Lifestyle home and photo all-in-ones are getting smaller and neater, while becoming more feature-reach at the same time. Canon’s PIXMA MG7150 has a good range of features for plain paper, photo and optical disc printing.
The ice-white or jet-black case of this PIXMA printer (your choice) echoes earlier Canon machines, but is lower profile and with less to interrupt it in the way of buttons and controls. This is because the whole of the control panel area surrounding the 88mm touchscreen is a touch panel, with illuminated, context-sensitive icons appearing as if by magic, when needed.
There’s no Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) on the machine, but the 2,400 x 4,800ppi flatbed scanner is only one way of feeding images into the machine. There are three memory card slots behind the fold-down front panel, including CompactFlash, which may interest older SLR camera owners (such as Canon’s).
As you fold down the front cover, a paper support swings out automatically to form the output tray. You still have to pull a support extension out manually, but it’s a start. There are two, low-profile paper trays, the upper one for up to 20 sheets of photo paper up to 7 x 5 inches, and the lower one for 150 sheets of plain paper. Both capacities are a bit low.
Clipped to the underside of the photo tray is a CD/DVD/Blu-ray carrier for direct printing on coated discs. Flip down a small cover inside the machine and slot the carrier in with a blank disc to print.
Getting at the six ink cartridges could hardly be easier. The control panel, including its touchscreen, cantilevers upwards like the trays in a Snap-on toolbox and the print head slides to the centre of the carriage, with indicator leds flashing for any cartridge that needs attention.
A USB connection at the back looks almost like a legacy offering as the printer is better geared to working wirelessly. As well as providing wireless networked printing, it supports Wi-Fi Direct for both printing and scanning and can link via AirPrint and Google Cloud Print, too.
With PIXMA Cloud link, you can also call down files stored online, directly from the printer. The only thing missing is Near Field Communication (NFC) support for quick mobile print setup.