This week we're taking a look at the best Canon printers of 2020. This fantastic article from Lifewire reviews the best options.
The best Canon printers should be capable of quick and affordable printing, with ink cartridges that won't cost you an arm and a leg. An added bonus is if the printer is compact too, preventing it from taking up too much desk space while still having all the functionality you'd expect. Our top pick with all these features is the Canon PIXMA TR8520.It's compact, being 38 percent smaller than most other printers and packing in printing, scanning, copying, and faxing. It also supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Best Overall: Canon PIXMA TR8520 Wireless All In One Printer
Don’t let the diminutive size of this printer fool you. The Canon PIXMA TR8520 may be 38% smaller than its predecessor, the MX920, but the all-in-one inkjet is still packed with top-of-the-line features. Like most printers in the PIXMA series, it has exceptional photo printing capabilities. This is thanks to a five-color individual ink system — as opposed to your standard four cartridges — which allows for vivid colors and evenly filled blacks. Unlike the rest of the PIXMAs, however, this particular model was built to fit comfortably in your home office.
Measuring 17.3 x 13.8 x 7.5 inches, the PIXMA TR8520 is compact, but the four-in-one machine is still capable of printing, scanning, copying, and faxing. Additional features include a document feeder, front and rear paper support trays, a 4.3-inch display, double-sided printing, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connectivity. The latter is perhaps the most exciting addition as users can connect their smartphone or tablet in order to print remotely. The large touchscreen display is also a nice touch — especially considering the printer’s low price point. It makes initial setup a breeze and allows you to monitor your work mid-print.
Most Popular: Canon PIXMA iP110 Wireless Printer
Measuring 12.7 x 7.3 x 2.5 inches, Canon’s PIXMA iP110 is small, but it’s packed with tons of modern features. While it’s not tiny enough to slip into a laptop bag, it can easily fit in a backpack or a carry-on. Even with its battery attached, it weighs under five pounds, making it an ideal choice for students and professionals who need to get a lot of work done while on the go. The PIXMA iP110 can print letter-sized as well as legal-sized documents, and it’s quite fast at nine black and white pages per minute.
Designed as a compact photo printer, Canon has equipped the PIXMA iP110 with two ink cartridges. The first is multi-colored with cyan, yellow, magenta, and black. The second is mainly for black ink. Thanks to this dual system, the PIXMA iP110 can produce crisp, glossy images without fail. Like the other Wi-Fi enabled models on our list, it also allows for wireless printing via the Canon PRINT app.
Best Compact: Canon SELPHY CP1300
Printing photos should always be this easy. Whether you are looking to save desk space or print photos on the go, the Canon SELPHY CP1300 is convenient and ultra-portable. It weighs less than two pounds and its 3.2-inch LCD screen lets you easily choose and edit your photos. Print from your phone, tablet, or camera for photos that, thanks to thermal dye sublimation, have dynamic colors, can last for up to 100 years, and are water-resistant. Photo sizes range from postcard size 4 x 6 to square 2.1 x 2.1 inches. For extra juice, an optional battery pack is available for purchase and is said to offer 54 prints per charge.
When spending time with family or friends, treat the SELPHY CP1300 as your personal photo booth, printing two strips of four photos each to share with others or using Party Shuffle to allow multiple people to send photos to the printer and create a collage.
Best for Photos: Canon Pixma iP8720
This wide-format printer is a perfect choice for photo enthusiasts and crafters looking to produce medium- to large-sized prints — up to 13 x 19 inches — from the comfort of their home. The Canon PIXMA iP8720 has six color cartridges: cyan, yellow, magenta, black, photo black, and photo gray. It prints with 9600 x 2400 DPI, resulting in highly detailed images. It’s pretty speedy, too. The iP8720 can print a 4 x 6-inch color photo in 21 seconds.
Keep in mind the PIXMA iP8720 is a single-function printer; it doesn’t have a scanner, a copier, or fax functions, which are pretty common in most general-purpose printers nowadays. It also doesn’t have a touchscreen display like some others on our list, but don’t worry — it’s still full of modern features. The PIXMA iP8720 has high-speed USB and Wi-Fi connectivity, and it also supports Google Cloud Print and Apple AirPrint so you can print remotely. Using the Canon PRINT app, you can also scan documents and images directly from your phone or tablet. The printer is moderately sized at 23.3 x 13.1 x 6.3 inches and it weighs 18.6 pounds.
Best Laser: Canon Color imageCLASS MF733Cdw
Canon’s Color imageCLASS MF733Cdw is the best laser printer you can get. The all-in-one model is packed with features designed to make your work more productive — including a high-capacity toner cartridge which means you don’t have to replace your ink as often. Aside from printing basic documents and photos — the machine can handle 28 pages per minute — this model also functions as a scanner, copier, and fax machine. Easy-to-use features like a five-inch touchscreen panel, duplex scanning, and wireless capability also increase efficiency. Download the Canon PRINT app on your smartphone or tablet and you’ll be able to print remotely and even scan documents directly from your printer.
If you’re looking to print a lot of photos, you’re in good hands with the Canon Color imageCLASS MF733Cdw. Thanks to its Vivid and Vibrant Color Technology, you can expect photographs to come out crisp, bold, and professional-looking. Its all-mode double-sided option lets you print, scan, fax, or copy your files without interruption and with ease. If you’re printing a large run, you’ll also appreciate the machine’s 850-sheet capacity which is split between the main tray, multipurpose tray, and optional paper tray. This model measures 75 x 19 x 18 inches and weighs 58.3 pounds.
Best Budget: Canon MX492 Black Wireless All-IN-One
The Canon MX492 — a wireless model equipped with scanning, copying, and faxing capabilities — is quite the bargain. Measuring 17.2 x 11.7 x 7.5 inches and weighing 13 pounds, this printer is 30% smaller than earlier MX models, and it’s rather small for an all-in-one printer in general. It’s an ideal model for home offices, college students, and those who don’t have much space. Another cool feature is Quiet Mode, which — as we’re certain you’ve caught on to — allows you to print documents at a much lower decibel.
When it comes to software installation, expect things to be quick and easy. At the start, you’ll be presented with a bunch of applications, including My Image Garden and Quick Menu, and you’ll have the option to decide which are installed. Once fully set up, the all-in-one printer supports Google Cloud Print and Apple’s AirPrint, which enables you to print wirelessly from your Android or iOS device. If you’re scanning a large number of pages, the auto document feeder — which can hold up to 20 sheets — will come in particularly handy. The Canon MX492 can also accommodate XL ink cartridges which allow you to go longer between replacements.
Best Budget Multifunction: Canon imageCLASS MF244dw Wireless
If you’re looking for a multifunctional office printer capable of basic printing, scanning, and copying, the Canon imageCLASS MF244dw is a great budget option. This is a feature-rich all-in-one printer, offering high-quality prints and access to an incredible suite of Canon apps. With a 750- to 3,000-page recommended monthly print volume, it is ideal for startups and small businesses. It’s also quite speedy, printing 28 pages per minute and taking only 14 seconds to warm up after powering it on.
Canon’s imageCLASS MF244dw features auto-duplex printing, which lets you save a lot of time and paper through double-sided documents. With a 350-sheet auto document feeder, you'll have no trouble copying and scanning multi-page documents — and it just gets better from there. The printer has one-touch solution keys, which simplify operations. You can minimize all the button-pushing for mundane and repetitive tasks. Like most multifunctional printers today, it also supports wireless connectivity. You can print from anywhere in the office simply using your smartphone. Canon also equipped the printer with Access Point capability. This lets you connect the printer to a mobile device without having to use a router. The printer measures 14.7 x 15.4 x 14.2 inches and weighs 26.7 pounds.
Best Wireless: Canon PIXMA TR150 Wireless Mobile Printer
The Canon PIXMA TR150 is a wireless mobile printer that's incredibly compact and easy to use. It's lightweight, making it portable enough to take with you on the road, especially with an optional battery. It's able to print documents and photos up to 8.5 x 11 inches in black and color, and features a 1.44-inch OLED display for the interface.
Among its wireless connectivity options include, Apple Airprint, Mopria Print Services, Google Cloud Print, and the Canon PRINT app, allowing you to print documents and photos from phones, laptops, tablets, desktops, and other devices.