Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Canon PIXMA MG7120 Printer Overview – Why I Bought This Printer

And Why This Might Be The Multi-Function Printer For You


AirPrint Pics From Your iPhone, iPod, iPad, Mac

We all know that multi-function color printers don’t last that long before they become a throw away item. Such is the case with the one we have.

I have purchased this Canon PIXMA MG7120 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One Printer to replace it.

Inkjet printers have a couple of  inherent problems: one is that they are built to be sold as cheaply as possible; corollary being that they want to soak you for big time cash selling you replacement cartridges. Two is that once you open an inkjet cartridge it starts the process of drying out; use it or lose it! Three is that if you do not use it regularly, and I mean at least weekly, some of that ink dries in the printhead. After a while, it can no longer be heated up and cleared by the self-cleaning maintenance of the unit itself.

Thus it becomes either a big paperweight, clumsy door stop, or fodder for the landfill.

Why I Bought A Canon PIXMA MG7120

There are a number of reasons I bought the Canon PIXMA MG7120 printer for our print, scanning and copying needs.

First, the Canon hybrid 6 cartridge ink system gets pretty good reviews; great looking photos, crisp documents. The ink usage appears no worse than other brands and can possibly soon be using non-Canon replacements. In the past I have bought an external ink system for my inkjets to avoid being soaked on replacement ink cartridges, but that takes up extra counter space and is not 100% trouble free although did save us lots of money.

(For a tip on saving ink, watch the video below!)

Second, the Canon PIXMA printers have AirPrint which will let my wife & kids print straight from their Apple iPhones, iPad and iPods with no hassle – so I’m told, we’ll find out. Looks like a really cool feature.

Third, it has versatile connectivity. Yes, you can still connect directly with a computer with a USB cable. Wireless connectivity though seems to be what most people want. Me, I prefer a physical network cable – the PIXMA 7120 allows for all the above.

Fourth, large 3.5″ touchscreen LCD. Especially when working with printing photos, the bigger the screen the better.

Last, this printer has higher resolution (9600 x 2400) and faster printing speeds (4 x 6 photo in 21 seconds). Other PIXMA’s sell for a little less money and would probably be just fine too, but I opted to spend a little more to get a little more.

As for data cards, this printer accepts CF cards, SD cards and MS Duo. Personally we only use SD cards whether to print from a camera or to transfer files scanned. Despite the other connectivity options it’s nice to still have the card slots.

Other Features Of The Canon PIXMA MG7120

Manufacturers have no shortage of features they want you to drool over, some are usable, others just bullet points. I’ll leave the final edit up to you.

Perhaps top on this list is the cloud printing functionality. I’m not sure I’ll check this out as I’m not into sharing my family life with the world, but if you are, this may be quite handy.

  • Google Cloud Print
  • Wireless PictBridge for compatible cameras
  • Print from email
  • Full HD movie print
  • CD/DVD printing
  • Auto duplexing

The Canon PIXMA MG7120 seems to be a great printer for the money, and comes in 4 colors – black, white, red and brown – prices vary by color.

When buying almost anything I check the reviews first, usually at Amazon. This printer gets 4.5 stars on 71 reviews currently. That’s pretty darn good for a multi-function inkjet printer.

See for yourself here: Canon PIXMA MG7120 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One Printer

Canon PIXMA MG7120 Video – Why I Bought This Printer

Canon PIXMA MG7120 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One Printer

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Janet Graziano March 24, 2014 at 2:56 pm

I purchased this printer mainly for nice clear pictures to print. I don’t know how to adjust the colors. The picture came out pinkish. Is there a video to show how to adjust the colors? I looked at the manuel, but it’s so confusing. I am so frustrated. Please let me know if there is a video or someone who can help me. Thanks, Janet


Carol Harness May 16, 2014 at 12:11 pm

I have just refilled the ink cartridges. Now the printer has an X over them, thus they won’t work.
I need to know where the RESET button is and if that will work. Should I buy a resetter tool for the cartridges? I refilled my old Cannon MP800 without any problems and I need for this one to be as convenient as that one was. I am frustrated at companies for being so greedy with their own ink cartridges, thus forcing us to have to resort to ink refills.

Please tell me how to reset so the printer will work. I need to know ASAP. Thanks!


admin May 16, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Have not ever done myself…

try here? https://www.google.com/#q=how+to+reset+canon+ink+cartridge&safe=off

If you find the answer please post.



Carol Harness May 16, 2014 at 12:12 pm

I do have this MG 7120..forgot to say that.


Tim McDermott June 11, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Hey Roger. I’ve been debating on this one for a while. Can you get your MG7120 to auto-duplex legal (8.5 x 14) sized paper? It seems most descriptors in almost all manufacturer user manuals take great pains to point out ‘auto duplexing’ as an added feature. But they all fail to mention WHAT they can duplex. Thanks, -Tim


Ramona Calderon March 24, 2015 at 3:16 pm

Where can I find an explanation on how to scan documents onto my MAC ends up as a Word document. I want to take important papers an scan them onto my MAC fo safe keeping. Thanks


admin March 24, 2015 at 3:25 pm

If you want to spend some money, there are apps to do just that in the iTunes store.

Basically you need an OCR program of some kind (optical character recognition).

Is there some reason storing them as PDF is not sufficient? That’s what I do.


Ramona Calderon March 24, 2015 at 3:17 pm

I have a CANON MG7120


Ramona Calderon March 24, 2015 at 3:46 pm

I don’t how to do it. Could you outline the steps.


Chris Town March 7, 2016 at 6:13 am

I have the Cannon MG7550 when i try to print my own picture direct to Cd/DVD the print dose not line up with the disc.
Is there away to ling up the print tray.


Jean Garner July 1, 2016 at 6:55 am

Where can I buy mg7120 ink for the best price. I bought some from amazon that was suppose to work but did not.


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