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Printer Primer, Canon PIXMA MG3620
March 24, 2016
Announced in the middle of last year, the new Canon PIXMA MG3620 is a solidly-featured entry-level printer aimed at home and home office users. It provides convenient 3-in-1 functionality allowing users the ability to print, scan, and copy from one machine. Print speeds on the MG3620 top out at 9.9 ISO ppm for monochrome pages and up to 5.7 ISO ppm for color pages. As with some sub-$100 units, it does lack any type of LCD screen, but it has an easy-to-use LCD control panel for navigating machine functions. Reasonably compact at 6" x 17.7" x 12" (H x W x D), it is easy to place practically anywhere that is convenient, even into small spaces.
Adding to the convenience of this unit is the wide assortment of options for connecting and printing. As with all printers, users can connect via a wired connection with a USB 2.0 port, however the strength of the unit lies in its mobile and wireless printing. On a home network, multiple users can connect to and share the PIXMA MG3620 for local printing. In terms of mobile printing, users can opt for Canon’s native Canon PRINT App which is available on both iOS and Android devices. With the PRINT app, users can quickly and easily print photo and documents, scan and copy, and even access items stored in the cloud. Beyond the native solution, the PIXMA MG3620 also works with Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, and Mopria Print Service.
Switching topics now to paper handling, the MG3620 is at least on par with most sub-$100 units. Standard input capacity is rated for up to 100 sheets of plain paper or up to 20 sheets of 4 x 6" photo paper. One nice feature not necessarily common with lower-priced inkjets is the ability to automatically print on both sides of a single sheet of paper. Often times we have found that lower-priced inkjets will manually support duplex printing which is not quite as convenient.
The PIXMA MG3620 uses Canon’s 2-cartridge FINE system with one black and one tricolor (cyan, magenta, and yellow in one) cartridge for printing. The black ink cartridge is available in one of three sizes: standard, high-yield, or extra high-yield capacities. The tricolor cartridge, alternatively, offers a standard and high-capacity option. Depending on your printing behavior, higher yielding cartridges typically offer you a lower overall cost per page, so keep that in mind when opting to replace them.
Currently the PIXMA MG3620 is available in either black, white, or red from the company for $79.99 as well as Amazon via the link on the top left. For more information on the unit, visit the product page on the Canon website.