The Canon PIXMA series is one of the most popular printer lines on the market today. They are a great multipurpose printing solution that works well for a variety of print consumers, including families, students, photographers and busy professionals. But with 21 different PIXMA printers for sale on Canon’s website, how do you know which one to choose? In this article, we will breakdown the basics of the Canon PIXMA and go over the features of some of our favorite printers so you can find the right machine for your needs.
To start, we will examine the naming convention of each PIXMA option. Every model is labeled with an identifiable set of initials that reveal the printing capabilities of that particular series.
PIXMA MG/MX/TS Series: Photo-all-in-one printers. These Pixma printers produce great looking photographs and offer print, scan, copy and fax functions.
PIXMA iP Series: Photo ready single-function printers. Perfect for high quality photo prints, this series is a solid option for busy creatives on a budget. Professional photographers should consider the PIXMA Pro series.
PIXMA iX Series: Business ready single-function printers. A simple and efficient PIXMA series that prints crisp text, graphics and photos. If you need a business printer with copy or fax capabilities, go for the MAXIFY series.
PIXMA G Series: Megatank printers. The most cost-effective Pixma option, it’s refillable ink tank system prints thousands of pages at an amazing value and offers print, scan and fax options.
PIXMA Pro Series: Professional photo printers. This series is designed especially for photographers and graphic designers. Skip the photo lab and print gallery grade photos right at home.
Our Favorite Canon PIXMA Printers
We picked these three printers because they came highly rated on a number of websites, including Canon®, Amazon® and Best Buy®. They offer a great overall value too, especially when paired with affordably priced LD brand compatible cartridges.
With almost 10,000 customer reviews on Amazon and a 4.5 star rating, the MX922 is obviously very popular. At a price point of $78.99*, it’s a low cost investment. Print, scan and fax functions offer streamlined functionality and an automatic duplexer makes 2-sided printing quick and convenient. Users will appreciate the machine’s versatility. You will get crisp, reliable results whether you print documents or photos, and a built in Wi-Fi connection lets you print from your smartphone or tablet.
Cartridge replacement can get a bit pricey if you need to replace multiple cartridges at a time. Luckily, since each cartridge color is sold individually, you will likely just need to replace them one at time. The MX922 uses five cartridges, the PGI-250 pigment black and CLI-251 cyan, magenta, yellow and dye black. High yield, or XL cartridges are also available and are generally a better value if you print regularly, due to their higher ink capacity. Original Canon PGI-250XL cartridges go for $24.99 and each CLI-251XL color cartridge is $19.99. You can get affordable compatible alternatives to Canon PGI-250XL and Canon CLI-251XL cartridges at considerably less expensive prices, just $6.49 apiece.
The TS5020 is one of the newest members of the PIXMA series to hit the market. As such, it doesn’t have quite as many customer reviews as the MX922, but it still comes highly regarded with a solid four star rating. The printer is cheaper than the MX922 too, currently selling for $59.00. Customers appreciate it’s small size and simplified print display, but with a page capacity of just 100 sheets, restocking paper can quickly get repetitive.
The printer uses five individual ink cartridges, including a pigment black cartridge (PGI-270) for printing text and a photo black cartridge (CLI-271) for high quality photo prints. Canon offers the PGI-270XL high yield cartridge for $24.49 and each CLI-271XL high yield color cartridge go for $19.99. LD brand compatible alternatives to the Canon PGI-270 and Canon CLI-271 are significantly less at $9.49 per cartridge.
The PIXMA MG7720 is another solid all-in-one printer that is a nice compromise for shared home and small-business users. Capable of handling a multiple paper types and sizes, ranging from envelopes to 4”x6” photos, this machine delivers high quality prints at fast speeds.
The MG7720 uses the same PGI-270/CLI-271 cartridges as the TS5020 printer we mentioned earlier, however instead of five cartridges, you will need six. In order to deliver superior photo prints, the printer requires an additional CLI-271 gray cartridge. With a slightly higher price tag of $99.99, it is a bit more of an investment, but it may be worth it for households that print frequent photos.
Canon offers a lot of quality printers, but with so many to choose from, finding the perfect fit for your needs and your budget can be intimidating. Now that you know what to look for, you can shop for the best option for your home and office.
*Savings based on price comparison between remanufactured/compatible cartridge prices on www.LDProducts.com and OEM cartridge and printer prices from the listed retailers: Amazon, and Staples. All prices effective as of July 26, 2017. OEM names are registered trademarks of their respective owners and are not affiliated with, and do not endorse LD Products.