Bought for Two Features - Only One Works
I bought this for wireless printing and direct inkjet printing onto printable DVDs. My system is a 3.06 GHz Intel iMac with 10.6.8; an iPad, iPad Mini, and iPhone 5.
Set-up for wireless printing took about 3 minutes for the printer to do its own set-up, and then I pushed the WPS button on my modem/router, at which point all devices were connected. Wireless printing from all 3 devices is great, Picture quality on Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy II (3 sheets included) is outstanding.
The second reason I bought this was for direct inkjet printing onto printable DVDs. This is totally unsatisfactory! First, one must use Canon software (My Image Garden) to print. This program is designed for would-be artists, and is set up to require images (scanned in pictures, and other such stuff). I do not want any pictures on the DVDs. My purpose is to label DVDs for archival storage, with text identifying what is on the DVD. The best this Image Garden will provide is three boxes on the lower half of a DVD giving a grand total of 175 characters of Times New Roman, 12 pitch data. I am a lawyer, this was going to be used to identify dozens of case titles from litigated cases I have handled. 750 MB of space on a DVD would give me space for about 100 .pdf formatted of the typical cases I want to store. This limitation to 175 characters makes this "feature" useless to me. There is no way I can possibly identify 5% of what is on the DVD. I can't even say good morning to a Judge in court and identify myself in 175 characters!
At this point I am researching the options with Canon to see if I can enter more data, as well as researching other printer companies' printers to see if I can find one that will work for me.
No I would not buy this again. No I would have not carried it into my house if it had been a gift from Canon.
March 3, 2014
The PIXMA printer MG5420 produces amazing detail in both documents and photographs with 9600 x 2400 color and a 5-Color Ink System with a sixth cartridge that makes your color prints on glossy paper look like they came from the printers . Replacing the ink is quick and easy. The MG5420 reproduces the colors of your original documents flawlessly. And thanks to AirPrint3, Cloud Print4 and PIXMA Cloud Link5, the MG5420 lets you print wirelessly from your compatible smartphone or tablet. You can also create beautiful scans and copies. You can print JPEG, PDF files, web pages and other stuff wirelessly from compatible iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Android devices without a computer, thanks to some free apps. You can also print from your computer. Try it you'll like it.
February 28, 2014
Canon printer MF5420
Ordered this when my older Canon printer died last year after 5 years of faithful service. Never occurred to me that the newer Canon printers would not have a rear paper tray. Sorely disappointed that the second paper tray is in the front and only accepts small photo paper. I don't know why everyone assumes that the only use for these printers is photo printing. Some of us still use a desktop printer for office / clerical needs. I had to set this one aside and source an older model that still had the rear tray. Even then, the one I found is supposed to be for photo paper in the back. Recommend Canon rethink their decision to remove the rear paper tray on these printers.
Otherwise, the quality was good. Print start is slow as it always aligns the print heads before printing. And, the Canon Imaging software is over the top and not user friendly.
February 26, 2014
Good printer needs better instructions
Canon printers got good reviews for Mac users, so I bought one. I got the MG 5420. It is wireless capable. However, there are a few things the instructions didn't really cover so I would like to mention them for the sake of anyone else using an Apple computer and an Airport Extreme router. I bought this printer for the print directly to printable CD or DVD option but the instructions fail to mention that this will not work unless the printer is connected via USB cable. You cannot print this way wirelessly. Also, I had to update software from Canon. I think the drivers that were included were faulty. Also, less than 24 hours after setting up the wi-fi, I had to reset it because it claimed the printer was "offline". Go into the Mac system prefs and under printers, delete the printer and add the printer again and then it prints just fine. So, overall, I would say that this is still a very good printer. The ink supply is good. I've gotten a lot of printing off the inks included with the printer. Printing standard legal size pages is super fast. They shoot out of the machine, which is a huge improvement over the old snail-pace printer I used to have. It prints beautiful photos too. There are still other features I have not yet used but am looking forward to it. In summary, I really like this printer. It has it's quirks but overall, I have not encountered any problems that cannot be addressed. For the price, it's a steal.
February 9, 2014
Wireless printing requires a working Ethernet network with wireless 802.11b/g or n capability. Wireless performance may vary based on terrain and distance between the printer and wireless network clients.
Resolution may vary based on printer driver setting. Color ink droplets can be placed with a horizontal pitch of 1/9600 inch at minimum.
Printer firmware update may be necessary for AirPrint function. Certain exceptions may apply. A PC running Windows XP or later or a Mac running OS 10.5.8 or later and USB cable required to perform firmware update. AirPrint functionality requires an iPad, iPhone 3GS or later, or iPod touch 3rd generation or later device running iOS 4.2 or later, and an AirPrint-enabled printer connected to the same network as your iOS device. A printer connected to the USB port of your Mac, PC, AirPort Base station, or Time Capsule is not supported.
Requires an Internet connection and Google account. Printer firmware update may be necessary for Google Cloud Print function. Subject to Google Terms of Service. Certain exceptions may apply. A PC running Windows XP or later or A Mac running OS X v10.5.8 or later and USB cable required to perform firmware update.
Requires an Internet connection.
Requires Canon Easy-PhotoPrint for iPhone app, available for free on the App Store, Canon Easy-PhotoPrint for Android app available for free on Google Play, or Canon Easy-PhotoPrint for Windows RT available for free in the Windows Store. Compatible with iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, 5, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch, Android devices running Android OS 1.6 or later, and Windows RT devices.
Envelopes and High Resolution Paper are NOT supported for borderless printing.
ISO/IEC 24734, 24735 define the default print and copy speed measurement methods. Print speeds are the averages of ESAT in Office Category Test for the default simplex mode, ISO/IEC 24734, excluding time to print the first set. See www.usa.canon.com/ipm for additional details.
Based on accelerated testing by Canon in dark storage under controlled temperature, humidity and gas conditions, simulating storage in an album with plastic sleeves. Canon cannot guarantee the longevity of prints; results may vary depending on printed image, drying time, display/storage conditions, and environmental factors. See www.usa.canon.com/chromalife100plus for additional details.
"Full HD Movie Print" is available from "MOV" and "MP4" movie files created by select Canon EOS, PowerShot and Vixia digital cameras and camcorders. Requires a PC, or Mac with Intel® processor and Canon ZoomBrowser EX 6.5 or later or Canon ImageBrowser 6.5 or later for "MOV" files, or Canon ImageBrowser EX 1.0 or later for "MOV" or "MP4" files.
Easy-WebPrint EX requires Internet Explorer 7 or 8 for Windows, Internet Explorer 9 for Windows Vista SP2 (or later) or Windows 7, or Safari 4.0 - 5.0 for Mac OS X v10.5.8 - 10.6.x.
For network users, Auto Scan Mode is only available when scanning at a computer using MP Navigator EX software and selecting the 1-click feature then "save to PC".