Review: Canon Pixma MG 7170 photo printer offers great prints, but is slow

Setting up this all-in-one inkjet printer was very easy. Simply plugging it to power source and connecting it to the laptop did the job.

twitter-logo Nidhi Singal        Last Updated: February 14, 2014  | 14:42 IST
Canon Pixma MG 7170: Offers great prints, but slow

CANON PIXMA MG 7170
RATING: 3.5/5
PRICE: Rs 17,655

It seems such a long time ago when photos were shot on film rolls and the rolls had then to be taken to a photo finishing studio to get prints. Few care about photo prints any more, when pictures can be stored digitally. But if you do want a photo printer, Canon has launched quite a few recently, among which we tested the MG 7170.

Canon has always come up with neat designs. The MG 7170 is no different. Its design emphasises straight lines, which looks good. It is available in three colours - red, brown and black.

Setting up this all-in-one inkjet printer was very easy. Simply plugging it to power source and connecting it to the laptop did the job. There wasn't any additional work involved such as installing a driver from a CD enclosed with the printer. This advanced printer installs drivers automatically on the laptop.

Unlike most printers that come with slots for only two cartridges - black and colour - this one supports six cartridges. There is one manual paper handling disc tray at the front that needs to be kept closed at all times. At the print command, the paper output tray opens automatically.

The only drawback is a time lag at the start - this printer takes some time to produce the first print. Be it a word document or a photo, I had to wait for close to a minute for the first print to emerge. There wasn't any lag with the subsequent prints.

Printing photos on the regular mode of this printer isn't a good idea. I selected the super fine mode, but it took a lot of time to print an A4 photo sheet. The image was fine. The quality of the print depends greatly on the kind of paper used.

A red light flashes when ink is low. The notification also appears on the monitor while printing. This printer can also be used for scanning too. Being Wi-Fi enabled, it supports Wireless printing as well.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT:
A decent photo printer but not the best.

 

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