Canon PIXMA MG7160 review: Canon PIXMA MG7160

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The Good Speedy text printing. Simple touch interface.

The Bad Small paper trays. Inks predictably outstrip purchase price.

The Bottom Line The Canon PIXMA MG7160 offers mostly speedy performance, but like most inkjets, you've got to keep a careful eye on your ink usage.

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Canon's multifunction design has settled on units that are relatively low profile, both in that they're decked out in simple, fingerprint-prone black plastic, and that they're relatively flat. This is design measures in at only 148mm high and 8.2kg, making it fairly easy to place or move anywhere you'd care to.

The PIXMA MG7160 uses a touchscreen with lit panels for context sensitive buttons. It's an intelligent system that still pushes you toward the 3.5-inch colour LCD display, which is likewise touch-sensitive.

The MG7160 covers the basics of a multifunction device. You get printing, scanning and copying, but not faxing if you were looking at it from a business perspective.

Canon's big pitch with the MG7160 is that it's the fastest inkjet in its particular class, although direct comparison is a tricky business. Most vendors rate their devices using page per minute metrics that can be rubbery indeed, while Canon has for the past couple of years used images per minute (ipm) ratings.

We've generally found Canon's ipm ratings are more reflective in real world usage than ppm figures. Canon's specifications suggest that the MG7160 can manage 15ipm in black and 9.7ipm in colour, with a 4x6-inch photo print in around 21 seconds.

From a network perspective, the MG7160 supports both ethernet and Wi-Fi (b/g/n), with Canon's Cloud Link compatibility that uses Google Cloud Print services to enable just about any Internet-enabled device to print to the MG7160.

Like all printer manufacturers, Canon sells the MG7160 cheaply — technically it has no RRP in Australia, because Canon doesn't provide one — but makes its money on inkjet ink. Here you can get either regular or high yield cartridges.

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