Canon PIXMA MG3620 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Updated Mar 08, 2021 at 04:32 pm
Canon PIXMA MG3620 Picture
7.1
Family
4.4
Small/Home Office
6.9
Student
5.7
Black & White
7.1
Casual 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 while color accuracy is mediocre, it should be fine 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 acceptably accurate. 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.
4.4 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.
6.9 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.
5.7 Black & White

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is bad 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.
7.1 Casual Photo

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is decent for casual photos. It produces good-looking photos with nice details, and colors look acceptably accurate. 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
  • 4.4 Small/Home Office
  • 6.9 Student
  • 5.7 Black & White
  • 7.1 Casual Photo
  1. Updated Feb 05, 2021: Fixed error that had display screen score set to N/A instead of 'No'.
  2. Updated Jun 08, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.
  3. Updated May 11, 2020: Review published.
  4. Updated May 11, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
5.5
Design
Build & Design Quality

The Canon PIXMA 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 6.1" (15.4 cm)
Width 17.7" (45.0 cm)
Depth 12.1" (30.7 cm)
Weight
11.7 lbs (5.3 kg)
0
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

  • 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
13.16 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
249 prints
Color Cartridge Model
CL-241
Tested Color Page Yield
9.89 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
210 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 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 which should last you longer, though we haven't tested them. 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.

6.2
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
No
Automatic Document Feeder
No
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 Bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 has mediocre scanning features. It only has a flatbed scanner, so, unfortunately, you have to manually scan each page since it can't automatically process multi-page documents. It also can't automatically scan double-sided sheets. 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, these settings can be found 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.

If you're looking for a printer at a similar price point with an automatic document feeder, check out the HP DeskJet 4155e.

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

The Canon PIXMA MG3620's cost-per-print is great. 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.

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

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is disappointingly slow at printing black-only text documents, and color documents are even worse. On the bright side, photos print out quite fast compared to some other inkjet printers.

6.4
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
10.43

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 prints acceptably accurate-looking colors. While it should be fine for casual color prints, 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.

7.6
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 has good photo printing quality. While the colors are slightly oversaturated, and there's a bit of banding in gray areas, this printer still produces good detail. If you want a similarly priced printer that produces much better-looking photos, check out the Canon PIXMA TR4720.

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
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.

9.5
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App For Home Use
Mobile App Yes
App Name Canon Print Inkjet/Selphy
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes
PDF
Yes
Microsoft Office Files
Yes
Text Files (TXT)
No
Webpages (HTML)
Yes

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is compatible with the remarkable 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.

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 that is good for photos, the HP has impressive color accuracy and produces good-looking photos. It also has a sheetfed scanner but no flatbed.

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 faster overall and produces better-looking photos, but it doesn't have as many connectivity options as the HP.

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 better color accuracy and nicer photo printing quality. 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.

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 TS3520

The Canon PIXMA TS3520 and the Canon PIXMA MG3620 are similar all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the TS3520 is better for printing photos, while the MG3620 is better for families and students. The TS3520 produces somewhat better-looking pictures with much more accurate colors and can print via Wi-Fi Direct. The MG3620, on the other hand, has much better page yields, a significantly lower overall cost-per-print, prints faster, and can automatically print double-sided.

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.

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, better color accuracy, and Wi-Fi Direct.

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, supports automatic double-sided printing, and the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app allows you to print more types of files. However, the HP has much better color accuracy, Wi-Fi Direct, and a sheetfed scanner.

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, the HP has much better color accuracy, so it may be a better choice if this is important to you. Also, unlike the Canon, the HP has 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 has much better color accuracy, it can print tabloid-sized pages, and it has better connectivity options.

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 produces much more accurate colors and can print via Wi-Fi Direct. On the other hand, The MG3620 prints black text documents and photos faster, automatically prints double-sided, and produces somewhat better-looking photos.

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 significantly more accurate colors. Also, it has an automatic document feeder, built-in fax, and supports Wi-Fi Direct.

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 with much more accurate colors.

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.

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