Canon PIXMA MG7160

Anthony Caruana
28 March, 2014
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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.

Bottom line.

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.


4 people were compelled to have their say. We encourage you to do the same..

  1. Barry Hardy says:

    Hi, On your good review of the Canon MG1760 I have purchased the printer.
    I don’t know if the specs have changed since your last review but it now has six inks instead of five. I have tried to find this model on the UK and US sites but can’t seem to find MG7160, would you know if has a different number ?.
    I now get Mac World delivered as it never seems to be in the shops on the Morningto Peninsular .. my copies started in April so the most important one for me is not in my collection…Love your revues spot on for Mac users..
    Many thanks and Kind regards …..Barry

  2. Vinod Mehta says:

    Please let me know how to print on Blank Printable Disks, from Apple computers as well as from Disk to Disk on the printer itself. I am unable to print like I used to in my Old Cannon 601 printer which was user friendly while this new printer MG 7160 I purchased recently is not suitable for Disk printing. Please let me know how to use this printer for printing on Disks otherwise I have to look for other products from different companies.

  3. Vinod Mehta says:

    Please advise how to print on Disks from Apple Computers as well as from Disks to Disks on the Cannon PIXMA MG 7160 printer. The old Cannon 610 was very good but this new 7160 is not user friendly. Please help me.

  4. Chris says:

    The worse printer ever! The ink cartridges only last a few printed pages. I had it checked at one month and I was told that I had printed over 200 pages. I hadn’t. So I persisted and have bought 3 lots of new ink in a year and no sooner do I put the ink cartridge in and print a page the volume of ink will drop. I have printed less than a ream of paper and I give up. Time to get a new printer. Will not buy another Canon. Looks nice but too expensive to run.

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