It can't handle as heavy-duty paper loads because the line's new flagship version, the Canon Maxify MB5420, also lacks a few of its features, but it also comes in at a much lower cost and represents a better value.
Even though Canon's Pixma line has features aimed at both home and home-office usage, making many of its models suitable for double use as residence and home-office printers, even Maxify printers are concentrated on business, with the Canon Maxify MB2720 and other lower-end models targeted at full-time home offices, single proprietorships, and workplaces with a few employees. The line surpasses some consumer-friendly features such as a network card reader along with a dedicated tray for printing photographs, but adds fax capabilities and other business characteristics.
Design and Characteristics
The Canon Maxify MB2720 prints, copies, scans, and faxes, and may print out of or scan to a USB thumb drive. Paper capacity is a generous 500 sheets, split between two 250-sheet trays which hold up to legal-size paper. The Canon Maxify MB2720 includes an automatic duplexer for two-sided printing. Its maximum monthly duty cycle is up to 20,000 pages, with a recommended monthly duty cycle up to 1,250 webpages, which makes it a fantastic match for a micro or home office. (The Canon Maxify MB2720's highest duty cycle exceeds the version it's replacement, the Canon Maxify MB2320 Wireless Inkjet Small Office All-in-One Printer, which has a 15,000-sheet yearly max. It falls short of this MB5420, using a 30,000-page maximum duty cycle.)
On top of the printer is your letter-size flatbed, plus a 50-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) in which you can scan documents up to legal size. Unlike the Canon MB5420, which supports two-sided, single-pass scanning out of its ADF, the MB2720 is restricted to simplex (one-sided) scanning.
The 3-inch color touch-screen LCD, assembled into the beveled panel in the front of the ADF, provides simple access to multifunction printer (MFP) features. Physical buttons comprise OnHome, Stop, a rear button using a back-arrow icon, and a pair of Start buttons with diamond-shaped icons for black-and-white and color scanning.
Connectivity and Mobile Printing
The Canon Maxify MB2720 is AirPrint compatible and Mopria certified for immediate printing for iOS and compatible Android apparatus, and can print from the Canon Printing program too. From the printer, you also can access Maxify Cloud Link--that enables you to print pictures from online photo files, office templates, and much more, without a computer, and also upload scanned documents directly to Evernote, DropBox, Google Drive, and OneDrive. It also supports Google Cloud Print, which enables you to send documents to a printer from any Web-connected smartphone , smartphone, or device. To the remaining output is a interface for a USB thumb drive.
The Canon Maxify MB2720 can connect to a network via Ethernet or Wi-Fi, and directly to a computer through USB. I tested it on an Ethernet link with drivers installed onto a PC running Windows 10.
In print out the text-only (Word) part of our newest business software suite, the Canon Maxify MB2720 averaged 18.9 pages per minute (ppm), using an ordinary first-page-out period of 6 minutes. In printing our entire small business suite--which comprises PDF, PowerPoint, and Excel files in addition to the above Word file that the Canon Maxify MB2720 averaged 8.2ppm. These speeds are slightly faster than those of this MB5420, which averaged 7.8ppm in printing the complete package, 17.1ppm for text-only printing, and had a first-page-out time of 9 minutes.
Results from our new test suite aren't directly related to those of printers we've tested with our previous small business applications suite. The Canon Maxify MB2720's speed, however, is probably like that of its predecessor, the MB2320--a rate I clarified in its review as rather typical of an inkjet of its cost.
Running prices, based on Canon's cost and yield figures for its cartridges, are 2.7 cents per black page and 8 cents per color page. They are low for an inkjet of its cost and capabilities, matching the operating costs of the MB2320 and lower compared to those of the Epson WF-3640 (3.2 and 11.4 cents per watt and colour webpage ( respectively), though higher than those of the Canon MB5320 along with MB5420 (1.5 and 7.1 cents). The Brother MFC-J985DW has considerably lower running costs than some of those versions --a penny per monochrome page and 4.7 cents per color page--but using a 100-sheet paper capacity is strictly for light-duty use, and also its output is no match for its MB2720's.
Overall output quality for your Canon Maxify MB2720 within our testing was above par for the inkjet, with above-average text and photos, and slightly above-par graphics. Text quality should be OK for any business use, except for documents requiring tiny fonts.
With images, the one issue I watched worth mention was mild banding (a normal pattern of faint striations) in several examples. The printer did well in revealing gradients and narrow lines, also in differentiating between tints of distinct colors.
Most of the test photos I published together with all the Canon Maxify MB2720 were of higher quality than that which you might anticipate from drugstore prints. In 1 print, I discovered that a loss of detail into some bright areas.
Overall output quality was much better compared to Epson WF-3640 that, although such as the Canon Maxify MB2720 printed outstanding text for an inkjet, couldn't match its photo or graphics quality.
The Canon Maxify MB2720 Wireless Home Office All-in-One printer provides a winning mix of moderate cost, strong paper handling, solid rate, a good set of mobile printing features, and above-par output as a color inkjet MFP for a micro or home office. Even though it lacks a few features found in the Epson WF-3640 for example Wi-Fi Direct and a duplexing ADF, the MB2720 has greater output and reduced operating costs. It takes the WF-3640's place as our Editors' Choice.
Computer Operating Systems:
Windows: Windows® 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows 7 SP1, Windows Vista® SP1, Vista SP2, Windows Server® 2012, 2012 R2, Windows Server®2008, 2008 R2
Mac: Mac OS® X v10.8.5 - 10.11
MAXIFY MB2720 Box Contents :
MAXIFY MB2720 Wireless Home Office All-In-One Printer
Full Set of Ink Tanks Power Cord
Telephone Line Cable
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