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Canon Pixma MX320 review

Canon's Pixma MX320 MFD can't compete with the company's five-tank offerings

Our Verdict

This MFD is surprisingly disappointing for Canon

For

  • Packed with features
  • Standalone fax capabilities

Against

  • Awkward, unintuitive controls
  • Text-only LCD screen

The Canon PIXMA MX320 is a four-function device that can print, fax, copy and scan. Connectivity is via USB or optional Bluetooth.

Like all recent Canon printers, the output tray opens automatically when you start printing, a delightful touch that spares you the chore of having to open it yourself.

Printing our standard test image onto ordinary photocopier paper using Preview's Standard quality setting gives mixed results. It's serviceable, but there is far too much banding in the darker areas.

Ramping the print quality up to High improves things, but it still lacks the vibrancy of Canon's five-tank machines. Text printing is reasonable and its speed acceptable - a 20-page text file prints in three minutes, 28 seconds.

Where the MX320 really falls down is in its user-friendliness. The onboard controls are awkward, forcing you to reach for the manual to carry out tasks that should be intuitive. The two-line, monochrome LCD panel is cheap, even for a sub-£100 printer, and the bundled software is risible. But then, how many of us use software bundled with our MFDs anyway?

The MX320 isn't bad, but it's a disappointment compared to other printers in the Canon range. The MP630 is a much better all-round performer, and it will only set you back an extra £30, so unless you desperately need fax functionality, go for that model instead.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed45 Second
Green CompliantYes
Standard Input Media Capacity100 sheets
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
ISO Color Copy Speed (ipm)2.2
ISO Color Print Speed (ipm)4.5
ISO Mono Copy Speed (ipm)5.5
ISO Mono Print Speed (ipm)7.5
Product FamilyPIXMA MX
Maximum Print Resolution4800 x 1200 dpi
Brand NameCanon
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingManual
Media SizeA4, A5, B5, Letter, Legal, DL Envelope, Com10 Envelope, 100 mm x 150 mm, 130 mm x 180 mm, 200 mm x 250 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Fax/Printer/Scanner
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Optical Resolution1200 dpi
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
Fax ColorColour
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed1
Number of Input Trays Supported1
Interpolated Resolution19200 dpi
Height200 mm
Width458 mm
Depth410 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Envelope, Photo Paper, Glossy Paper, Semi-gloss Photo Paper, Matte Paper, High Resolution Paper, T-shirt Transfer, Photo Sticker, Borderless Media
Product SeriesMX
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelMX320
Product NamePIXMA MX320 Multifunction Photo Printer
Product LinePIXMA
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Modem Speed33.60 Kbps
Manufacturer Part Number3299B008AB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

A multifunctional, compact and cost-cutting Inkjet All-In-One, the MX320 offers professional Printing, Copying, Faxing and Scanning, with a 30-sheet ADF to further increase productivity. The Auto Scan Mode analysis documents, scans and saves with the best settings removing the lengthy manual selection process.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • PIXMA MX320 Multifunction Photo Printer
  • Software CD
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)8.60 kg