Introduction, Design Features
It’s been reduction than a year given we reviewed Canon’s final spin of TS-series Pixma printers, that enclosed a Pixma TS8020 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One. That indication is a prototype to a appurtenance we’re reviewing here, a $179.99-MSRP Pixma TS8120.
It’s surprising for a printer builder to modernise a line so soon. Speculating given Canon did so here would be, well, speculation. All we know for sure? Earlier in 2017, a Pixma TS array transposed a company’s MG-series Pixmas, a line of long-in-the-tooth photo-centric all-in-ones (AIOs) that we’ve reviewed year after year around a ’10s. Perhaps Canon felt that a initial spin of a new TS array wasn’t utterly right. Or maybe elaborating marketplace trends sloping a imaging giant’s hand.
In any case, a Pixma TS8120 is second from a tip dog in Canon’s new TS-line upgrade. This new line of 5 printers comprises a Pixma TS9120 ($199 MSRP, ignored to $149.99 as we wrote this in mid-October 2017), today’s Pixma TS8120 (discounted during many e-tailers to $139.99), a Pixma TS6120 ($149.99 MSRP, ignored to $99.99), a Pixma TS5120 ($99.99 MSRP, ignored to $79.99), and an all-new entry-level iteration, a Pixma TS3120 ($79.99 MSRP, ignored to $49.99). We’ll be reviewing 4 of a five; this is a initial in a Canon examination wave.
All yet that final one are updates to existent models. And, as usual, from tip to bottom, as a prices shrink, so do a underline sets. For a $20 aloft list cost than a Pixma TS8120, for example, a Pixma TS9120 adds Ethernet connectivity and has a 5-inch display, given a Pixma TS8120 does not support connected networking and comes with a 4.3-inch screen.
Because these models are positioned as imitation printers, how good they imitation photos is peerless to all else. As we’ve seen over a years, five- and six-ink printers tend to do a improved pursuit of copy opposite a wider accumulation of photos than customary four-ink (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, or CMYK) machines. With that in mind, a dual tip TS Pixmas, a TS9120 and TS8120, use 6 inks; a subsequent dual down a sequence (the TS6120 and TS5120) use 5 inks; and a TS3120 uses a customary 4 inks.
A change this time around is that instead of a “photo gray” ink that six-ink Pixmas have been regulating for a past several years, a sixth ink is now a “photo blue.” Where a imitation gray ink was claimed to boost a tone progression (or tone range) rather and assistance imitation aloft gray-scale images, a new imitation blue, according to Canon, reduces graininess. (We assume that a imitation blue ink should boost a tone range, too.)
The TS8120 comes in 3 colors: black, red, and white, as shown below. Canon sent us a red one…
A station disproportion between consumer-grade imitation AIOs and their office-oriented counterparts is that a former generally cost some-more to use: The per-page ink cost is higher. Canon’s photo-centric Pixmas traditionally have had somewhat aloft using costs than their competitors, and printed some of a best-looking images among consumer-grade imitation printers. Nothing has unequivocally altered on those fronts.
Whether a Pixma TS8120 is right for we depends on several factors. Positioned as a imitation printer foremost, not customarily does it cost some-more to use than some other inkjet AIOs, yet it also lacks an involuntary request tributary (ADF) for promulgation multi-page papers to a scanner. ADF AWOL is not surprising with this category of printer, generally those underneath $200. That trend has begun to change of late, though, with newer models such as the HP Envy Photo 7855 All-in-One; we’ll demeanour a tiny closer during this critical growth in a subsequent section.
The bottom line on a Pixma TS8120? If you’re looking for a appurtenance generally for copy photos, it’s tough to kick this tiny AIO (aside from removing a stepped-up Pixma TS9120, that we’re also reviewing, or one of a few Epson photo-centric models to be discussed later). If, on a other hand, we also need your imitation printer to be nimble during creation copies, copy lots of documents, and scanning pages with regularity, a Pixma TS8120 has a few shortcomings in those areas.
How many should they impact your shopping decision? That depends on customarily how many printing, copying, and scanning we need to do. Let’s puncture in and judge.
Due in vast partial to a miss of an ADF, that adds breadth and depth, a Pixma TS8120 is a petite AIO that requires unequivocally tiny desktop space. Even so, it’s appealing adequate (especially when sealed adult and out of service) to put customarily about anywhere, as shown in a following Canon “suggested placement” photos…
Hopefully we have that ethereal a basement or office! The red one, of course, competence be too shrill for some settings. Perhaps a black one is a some-more suitable element to your decor…
Or maybe a white would demeanour improved in your home or apartment…
In any case, a TS8120 measures 5.5 inches high by 14.7 inches opposite by 12.8 inches from front to behind with a trays closed, and it weighs 14.2 pounds. When we put paper in a front drawer, a drawer (and subsequently, a footprint) extend brazen somewhat (about 2 inches) from a front of a chassis, as shown here…
With a behind paper tray extended, a Pixma TS8120’s tallness increases to 14.3 inches…
Notice in a above picture that a outlay tray, too, extends several inches from a front of a chassis, over a paper-tray bump. (It pops out automatically when we print.) In other words, a printer needs many some-more space when operative than when sealed adult and out of service; cause that in, when selecting a place to put it. And note that this is common among tiny inkjet printers. The recently released Epson Expression Photo XP-8500 Small-in-One, identical in distance to a Pixma TS8120, also requires additional room to work when in service.
Another care when perplexing to confirm where to place a Pixma TS8120 is a brew of connectivity options. Most printers today (even sub-$100 ones) support Wi-Fi, which, in many homes, means that your computing inclination can bond to your printer wherever we park it. You get Wi-Fi here, or can bond to a singular mechanism directly around USB cable. (Keep in mind that a USB tie does not bond a printer to a Internet, so we give adult several cloud and mobile-device options if we go that route.)
Speaking of mobile-device options, a Pixma TS8120 forgoes support for Wi-Fi Direct and Near-Field Communications (NFC) peer-to-peer network connections; we customarily get a Bluetooth 4.0 radio. Depending on what and how many you’re copy from your mobile device, this transformation competence or competence not matter. Why? Well, given Wi-Fi Direct is rated during 10 times faster (250Mbps) than Bluetooth (25Mbps), and a former’s operation is about 3 times serve (656 feet contra 200 feet). We don’t consider this will be a vital emanate for many buyers, yet Bluetooth competence come adult a tiny brief if we need to imitation large, high-definition images wirelessly from a device that does not support Wi-Fi.
Other mobile-connectivity facilities upheld in this Pixma indication embody Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria (for copy from Android devices), a Canon Print app, and Pixma Cloud Link, a final of that lets we bond to a horde of renouned cloud sites. In addition, we can imitation directly from several Canon digital cameras around Wireless PictBridge, and there’s a pier for SD cards on a left side of a chassis, subsequent to a submit tray…
Like a Pixma TS9020 and TS8020 before them, a TS9120 and TS8120 can imitation labels on pre-surfaced visual discs (recordable CDs, DVDs, and such, for those who still use them) around a caddy that slides in underneath a outlay tray…
The program for conceptualizing front labels and valuables cases comes bundled on a enclosed CD. Also on a disc, you’ll find programs and utilities for scanning media, touching up/enhancing photos, and formulating calendars, nod cards, and other specialty documents.
A underline new to this spin of Pixmas is something that Canon calls “Message In Print,” that allows we to hide invisible “messages,” such as animations, music, text, or video, into your printed photo. Whomever we give a picture to, then, can “decode,” or access, a summary by holding an iPhone using Canon’s Message In Print app over a photo. Not customarily does this sound like fun, yet artistic users competence indeed come adult with some unsentimental uses for it.
You can configure a Pixma TS8120, as good as perform walkup tasks (such as creation copies or copy from SD cards and a cloud), from a spacious, easy-to-navigate 4.3-inch control panel…
A quarrel this large is generally useful for observation and selecting images for copy from your camera’s (or smartphone’s) SD card. As we pronounced about a Pixma TS8020 behind when we reviewed it, a TS8120 isn’t all that opposite from a predecessor.
Setup Cost Per Page
Although we do have dual additional ink tanks to install, environment adult one of these tiny Pixmas is easy and fast. The Pixma TS8120 is tiny and light adequate that removing it out of a box requires tiny effort. Once we block it in and spin it on, charcterised demonstrations for loading paper and installing a ink cartridges travel we by any process. And it’s minute to a indicate that, as we implement any cartridge, a arrangement shows we that ones you’ve commissioned and that cartridge slots on a printhead carriage are still empty.
Part of a designation slight entails aligning a printhead. Near a finish of a setup procedure, a TS8120 prints an fixing page that we place on a scanner. (This slight is also well-demonstrated on a control panel.) The printer afterwards uses a information from a indicate to align a printhead—a process that is many easier, and no doubt many some-more accurate, than a some-more common procession in which you tell a printer (usually around software) that elements on a fixing page accommodate certain specified criteria. In any case, a whole designation routine, including printhead alignment, took us no longer than 15 minutes.
Over a years, Canon’s photo-centric Pixmas have had some of a tip per-page using costs for this category of printer. That is given we haven’t endorsed them (nor any other six-ink imitation printer) as an bland request printer. It competence work for that conditions customarily if your imitation volume is low: say, underneath a integrate of hundred pages or so per month. In addition, until now a association has always supposing estimated page yields for a ink cartridges—that is, ubiquitous statements per how many pages a black cartridge is good for, and how many pages a tone cartridges should yield. We afterwards used that information to calculate a printer’s using costs: so many per page on a black cartridge, and so many for a tone and black cartridges combined.
This time around, rather than edition ubiquitous page-yield estimates for any cartridge, Canon has supposing us with page yields for any cartridge formed on copy certain forms of documents: churned text/graphics pages, and 4×6-inch photos. So, while this information does not concede us to news a normal monochrome-page and color-page using costs, it does concede us to calculate and news costs for copy those kinds of mixed-output pages, and for snapshots.
That said, we wouldn’t call that a problem. Compared to a process described above, these calculations will yield some-more accurate using costs—at slightest for these dual forms of documents. But given a information and methodology concerned in reaching these total are so opposite from what we use for scarcely all other printers we have reviewed, we can’t make suggestive cost per page (CPP) comparisons between a Pixma TS8120 and a competitors.
That said, here goes. Canon provides 3 yield-size versions for any of a 6 TS8120 cartridges: Standard, XL, and XXL. You’ll get some-more pages and, of course, a lowest CPP from XXL tanks. Keep in mind that a calculations embody all 6 inks; five- and six-ink printers by their inlet tend to be some-more dear to use than machines that use a customary 4 ink tanks.
Using Canon’s page yields and prices for a XXL ink cartridges, a TS8120 prints a attention customary International Organization for Standardization (ISO) #24711 letter-size (8.5×11-inch) exam pages (shown in a tip quarrel of images below) for 16.6 cents per page. It prints a ISO 29102 4×6-inch photos (the second quarrel of images below) for 31.9 cents per photo. Again, we can’t unequivocally review these CPPs to competing models, yet we’re pretty certain that a TS8120’s using costs are conjunction significantly aloft nor significantly reduce than those of many other six-ink imitation printers (including prior six-ink Pixmas).
The Pixma TS8120’s limit paper ability is 200 sheets, separate between dual sources: a 100-sheet cassette adult front and a 100-sheet tray that extends out from a behind of a framework during an angle…
The behind tray can also reason adult to 20 sheets of reward imitation paper. Printed pages land on an outlay tray that extends out front, customarily subsequent a control panel. As mentioned, a outlay tray extends automatically as needed. In doing so, when a front cover is closed, it also kindly pushes a cover ceiling and out of a way…
In other words, we can imitation when a appurtenance is totally buttoned up, and it will prepared itself. By a same token, a TS8120 also has a ability to spin itself on when it senses information entrance a way, even wirelessly. That allows we to imitation but carrying to travel over and energy a printer on.