Many all-in-one printers offer good quality but cannot handle moderate workloads of dozens of pages or photos per week. If you're trying to build a portfolio of your work or printing several documents, a sub-par printer forces you to find a professional service. Fortunately, the Canon Pixma MG8220 delivers fantastic print quality and interesting features without limiting your usage.
The Canon Pixma MG8220 runs through jobs quickly and efficiently. If you need to print a 10-page essay for a class in a few minutes, this wireless printer will zip through the job while you're still brushing your teeth. Any job you throw at it will come out quickly, including photos, but the Pixma MG8220 shines as a high-quality printer. Photos are vibrant and beautiful, and graphics on regular printer paper are accurate and strong. However, to get the most out of your printer, you need to use it often. The Pixma MG8220 has a nasty habit of running a cleaning cycle for every task, including scanning. To clean itself, the ink cartridges are wiped clean, removing any old ink. This is great if you're printing each day, but if you're only printing once a week and scanning two or three times more, you'll run out of ink quickly without knowing why. Also, the Canon Pixma MG8220 announces its need for new ink much sooner than it actually does. Usually, you'll be able to print several more documents and photos before needing to replace cartridges. The only way to know for sure that you're out of ink is if the printer refuses to do any job until you've replaced the empty cartridge.
Aside from its unreasonable cleaning cycle during scans, the Canon Pixma MG8220 has a lot to recommend it. Most notably, it's image resolution is fantastic. The printer does not have an automatic document feeder, but making scans and copies is still easy.
The Canon Pixma MG8220 offers great features and multitude connection options. The only missing element to this all-in-one printer is the ability to fax, a standard feature in all of the other multifunction printers we reviewed. The Pixma MG8220 has memory card readers for all major types of card, including SD, MMC, USB flash drives, Memory Sticks and more. When you're initially setting up the printer, you'll enjoy how easily the device connects to your wireless network. If you prefer hard-line connections, the Pixma MG8220 has an Ethernet and USB line.
Canon's support options deliver consist, high-quality advice. Most of the issues that you have with the Pixma MG8220 can be resolved by reading through the FAQs or looking over the user manual. If you need to contact a customer service representative, Canon offers telephone and email support. No matter the problem, if you need help, Canon is there to support its products and customers.
The Canon Pixma MG8220 is a hardworking all-in-one printer, able to handle several jobs with incredible speed and fidelity. If you are a light user, this will be too much printer for you, but if you want to build a photography portfolio or print out several documents, you can count on the Pixma MG8220 to deliver strong quality. Unfortunately, the printer uses more ink than competing products because its cleaning cycles run before every task, and this all-in-one printer is missing a fax feature. But as long as you plan to print far more often than you plan to scan and don't need to send faxes, the Pixma MG8220 is the perfect multifunction printer.
Photos print within 10 seconds and turn out as beautifully as a professional printing service.
The cleaning cycle runs for every task, eating up ink very quickly. Also, there is no fax option.
If you plan to print daily, the Canon Pixma MG8220 will fit your lifestyle perfectly, but if you're a light user, the cleaning cycles will use more ink than you do.