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Perfect for the Apple family...high ink cost
on May 1, 2013
I've had an iPad and an iPhone for several years now. One of the biggest complaints was that I could never print anything off (tickets, emails, documents, etc.). When Apple's AirPrint feature was first released there was only a handful of printers that worked with it and reviews were mixed.
I've been utilizing the MG4220 printer for the past year and it's been great, however it's a single sheet scanner. As the home business evolved, the need for an automatic document feeder presented itself so I was happy that Canon made this adjustment in the MX522. Setup was straight forward and getting it on the Wireless Network was simple as you use the LCD display on the printer to input your SSID and security settings (including password). WPA is also supported.
Printing from iPhone/iPad:
Once you have the printer on the same wireless network as your "i"-product, I was amazed that the iphone and iPad both recognized the printer with no installation required! Immediately I had the ability to choose PRINT from the "send to menu". The printer was automatically listed there. A simple click of the button and the iPad shot the document right to the printer. I love the fact there is no configuration, installation, etc. required to print to this printer.
Overall printing experience:
The printer as a whole is quick and responsive to everyday home printing needs. It's quiet and utilizes the simple two cartridge system (black and color). You should be aware that while Canon advertised this as an "at-home Photo Lab", the 4800x1200 resolution is just average these days and should not be viewed on the same caliber as their PIXMA line. Costs per page are average to high with black print coming in at 5.6 cents per page, color at 12.6 per page and photo quality at 18.6 cents per page (this is based off a high-capacity cartridge)
-PRINTS TO ALL APPLE iPRODUCTS (IPHONE/IPAD) WITH NO CONFIGURATION REQUIRED! (*This was the best selling point for our family*)
-SCANNER IS QUICK
-NICE LCD SCREEN WHICH AIDS IN SETUP AND STATUS
-COMPACT DESIGN CLOSES UP WHEN NOT IN USE
-AUTOMATIC DOCUMENT FEEDER
-SO SO RESOLUTION FOR PHOTO PRINTING
-NO DEDICATED PAPER TRAY
FINAL THOUGHT: If you use a bunch of Apple products in your house you will love the ability to easily print from your iOS device with no additional setup/driver installation required.