Inkjet printers have been around for decades with limited technological breakthrough. It can be a feat to develop new features to entice consumers purchase a premium model. Canon’s latest PIXMA TS9170 might just have achieved that.
This flagship PIXMA offers a touch of elegance with its champagne gold lid and black chassis over strong edges that exude modern clean form, which is a welcome departure from the rounded design of its other printer range. As a premium printer model, the PIXMA TS9170 supports printing, flatbed scanning and copying. Connectivity over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth offers freedom of placing anywhere in the house instead of being wired next to a computer. Through the 5-inch touch screen, I can log in to popular cloud accounts and social media platforms to print images directly.
The TS9170 can be completely autonomous in its operation, allowing you to set a timer to auto power off. It also can be configured to power up automatically when it receives incoming print jobs. It supports Google Cloud Print, allowing user to send a print job remotely – talk about instant prints from your holiday destination. The printer comes with 2 paper input trays to support different paper types, and a CD print tray to print CDs, for those who still use the media.
Print quality is stunning, thanks to the new Photo Blue ink to add to the 6-ink system. I can never tell it is printed by inkjet technology. Prints are fast too: 4R borderless prints are done within 17 seconds, and full A4 borderless prints are out in just over a minute.
And here’s how Canon makes the new PIXMA relevant to the current mobile generation: using Message in Print app (available from November on selected iPhone devices) to scan the printout, the device will show an embedded animation to surprise the recipient.
Canon looks to innovate on inkjet printing experience for consumers to upgrade their aged printers. The PIXMA TS9170 looks right at home in an urban residential setting.