The Canon Pixma TS3120 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One ($79.99) is among very few inkjet printers using the differentiation of a sub-$80 list cost (and its street price of $49.99 signifies that you can actually buy it for less than $50, making it all the more unique). Not only is that among those least-expensive consumer-grade photograph all-in one (AIO) printers we've reviewed lately, it's also among the smallest, slowest, and shortest on features. Much like the HP DeskJet 3755, the TS3120 is designed for families and homes that do very little printing and copying--a type of there-when-you-need-it apparatus. In that role, it's a lower-cost alternative to the Canon Pixma TS5020 and also the significantly more-expensive Editors' Choice Canon Pixma TS9120 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One.
A Minimalist in All Ways
Measuring 5.8 by 12.5 by 17.2 inches (HWD) with its own trays closed and weighing 8.5 pounds, very few AIOs are as little as the TS3120Greatest Priceat Amazon, except the HP DeskJet 3755 (5.6 by 15.9 by 7 inches and 5.1 pounds), though the Epson Expression Home XP-440 Small-in-One comes quite close in size, and weighs only half of a pound more. The following TS-series version upward, the Canon TS5020, measures about four inches wider and can be nearly twice as heavy. Additionally, the Canon TS5020 utilizes five inks, whereas the TS3120 uses only four, making the former a better option for printing photos.
It's important to be aware that all these entry-level printers grow significantly in thickness and height by using their input and input trays deployed. The TS3120, as an example, increases from 12.5 inches to 21.8 inches, also HP's 3755$79.89 in Amazon extends upwards by approximately 5 inches and also lengthens by over 10 inches. Even so, most fit comfortably on the ordinary desktop, and the canon pixma TS3120 (and its rivals ) are designed to close up easily, consuming as little space as possible while not in service.
One tank holds the ink, and the other holds the other three colors. Not only do these types of ink cartridges require more ink compared to different cartridges do, but with the three-ink colour ink tank, the cartridge has to be replaced if any of the 3 reservoirs empties--no matter how much ink is left in both of the other reservoirs. In other words, the three-ink tanks are usually wasteful.
For a while there, it seemed like printer makers were getting off from this kind of two-cartridge ink machine, but it seems to be coming backagain.
In addition to this non invasive ink system, the TS3120's minimum paper handling ability of simply one 60-sheet paper , compared with all the Canon TS5020's$68.99 at Amazon and TS9120's 2 100-sheet trays, places it firmly in the entry-level column. The HP 3755, on the flip side, additionally holds just 60 sheets of newspaper, along with also the Epson XP-440's only tray holds up to 100 sheets.
Even the canon TS3120's paper tray can also be configured to hold up to 20 sheets of 4-by-6-inch premium photo paper, and up to ten sheets of 5-by-7-inch photo paper, which is about the same as the other models mentioned here. However, the TS3120 doesn't support photo paper larger than 5 by 7 inches; so you also can not print borderless 8-by-10-inch photos, as an instance, less larger sizes.
Just like the HP 3755, the TS3120 can not print two-sided pages (auto-duplexing) either. You need to flip your files over to publish on the opposite side. The Epson XP-440$49.98 in Amazon may publish two-sided webpages without manual aid. Since you likely won't be printing many large documents, but this shouldn't be that much of the inconvenience.
Rather than a tablet-like touch display with icons that act as shortcuts for setting up and implementing a variety of purposes and workflow profiles, the TS3120 comes with an entry control control panel which is composed of several buttons along with a 1.5-inch"segment" monochrome LCD. You utilize the panel primarily for setting up and monitoring purposes, which makes copies, placing paper size and type, etc. Most interaction is going to be through either your PC or mobile device. Printing or scanning to cloud websites, for instance, are set up and executed from your smartphone or tablet through one of Canon's mobile programs.
Connections and Software
Considering that the TS3120 is at the bottom of the Canon Pixma-TS-series pecking order, it has the fewest connectivity options. Standard connectivity Contains Wi-Fi and linking to one PC through USB. In addition you get Wireless PictBridge for printing from specific Canon cameras, such as certain digital movie cameras. Mobile connectivity attributes, however sparser than on its own higher-end siblings, include Canon Print app, Wireless Scanning, and Pixma Cloud Link for, well, connecting to several popular cloud websites, as well as Canon's own personal cloud document repository.
Given that TS-series AIOs are designed mostly for working with photographs, the TS3120's applications bundle consists chiefly of utilities such as scanning, enhancing, correcting, handling, and printing photos. Besides the drivers for the device itself, you also get Canon's Scan Utility, and a pretty valuable scanning interface, provided the price and range of the AIO; Master Setup, such as configuring and monitoring the printer; My Printer Network Tool, for handling the TS3120 on your own wireless network; My Picture Garden, an assortment of enhancement and correction filters, such as red-eye elimination and image cropping; along with a couple of others. And lastly, there is Quick Menu, which resides in the lower-right corner of your monitor and consists of a set of shortcuts to the majority of the hardware and software features.
While the TS3120 isn't the slowest printer I've seen recently, it isn't far behind. Canon rates the TS3120 at 7.7 pages per minute (ppm); in 5.5ppm, just the HP 3755 includes a slower rating. When printing our 12-page monochrome softly formatted Microsoft Word file, the TS3120 eked out 4.8ppm, compared with the HP 3755's 4.3ppm. Otherwise, the TS3120 dropped supporting the Epson XP-440 by roughly 3.5ppm, and also the Canon TS5020 along with TS6120 by about 8ppm. Canon's own Pixma G2200 MegaTank All-in-One, one of the firm's supertank versions that gets its ink out of economical bottles, instead of cartridges, churned our text document at 2.3ppm faster compared to TS3120.
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When I mixed the results of printing our more complex PowerPoint, Excel, and Acrobat documents included of color, graphics and photos with the results from the prior Word document test, the TS3120's score fell to 2.1ppm, or about 1 page every 30 minutes. Here it outdid only the HP 3755 (1.4ppm), however not one of the AIOs in this category topped 5ppm, or 10 seconds per page. Canon's Pixma TS5020 and TS6120 completed the very best, at roughly 4.7ppm. None of these consumer-grade photo-centric AIOs are really suited for producing over about 50 or so company document pages each month.
Where a number of them excel, however, is currently at printing 4-by-6-inch (and 5-by-7-inch) snapshots. Granted, the TS3120's average print time of 1 minute 4 seconds isn't that good, but its higher-end siblings (the TS5020 and TS6120) was able to publish exactly the same pages in around 20 minutes in our tests. Normally, when the quality in the motorist is set to Top or Greatest, a print time of less than 1 minute is very good.
Better-Than-Expected Output Quality
You can not expect a four-ink consumer-grade picture printer to churn out better-looking output signal than the usual six-ink one, particularly when printing photos. But let us look at the TS3120's text output . Its text came out well-shaped, well-delineated, and highly legible down to well under 10 issues in our text record evaluations, making it more than suitable for many family, student, or home office activities. Business charts and charts and other brilliant graphics printed nicely, too. The only problem I saw was on a dark-green-flowing-to-black gradient designed especially for analyzing a printer's proclivity to get banding. There was obvious banding with this full-page desktop fill, but it was not near unsightly or unusable.
The TS3120 printed fine photographs, too. They were bright, brilliantly colored, and nicely detailed--images that many people, I believe, are satisfied with. Colors were notably brighter, better saturated, also. . .prettier, along with the content itself was better detailed on the five- and - six-ink AIOs.
Price Per Photo
Besides HP's photo-optimized models using that business's Immediate Ink subscription program, like the Envy Photo 7855, most consumer-grade picture printers have higher running costs, particularly in comparison to their office-oriented counterparts.
Therefore, the TS3120's 8.7-cent cost per monochrome page and 18.7 cents for colour pages is not that far out of line with its rivals. The HP 3755's color cost per page (CPP) is greater compared to TS3120's by 0.3 cent, along with the black CPP is exactly the exact same. Even so, since you probably will not be printing considerably anyway, the Epson XP-440's 6.2 cents for monochrome and 18.2 cents for colour isn't notably better, at least for this type of printer. However, as the Epson XP-440 utilizes separate ink tanks for each colour (with all the TS3120's three-well cartridges you can end up tossing out artificial ink), possibly the XP-440's running costs may even be a little less.
As for another TS-series Pixmas, I could not calculate accurate CPPs for five- and - six-ink machines, primarily because there's no way to judge when, where, and at what amounts the extra inks have been used. Suffice it to state that their running costs are probably not significantly different, either--provided that all of these consumer-grade photo printers have been low-volume AIOs.
Quality Output for Much Less
The Canon Pixma TS3120 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One, the lowest-priced TS-series AIO, delivers good-quality printing for a minimal price, but still saving a few bucks over one of its five- or six-ink siblings will cost you in terms of speed and photo output quality. It prints at less than half the speed of another four TS-series models, which contains the Editors' Choice Canon Pixma TS9120, and printing quality, while better than okay, is not quite up to that of the other four TS-series AIOs, either.
Additionally, it prints a little faster and better than HP's 3755 AIO. If you are on a strict budget which will not allow you to choose one of the other TS-series Pixmas, or the more expensive Epson XP-440, the TS3120 certainly prints, copies, and scans enough to make it a decent choice for home offices and families.
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