Canon PIXMA TS9120/9150 Review

Canon PIXMA TS9120/9150 Review

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Last Updated on January 1, 2022 by Daniel

The Canon PIXMA TS9120 is a wireless inkjet printer that comes in a glossy, black design. The printer offers high-quality prints and documents at a low cost, which makes it an ideal choice for those who need a quality inkjet printer.

In this Canon PIXMA TS9120 review, we are going to look at what makes this inkjet printer so popular. We are also going to look at how easy it is to set up and use, the size of the printouts, and the range of options it has.

Canon PIXMA TS9120 Design:

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The 5-inch color touch screen is mounted to a panel that hinges upward 90 degrees. There are no physical buttons on the stand-alone device, so all controls are done through the touch screen. It has been a disappointment on other models whose touch screens have been less responsive, but my attempts to change a setting or launch a job task were never thwarted by the TS9120’s touch screen. Our testing revealed that the Canon TS6020’s 3-inch touch screen was sometimes unresponsive.

There is an SD card slot on the left side of the front panel, so you can print directly from a memory card without a computer.

The underside of the printer has a paper cassette, and the back has a vertical paper tray. Prints and copies will automatically be captured by the output tray if you forget to extend it yourself. CD/DVD disc printing is available above the output trays; the disc holder slides into the underside of the output tray for storage.

With paper installed, the TS9120 measures 14.7 (W) x 14.2 (D) x 5.6 (H) inches. Adding the vertical paper holder in the back does add height. Black is the main chassis color, and gray, gold, and red are the three lid colors.

The Canon PIXMA TS9120 prints at the following speeds:

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In our tests, the Pixma TS9120 started charging right out of the box, and never slowed down. It provided impressive speeds in almost all of our tests. In terms of text printing, the TS9120 is the fastest in its class. Compared to the average of 8.4 pages per minute, it printed our text document in just 26.7 seconds, at 11.2 pages per minute. Comparatively, the TS6020 took 30.7 seconds or 9.8ppm.

The TS9120 printed our six-page color graphics document in just 1 minute and 46 seconds, or 3.4 pages per minute; this was significantly faster than the average of 2.5 pages per minute. At 1 minute and 11 seconds, only the Epson XP-640 was faster. It took just under 2 minutes, or 3.1 pages per minute, to print the same document on the TS6020.

In addition, the TS9120 printed high-resolution photos quickly, churning them out in less than half the usual time. In comparison to the average of 4 minutes and 39 seconds, it printed a letter-size glossy in just 1 minute and 57 seconds. The only printer that was faster was the Canon Pixma TS6020, by just 3 seconds.

When printing two-sided, the TS9120 was closer to average when using the duplexer. This two-sided, 10-page text document is printed in 3 minutes and 12 seconds, or 3.1 pages per minute. This same document was printed in 1 minute and 50 seconds by the Epson XP-640, or 5.5 pages per minute.

This was faster than the average speed of 198 seconds, or 1.8 ppm, when printing a six-page color document using the duplexer. In this test, the HP Envy 7855 took 5 minutes and 4 seconds (1.2 ppm).

Canon PIXMA TS9120: Scan and copy speeds

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TS9120 also beats the 27.1-second average at copying colors, doing so in 17.3 seconds, almost 10 seconds faster than its predecessors. As a comparison, the Epson XP-640 took 23 seconds to make the same copy, while the HP Envy 7855 took 24.1 seconds.

It takes 14 seconds to copy a text document, compared with 15.4 seconds on average. Comparatively, the Epson XP-640 took 11.8 seconds. The Canon Pixma TS6020 produced a copy of the text in 9.4 seconds, which was the fastest model to date.

The TS9120 scanned a 600 dpi color photo faster than any other model, doing so in a time of 37.8 seconds as opposed to 1 minute and 6 seconds on average. At 41.6 seconds, the Epson XP-640 was not far behind the HP Envy 7855, which was about average at 1 minute and 10 seconds.

Also, scanning in black-and-white was quick. In comparison to the average (10.1 seconds), the TS9120 produced a 300-dpi PDF in 7.7 seconds.

Both the Epson XP-640 and the HP Envy 7855 were noticeably slower, at 16.1 seconds and 14.5 seconds, respectively.

The Printing Quality

All the prints were of high quality. The text was printed with a strong black shade, and the letterform edges were generally sharp-looking, though they appeared to be lumpy on close inspection. The graphics include vibrant colors, smooth textures, and lots of detail. The print quality of text did not suffer when the duplexer was used: both text and graphics printed on two sides looked just as good as on one.

Photos printed on glossy paper have lots of fine detail. Colors appear vivid and accurate. We’ve seen better photo printers, but this one stands out as one of the best.

The quality of the text and graphics was generally good. If you copy magazine pages in color or black-and-white, you get faithful copies. Inkjet printers failed to capture midtone transitions in black-and-white copies of color graphics printed in ink.

The scan quality was also very good. The colors of photos and documents were reproduced accurately, and the fine details were preserved.

Cost and Yield of Ink

According to our calculations, the TS9120 has an average cost per page of $2. Along with the typical cyan, magenta, and yellow cartridges, the TS9120 also offers three additional cartridges: a blue photo cartridge and two black cartridges (a pigment cartridge and a dye-based cartridge).

Pigment black is mostly used for printing text documents on plain paper; it is rarely used for printing photos (the standard-yield cartridge was estimated to print 1,562 4 x 6-inch photos). Furthermore, dye black ink, which is rarely used to print plain-paper documents, should last for around 750 prints.

Each cartridge comes in three capacity levels: standard, XL, and XXL. According to theory, the highest-capacity cartridges will give you the lowest cost per page. XXL color cartridges were not available at the time of publication.

At 7.8 cents per text page, the TS9120 beats the HP Envy 7855 (9.5 cents), while the Epson XP-640 is a better value at 5.8 cents. The TS9120 and Envy 7855 cost about the same when using high-yield cartridges, while the Epson XP-640 prints for significantly less, at just 3.1 cents per page. With the Pixma TS9120, printing text costs as little as 6.4 cents with XXL black cartridges.

The TS9120’s color printing costs are 19.8 cents per page with standard cartridges, which is below the average estimate of 22.4 cents.

For example, the HP Envy 7855 costs 24 cents per page, while the Epson XP-640 costs 18.8 cents. For color printing, however, the TS9120 does not deliver significant savings at 17.2 cents when using high-yield cartridges. The Epson XP-640 offers a much better deal at 9.9 cents per page; its high-yield color costs an average of 15.4 cents per page, beating the HP Envy 7855 (18 cents).

Setup and Software

In order to set up the TS9120, simply remove the packaging tape, insert the CD-ROM into your PC, and follow the screen prompts. You can follow the link in the printed quick-start guide if you don’t have a CD/DVD drive. Then, you unblock the firewall and align the print head. Using the WPS method, you can connect the all-in-one to your wireless network (you simply press the WPS button on your router when prompted).

Software is included for all functions, including an application for making CD or DVD labels. Additionally, you get My Image Garden, a big download you might skip if you don’t intend to use the majority of the included graphics and templates, its photo organizer, or photo editor.

The Canon Print app is required to use the TS9120 with a smart device. Apple AirPrint is supported for iOS devices. It boots up in 4.7 seconds, significantly faster than the average of 10.7 seconds.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
prints label onto coated CDs or DVD discs. Two-sided text-printing speed is about average.
The large 5-inch color touch screen The paper cassette feels a bit flimsy.
Fast printing and scanning speed Estimated ink costs are about average.
Six individual ink cartridges

Final Thoughts

With the Pixma TS9120, you get a lot of value for your money. With six individual ink tanks, it delivers fast speeds without compromising on image quality. Despite its large color touch screen, it is equally capable of printing, copying, and scanning on its own. Despite the low cost of ink, this little powerhouse is anything but average.

The TS9120 offers more features than the TS6020. First, the touch screen is large and reliable, so physical buttons aren’t needed. Additionally, you can print CD/DVD labels. The scanner has faster scanning speeds, and the front panel SD card slot lets you print photos directly from your camera’s memory card. Our top pick for all-around inkjet printing is the Canon Pixma TS9120, thanks to its outstanding performance and comprehensive feature set.