Many all-in-one printers can crank out drugstore-quality photo prints -- but the Canon Pixma MX922 leaps ahead, with beautifully detailed photos. Text and graphics look good, too. The downside? It's slow, and it wastes a lot of ink on cleaning cycles if it sits idle. Still, experts (and many owners) say the gorgeous photos are worth it.
Works smoothly for most. Most reviewers find the Canon Pixma MX922 easy to set up, using physical buttons and the menus displayed on the 3-inch LCD screen. The printer connects via USB, Ethernet or Wi-Fi. There are no memory card slots, so you can't print directly from a card, but you can connect your camera or USB stick via PictBridge and direct-print that way. In day-to-day use, most owners report no problems, but some -- a sizable minority -- complain that the printer suffers mysterious delays and "gyrations" before and after every print job.
Impressive photos, but business documents print pretty slowly. Experts agree: Photo quality is outstanding. To do better, you'll have to shell out big bucks for a pro-style photo printer, PCMag.com says. One owner initially thought the photos looked ho-hum -- but then switched to max-quality settings and good photo paper. After that, "the 4x6 quality was so good I could see the individual hairs on my grandson's head." Text, graphics, copies, scans and faxes look good, similar to rival inkjet all-in-one printers.
Speed "is the MX922's Achilles' heel," PCMag.com says. Photos churn out at a decent clip -- about one minute per 4-by-6-inch print -- and so does plain text (12 pages per minute, in one test). But business documents may test your patience. Expect just over 2 ppm, according to tests that print mixed pages of text, graphics, Excel and PowerPoint documents.
Crammed with extras -- but watch out for wasteful cleaning cycles. There's certainly no shortage of features here. The Canon Pixma MX922's auto-duplexer can print, copy and even scan both sides of the page. It prints on CDs/DVDs. You can print directly from your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, etc.) using Apple AirPrint, and it's Google Cloud Print-compatible. The main paper cassette holds 250 sheets of plain paper. Above that, a dedicated photo cassette holds 20 sheets of 4-by-6-inch photo paper. There's a 35-sheet automatic document feeder, too.
Ink costs are just average if you print intermittently (just a page or two every few days, as most home users do). ConsumerReports.org calls the Canon Pixma MX922 an "ink guzzler," because it wastes more ink on cleaning and maintenance than most printers.
This test ranks 74 all-in-one printers (including the Canon Pixma MX922) from best to worst, based on their performance in a dozen categories -- photo quality, ink use, etc. This printer also gets a half-dozen reviews from ConsumerReports.org subscribers.
Review: Canon Pixma MX922, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
ConsumerReports.org singles out the Canon Pixma MX922 as an "ink guzzler" in this free article. Editors explain the results of their intermittent-printing test, which mimics how most people use their printers. The MX922 wastes a lot of ink for cleaning and maintenance, testers say.
Review: The High Cost of Wasted Printer Ink, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, June 2013
M. David Stone awards the Canon Pixma MX922 an Editors' Choice prize. The all-in-one printer is slow, but it delivers great photo quality for the money.
Review: Canon Pixma MX922 Wireless Office All-in-One Printer, M. David Stone, March 21, 2013
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William Harrel agrees with other experts that the Canon Pixma MX922 is "somewhat sluggish," but its photos look "exceptional." Only its high cost per page keeps it from being a great business-oriented printer.
Review: Canon Pixma MX922 Wireless Office All-in-One Printer Review and Ratings, William Harrel, April 30, 2013
Owners give the Canon MX922 mixed reviews here. With more than 1,100 reviews posted, about half award it a perfect 5 stars. But about one in 10 gives it only 1 star, often because it drops Wi-Fi connections, dawdles before printing or simply breaks down.
Review: Canon Pixma MX922 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014
With over 200 owner reviews posted, the Canon Pixma MX922 gets slightly better marks here than at Amazon.com -- 4.2 out of 5 stars -- but we found some of the same complaints about long warm-up times.
Review: Canon Pixma MX922 Inkjet All-in-One Printer, Contributors to Staples.com, As of March 2014
Owners here give the Canon Pixma MX922 higher scores: 4.3 out of 5 stars. Although this is a photo-oriented retail site, customers say they use the Canon for both photo and office work. A few complain of long delays before printing, but most report no problems.
Review: Canon Pixma MX922 Wireless Color All-in-One Inkjet Office Printer, Contributors to BHPhotoVideo.com, As of March 2014