photo software, My Image Garden. Don’t be worried, unlike other manufacturers who have nixed their photo software or made it incredibly difficult to use, My Image Garden can be as basic or as complex as the user chooses to make it.

On the left hand side, you’ll have access to all of Canon’s new options: My Art, Calendar, Event and People or you can simply select the Desktop option and wade through the drop down menus. If you just want to print a couple of photos and you know where they are saved, the desktop option is the easiest.

But if you are feeling more adventurous, you can filter your stored images through three main options: Calendar, People and Events. The Calendar option will just sort the images by time stamp, which is great if maybe you forgot where you saved your images but you’ll never forget the date of your wedding or vacation.

The People and Events are slightly more complicated because you’ll need to register photos by identifying the people or assigning an event to them. This is a feature you may use going forward as you add images to your computer as it may be a bear to assign identities or events to every picture you have saved. Still, this could be a useful feature for home users to easily separate and identify their favorite images.

There is still video capture mode (HD Movie Print) but you’ll need to install additional software that accompanies the video/digital camera you use.

You can access the Special Image Filters Print feature through My Image Garden. Once you’ve selected the image(s), select the Special Filters icon at the bottom of the window. This will be a secondary window where you can add effects: fish eye, miniature, toy camera, soft focus and blur background. When you are done, you can save the new fun images and then proceed back to the photo printing software.

The MP Navigator EX 5.0 software is gone replaced by ScanGear. Two modes: Basic and Advanced. If you simply want to place an image on the flatbed and scan preview, the basic mode will be perfect. The software will automatically detect the size of the print or if there are multiple images on the scanner. I love the color pattern tool because it is a very user friendly way for novices to adjust the color settings.

But if you like or need to adjust the scan settings manually, choose the advanced mode. Either way, once the images are scanned in, the software will open the My Image Garden software and display the scan thumbnails.

Of course, users can use scan shortcuts located on the Canon Quick Menu. You won’t be able to adjust the settings or select a preview for each individual scan, but it will save you time.

Users can also scan images and documents using the Pixma MX922 control panel to their PC, USB flash drive, or email. You can adjust some basic settings when scanning from the device directly.

All of our sample photos in the print quality tests were scanned in using the Canon PIXMA MX922 scanner.

You can still solve troubleshooting problems with Canon’s My Printer (found in the Canon Quick Menu) and, as always, users can access the printer settings and maintenance through the print properties menu found in the print menu of your browser or word processor.

Print Speed and Quality Tests
Canon advertised print speeds up to 15 ipm in black and 10 ipm in color for the Pixma M922. As far as the black print speeds, Canon was on the mark, although the average print speed was closer to 14 ppm (but we clocked print speeds up to 15 ppm). There can be some small delays on processing but I chocked that up to having the printer set up over our network (I was testing on a busy day). It took the Pixma M923 just over three minutes to print our entire 40-page text document.

So good news and bad news about the color print speeds. Good news first; Canon fixed the color print pause seen on past print models, which vastly improves print speeds. Bad news is the average print speeds were still below the advertised print speeds of 10 ppm. But still, I think this is a victory for the Pixma MX922 with an average print speed of 8 ppm (when printing full color title pages) that doubles the Pixma MX892’s dismal average of 4 ppm.

Canon does offer a draft print mode by checking the fast (speed priority) box in the print properties menu. I hate to disappoint, but the draft/fast print mode was not faster than the normal print speeds during our testing. The only thing that changes is it’s louder while printing.

The Pixma MX922 offers automatic duplexing, but don’t expect a speedy turnaround. It took over 14 minutes to print our 40 page text document.

Quality-wise, the Pixma MX922 did an office worthy job on black and white text documents; I do not think it is such a stretch to compare quality with a laser-class product.

Pixma MX922 normal print sample, left, Pixma MX922 draft print sample, right

The Pixma MX892 did an average job on color documents when it’s more than color text or very small clipart. When you get a decent amount of color – think a brochure or flyer – inkjet printers bleed into copy paper and the images lack the sharpness of a laser color print. This can be somewhat rectified by using a higher quality paper with the Pixma MX922, but I would not put it in the same class as a laser-class product.

Unlike its laser-class counter parts, the Pixma MX922 can print quality photographs, and quickly, too. The Pixma MX922 printed 8.5 x 11-inch prints in under a minute and a half (fastest time recorded was 1:18) whether printing in full color or black and white images. And it took the Pixma MX922 less than thirty seconds to print a 4×6 image (fastest time recorded was 20 seconds).

Original digital image, left, Canon Pixma MX922 print sample, right

And while photo prints may not be a big seller in the office space, it is nice to have the option and be sure that the prints will turn out.

Canon Pixma MX922 print samples

Ink Control Tests
In our tests, we exhaust (printing until the color runs out) a new set of cartridges. In this case, “exhaustion” means 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 MX922 comes with five standard capacity “setup” Canon cartridges: a Canon PG-250 pigment-based black ink cartridge and four Canon CL-251 dye-based color cartridges (CMYK). Canon does offer high capacity ink cartridges for the Pixma MX922: the Canon PG-250XL pigment-based black ink cartridge and the Canon CL-251XL dye-based color cartridges. But since they were not included in the original packaging, we didn’t test them.

At the ratio of 3:1 in Canon’s standard printing mode, the Pixma MX922 printed 446 quality pages when the printer stopped to alert me that the pigment based black ink was expired, followed closely by the magenta. You can choose to keep printing but Canon makes no guarantee as to quality.

I experienced zero paper jams during testing but I had a few spooling issues when duplex printing. The printer wheels spun (loudly) for 10 seconds before finally picking up paper more than a few times during testing.

Energy Tests
The Pixma MX922 is Energy Star qualified so I wasn’t surprised that the Energy use was low. As a flagship, the MX922 has a 3-inch LCD and offers quicker print speeds than some of its brethren but still manages to keep energy use below 30 W.

When printing black and white text documents the printer uses between 24-28W of energy at any given point, but when printing color documents, the energy use drops slightly to about 20-26W of energy at any given time. Energy drops further when printing photos, to 15-17W.

In sleep mode, the Pixma MX922 pulls in 2W of energy. In ready mode, it pulls in about 5W of energy (with the LCD on).

Pixma MX922 Specifications:

  • 4-in-1 inkjet: print, scan, copy and fax
  • Print speeds: 15 ipm in black, 10 ipm in color
  • Print resolution: up to 9600 x 2400 dpi
  • 3-inch LCD, dual function panel
  • Front side USB port
  • 35-sheet duplex ADF
  • Automatic duplexing
  • CD/DVD printing
  • Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Pixma Cloud Link
  • Paper capacity: 250-sheet cassette, 20-sheet photo tray
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0, Ethernet Wireless LAN
  • Operating systems: Windows, Mac OS X
  • Energy Star qualified
  • 1-year limited warranty with InstantExchange


Canon continues to improve their office lineup, which is what you want to see from a manufacturer. While design and most of the specs are very similar to past generation Pixma Office AIOs, the Pixma MX922 does improve on both black and color print speeds (thank you Canon for getting rid of those pesky color processing pauses), the size of the paper cassette (an extra 100 pages) and ease of use (setting up Google Cloud Print was a breeze).

Are the improvements so great that you need to trash the Pixma MX892 (or even the Pixma MX882)? I’m not sure I can stand behind that statement. But if you are looking to upgrade from the old BubbleJet sitting in your home office, the Pixma MX922 offers plenty for a reasonable price.

Pricing and Availability
The Canon Pixma MX922 Office All-in-One Inkjet Printer is available through Canon and authorized vendors for the estimated retail price of $199.99.

Supplies and accessories are available through Canon and vendors. The Pixma MX922 uses CLI-251 and PGI-250 standard capacity tanks or CLI-251XL, PGI-250XL and PGI-255XXL high capacity tanks.

The Pixma MX922 comes with a 1-year limited warranty with the InstantExchange Program.



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