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Canon Pixma TS9120 Review
If you're looking for a high quality, value for money printer for both home and office use with rock solid Apple device compatibility, the Canon Pixma TS9210 is an excellent choice.
Pros:
  • Fast printing both text and photos
  • Excellent print quality
  • Great support for all Apple devices
Cons:
  • No NFC connection
  • No automatic document feeder
90%Overall Score

best printer mac canon pixma ts9120

The Canon Pixma TS9120 All In One was our choice as the best printer for Mac due to a combination of great value for money, rock solid Apple compatibility, reliability and high quality printing for both text and photos.

Whether you need a printer or scanner for your home or office, the Pixma TS9120 is a great compact all rounder.

In this review, we take a closer look at what it can do.

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The Canon Pixma TS9120 is an all-in-one (AIO) inkjet printer that connects instantly with Macs, iPads and iPhones making it popular choice for Apple users. It replaces the older Canon Pixma TS9020.

The Canon Pimxa TS9120 can be used either wirelessly via Bluetooth or Wifi or via a USB cable.

It’s a powerful but compact printer measuring just 14.7 (W) x 14.2 (D) x 5.6 (H) inches. It’s remarkably fast for a printer in this price range for both black and white text documents and those with images.

It also does two sided printing and although this is considerably slower, it’s still pretty fast for an inkjet printer on this level.

Everything is controlled by a large, well thought-out 5 inch responsive color touch-screen which is easy to use and navigate. There are no physical buttons as everything is controlled via the touch screen.

canon pixma ts9120 review

At the bottom of the touch screen is also an SD card slot which you can use to print photos without even connecting your Mac.

The Pixma TS9120 has a 6 color individual ink system which gives incredibly high quality color printing and refills are some of the most reasonably priced on the market.

You can also use cheaper third party cartridges instead of Canon originals.

The Pixma TS9120 can scan and photocopy documents in high-resolution of up to 2400 x 4800 dpi optical.

Scanning and copying are built in and both printing and scanning are surprisingly fast for an inkjet in this price range although two side printing is somewhat slower.

Note that there is no fax machine built into the Canon Pixma TS9120 although since macOS Mojave and Catalina no longer support all-in-one printer faxes, it’s no big loss for Mac users. There are still other ways to fax from a Mac which are arguably more convenient nowadays anyway.

There’s a 35-sheet vertical document feeder and the output tray underneath that extends to catch printed sheets.

However there’s also no Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) which may be an issue if you’re planning on using it for heavy duty printing on a daily basis.

The Pixma TS9120 even includes software to design and print your own custom CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays.

For photo buffs, there’s a neat HD Movie Print feature which can take a frame from an HD movie recorded on a compatible digital camera such as Canon EOS, PowerShot, or VIXIA camcorder and print it as a photo.

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For those that love to make home movies but also like to have photos of their favorite moments, this is a really useful feature.

Other nice touches to the Canon Pixma TS9120 include the ability to scan pages to and print directly from a Google Drive account.

There are a few downsides such as the lack of an automatic document feeder and there’s no Near Field Connection (NFC) option but these are small drawbacks considering the price.

You can check pricing and availability here but expect to pay just under $400 for the Canon Pixma TS9120.

In terms of styling, the Canon Pixma TS9120 is available in 3 colors red, grey and gold which all cost the same price.

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4 Responses

  1. MacHow2
    Martin Robbins

    What is a “vertical document feeder”? How does it work if I have a three-page document? Can I load the three pages into the document feeder and have it work as an automatic document feeder? These are critical issues for a $400 printer that should have been included in the review.

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    • MacHow2
      MacHow2

      Good question and to clarify, a vertical document feeder is what all printers have – it’s the tray that sticks up at the back and allows you to slot paper in for printing. Usually these accept no more than 20 or 30 sheets of paper and yes, if you wanted to print a 3 page document it would feed one after the other automatically. However, it would not feed them for scanning. For this you’d have to place each sheet in manually or get a printer with an automatic document feeder which is usually horizontal and automatically feeds both the printer and scanner with paper. If you want a Canon Pixma with an automatic document feeder, try the Canon Pixma TR8520. Hope this helps.

      An automatic document feeder

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  2. MacHow2
    smayer97

    For printer of this cost I would expect it to also have a fax built in and an ADF. Pricey otherwise.

    Not even sure why it is even called an AIO with at least the fax missing.

    Also, do these function even if one cartridge needs replacing or work with 3rd party cartridges? A big issue these days.

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    • MacHow2
      MacHow2

      There’s not much point having a fax built in for Mac users nowadays because Apple has removed fax support from Mojave and Catalina. There are however other ways to fax from a Mac still.

      But yes, normally with an AIO printer you’d assume there’s a fax built in.

      Yes, you can still use it if one cartridge runs out and it does work with 3rd party cartridges such as these.

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