Canon Pixma MG5320 Performance

August 9, 2011 by Amber Riippa Reads (22,055)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 7
    • Print Quality
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 7
    • Features
    • 9
    • Operational Costs
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.67
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10



Setting up the Pixma MG5320
According to the instructions shipped with the MG5320, to set the device up you must first unpack everything, open the paper output tray on the front-bottom, connect the power cord, adjust the angle of the LCD and press the ON button, and select your language. Next, you must install the ink tanks, extend the near feed tray and load paper into it, and load paper (if needed) into the bottom paper cassette. Lastly you must insert the included CD-ROM with the drivers and software into your computer. When the software boots you will be prompted to insert the USB cable into the device and then into your computer. 

The first thing the CD-ROM will prompt you to do is to choose a wireless or USB cable setup. We chose wireless, and the on-screen instructions were very simple to follow. If users wish to use the wireless they must go through a series of steps using the MG5320’s control panel. This includes putting in the network SID and passcode in and then allowing the printer to scan for the wireless network. The wireless setup took us less than 5 minutes to complete.

When the software loads you will be prompted to either install everything the CD-ROM has to offer or to individually check off which items you would like to have installed onto your computer. These options include MP drivers, the on-screen manual, Canon My Printer software, MP Navigator EX, Easy-PhotoPrint EX, Solution Menu EX, Adobe RGB, Easy-WebPrint EX, and XPS Driver. 

The included software and drivers took about 20 minutes to install, which is standard for the Pixma lineup. After the installation I was asked to participate in an optional customer survey and to register the product. I was also forced to restart my computer. 

Ease of Use
The included software in the Canon PIXMA consumer photo AIO lineup has changed a little quite recently. From the main Canon Solution Menu EX screen, users have several options to go with: Photo Print, Use Scanner, Canon Web Service, Manual & Settings, Start Application, Online Shopping, and Information. Clicking any of these main options will result in sub-menus for each. For example, if you click on Photo Print and on one of its sub menus, Calendar Print, you will be able to create a new calendar.

From this screen, users can choose images on their computer to import into the calendar. After the images have been selected, the next screen allows for editing. Editing tools include adding text and images, setting holidays/special days, changing the background, and much more. The final screen allows users to change the print settings, such as selecting the media (paper) type, paper source, paper size, etc.

Other notable software options include disk labeling/case cover print, converting scanned documents to text, album print, special image filter print, and the Canon Creative Park web service. Users also have the ability to print HD movie prints; if you’re interested and have a Canon digital camera that supports video of MOV format, check out our review of it.

The newer free Canon CloudLink software also allows users to print, scan, and store documents from or onto the Canon cloud from compatible devices. 

The software’s Canon My Printer application is also useful, with links to diagnose and repair the device, check printer and paper source settings, check the printer status/jobs, and troubleshooting. 

Overall, I have always found the Canon software to be very easy to use. This is due mainly to the simple format and helpfulness of the menus. It’s also extremely nice to have diagnostics and manuals available with a click of a button, and to have features such as disk labeling and auto scan with image correction.



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