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Canon PIXMA MG3620 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed May 11, 2020 at 11:57 am
Canon PIXMA MG3620 Picture
5.8
Mixed Usage
6.8
Family Printer
4.1
Home Office / Small Office
6.3
Student
5.7
Black & White
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is a good inkjet printer for home use. This printer offers great cost per print but in the long run, its two-cartridge system might end up costing more than the printer itself. Photography enthusiasts and professionals alike might also be disappointed with the over-saturated and noticeably inaccurate color. However, despite this, the printing quality of photographs is still surprisingly good. At the same time, if you're printing off black or colored text, you'll have to be patient as this printer can be fairly slow. Although it lacks connectivity options, its built-in scanner and small footprint make this a decent option for families or students.

Our Verdict

5.8 Mixed Usage

Sub-par for mixed usage. The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is best suited for families or student needs. It has good photo printing quality, which is great for saving images of your kids growing up. Most users will also appreciate the very good cost-to-print ratio for black and colored ink. On the downside, this printer has a slow print speed and low page yield for black text documents, meaning that you might have to change the ink more frequently. Its integrated flatbed scanner is also very limiting for those who need to make a lot of copies of their documents.

6.8 Family Printer

Alright for family printing. The Canon PIXMA MG3620's photo printing quality is good, making it ideal for scrapbooking family photos. Although the flatbed scanner can be limiting if you need to copy more documents, you should have little problem scanning or copying older, more fragile items like historical family documents or old photos. This printer is also suitable for printing the occasional text document as its cost-to-print ratio for black ink is very good. Colored ink has an even better cost-to-print ratio and you can get larger, high yield cartridges if you need more ink too.

4.1 Home Office / Small Office

Bad for the home office or small office. The Canon PIXMA MG3620's black ink cartridge doesn't yield a lot of pages, meaning you'll have to change the cartridge more frequently if you print a lot of text documents. The printing speed of black text documents is also fairly slow. However, if you're printing off colored graphs or charts, you'll be able to produce more pages before it needs changing. While this printer has a flatbed scanner, it doesn't have an automatic document feeder which can cost you time if you need to flip each page individually to scan or copy them.

6.3 Student

Not bad for student use. If you're trying to save some money, the Canon PIXMA MG3620 has a very good cost-to-print ratio for black and colored ink, no matter if you're printing term papers or last-minute assignments. The scanner feature is also handy if you need to copy your classmates' notes. Finally, those living in dorm rooms will appreciate its fairly compact size and its wireless Wi-Fi via router connection.

5.7 Black & White

Disappointing for black and white printing. While the Canon PIXMA MG3620 has a very good cost per print ratio for black ink, it isn't particularly fast at printing. If you print off a lot of essays, articles, or forms, you'll also get a low page yield, meaning you might need to change your ink cartridge more often.

  • 5.8 Mixed Usage
  • 6.8 Family Printer
  • 4.1 Home Office / Small Office
  • 6.3 Student
  • 5.7 Black & White
Pros
  • Great cost per print.
  • Good photograph printing quality.
  • XL and XXL ink cartridge option.
Cons
  • Few connectivity features.
  • Slow color document printing speed.
  • Cheap, plasticky build.

Test Results

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Design
5.5
Design
Build & Design Quality

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 has a disappointing design. It has a thin, plastic shell, and the scanner lid's hinges and the paper input/output extensions feel flimsy. This printer also doesn't have a display screen, which is fairly disappointing. However, the scanner lid can be raised, so you can scan bigger things like books, and it'll easily stay open. If you've got a paper jam, you can easily access inside the printer through its back. The ink cartridges are fairly accessible, but the printer must be on first in order to get to them.

Design
Dimensions
Height 6.1" (15.4 cm)
Width 17.7" (45.0 cm)
Depth 12.1" (30.7 cm)
Weight
11.7 lbs (5.3 kg)

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is a fairly compact multipurpose printer that doesn't take up too much space on your desk, making it suitable for dorms or small offices.

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Design
Display Screen
Display Screen No
Display Screen Size
N/A
Touchscreen No

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

Design
In The Box

  • Canon MG3620 printer
  • User manual
  • Power cable
  • Setup CD-ROM
  • PG-240 Black Fine cartridge
  • CL-241 Color Fine cartridge

5.3
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
1
Black Cartridge Model
PG-240
Tested Black Page Yield
13.02 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
247 prints
Color Cartridge Model
CL-241
Tested Color Page Yield
9.86 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
209 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Yes
High Yield Cartridge
XL and XXL
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 has a disappointing cartridge system. It has only one black and one colored cartridge, and it doesn't print very many pages of either black or color. However, if you're always printing stacks of papers, you can buy high-yield cartridges that should extend the page yield. You can also use third-party cartridges in this printer, although it might void your warranty.

4.7
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
No
Automatic Document Feeder
No
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
600 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes

The MG3620 has poor scanning features. The manufacturer advertises that this printer has a 1200 DPI scan resolution, but within its own software, 600 DPI is the highest available. Unfortunately, if you've got a massive quantity of papers to scan, you'll also have to scan each page by hand as you go since this printer can't automatically select the next paper in the stack. This printer also doesn't have a fax feature.

Printing
8.0
Printing
Cost Per Print
Black Cartridge Price
18.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
24.99 US$
Black Only Printing
0.077 US$/print
Color Printing
0.120 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.316 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

The cost per print of the PIXMA MG3620 is very good. It's reasonably priced, especially compared to the cost of the printer. Unfortunately, if you tend to run out of ink on a consistent basis, Canon doesn't offer an ink subscription for this printer.

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.

6.3
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
9 PPM
Color Document
3 PPM
Photo Printing Time
50.4 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
16.3 sec
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
100 pages

The Canon PIXMA 3620's printing speed is unremarkable. If you're in a hurry and need your 100-page report as soon as possible, prepare to be frustrated: this printer has a slow print time for black text documents and it's even slower for printing color documents. However, it's decently quick if you're only printing photos.

5.9
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
10.43

The Canon PIXMA 3620 has sub-par color accuracy. On plain document paper, colors tend to be deep and over-saturated, resulting in noticeably different color reproduction.

7.6
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The PIXMA 3620 has good photo printing quality. While the colors are slightly over-saturated and there's a bit of banding in the gray scale, this printer still produces good detail.

These results are based on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not be representative of the printer's photo print quality.

Printing
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 MG3620 has an input tray that can be adjusted to fit most popular paper formats. The output tray can also be extended if you're printing longer pages.

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 MG3620 is a wireless printer with mediocre connectivity features. You won't be able to physically connect it to your router, or use it with Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Direct. This printer also doesn't have any external storage support, so you won't be able to plug in your flash drive or SD card and print from there. However, if you use Apple Products, you'll be able to seamlessly AirPrint. Android users will also be able to use Mopria for mobile printing.

7.5
Mobile App and Connectivity
Mobile App Print
Mobile App Yes
App Name Canon Print Inkjet/Selphy
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes
PDF
Yes
Microsoft Office Files
No
Text Files (TXT)
No
Webpages (HTML)
Yes

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 has a good mobile app called the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY. Supported on both iOS and Android, you'll be able to print and scan from the app. You'll also be able to order ink, though this isn't an ink subscription feature.

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 in other Canon models. It doesn't have a display screen or offer as many scanning features such as automatic document feeding or duplex scanning. It also doesn't have some of the more obvious connectivity options like ethernet or Bluetooth. However, the PIXMA MG3620 can print good quality photos and its cost to print ratio for black and colored ink, while not as great as premium models, still performs very well.

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