Setting up the Pixma MX372
Canon includes a “Getting Started” user guide on how to ready your Pixma MX372 for first use. Users must unpack it, plug in the power cord, USB printer cable and fax line, turn it on, select the language, insert both ink cartridges, and load the paper (not forgetting to move the paper guide to fit the size of paper you want to use) in the 100-sheet Fast Front tray.
Next, insert the CD-ROM with the drivers and Canon software. Follow the on-screen instruction wizard to complete the steps. Users may choose to install all of the software or just parts of it with a “custom install.” The set-up took us about 20 minutes to complete.
Ease of Use
Canon makes it simple for users to carry out custom print jobs using the Canon Solution Menu EX. Several options are available; including calendar print, special image filters print, full HD movie print and album print. Adding special image filters to a photo is a great way to add some flair to any picture, so we’re going to go through the steps and give you an example of what you can do.
Click “Photo Print” on the right side followed by “Special Image Filter Print” on the left. The first dialog box will request that you choose a photo. After choosing one, take a look at the filter options on the left side, they include fish-eye effect, miniature effect, toy camera effect, soft focus and blur background.
Note that you can mix and match the effects; you aren’t limited by just one. After choosing one or more effects, you can choose the level intensity of it and (if applicable) choose the area in which you want the effect to apply to. After you’re done, hit OK and save the selected image. We’ll include some example photos so you can see what each effect does.
Creating a calendar or album is simple, too. Simply choose the image(s) you’d like to work with and then go through each step to create custom layouts. Other perks that come with the software is a full diagnostic repair program, on-screen manual, information about the AIO, a quick-launch supply button, several scanner quick keys (such as the OCR and auto scan mode), and quick launch buttons to Canon’s Creative Park site, member login and user registration. Comparatively, I’ve always believed Canon has one of the best inkjet software suites on the market.
Finally, the fax machine worked fine and the scanner worked as expected. We would like to note that the full-page color photo scans were a little on the slow side, though it took upwards of 25 seconds to scan them fully.
Print Speed and Quality Tests
It took the Pixma MX372 10-18 seconds to print the first page of black text under the default print mode. The first time we tested it, the first page printed within 10 seconds and it printed within 18 seconds the second time. After the first page was printed, it took an average of 7 seconds to print each subsequent page. Seven pages were printed per minute. The full 40 pages took a total of 4 minutes and 50 seconds to print.
While printing color pages under the default print mode, it took the Pixma MX372 22 seconds to print the first page. It took 18 seconds to print each subsequent page. It printed an average of only two pages per minute. To print 40 pages in color, it took a total of 12 minutes and 48 seconds. These are extremely slow print times, even for color printing.
The draft (or fast) print times were much better. It took the Pixma MX372 nine seconds to print the first page of black text and 6 seconds to print each subsequent page. It printed at a rate of 9 pages per minute and it took 4 minutes and 9 seconds to print 40 pages.
Photo printing was surprisingly fast. It took the printer 1 minute and 2 seconds to print a 4 x 6 color photo in standard quality and 1 minute and 48 seconds to print a photo of the same size in high quality. It took 2 minutes and 5 seconds to print a full page color photo in the 8.5 x 11 paper size and 4 minutes and 29 seconds to print a photo of the same size in high quality.
Overall, we were pleased with the draft print speeds and the photo print speeds. The color text needs a little work, though. Users shouldn’t have to wait nearly 13 minutes to print 40 pages of color text.
As always, the print quality is above average. Canon never fails to impress in this department. The standard text prints are bold and crisp, while the draft prints are just as you’d expect them to be good enough to read, but light enough that you’re saving on time and ink.
The photos – while there are only subtle changes from standard quality to high – are brilliant for an $80 printer working with a dual ink system. Great detail can be seen in each photo, and the shading stands out as well as the contrast. This same quality persisted in the 4 x 6 photos as well as 8.5 x 11.
The only minor flaw that I can see is that they could stand to be a bit brighter they lack a little luminesce due to the inks being limited (i.e., two inks, one color and one black versus a 5-ink system). Be sure to check out our entire set of scanned test prints to judge the photos for yourself; but keep in mind that they lose vitality because they are scanned.