Canon PIXMA MG3620 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed May 11, 2020 at 11:57 am
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 decent 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

7.1 Family

Decent 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.

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.
4.4 Small/Home Office

Poor 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.

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.
6.9 Student

Okay 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.

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.
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.

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.
7.1 Casual Photo

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is decent for printing photos. Its color accuracy is acceptable and the photo printing quality is good, but it still won't give you the best possible photo quality. The color page yield on the cartridge system is fairly low, but because the cartridges aren't expensive, printing photos on this printer is still cost-effective over time.

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.
  • 7.1 Family
  • 4.4 Small/Home Office
  • 6.9 Student
  • 5.7 Black & White
  • 7.1 Casual Photo
  1. Update 6/8/2020: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
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
13.16 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 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. 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
1200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes

Update 05/29/2020: We originally reported that this printer's software limits its max resolution to 600 DPI. However, you can raise the DPI within Canon's software and we have increased the score to reflect this.

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 has mediocre scanning features. It only has a flatbed scanner and 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. 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. Note, if the document you’re scanning exceeds over 100mb then you need to turn off “thumbnail preview mode” (located on the left top corner of “scan advanced” settings page) to reach 1200 DPI.

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 cost per print of the Canon PIXMA MG3620 is great. 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 MG3620'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.

6.4
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
10.43

The color accuracy is acceptable on the Canon PIXMA MG3620. On plain document paper, colors tend to be deep and over-saturated, resulting in noticeably different color reproduction. If you care about color accuracy, check out the Canon PIXMA TR4520.

7.6
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 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 Canon PIXMA 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 Canon 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. If you want a printer that generates its own Wi-Fi, making it easier to connect to wirelessly, 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 Print
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 has an excellent 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 found on other printers, such as the Canon PIXMA TR4520. Also see our recommendations for the best wireless printers, the best all-in-one printers, and the best inkjet printers.

HP ENVY 5055

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

Canon PIXMA TR4520

For the most part, the Canon PIXMA TR4520 is a better printer overall than the Canon PIXMA MG3620. The TR4520 has a sheetfed scanner, it can be used as a fax, and the color accuracy and the photo printing quality are each better on this printer. However, the MG3620 has a much higher page yield, so printing is more cost-effective over time.

Canon PIXMA TS5320

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 and Canon PIXMA TS5320 are two similar printers. The TS5320 is better built, it has a display screen, it's Bluetooth compatible, and it has much better photo printing quality. However, the MG3620 has a much higher page yield, especially with black pages, so printing is more cost-effective over time on this printer.

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 the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app allows you to print more types of files. However, the HP has much better color accuracy and a sheetfed scanner.

Canon PIXMA TS6420

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 and the Canon PIXMA TS6420 perform almost identically. The TS6420 has a display screen, Bluetooth support, and has superior photo printing quality. That said, the MG3620 has a more affordable cost-per-print, a higher black page yield, and it can be upgraded with high-yield cartridges.

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 the Xerox is the better option. However, if you want to print in color and have the ability to scan documents, then the Canon would make more sense.

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