lingdriver.com-High image quality, fast scanning and fast color copying make the Pixma MG3620 a great option as long as you don’t need extra features.
The Canon Pixma MG3620 is a boneless wireless multifunction device for people who don’t want to pay extra for features they don’t need. You will not find an LCD control panel for carrying out stand-alone operations, there is no automatic document feeder (ADF) for copying or scanning multi-page documents. Will but you get a duplexer to make double-sided prints, and MG3620 does the most work at a speed that is better than average. Most importantly, this device produces high-quality prints.
Design of the Canon Pixma MG3620
A scanner with a lid that takes away from most of the top unit; You lift it to reveal the plate scanner. On the left side of the lid, the control panel with buttons allows you to switch between letter and 4 x 6 inch paper, but not other sizes. There is only one paper tray, so you must swap photo paper when it’s time to print photos. You push the 4×6-inch photo paper into the paper tray, but the ridges formed by the input tray hinges make it difficult to pull out extra sheets.
The lid scanner takes up most of the top unit; You lift it to reveal the plate scanner. On the left side of the lid, the control panel with buttons allows you to switch between letter and 4 x 6 inch paper, but not other sizes. There is only one paper tray, so you must swap photo paper when it’s time to print photos. You push the 4×6-inch photo paper into the paper tray, but the ridges formed by the input tray hinges make it difficult to pull out extra sheets.
The control panel also features buttons for color and black-and-white copies. Because there’s no LCD screen on the MG3620, you need to press the appropriate Copy button repeatedly to make multiple copies. Using the control panel, you can make copies to photo paper, but only onto 4 x 6-inch photo paper. You can’t perform more complex copy jobs because there is no actual copying software.
An extension to the MG3620’s input tray swings outward, but the two-piece output tray is quite short. It extends just long enough to support letter-size prints, which hang off the end.
The MG3620 is not a speed demon at printing text. At 6.4 pages per minute, it lagged behind the average of 7.5 ppm for inkjet printers we’ve tested. It took 47 seconds to print our five-page document. The slightly more expensive HP Envy 5540 ($82.95) finished in a faster 36.9 seconds. The MG3620’s Quiet Mode slows text printing a little. Typically, the MG3620 printed a single page of text in 15.5 seconds; with Quiet Mode on, it took 23.2 seconds.
At duplex printing, the MG3620 was significantly slower than the HP Envy 5540, taking more than twice the time (3 minutes and 1 second) to print our five-page text document. By contrast, the MG3620 was fast at printing graphics on plain paper. It printed our six-page text-and-graphics document in 2 minutes and 24 seconds, or 2.5 ppm, versus the inkjet average of 2:46, or 2.2 ppm. Canon’s printer was just 5 seconds slower than the HP Envy 5540, which is the fastest model we’ve tested to date.
Copy and Scan Speed Conon Pixma MG3620
The MG3620 is the fastest model we’ve tested to date at making color copies. It spit out a copy in 27.3 seconds, on average. The next fastest model, the Epson ET-2550, did so in 32.3 seconds, but that all-in-one costs a whopping $380. Black-and-white copies arrived in 17.4 seconds per copy. The HP Envy 5540 was slower, taking 21.9 seconds per copy.
Where the MG3620 really shined was at scanning, with performance that topped that of all other models tested to date. It captured a 600-dpi image of a photo in 39.4 seconds — less than half the category average of 1:22 seconds. The HP Envy 5540 took a longer 1:31 seconds to make the same scan.
Similarly, the MG3620 is the fastest model we’ve tested at scanning a black-and-white PDF at 300 dpi, clocking in at 8.9 seconds. That’s less than a second ahead of the HP Envy 5540.
Print Quality Canon Pixma MG3620
The Canon MG3620 uses both dye and pigment inks — the former in the color cartridge and the latter in the black cartridge. The theory behind that approach is that dye inks deliver more vibrant color, while pigment ink creates sharper, heavier text. On standard paper, text printed by the MG3620 looked as sharp and heavy as the output on competing models such as the HP Envy 5540, but didn’t exceed it. Some edges looked a little rough, and I saw some minor speckling from errant ink spray. Results were more impressive on high-quality inkjet paper: The MG3620 produced book-worthy text with extremely sharp edges on a par with a laser printer’s output when printing from a text document.