How you feel about the Canon Pixma iP7220 Wireless Inkjet Photo Printer will depend largely on how focused you are on output quality. Compared with the Editors’ Choice HP Officejet 6100 ePrinter, for example, it’s slower, has a lower paper capacity, and offers fewer features. On the other hand, it delivers notably better output quality, with better text and photos than most ink jets. If output quality is your key concern, that’s enough to make it a strong contender for home or light-duty personal use in any size office.
In addition to its high-quality output, the iP7220 offers a few features that go beyond the basics, but not by much. As the name suggests, it supports Wi-Fi, for example, and it also supports AirPrint. However, there’s no Ethernet support, so Wi-Fi is your only choice for connecting to a network, and there’s no Wi-Fi Direct, so you can’t connect directly to the printer from your smartphone or tablet.
Paper handling is limited, but better than you might expect at this price. The 125-sheet input capacity is supplemented by a photo tray that can hold 20 sheets of 4 by 6 photo paper, which means you can print photos without having to swap out paper in the main tray. Two other noteworthy extras are the automatic duplexer (for printing on both sides of a page) and the ability to print on printable optical discs, although you may have to check the onscreen manual to figure out where the disc printing options are hidden in the software that ships with the printer.
Setup and Speed
Setting up the iP7220 was standard fare. For my tests, I connected it by USB cable to a system running Windows Vista. The speed for business applications is best described as a little slow but within a tolerable range for a home or home office printer. On our business applications suite, I timed it (using QualityLogic’s hardware and software for timing) at an effective 2.5 pages per minute (ppm), making it only about 70 percent as fast as the Officejet 6100 ePrinter, at 3.6 ppm, and even slower compared with the slightly more expensive Editors’ Choice Epson WorkForce 60, at 4.1 ppm.
Making up somewhat for the speed for business applications is the printer’s photo speed, which averages a reasonably fast 1 minute 5 seconds for a 4 by 6. That makes it essentially tied with the Officejet 6100 for photo speed, and about twice as fast as the WorkForce 60.
Also helping to make up for the slow speed for business applications is that the output quality is above par overall, with better text and photo quality than most inkjets and par quality graphics. The text isn’t quite a match for a typical laser, and I wouldn’t use it for, say, a resume. However, its far more readable at small font sizes that most ink jets can manage, and it’s good enough for almost any business use.
Graphics quality is dead on par for an inkjet, which makes it easily good enough for any internal business use, including PowerPoint handouts. As with many printers, the iP7220 has a tendency to lose thin lines against a solid dark background, but depending on how critical an eye you have, you may consider the quality good enough for output going to an important client or customer. Photo quality is in the top tier for inkjets that aren’t aimed specifically at photo enthusiasts or professionals, which makes them noticeably better than the photos you’ll get from many drug stores.
As may be obvious, the most convincing argument for this printer is its output quality, with better looking text and photos than most inkjets deliver, and reasonably good-looking graphics output as well. If you don’t need the high quality output, the HP Officejet 6100 will give you faster speed and more features for the price, but if output quality matters more, the Canon Pixma iP7220 Wireless Inkjet Photo Printer will likely be your preferred choice.
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