Canon Pixma MP620 review

28 Jul 2009

A premium blend of quality, speed and high-end features at a very reasonable price

Price when reviewed: 
113(£113 inc VAT)
5

Canon printers have held the all-in-one top spot on the A List for some time now, and the Pixma MP620 effortlessly demonstrates why. It's a five-colour device with both pigmented and dye-based blacks for top quality results whether printing text or photos, and it adds 802.11bg Wi-Fi to the usual USB and Ethernet ports. In short, it will comfortably handle any kind of job thrown at it from anywhere in the house.

The bulky design is similar to previous models, with a flip-up control panel on top housing a 2.5in LCD with a scroll wheel for easy navigation.

Card slots sit behind a door at the front, while two different types of paper can be loaded at once into the main base cassette and the rear tray, both of which hold 150 sheets.

But it isn't the design that impresses us most about Canon's high-end all-in-ones. Time and time again we've put them up against the best that rivals can offer, and the quality of Canon's prints consistently proves better.

The separate inks allow for superbly crisp text and solid colours in documents, while photo quality earned top marks in our tests. Excellent detail, sharp edges and vivid, accurate colours make it a great alternative to the photo lab.

It's fast, too, printing that excellent text at 7.1ppm, and 3.4ppm for colour documents. Its 1min 25sec 6 x 4in photo is way down on the older, now-discontinued MP610, but it's still lightning-quick compared to the efforts of most other brands.

Scanning and copying aren't so fast, but times of 32 seconds for mono and 54 seconds in colour are still good, and the scanner produces results bettered only by recent HP models we've tested.

Sadly, it's a little dearer to run than previous Canons, but at 8.3p per A4 page it won't bankrupt you and the ability to replace inks one by one means it's not wasteful.

There's also no duplex module for easy two-sided printing, and you'll have to adjust the unnecessary drying time in the driver settings to get the speeds we've achieved here.

But, these points aside, there simply aren't many devices out there that can match the MP620's combination of speed, quality and value for money. Canon's A List reign continues.

Details

Price ex VAT £98
Price inc VAT £113
Performance 6
Features & Design 6
Value for Money 5

Basic Specifications

Colour? yes
Resolution printer final 9600 x 2400dpi
Ink-drop size 1.0pl
Integrated TFT screen? yes
Rated/quoted print speed N/A
Maximum paper size A4
Duplex function no

Running costs

Cost per A4 mono page 0.3p
Cost per A4 colour page 8.3p
Inkjet technology Thermal
Ink type Dye-based black & colour, pigment-based black

Power and noise

Peak noise level 43.5dB(A)
Dimensions 450 x 368 x 176mm (WDH)

Copier Specification

Fax? no
Fax speed N/A
Fax page memory N/A

Performance tests

6x4in photo print time 1min 25s
A4 photo print time 3min 7s
Mono print speed (measured) 7ppm
Colour print speed 3ppm

Media Handling

Borderless printing? yes
CD/DVD printing? no
Input tray capacity 150 sheets

Connectivity

USB connection? yes
Ethernet connection? yes
Bluetooth connection? no
WiFi connection? yes
PictBridge port? yes
Other connections None

Flash media

SD card reader yes
Compact Flash reader yes
Memory Stick reader yes
xD-card reader no
Other memory media support MMC, xD

OS Support

Operating system Windows 7 supported? yes
Operating system Windows Vista supported? yes
Operating system Windows XP supported? yes
Operating system Windows 2000 supported? yes
Operating system Windows 98SE supported? no
Other operating system support N/A
Software supplied Canon MP Navigator EX, Easy PhotoPrint EX