Canon Pixma MG8170 is by no means small. It weighs a massive 10.7kg and is
slightly bigger than the size of the standard desktop printer. It comes in a
glossy black design and looks quite stylish. However, as with all glossy
designs, this one too attracted a lot of fingerprints and rubbing them off was
a major problem.
top of the 8170 includes the LCD screen and the touch panel. The touch panel
has the directional pad, home and return button, ‘+’ and ‘-’ button for
choosing the number of prints, the print button – with colour and black
printout option – and three buttons for selecting the menu. From the looks of
it, this initially sounds a little confusing and might have a steep learning
curve but with the initial few button presses, or rather ‘touches’, you’ll get
the exact function of all the options that are on the touch panel. The back
contains the power slot, printer slot and LAN port for network printer.
Overall, the Pixma 8170 sports a neat design but the glossy exterior may spoil
the look of the device in just a few days of usage.
printer has an average waiting time of five seconds if unused for over two
minutes, which is not bad at all. To gauge the performance we put it through a
few tests. For printing, we put it through four test standards in both fast and
high modes - text only, a PDF document with text and images, a complete image
printout (on normal and glossy paper) and text with different font sizes. Below
are the findings of the tests we carried out.
warmup time delay, the text page took ten seconds to print in the fast mode and
fifteen seconds in the high mode. The text document with different font sizes
took 12 seconds in the fast mode and 17 seconds in the high mode. PDF document
printing was a little slow at 46 seconds in the fast mode and 73 seconds in
high mode. Photo printing took 122 seconds on normal paper and 135 seconds on
has a slew of features, the performance was quick, and the experience was
seamless as well. Bluetooth is missing and the quality for images could have
been a tad better, but the Canon Pixma MG8170 prints at a good speed and print
quality is extremely good as well. Add to it the user interface and it makes
printing an enjoyable experience. If budget is not a criteria, then the Pixma
MG8170 is definitely a good buy.