Canon PIXMA MG7160
Excellent print quality
A little noisy
Over the years we’ve tested and owned a number of Canon PIXMA printers, so we were keen to get our hands on one of the latest models, the MG7160. We weren’t disappointed.
Changing settings and carrying out the initial setup was done through the 3.5in touchscreen. There is no need to ever connect to the printer via USB, so you can simply feed the PIXMA MG7160 some power and hide it in an unobtrusive space in the office or study.
The PIXMA MG7160 is a five-ink – it adds grey to the usual CYMK – device that does a wonderful job of printing complex documents and photos. It’s also a flatbed scanner, but lacks a sheet-feeder. That makes it useful for scanning the occasional document or photo – it works directly with Preview so there’s no need to install any extra software – but less useful for multi-page documents.
We were very pleased at the printed output. Images and documents sent from iOS devices and a MacBook Pro all looked excellent with text clearly rendered. Photos, printed on Canon’s photo stock, had great colour depth and richness. Blacks were solid and shadings and shadows were nicely shown without any loss of detail in darker areas.
Given that most people choosing this printer will be using it for printing photos as well as regular A4-sixed documents, the availability of two paper trays makes life easy. We loaded the main tray with standard A4 paper and the second tray with some Canon photo paper. When we sent a photo from an iOS device or iPhoto on a Mac, the printer automatically chose the best tray for the task.
Canon’s reputation for delivering great small office and home printers remains untarnished with the PIXMA MG7160. It ticks almost all the boxes for the connected OS X and iOS friendly home or office.