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Canon Pixma MG3220 Review

The Canon PIXMA MG3220 is a jack-of-all-trades, but master of none.

August 03, 2012
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Science Introduction

It doesn't light the world on fire, but the MG3220 is a solid performer by the numbers.

Color Performance

For an entry-level printer, the color accuracy is quite good.

After creating a user generated profile, we compared a set of colors that the MG3220 printed to their ideals, and the end result showed that this printer had a decent performance. Based on the areas of highest error, we can see that the MG3220 has trouble with producing blues.

In our Color Gamut test, we had the MG3220 run through a range of colors. It managed to reproduce 60.42 percent of the colors that were required of it. In absolute terms, that places this printer in the middle of the pack. However, in the grand scheme of things, if you're only using this printer for family photos and basic documents, you'll never see the difference.

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Print Speed

Frustratingly slow

The MG3220 does not take long to start printing. On average, print initialization took no more than 4 seconds. That is of little comfort considering how long you will be left waiting for the print to finish.

This printer took about 8.96 seconds per square inch for 4x6 photos. After finishing a set of five, we clocked the MG3220 averaging 3 minutes and 10 seconds per photo. That's a bit of a drag. If you wanted to print out an album of 20 photos, it would take over an hour out of your day.

If you're in constant need of speedily printed documents instead, then the MG3220 might not be for you. It took 37 minutes and 6 seconds to output the 25 pages. That clocks the MG3220 at 0.67 pages per minute. We get the feeling that maybe this isn't so appealing to those who need to print out reports on a regular basis.

Detail Performance

Fine details will be blurry and/or grainy.

The MG3220 struggled to produce fine details. Edges were blurred and images had a grainy quality to them. We can forgive this printer for its middling performance given the fact that it's a budget multifunctional printer. In short: it doesn't do it perfectly, but it gets a wide variety of jobs done.

Deep blacks are required to show contrast. The DMax, or maximum depth of black score, was 2.68. Again, that's a decent score. This means that the MG3220 has a fair ability to create contrast, something that is essential for making realistic shadows and rich colors.

Examining gradients shows no signs of banding or other major distortions. With the MG3220, there is a more even transition compared to its fellow printers.

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