Canon Pixma MG5320 Conclusion

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

Energy Tests
The Pixma MG5320 energy consumption did not surprise me at all. It pulled numbers that are standard for a consumer inkjet. It’s also Energy Star qualified.

When the MG5320 is in “ready” mode (meaning on, but not in use), it stays at an even 6 watts. When it’s printing black and white documents in default mode, our meter measured watts around 9-13, and the highest number it showed was 29. During draft mode, the numbers were slightly higher on average; the meter showed wattage in the 15-29 range. The 4 x 6 photo printing pulled wattages as high as 29 and as low as 8, but stayed in the 15-17 range the most. The 8.5 x 11 photo printing wattage was as high as 29, and averaged 17 watts. During start-up/warm-up, the numbers were between 4-23 watts.

PROS

  • Great quality photo prints
  • Very reliable
  • Lots of software features and options
  • Great control panel with adjustable 3.0-inch color LED
  • Decent price

CONS

  • Print head can take a long time to align
  • Printing paused randomly throughout tests

CONCLUSION
The Canon Pixma MG5320 is worthy of a spot in pretty much every household. Our “cons” were almost not worth mentioning, except for the somewhat irritating print head alignment issue (it sometimes took the print head as long as two and a half minutes to align). Other than that, there are a lot of very good things to say about this photo all-in-one. It has great quality photo prints, it’s extremely reliable (meaning, no print jams or misalignments), it has a great control panel with a scroll wheel and 3.0-inch color LED, and the included software is both very easy to use and helpful. We highly recommend the new Canon Pixma MG5320.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

The Canon Pixma MG5320 consumer all-in-one photo inkjet is available now through Canon for the retail price of $149.99.

Supplies and accessories for this AIO are available from Canon, and can be purchased online. The Pixma MG5320 uses five individual ink tanks. There are four dye-based inks (CLI-226 Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black) for $13.99 each, or users can grab the whole 4-pack for $55.99. The MG5320 also requires one more ink, the pigment-based ink PGI-225, currently going for $15.99.

The Canon Pixma MG5320 comes with a 1-year limited warranty through Canon’s InstantExchange service.


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