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Canon PIXMA TS9120 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed May 21, 2020 at 08:00 am
Canon PIXMA TS9120 Picture
Mixed Usage
Family Printer
Home Office / Small Office
Black & White
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes

The Canon PIXMA TS9120 is a compact printer superb for student use. It has a good photo printing quality and a great cost-to-print ratio for its black and color ink cartridges. It can also print CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc labels, which is a handy feature. On the downside, its black ink cartridge doesn't yield a lot of pages, and while the first black-text document prints off quickly, subsequent pages are very slow.

Our Verdict

6.9 Mixed Usage

The Canon PIXMA TS9120 is fair for mixed use. It has a great cost-to-print ratio for both black and color ink. Its photo printing quality is very good and its flatbed scanner can help you save old family photos or other more fragile documents. However, it doesn't yield many black pages before it runs out of ink, which isn't good for a home office printer. It's also slow to print off black text documents.

7.6 Family Printer

The Canon PIXMA TS9120 is good as a family printer. It has a very good photo printing quality and has a flatbed scanner for saving old photos or more fragile documents. Its black and color ink cartridges also have good cost-to-print ratios, which is great when you're trying to stay within budget.

5.2 Home Office / Small Office

The Canon PIXMA TS9120 is disappointing for home office use. While it has a great cost-to-print ratio for black ink, it doesn't yield a lot of black pages, and you may find yourself constantly replacing the cartridge. However, if you like to add a splash of color here or there, its color cartridges have a higher yield. Still, there's no sheetfed scanner, automatic document feeder, or duplex scanning, so it can be annoying to use if you have a lot of documents to process.

8.5 Student

The Canon PIXMA TS9120 is superb for student use. Its black ink cartridge has a great cost-to-print ratio, making it an affordable option for students on a budget. It can also do color printing and can add a nice splash of color to homework. While it prints the first page of a black text document fairly quickly, it's much slower at printing subsequent pages. Thanks to its excellent connectivity options, you can connect using Wi-Fi via your router and even print from your phone using the companion app.

6.3 Black & White

The Canon PIXMA TS9120 is okay for black and white printing. It has a great cost-to-print ratio for black ink cartridges but it doesn't yield a lot of pages. However, Canon does make larger cartridge sizes if you tend to use more black ink. Still, while the first page of a black text document is quick to print, subsequent pages are much slower.

  • 6.9 Mixed Usage
  • 7.6 Family Printer
  • 5.2 Home Office / Small Office
  • 8.5 Student
  • 6.3 Black & White
  • Great cost-to-print ratio for black and colored ink.
  • CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc label printing.
  • Excellent connectivity options.
  • No sheetfed scanner.
  • Slow print time for black text documents.
  • Low black page yield.

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Test Results

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Build & Design Quality

The Canon PIXMA TS9120 has a mediocre build quality. While the printer's body feels sturdy, both the front input tray and rear output tray are thin and flimsy. You can slightly raise the scanner lid to accommodate thicker documents, and it also stays open until you close it, so you don't have to worry about it falling. However, if you're printing something, the display screen has to be manually raised so you can extend the output tray. The printer also needs to be on if you're changing the ink cartridges. If you need to get at paper jams, it can take a couple of extra steps as you have to lift the rear document feeder, open the rear slot, and remove the plastic casing.

Height 5.5" (13.9 cm)
Width 14.7" (37.3 cm)
Depth 14.2" (36.0 cm)
14.8 lbs (6.7 kg)

The Canon PIXMA TS9120 is a fairly compact printer. It's not too tall or wide, making it suitable for small dorm rooms or a home office.

Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
5.0" (12.6 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

The Canon PIXMA TS9120 has an excellent display. It's a big LCD touchscreen with one physical power button to the left of the display panel. You can easily view it from most angles, whether you're sitting down or standing, and the icons in the menu are both large and easy to read. The interface also has instructional videos for loading paper and ink if you're having trouble.

In The Box

  • Canon PIXMA TS9120
  • User manual
  • Installation CD
  • Power cable
  • 4"x 6" PIXMA Photo Paper sample pack (3 sheets)
  • Canon PG1-280/CLI-281 starter cartridges
    • 1x PGI-280 Black
    • 1x CLI-281 Cyan
    • 1x CLI-281 Magenta
    • 1x CLI-281 Yellow
    • 1x CLI-281 Black
    • 1x CLI-281 Photo Blue

Photo Cartridge
Number Of Color Cartridges
Black Cartridge Model
Tested Black Page Yield
10.82 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
205 prints
Color Cartridge Model
Tested Color Page Yield
19.01 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
481 prints
Third Party Cartridge
High Yield Cartridge
XL and XXL
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The Canon PIXMA TS9120 has a passable inkjet cartridge system. It has multiple color cartridges, including a black photo and photo blue ink cartridge, so you can replace individual cartridges as they empty. However, this printer yields a low amount of black pages. You can get a lot more pages out of the color ink cartridges though. Luckily, there are high-yield cartridges available if you want to extend your print yield.

This printer will accept third-party cartridges, but this could void its warranty, and special attention must be paid as this printer uses a combination of dye and pigment-based inks.

Scan Flatbed
Scan Sheetfed
Automatic Document Feeder
Duplex Scanning
Scan Resolution
1200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"

This printer has mediocre scanner features. It only has a scan flatbed, which is great for scanning more delicate items like film photos or bulky documents like magazines. However, it doesn't have a sheetfed scanner so you won't be able to process a lot of pages in a row, and it doesn't have a fax feature.

Cost Per Print
Black Cartridge Price
15.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
52.99 US$
Black Only Printing
0.078 US$/print
Color Printing
0.110 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.293 US$/print
Ink Subscription

The cost-per-print ratio of this printer is great. While a monochrome laser printer is more economical for printing black documents, the Canon PIXMA TS9120 offers good value from its black ink cartridge and it's quite reasonable to replace when empty. The cost-per-print for photo printing as well as color printing is also low, making it an affordable choice for saving your family memories or adding color to your reports. When it's time to replace the cartridges, Canon offers different cartridge bundle packs.

Keep in mind that even if you print only in black, most inkjet printers continue using the color cartridge for servicing tasks, so you'll likely still need to replace it eventually.

Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
10 PPM
Color Document
Photo Printing Time
41.0 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
9.0 sec
Duplex Printing
Input Tray Capacity
200 pages

Canon PIXMA TS9120's printing speed is fair. It's very quick to produce the first page of a black-text document, but subsequent pages can be a bit slower to print. Printing color documents can be very slow. However, printing photos is much quicker and a full 4" x 6" photo can be fully printed in just over 40 seconds.

Color Accuracy
Average Color dE

The Canon PIXMA TS9120 has unremarkable color accuracy. While it's not a dealbreaker for those who occasionally print off a couple of documents in color, those who want more precise color accuracy may be disappointed, especially when the result is compared to the source file or document.

Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing

The photo printing quality of the Canon PIXMA TS9120 is very good. Most colors are vibrant without being oversaturated. However, the yellow tone lacks a bit of vibrancy. There's also some banding and color present on the grayscale.

Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") No
A6 (105mm x 148mm) No
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Yes
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Photo (2" x 3") No
Photo (4" x 6") Yes
Photo (5" x 7") Yes

The PIXMA TS9120 has two input trays: a cassette in the front and a rear, vertical loading paper tray. There's also a front output tray that slides out automatically and manually. Each tray supports the most popular paper formats and types.

Mobile App and Connectivity
Mobile App and Connectivity
USB Input To Computer
Wi-Fi via Router
Wi-Fi Direct
External Storage Support
Apple AirPrint
Mopria Print Service

The PIXMA TS9120 has outstanding connectivity options. You can hook it up to your Wi-Fi using your router or Wi-Fi Direct. You can also use a Bluetooth connection and if you're on a mobile device, you can use Apple AirPrint or Mopria Print Service. If you prefer a wired connection, you can use an ethernet cable too. This printer also has SD, SDHC, and SDXC card slots in the front, which is great when you want to print photos from your camera.

Mobile App and Connectivity
Mobile App Print
Mobile App Yes
App Name Canon Print Inkjet/Selphy
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Microsoft Office Files
Text Files (TXT)
Webpages (HTML)

The Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY is an exceptional companion app for the Canon PIXMA TS9120 and it's available on Android and iOS. You can print, scan, and copy directly from your mobile device. You can also print disc labels for CD/DVDs/Blu-Rays with the additional Canon Easy-PhotoPrint Editor app. While you can order ink, Canon doesn't currently offer an ink subscription.

Canon PIXMA TS9120 Price

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Grey Pixma TS 9120



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