The Canon Pixma iP8720 (Wireless) Photo Printer is good value for money as far as Inkjet printers are concerned. But should be viewed as a near-dedicated photo printer. Great for above-average results and ideal for business use – but the results of printing are not on par with more expensive models.
This model isn’t in the same league as higher-end photo printers but is a great compromise for those who don’t want to put a huge dent in their bank accounts.
It’ll handle photos up to thirteen by nineteen inches in black and white or colour – and if high-quality prints are required you’d be hard-pressed to find a printer that performs better – taking into account the price point.
However, the output is significantly inferior when compared to other, more dedicated photo printers from Canon. The end results of printing are uneven – text and graphics are inferior to those provided by the more expensive models. However, – they are definitely superior to the output from non-dedicated inkjets. Default settings provide output that is more than acceptable within the normal business environment. Users just need to steer clear of smaller and more detailed fonts.
Canon is upbeat in its marketing claims. The company says that extra ink colours and the extra nozzles in the iP8720 mean better results, this is indeed the case – when compared to ordinary off-the-shelf inkjet printers. But the claim tends to ignore the fact that there are better photo printers out there – including some in its own model lineup. the differentiating factor is price.
The single tray is fine for a business that has fairly modest needs. It holds 150 sheets of standard paper or 20 sheets of photo paper (depending on the brand). The maximum size of the sheet is 13 by 19 inches.
This ink system and paper handling capability are on par with the Canon iX6820 as far as text and graphics are concerned. I’ll handle those day-to-day tasks with ease when loaded with plain paper. However, one paper tray is limiting. It’ll serve better as a backup printer. It does print on printable optical discs, which is a plus.
For network printing, the iP8720 offers some great features. It can provide printing from Cloud-based files remotely and is WiFi-enabled. It comes with Airprint – and there are some great applications available (for free) to allow it to sync with Android and Apple devices. But -you will need the printer to be attached to a land-based access point – and note – there is no Ethernet port.
The wireless Pictbridge is a neat feature. But it only syncs with selected Canon cameras – so buyers need to make sure that they have access to this feature. But even for users of cameras that do not have the PictBridge capability, the challenge is not insurmountable. There are plenty of other wireless options that will make using this printer worth the effort and expenditure.
This printer is a little heftier than the standard inkjet models. It measures 6.3 by 23.3 by 13.1 inches (HWD). But it must be taken into account that this is a ‘near-dedicated photo printer. Output is acceptable, but for those who want true professional quality image prints there are better options – but those options are going to be significantly more expensive. Just how good is good enough? For casual use the iP8720 ticks all the right boxes.