Canon Pixma MG3220 Review: A Basic AIO for Less

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Service & Support
      • 6
      • Print Quality
      • 8
      • Design / Ease of Use
      • 6
      • Performance / Print Speed
      • 5
      • Features
      • 5
      • Operational Costs
      • 6
      • Total Score:
      • 6.00
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Great quality photos
    • Improved photo software
    • Longer-lasting inks
  • Cons

    • Scanning not intuitive
    • Slow color print speeds
    • Printer jammed during tests

Quick Take

A basic all-in-one with quality photo printing and wireless connectivity for $80.

We covered the announcement of the Canon Pixma MG4220 Wireless Photo All-in-One and the Canon Pixma MG3220 Wireless Photo All-in-One earlier this summer and if you read that story, you’ll know that the Pixma MG3220 is a watered down version of the Pixma MG4220 for $50 less.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad printer or not worthy of your hard earned dollars. In fact, you might want to consider saving $50 on the initial purchase since both models take identical consumables and will cost the same to run over their lifetime.

So what will you be missing if you purchase the Pixma MG3220?

Canon Pixma MG3220First, slightly faster black print speeds (9.2 ipm for the MG3220 versus 9.9 ipm for the MG4220) as both printers have the amazingly slow color print pauses.

You won’t get the adjustable 2.5-inch LCD, or any LCD for that matter. Instead, you’ll have a seven segment LED display which makes a difference in usability as a standalone device. However, if you are doing most of your printing and scanning using your computer, you’ll find the Pixma MG3220 more than adequate.

You might also miss the built-in memory card reader but without a LCD, it’s pretty useless. If you are interested in using your AIO as a standalone device, the Pixma MG3220 is probably not the device for you.

On the plus side, the Pixma MG3220 does offer automatic duplexing, the new My Image Garden software and wireless connectivity enabling a few mobile print applications including Apple AirPrint and Easy-Photo Print mobile app. Moral of the story? The Pixma MG3220 offers three decent devices and good print quality for $80.



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