Canon Pixma iP3600 review

Canon's 5-ink system continues to impress

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Our Verdict

The iP3600 is an excellent choice for anyone on a tight budget, although it's a little slow compared with Canon's more up-market iP4600 printer


  • Strong image quality
  • Excellent build quality


  • No features beyond printing

Canon has enjoyed so much success with the groundbreaking five-ink system in printers such as the iP3600. Introduced a few years ago, it no longer makes any conventional 6-ink photo printers, featuring additional light cyan and light magenta inks.

The so-called ContrastPLUS ink line-up includes both pigment-based and dye-based black inks, along with dye-based cyan, magenta and yellow. This results in excellent quality and speedy efficiency for both regular document printing and for high-quality photo printing, removing the need to run two printers.

The iP3600 is Canon's latest entry-level, bare-bones 5-ink printer with no LCD or memory card slots but it uses the new generation of ChromaLife 100+ cartridges and paper. As well as increased fade-resistance, the new system aims to deliver increased vibrancy, greater colour range and deeper blacks.

The downside is that Canon has reduced the capacity of its ink cartridges without any drop in prices, effectively raising ink costs by about 75 per cent compared with previous generations.

Overall running costs are now roughly on a par with most other manufacturers, rather than offering a bargain. The iP3600 is no slouch although its print speed lags behind the more expensive iP4600.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed41 Second
Green CompliantYes
Standard Input Media Capacity300 sheets
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)26
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm)17
Product FamilyPIXMA iP
Maximum Print Resolution9600 x 2400 dpi
Brand NameCanon
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Media SizeLetter, Legal, Envelope No. 10, 101.60 mm x 152.40 mm, 127 mm x 177.80 mm, 203.20 mm x 254 mm
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Maximum Input Media Capacity300 sheets
Height152.4 mm
Width431.8 mm
Depth297.2 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Envelope, Borderless Media
Product SeriesiP
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModeliP3600
Product NamePIXMA iP3600 Inkjet Photo Printer
Product LinePIXMA
Manufacturer Part NumberIP3600
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

You are going to love the results from this compact photo printer. Its new 5 color ink system four dye based inks and a pigment based black ink produces vivid colors and bold, black text. Patented print head technology lets you create long lasting photos with resolution up to an amazing 9600 x 2400 color dpi. A photo lab quality 4 x 6 inch borderless print takes only about 41 seconds.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)5.58 kg