February 20, 2013
- Sleek design
- Easy to setup & use
- Very good text & photo quality
- No auto document feeder
- Higher per page costs
- Below average print speeds
The Canon Pixma MG6320 is a photo-centered all-in-one printer that does a good job at printing color photos and scanning them too. It is simple to setup and has a forward-thinking design, but it does have costly ink cartridges and slow print speeds.
The MG6320 measures 5.9 x 18.4 x 14.6-inches (wdh) and weighs 18.4-pounds, making it small enough to fit almost anywhere you put it. The glossy black exterior has rounded corners and edges to give it a really refined and smooth look. The front of the printer doubles as an output tray and flips down automatically when printing.
We really like that Canon went with the contextually smart front control panel that only light up the necessary buttons depending on your current action. For example, when you are copying a document, only functions appropriate to copying are shown. There are also limited physical buttons too, which help to add to the sleekness of the printer.
There's also a 3.5-inch high-resolution color LCD display that also doubles as a touch display, which is really nice and works well. It makes things easy to navigate and quick too.
It is disappointing that the printer lacks an automatic document feeder (ADF), which could allow you to automatically feed documents into the scanner. However, it does have an automatic duplexer, which lets you print on both sides of the page without any intervention on your part. There's also support for many different memory cards but it lacks a USB port, which means you cannot print directly from PictBridge-enabled cameras.
Getting the Canon Pixma MG6320 setup is very easy. It can be connected directly to a PC through USB or to your home network via Wi-Fi or Ethernet. When connected to your home network, you can print from Apple's AirPrint from iOS devices, Google's Cloud Print or Canon's proprietary Pixma Cloud Link service. You also get access to other online printing services for templates, calendars, greeting cards, etc.
Paper is loaded into a 125-sheet cassette-like tray for legal-size paper and photo paper fits into a 20-sheet sliding tray above the main tray.
Another unique feature is the ability to print labels right onto the surfaces of printable CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs. This is done by placing a printable disc into a tray that slides into the printer itself. Canon provides you with software to help you design your own disc labels.
The MG6320 holds six ink cartridges: cyan, magenta, yellow, black, an extra-large black ink and gray. The extra-large black helps to make text darker and the gray works to increase color-range and grayscale image quality. In our calculations, using the standard-yield ink from Canon, black and white prints will cost you about 5.5-cents each and color photos about 18-cents. Both of these numbers are quite high and the requirement of the two additional inks don't help much (in terms of cost, but quality does benefit).
We found text printing with the MG6320 to be of very high quality. Fonts looked sharp and crisp at even very small font-sizes, which is a good indicator of text print quality overall. Printing photos on glossy photo paper also turned out very well. Colors looked vibrant and accurate in tone in subjective image testing. We can definitely say the six ink system produces high-quality photos, so the extra money is worth it if you want nice-looking prints.
Print speeds could be better, however. In full-page text printing, it printed about 2.2-pages per second, which is below average when compared to other similar all-in-one printers. Photo printing was slightly below average at about 1:15-minutes for printing a color 4 x 6-inch photo. Since the quality of the photos are very good, perhaps the extra time needed is worth it.
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