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Canon PIXMA MG3620 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Updated Mar 07, 2022 at 03:12 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 simple all-in-one printer. It has a high-resolution flatbed scanner that works well for scanning fragile photos or slightly thicker media like spiral notebooks with handwritten notes. It prints well-detailed photos, and its good color accuracy makes it suitable for casual color printing. It doesn't print very quickly and doesn't yield many pages, but the low price of its cartridges helps keep the cost-per-print cheap over time. Unfortunately, it doesn't support printing via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Direct, and it doesn't have an automatic document feeder. 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 an ADF, 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 and color accuracy.
Cons
  • Few connectivity options.
  • Slow printing speed.
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 doesn't yield many black or color 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
  • 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 cheap, the cost-per-print remains low over time for both black and color prints. Unfortunately, while you can connect it to your local network via Wi-Fi, 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.
  • XL and XXL ink cartridge option.
Cons
  • Few connectivity options.
  • Slow printing speed.
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. 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 that last longer and provide a lower cost-per-print.

Pros
  • Great cost-per-print.
  • 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 photo printing. It produces good-looking pictures with nice details, and colors are good for casual prints. That said, grays tend to look purple, and blacks look brownish. The cost-per-print for photos is great, so printing your own pictures is quite affordable. 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 and color accuracy.
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's build quality is disappointing. The body is thin plastic that doesn't feel very high quality or sturdy. Also, its scanner lid hinges, input tray, and output tray feel flimsy. On the bright side, the scan lid stays open on its own, making it easy to properly place media you want to scan. Additionally, its hinges extend to fit thicker items like spiral notebooks. In case of paper jams, it's easy to access the sheet rollers behind the printer. You can access the ink cartridges by lifting the scanner flatbed, but the printer needs to be on before you can 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

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 has decent maintenance procedures typical of inkjet printers. Although there's a risk of clogging, it's very unlikely the printer's cartridges or printheads will clog as long as you store it within the manufacturer's specified temperature range (32–104°F, or 0–40°C). If you notice reduced print quality, you can run several maintenance tasks, including printhead cleaning, printhead deep cleaning, and automatic printhead alignment. There are also sheet roller and bottom plate cleaning procedures to remove any dirt or ink stains on either of the two components.

To replace the cartridges, you first need to turn the printer on before opening the front panel, at which point the cartridges are easy to reach. You won't need to replace them often if you print only occasionally, but they'll require more frequent replacements if you produce large print jobs often. In case of paper jams, there's easy access to the sheet rollers via a cover at the printer's rear. You do have to lift the printer slightly to open it, though. Additionally, since the paper tray only holds 100 plain sheets, you'll need to refill the paper frequently if you print regularly.

0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen No
Display Screen Size
N/A
Touchscreen No

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 doesn't have a display screen. Instead, there are lots of LED indicator lights to relay the printer's status, as well as different function buttons that let you perform print and copy tasks.

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
Yes

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 has a disappointing cartridge system. It doesn't yield many black or color pages, and it has only one color cartridge, so you need to replace the entire cartridge even if you run out of only one color. Fortunately, the black cartridge is available in two high-yield formats, the PG-240XL and PG-240XXL, and the color cartridge is available in the high-yield CL-241XL format. If you don't require color printing and only 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, its scan lid hinges lift for slightly thicker media like magazines, and its built-in OCR lets you 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 or the Canon PIXMA TR4520.

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

While the Canon PIXMA MG3620's DPI limit may seem to be 600 at first glance, if you're under the "Drivers" tab, you can scan at a higher resolution using Canon's My Image Garden software. On the other hand, 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
  • 1x PG-240 Black FINE cartridge
  • 1x 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
0.084 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 very good. While its low page yield means you need to replace the cartridges often, the cartridges aren't too expensive, so your overall costs remain low.

6.2
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
9 PPM
Color Document
3 PPM
Photo Printing Time
50.4 s
Single 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 quickly compared to 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.

The scanned images provided above are for reference only, and they look a bit worse than the actual physical photos due to the scanning and uploading process. The score is based on the actual physical photos.

7.6
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
4.83

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

6.5
Photo
Color Gamut

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 has a passable color gamut. The zig-zag line, meant to be clearly visible, is hard to spot in most of the photo except in the yellows and blues. Also, the greens are darker than they should be. On the other hand, the printer reproduces faint colors well, with a good fading transition to white, but the blacks at the bottom aren't as dark as they should be. Additionally, it can't produce seamless gradients as there's some banding between colors.

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, but it only supports direct wireless printing via Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service. The only way to connect it to your network is via Wi-Fi. 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)
Android and iOS
PDF
Android and iOS
Microsoft Office Files
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 manually installing 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 many features more commonly found on other Canon models. It doesn't have a display screen or offer as many scanning features, like an automatic document feeder or automatic 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 color 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 photos, too, since it has better color accuracy. However, if you want something very compact, the HP is a good choice. It also has a sheetfed scanner despite its small size, although its resolution is lower than the Canon.

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.

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 print borderless photos and 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 Wi-Fi Direct.

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 and a significantly lower overall cost-per-print, it prints faster, and it supports automatic duplex printing. Also, aside from the inaccuracy when printing black, its accuracy for other colors is better than the TR3520.

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.

Canon PIXMA TS6420a

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 and the Canon PIXMA TR6420a are both decent all-in-one printers with very similar features. The biggest differences are that the MG3620 has a higher black page yield, meaning it's a better choice if you tend to print monochrome pages more than anything. On the other hand, the TR6420a has a higher color page yield, and its photos look much nicer, so it's a better option if you print pictures and other color documents more often than black text.

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 TR4720

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is better for families and students, whereas the Canon PIXMA TR4720 is better for photo printing. The MG3620 has much better page yields and a significantly cheaper cost-per-print, and it 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.

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. Also, it can print via Wi-Fi Direct, making it easier to connect wirelessly to some devices. On the other hand, the MG3620 prints black text documents and photos faster, and it can automatically print double-sided.

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.

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. On the other hand, the MG3620 has a higher black page yield and costs less per print for black documents.

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. Also, the Canon produces significantly more accurate colors, so photos look more natural. On the other hand, the HP has Wi-Fi Direct, so it may be a better choice if having more flexible wireless printing connectivity options is important to you.

Epson WorkForce WF-2850

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 and the Epson WorkForce WF-2850 are both budget printers with different strengths. If you often need to scan many documents in a row, the Epson is a better choice since it has an automatic document feeder. On the other hand, the Canon only has a flatbed scanner, but it can print more color pages despite having a single color cartridge. It also has better photo printing quality and much more accurate colors, but blacks tend to look brown.

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, and you don't have to spend time replacing the cartridges as often. The Canon also has better photo printing quality, and it supports automatic double-sided printing and borderless photos. However, the HP can print via Wi-Fi Direct, and it has an automatic document feeder.

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 and feels much better built. 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 doesn't have any built-in scanner features, and it can't automatically print double-sided whereas the Canon can.

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.

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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