Ink Control Tests
During our ink control (exhaustion) tests we print until the color runs dry on a new set of printer cartridges. We use the set that comes shipped with the printer. In other words, we exhaust them until the printer refuses to print another “quality” document without an ink replacement. We run the tests at a ratio of three pages of black text to one full page of color on plain standard paper. We decided on the 3:1 ratio because we believe the average user will generally print more text pages than color.
The first thing we’d like to point out is that the printer did jam once during our ink exhaustion test. But, this could have very well been a fluke, because it only happened once and this problem doesn’t usually exist with Canon Printers as a whole.
The Pixma MX372 printed 172 pages at the 3:1 ratio before the “ink is low” message popped up. We continued to print to fully exhaust the inks (who doesn’t do that) and were able to print 238 quality pages. We printed even past that number, because the black text pages were still of decent quality even though the color pages weren’t and were able to print another 22 pages, for a total of 260 pages. These numbers aren’t bad, but we were expecting the inks to last a little longer, even if the standard inks aren’t extra-large. The printer didn’t refuse to print after any period of time, it just kept going even though the text became unreadable past page 260.
Pixma MX372 Specifications:
- 4-in-1 inkjet: print, scan, copy and fax
- Advertised print speeds: 8.7 ipm in black, 5.0 in color
- Print resolution: up to 4800 x 1200 dpi in color, up to 600 x 600 dpi in black
- 2-line LCD
- 30-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) and max. 100-sheet front loading tray
- Full HD Movie Print
- Connectivity: Hi-Speed USB 2.0
- Windows 7, Vista, XP, Mac OS X 10.5.8, 10.6, and 10.7
- Energy Star certified
- 90-day limited warranty with Canon’s InstantExchange program
- 18.5 lbs
The Canon PIXMA MX372 definitely deserves consideration if you’re in the market for an All-in-One inkjet with photo printing capabilities. It (nearly) does it all for a fraction of the cost. The photo printing is something to rave about and the text prints are professional grade; other OEMs might need to take a page out of Canon’s book.
The draft (or fast) print mode is just what you’d expect it to be – speedy. Still, it prints good quality pages while saving you quite a bit in ink costs. We were able to print 9 pages per minute under this mode, which is quick considering it’s an inkjet.
The software needs recognition, too. Included with every Canon inkjet AIO is a full suite of photo editing and reconstruction software, letting users do things like filter their photos and pictures with fun effects such as a blurry background, put together a photo album, and lay out an entire calendar with pictures of your choice that you’ve taken. Also included in the suite is an on-screen user manual, quick links to anything you’d ever need, and a diagnostic repair and help center.
The ink exhaustion tests proved that the standard-sized inks that come with the product can produce 238 quality pages before running dry. This isn’t a ground-breaking number, but it’s pretty standard for inkjets around this price range.
The Pixma MX372 isn’t perfect, though. During our exhaustion tests we experienced a paper jam. It’s worth noting that it only happened once, and although it did happen, we can’t foresee it being a problem for users. We do believe that it was just a fluke. Other things worth noting are the slower color text printing and slow full-page photo scanning.
Pricing and Availability
The Canon Pixma MX372 Office All-in-One is available now through Canon. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $79.99.
The standard inks for the printer include the CL-241 color cartridge, going for $24.99 on Canon’s website and the PG-240 black ink for $18.99. Users can snag an extra-large color cartridge for $29.99 and an extra-large black cartridge for 20.99 to see an increase in print volume.
The Canon Pixma MX372 comes with a 90-day warranty.