- Great quality photos and prints
- Good features for a budget-priced AIO
- Canon software continues to improve
- Printer jammed once during ink exhaust test
- Slow 8.5 x 11 photo scanning
- Slow color printing (2 ppm, color text)
The Canon Pixma MX372 deserves consideration if you're in the market for a budget friendly All-in-One inkjet with photo printing capabilities.
Canon released the Pixma 372 Office All-in-One in February with budget-conscious users in mind. Priced at just $79.99, the Pixma 372 can print, scan, copy and fax. It features borderless photo printing, Canon’s Fast Front paper loading, a dual ink system, a 30-sheet ADF and full HD movie print. It was released alongside two other office AIOs – the Pixma MX512 and Pixma MX432 – but the star of this review does not have Wi-Fi capability like the other two.
According to Canon, the Pixma 372 can print up to 8.7 images per minute in black and 5.0 images per minute in color. We’ll test this claim among others in this review, so be sure to stay tuned.
Build and Design
The first thing you’ll notice about the Pixma 372 is that it doesn’t sport the familiar glossy black design as most of its predecessors do. That isn’t to say it’s not still stylish, though; plus, the lack of gloss means it won’t collect fingerprints or dust as easily. Other than that, you’ll notice it doesn’t have a Multimedia Card Reader or USB port for the retrieval of photos and documents from those sources. The interface is also simplified, there isn’t a touch wheel or 2.5-inch LCD on the control panel. The Pixma 372’s approximate dimensions are 18 (W) x 15 (D) x 8 (H) inches and it weighs 18.5 pounds.
The 30-page automatic document feeder (ADF) sits on the top; fold it over to access it. It can fit documents and media up to 8×5 x 11.7 inches. Once paper is loaded, the ADF will feed the documents one after another and scan, copy, and fax larger jobs with ease. The main paper tray is located in the front and can hold 100 sheets at a time.
The 48-bit color depth flatbed scanner is found under the lid. The scanner can fit documents up to 8×5 x 11.7 inches in size. The scanner features auto scan mode and push scan. It has a resolution of 1200 x 2400 dpi. Like we already mentioned, the AIO does not have a USB port or memory card device capabilities so scanned documents will be sent straight to your PC through the printer cable.
The control panel features a simple 2-line LCD. From the left to the right, the panel includes a power button, copy, scan, fax and setup control buttons, directional buttons, a full fax number pad, and lastly black/color start buttons and a stop button.
Opening the printer underneath the flatbed scanner and opening the front panel reveals the print head and dual-ink ChromaLife 100 system. The Pixma MX372 comes ready with one Canon Color CL-241 dye-based ink cartridge and one Canon Black PG-240 pigment-based ink cartridge. Canon also offers CL-241XL and PG-240XL (extra-large) color and black cartridges, as well as double extra-large cartridge options.
The 100-sheet front loading paper tray is compatible with 4″ x 6″, 5″ x 7″, 8″ x 10″, Letter, Legal, U.S. #10 Envelopes. It can print on several types of paper; including matte photo paper, semi-gloss, regular glossy, photo paper plus glossy II, pro platinum, plain paper and Canon’s high resolution paper.
The power cord slot and High-Speed USB 2.0 printer cable slots are located in the back. Included with the MX372 is a facsimile cable, power cord, setup and installation CD with the full Canon software suite and drivers, and the user manual (and two ink cartridges as mentioned). The USB printer cable is not provided.