Canon Pixma MX432 Review: A Great Value

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 9
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 6
    • Features
    • 8
    • Operational Costs
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.33
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overview

  • Pros

    • All-in-one value for $100! 
    • Great-looking scans
    • Photos very decent in quality
    • Fast draft and 4 x 6 photo prints
    • Reliable (no jams/misfeeds)
  • Cons

    • Ink ran out quickly
    • Sluggish color print times
    • Very simple control panel 

Quick Take

If you're looking for a $100 all-in-one with photo printing capabilities, look no further.


Canon introduced three new inkjet all-in-one printers last month for budget-conscious small office/home office users. The named AIOs were the Canon Pixma MX512, Pixma MX432 and Pixma MX372. The Canon Pixma MX432 is priced at just $100 and can print, copy, scan and fax – and it can even print decent photos. Print speeds reach up to 9.7 ipm in black and it prints a photo in just 45 seconds. It also features Canon’s new “Fast Front” system. The Fast Front system allows users to load the ink and paper with ease from the front of the machine.

Other features include Wi-Fi connectivity, AirPrint for mobile printing, a 30-sheet ADF, and Full HD movie print. The MX432 holds up to 130 sheets of paper with the ADF included in that count. Its color print resolution is 4800 x 1200 dpi. Check out our full review below for a complete list of specifications, its build and design, and our tests to see if this is the right budget AIO for you.

Overview

Build & Design
The Canon PIXMA MX432 has almost the same design as the more expensive Pixma AIOs – excluding its control panel. Other than the panel, it carries the same smooth, glossy black design. Its measurements are 15.2 x 18.1 x 7.9 inches, and it weighs about 19 pounds.

At the very top lies the 30-sheet automatic document feeder where users can automatically copy or scan documents without having to set them. The ADF allows documents up to 8.5 x 14-inches in size. Lifting underneath the ADF reveals the 48-bit color flatbed scanner. The scanner features auto scan, scan to memory, and push scan. The scanner has a 1200 x 2400 optical dpi resolution. It can fit media up to 8.5 x 11.17-inches in size.

The control panel features a simple 2-line LCD. Although the panel has all the main button and functions such as a scan tool and a full alphanumeric pad for faxing, it’s missing a lot of features such as Canon’s touch-to-scroll wheel. It has directional buttons for navigation, an enter key, and black and white start buttons.

If you fold down the center panel, you’ll see the “Fast Front” system we mentioned earlier. It’s hidden behind another small panel, but it’s easy to find. Instead of working on a 5-ink system like more expensive Pixma inkjets do, it works on a ChromaLife 100 2-ink system. There’s just one black ink, the PG-240, and one color ink, the CL-241.

At the very bottom lies the 100-sheet paper input tray, along with the output tray. You can adjust the length of the collapsible paper tray to hold various sizes. It can print on sizes like 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10, letter, legal, and U.S. #10 envelopes and on plain, regular, matte, regular glossy, super high gloss, semi-glossy, matte and envelopes.

The Pixma MX432 has a front side USB port for reading a USB flash drive. Another thing the MX432 lacks is a memory card reader, so users won’t be able to insert an SD card or any other type of memory card storage. On the back you’ll find the input for the fax cable, power, and printer cable connection.

 

 

 


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