Canon Pixma MX360 Review

by Amber Riippa Reads (20,958)
Editor's Rating
7.00

TG Ratings Breakdown

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 6
    • Features
    • 8
    • Operational Costs
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 7.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overview

  • Pros

    • Good photo quality
    • No misfeeds, jams, misalignments, etc.
    • Fair price
    • Interesting design

     

  • Cons

    • Color pages took longer than expected to print
    • High quality photos no better than standard quality photos (but the overall quality is still "good")

     


The Canon Pixma MX360 was first introduced by Canon in January during CES 2011. It is an entry level model designed for small office/home office use, alongside the Pixma MX410. We have already reviewed the leading flagship inkjet out of the bunch, the Pixma MX882, and the inkjet that is one step down from it, the Pixma MX420.

Now we will take a look at the MX360. This four-in-one can print, scan, copy, and fax and connects to a computer via HighSpeed USB 2.0 (note that the MX410 has wireless connectivity). It has an automatic document feeder that can fit up to 30 sheets and a 100-sheet rear feed tray. We tested the MX360 and found that it can print up to 8 black and white pages per minute under the default settings. The MX360 has a list price of $79.99; check out our full review below to find out if this is the suitable inkjet for your office at that price.

PIXMA MX360 SPECIFICATIONS:

  • 4-in-1 inkjet: print, scan, copy and fax
  • Advertised print speeds: up to 8.4 ipm in black, 4.8 ipm in color
  • Print resolution: up to 4800 x 1200 dpi in color and up to 600 x 600 dpi in black
  • Full dot matrix LCD panel
  • Full HD movie print
  • 30-sheet automatic document feeder
  • Front side PictBridge/USB port
  • Paper capacity: 100-sheet rear fed tray
  • Connectivity: HiSpeed USB 2.0
  • Operating systems: Windows and Mac OS
  • Energy Star compliant
  • 1-year limited warranty with Canon’s Instant Exchange Program
BUILD AND DESIGN

The Canon PIXMA MX360 is the only inkjet in this lineup to sport a white-gray color exterior in its design; the other three are glossy black with silver accents. The MX360 does, however, have black across its control panel and bottom and includes the same silver accents on the lettering (the Canon nameplate is also in silver–which is hard to see against the white-gray). Even though this inkjet may lack some style since it’s not glossy like the rest of the lineup, being so means it does not carry the possibility for smudges and fingerprints. It is much heavier and slightly bigger in size than the Pixma MP280; it weighs in at almost 19 lbs and its dimensions are 18.1 x 16.4 x 7.8 inches.

The flatbed scanner with a 48-bit internal/24-bit external color depth opens on a hinge from the top. The scanner can handle documents and other media up to 8.5 x 11.7 inches in size. Scanner features include document auto fix, auto scan mode, push scan, and scan to memory. The 30-sheet automatic document feeder lies on the top of the flatbed scanner and can process up to 8.5 x 14 inches. The ADF has a 600 x 600 dpi resolution in scan mode.

The control panel lies across the scanner lid. The functions/buttons on the left side of the panel are “on,” the three-button mode switches “Copy,” “Fax,” and “Scan,” and then the three main functions dealing with quality and special jobs, “Menu,” “Settings,” and “Fax Quality.” In the center lies the full dot matrix LCD with a return button, previous/next buttons, and an “OK” button. To the far right lies the full numberpad, the fax functions “Redial/Paul” “Coded Dial,” and “Hook,” and then the “Start” and “Stop” buttons. The only thing that could’ve been changed about the control panel is the physical size of the display screen in the center (it’s a bit hard to see).

Pull the paper tray output open and lift under the middle of the system to access the dual ink cartridge system. The Canon Pixma MX360 ships with one standard CL-212 FINE Color cartridge and one standard PG-210 FINE Black cartridge. Also, available from Canon are the high capacity replacement ink cartridges, the CL-211XL (Color) and the PG-210XL (Black). This Canon Pixma lineup features a plastic blue holder for holding the lid open when installing/reinstalling the ink. The cartridge holders are appropriately labeled “C” and “B.” Installing the ink cartridges was simple.

Unfortunately, the MX360 does not have a built-in memory card reader, but it does have a front side USB and PictBridge port. This is the only memory/card port included with the inkjet.

The 100-sheet rear paper tray feeder can process media in sizes 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10, letter, legal, and U.S. #10 envelopes. The types of media the printer is compatible with includes plain, high resolution, super high glossy, photo paper pro platinum, photo paper plus glossy II, regular gloss, semi-gloss, matte photo paper, and U.S. #10 envelope.

The back of the MX360 holds all of the connections and the fan. This includes power, fax/telephone line, and the Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port for connectivity to a computer. Wireless connectivity is not included with this inkjet; a letdown to those who have come to expect it.


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