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Canon PIXMA MG3620 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Updated Mar 08, 2021 at 04:32 pm
Canon PIXMA MG3620 Picture
7.1
Family
4.5
Small/Home Office
6.6
Student
5.6
Black & White
7.2
Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is a very simple family printer. It has a high-resolution flatbed scanner, which is great for scanning fragile photos or thick textbooks. It prints good-looking photos that have nice detail, and its color accuracy is good enough for casual color printing. It doesn't yield many pages, but the low price of its cartridges helps keep the cost-per-print low. Unfortunately, it doesn't offer many connectivity options, and it doesn't have a sheetfed scanner. However, it's a decent model if you're on a budget and want something to print and scan documents or photos occasionally.

Our Verdict

7.1 Family

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is decent for family use. It produces good-looking photos with nice details, and colors look good, too. While it doesn't have a sheetfed scanner, it has a high-resolution flatbed scanner with hinges that can lift to scan thicker items. Unfortunately, it has a disappointingly low page yield, so you may need to replace the cartridges often; however, the cartridges are relatively low-priced, so the cost-per-print remains low for both black and color documents.

Pros
  • Great cost-per-print.
  • Good photo printing quality.
  • XL and XXL ink cartridge option.
Cons
  • Few connectivity options.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • Cheap, plasticky build.
4.5 Small/Home Office

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is bad for a small or home office. It's very slow at printing documents, and it has a low page yield for both black and color documents. It's also slow at printing documents. It doesn't have an automatic document feeder, and it can't perform duplex scanning, which isn't ideal if you deal with double-sided documents often. It doesn't feel very well-built, with most of its parts feeling flimsy, and it doesn't have an Ethernet port or a display screen.

Pros
  • Great cost-per-print.
  • Good photo printing quality.
  • XL and XXL ink cartridge option.
Cons
  • Few connectivity options.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • Cheap, plasticky build.
  • No automatic document feeder.
6.6 Student

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is okay for students. It has a disappointingly low page yield, so you may need to replace the cartridges often; however, since the cartridges are relatively low-priced, the cost-per-print remains low for both black and color documents. Unfortunately, while it offers Wi-Fi connectivity, it doesn't support Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Direct. You also can't print directly off a USB thumb drive or SD card.

Pros
  • Great cost-per-print.
  • Good photo printing quality.
  • XL and XXL ink cartridge option.
Cons
  • Few connectivity options.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • Cheap, plasticky build.
5.6 Black & White

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is inadequate for black and white printing. It prints black-only text documents very slowly, and it has a very low page yield for black prints. Also, it doesn't have an automatic document feeder and can't perform duplex scanning. Fortunately, its cost-per-print for black-only documents is good thanks to its low cartridge price. There are also high-yield versions of the cartridges available, which should last longer; however, we haven't tested them.

Pros
  • Great cost-per-print.
  • Good photo printing quality.
  • XL and XXL ink cartridge option.
Cons
  • Few connectivity options.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • Cheap, plasticky build.
  • No automatic document feeder.
7.2 Photo

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is decent for casual photos. It produces good-looking photos with nice details, and colors look good, too. That said, grays tend to look purple, and blacks tend to look brownish. It can print 4" x 6" and 5" x 7" sizes and supports borderless printing. The cost-per-print for pictures is great, so it should be affordable if you mostly intend on printing photos. Unfortunately, it doesn't feel very well-built and most of its parts feel very flimsy. Also, it can't print 2" x 3" photos.

Pros
  • Great cost-per-print.
  • Good photo printing quality.
  • XL and XXL ink cartridge option.
Cons
  • Cheap, plasticky build.
  • Can't print 2" x 3" photos.
  • 7.1 Family
  • 4.5 Small/Home Office
  • 6.6 Student
  • 5.6 Black & White
  • 7.2 Photo
  1. Updated Jan 18, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Feb 05, 2021: Fixed error that had display screen score set to N/A instead of 'No'.
  3. Updated Jun 08, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.
  4. Updated May 11, 2020: Review published.
  5. Updated May 11, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
5.5
Design
Build Quality

The Canon MG3620 has a disappointing design. Its body is made of thin plastic that doesn't feel very sturdy. The scanner lid's hinges, paper input tray, and paper output extension feel flimsy. On the other hand, the scanner lid hinges can raise to fit thicker items like books or spiral notebooks, and its output tray can extend to accommodate larger formats. You can easily access paper jams by removing the front panel and reaching towards the back. Also, the ink cartridges are fairly accessible, but the printer must be on to replace them.

Design
Dimensions
Height 5.9" (15.0 cm)
Width 17.6" (44.8 cm)
Depth 12.1" (30.7 cm)
Height When In Use
5.9" (15.0 cm)
Width When In Use
17.6" (44.8 cm)
Depth When In Use
22.4" (57.0 cm)
Weight
11.7 lbs (5.3 kg)

For a much more compact printer that comes with a linen dust cover, check out the HP Tango X.

7.0
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Expected
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit
0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen No
Display Screen Size
N/A
Touchscreen No

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 doesn't have a display screen.

5.2
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
1
Black Cartridge Model
PG-240
Tested Black Page Yield
11.85 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
225 prints
Color Cartridge Model
CL-241
Tested Color Page Yield
9.9 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
210 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Purchased One Worked
Ink Type
Dye And Pigment
High Yield Cartridge
XL and XXL

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 has a disappointing cartridge system. It has only one black and one color cartridge, and it doesn't yield many pages of either black or color. Fortunately, there are two high-yield versions of the cartridges available that will last you longer. If you don't require color printing and just need a high black page yield, check out the Xerox B210/DNI.

You can also use third-party cartridges in this printer, although it might void your warranty.

5.1
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Flatbed Extendable Hinges
0.43" (11 mm)
Automatic Document Feeder
No
ADF Capacity
N/A
Scan Speed
2 PPM
Duplex Scanning
No
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Yes (Built-in)

The Canon MG3620 only has a flatbed scanner, so you have to manually scan each page since it can't automatically process multi-page documents. That said, it does have a built-in OCR, so you can save your scanned documents as searchable PDFs. If you're looking for a printer at a similar price point with an automatic document feeder, check out the HP DeskJet 4155e.

9.0
Design
Scanning Resolution And Color Depth
Max Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
24 Bit

While the DPI limit may seem to be 600 at first glance, if you're under the "Drivers" tab, you can do an advance scan with Canon’s My Image Garden software at a higher resolution. If you’re using the Canon IJ Scan Utility app, you can find these settings under the “ScanGear” tab. If the document you’re scanning exceeds over 100MB, you need to turn off “Thumbnail Preview Mode” (located at the left top corner of “Scan Advanced” settings page) to reach 1200 DPI.

Design
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
Photo (8" x 10") Yes
Max Paper Weight
300 g/m²
Design
In The Box

  • User manual
  • Power cable
  • Setup CD-ROM
  • PG-240 Black Fine cartridge
  • CL-241 Color Fine cartridge

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A
Document
7.9
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
18.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
24.99 US$
Black Only Printing
0.08 US$/print
Color Printing
0.12 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.32 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

The Canon PIXMA MG3620's cost-per-print is good. While its low page yield means you need to replace the cartridges often, the cartridges aren't too expensive, so your overall costs should remain low.

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

6.2
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
9 PPM
Color Document
3 PPM
Photo Printing Time
50.4 s
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
18.4 s
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
100 pages

Like many budget printers, the Canon PIXMA MG3620 prints black-only text documents and color documents slowly. On the bright side, photos print out quite fast compared to some other inkjet models.

Document
Document Sample
Color Ink Needed for Black & White
No

Grays in the color print look slightly purple, and this may be because the printer applies a high color saturation by default. You can manually adjust the color intensity, but even with all the colors set to 0, our copy still printed the grays with the same purple hue. Printing in high quality doesn't fix the issue.

Photo
7.5
Photo
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 has good photo printing quality. It produces good detail, but the colors are slightly oversaturated, and there's a bit of banding in gray areas. Also, blacks and grays tend to look a bit brown. If you want a similarly-priced printer that produces much better-looking photos, check out the Canon PIXMA TR4720.

We base our results on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not represent the printer's photo print quality.

7.6
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
4.83

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 has good color accuracy, but blacks, grays, and blues look different from their originals. It's fine for casual color prints and home photos, but it isn't recommended for tasks that require exact color reproduction. If you value color accuracy, check out the Canon PIXMA TR4520 or the HP DeskJet 2722.

6.5
Photo
Color Gamut
Mobile App And Connectivity
6.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
No
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
No
External Storage Support
No
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

The Canon MG3620 is a wireless printer with mediocre connectivity features. It doesn't have an Ethernet port, Bluetooth support, or Wi-Fi direct. You also can't print directly off a USB thumb drive or SD card. If you want a printer that generates its own Wi-Fi, check out the HP DeskJet Plus 4155. Likewise, if you want a printer with a Bluetooth connection, check out the Canon PIXMA TS6420.

8.9
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App
Mobile App Yes
App Name Canon Print Inkjet/Selphy
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes (Android and iOS)
PDF
Yes (Android and iOS)
Microsoft Office Files
Yes (Android and iOS)
Text Files (TXT)
No
Webpages (HTML)
No

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is compatible with the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app. You can print, scan, and copy directly from the app, as well as check ink levels and order more ink. However, it doesn't let you print TXT or HTML files.

Mobile App And Connectivity
OS Compatibility
Windows Fully
macOS Fully
Chrome OS Fully

You need to manually install drivers on Windows for the printer to be fully functional. However, macOS and ChromeOS can print and scan without needing drivers.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Canon PIXMA MG3620 in black, but it also comes in red and in white. There are no other variants of this printer.

Compared To Other Printers

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is a simple, entry-level printer from Canon's lineup. Designed for affordability, it lacks a lot of the features more commonly found on other Canon models. It doesn't have a display screen or offer as many scanning features, such as automatic document feeding or duplex scanning found on other printers like the Canon PIXMA TR4520. For other options, see our recommendations for the best wireless printers, the best all-in-one printers, and the best inkjet printers.

HP DeskJet 3755

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 and the HP DeskJet 3755 are both inkjet printers. The Canon is better for most uses since it yields more pages at a lower cost-per-print, it has a high-resolution flatbed scanner, and it prints faster. It's the better choice if you print fairly frequently. However, if you want something very compact, the HP is a good choice. It also has a sheetfed scanner despite its small size, but it doesn't have a flatbed scanner.

HP ENVY 5055

Overall, the Canon PIXMA MG3620 performs significantly better than the HP ENVY 5055. The Canon can yield many more black and color pages, so it ends up being much cheaper in the long run since you don't have to replace the ink cartridges as often. The Canon also prints black documents faster, but it doesn't have as many connectivity options as the HP.

Canon PIXMA TS3520

The Canon PIXMA TS3520 and the Canon PIXMA MG3620 are similar all-in-one color inkjet printers. The TS3520 produces somewhat better-looking pictures since blacks don't look as brown. On the other hand, the MG3620 has much better page yields, a significantly lower overall cost-per-print, prints faster, and can automatically print double-sided. Also, aside from the inaccuracy when printing black, its accuracy for other colors is better than the TR3520.

Canon PIXMA TS5320

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 and Canon PIXMA TS5320 are both decent family printers. The TS5320 feels better built, has a display screen, supports Bluetooth, and produces much better-looking photos. However, the MG3620 has a much higher page yield, so printing is more cost-effective over time on this printer.

Canon PIXMA TR4520

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 and the Canon PIXMA MG3620 are both decent printers. The TR4520 is better for photos because of its nicer photo printing quality and its deeper-looking blacks. Also, it has a sheetfed scanner and a fax feature. On the other hand, the MG3620 has a much higher page yield, a much lower cost-per-print, and a faster printing speed, so it might be a better option if you intend to print often.

HP DeskJet 2755e

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 and the HP DeskJet 2755e are simple family printers with flatbed scanners, but the Canon is better overall. The Canon has a higher page yield, a much lower cost-per-print, a faster printing speed, and much better photo printing quality. It can also automatically print double-sided sheets, while the HP requires you to manually flip over pages. However, the HP has a display screen and has Wi-Fi Direct.

HP ENVY 6055e

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is better than the HP ENVY 6055e if you intend to print fairly frequently. Not only does the Canon yield many more pages than the HP, but its cost-per-print is much lower since you won't need to replace the cartridges as often. On the other hand, unlike the Canon, the HP has Wi-Fi Direct, so it may be a better choice if this is important to you.

Canon PIXMA TS6420

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 and the Canon PIXMA TS6420 are both decent family printers. If you intend on printing a lot of photos, the TS6420 is a better choice because it has a high color page yield, resulting in a lower cost-per-print for color documents and photos, and it produces significantly nicer-looking images. Also, it has a display screen and supports Bluetooth printing. On the other hand, the MG3620 has a higher black page yield and costs less per print for black documents.

Canon PIXMA TR4720

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is better for families and students, whereas the Canon PIXMA TR4720 is better for casual photo printing. The MG3620 has much better page yields, a significantly cheaper cost-per-print, and prints much faster overall. On the other hand, the TR4720 produces much better-looking photos with deeper-looking blacks. Also, it has an automatic document feeder, built-in fax, and supports Wi-Fi Direct.

HP DeskJet 2722

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is overall better than the HP DeskJet 2722. The Canon feels better built, has a higher page yield, a significantly lower cost-per-print, a faster printing speed, and nicer photo quality. On the other hand, the HP can print tabloid-sized pages, and it has better connectivity options.

Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 and the Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank are both all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the Brother uses a proprietary hybrid cartridge–tank system that gives it a significantly better cost-per-print and page yields than the Canon. The Brother also has an automatic document feeder, can fax, and can print via Wi-Fi Direct. On the other hand, the Canon prints black text documents faster and produces better-looking photos, but its blacks look brownish.

HP DeskJet Plus 4155

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is better overall than the HP DeskJet Plus 4155. The Canon has a much higher page yield, so printing is more cost-effective over time. It also has better photo printing quality, and it supports automatic double-sided printing. However, the HP can print via Wi-Fi Direct, and it has a sheetfed scanner.

HP Tango X

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is better overall compared to the HP Tango X. The Canon yields more pages before its cartridges run out of ink, resulting in a much lower cost-per-print. Also, it has a faster printing speed and a flatbed scanner with high resolution. On the other hand, the HP is more compact. It's designed with aesthetics in mind, and it comes with a linen cover to hide the printer when not in use and to keep dust out. Unfortunately, the HP can't automatically print double-sided, whereas the Canon can.

Xerox B210/DNI

The Xerox B210/DNI and the Canon PIXMA MG3620 are two very different printers. If you want to print only in black and white, with a low cost-per-print and quick printing speed, then Xerox is the better option. However, if you want to print in color and have the ability to scan documents, then the Canon would be the better choice.

Canon PIXMA G3260

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 and the Canon PIXMA G3260 are all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the G3260 is a better printer overall. The G3260 uses a supertank ink system for far superior page yields and a much lower cost-per-print, and it can print via Wi-Fi Direct. On the other hand, the MG3620 prints black text documents and photos faster, and it can automatically print double-sided.

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