An inkjet multifunction device (MFD) is the most affordable solution if you want to print, scan and take photocopies at home—you can buy one for under Rs 4,000. The more advanced models feature a card reader, LCD display and built-in Wi-Fi adapter. So, the bonus features include wireless printing capability and the option to print photos directly from memory cards. The Canon Pixma MG4270 is one such premium inkjet MFD for home and office use. Let’s find out whether it’s a worthy investment.
A compact multifunction device with wireless capability
Design and features
The Pixma MG4270 sports a space-saving design. It’s about as large as an entry-level MFD, and the feed and output trays are designed to be folded up when not in use. In addition to minimising the footprint, it also helps prevent dust from entering the printer. The shell is all-black and thankfully, there are no glossy surfaces. So there is no question of surfaces getting stained with fingerprints or scratched. The only glossy bit is the screen of the tilting 2.5-inch LCD display. Along with the card reader that reads MS Duo and SD memory cards, the display comes in handy to preview photos before printing them. In addition to direct printing, the card reader also makes it possible to scan photos directly to memory cards.
The MG4270 uses two cartridges – CMY (colour) and Black
The MG4270 uses two print cartridges (CMY and Black) and the maximum print resolution is 4800 x 1200 dpi. The optical resolution of the flatbed scanner is 1200 x 2400 dpi. Now, we have to see whether such a resolution translates into crisp results. At Rs 799 and Rs 1,199 for the black and colour cartridges respectively, the cost of the consumables isn’t too high.
An LCD display and navigation aids make operation easy
Thanks to the LCD display, the user interface of the printer is graphical. This makes it easy to make changes to the print, scanning and copying settings. The navigation comprises three buttons below the display to choose functions/options, a 5-way D-pad and Home and Back buttons. The UI is snappy and very intuitive—tinker with the UI for a few minutes and you’ll be well-versed with what this printer is capable of. Some of the interesting features include Quiet mode, which sobers down the mechanisms to reduce noise, two-sided printing aid and the ability to print web templates and photos from online albums courtesy the built-in Wi-Fi adapter. The WLAN setup menu helps configure the wireless network settings in detail.
The Eco and Quiet settings configurable from the menu
Depending on what you wish to install, it takes up to 15 minutes to install the drivers and setup the printer. A notable addition to the package is the My Image Garden application that makes it easy to manage photos, enhance them using filters, print calendars and so on. Canon’s website also has a link to Creative Park from where you can download content for printing greeting cards, paper craft, scrapbook and more.
Updated 23 May, 2013, 1:46 pm IST
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