Canon Pixma MG5620 review: A journeyman inkjet all-in-one printer

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The Good Excellent output quality, includes auto-duplexer for double-sided prints, easy to set-up and connect with a wireless network and mobile devices.

The Bad Expensive ink costs limit heavy photo printing and the unit lacks a media card bay. There are better deals in the same price range.

The Bottom Line While the Canon Pixma MG5620 is a capable machine with an easy set-up process and an attractive set of features, its high cost of consumables cuts into the overall value.

7.0 Overall
  • Value 6
  • Features 7
  • Performance 8
  • Design 7

The Canon Pixma MG5620 is a wireless inkjet multifunction printer that can print, scan and copy documents, in addition to outputting full-color photos and text pages. The retail price scoots in at just under $80 in the US, while the UK and Australia are still waiting for availability.

At this budget-friendly price, we're neither surprised nor concerned to see that this machine omits a fax machine and peripheral features like a memory card reader, though you might not care if all you need is a printer for text and light duty photo output.

For that purpose, this is a capable unit with fast print speeds and inkjet photo quality that performs at a name-brand pedigree, but the high cost of consumables limits our full recommendation. If you're shopping for a more well-rounded machine with a copier, scanner, card reader and cloud printing, you'll be happier with the Epson XP-420 that costs less to replace ink.

Design and features

The MG5620 is an attractive printer with a matte black finish and a low-profile chassis that won't take up too much room in your work space. The exact measurements for the device are 18 inches wide, 14.6 inches deep, and 5.9 inches tall, and with no auto-document feeder in the back, you can push this printer all the way flush with a wall and keep it out of the way until you need it.

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Like most Canon consumer inkjet printers, the 2,400x1,200 dots per inch (dpi) flatbed scanner sits on top of the printer and lifts up by a small indented lip on the lid. You get the standard 8.5 by 11.7 inches of space to work with here, and the company generously provides two articulating hinges on the back that let you raise the lid and fold it over extra-thick media like textbooks.

As the multifunction moniker describes, the MG5620 also functions as a copier, but it lacks a tray that normally lets you drop in stacks of paper for hands-free scanning, also known as an auto-document feeder, or ADF. That's not unusual since this is a consumer photo printer, so check out the Canon MX472 inkjet if you need more business-friendly features.

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With its single-sheet feed tray, you can either duplicate an existing sheet or copy one sheet at a time using the scanner, which could be an immediate deal breaker if you make lot of copies. If that's the case, stop reading here and check out some office-friendly all-in-one inkjets that will still provide excellent print quality, but which usually offer more convenient extras designed with productivity in mind.

The basic set up of the printer is super easy and requires little effort, especially if you start with the standard USB connection that helps you install the drivers onto a computer with a hard connection. I was able to get it connected to our test desktop computer here running Windows Vista in minutes.

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It's also easy enough to hook up a Wi-Fi network connection, giving you access to your files through cloud-based services like Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print that let you print wirelessly from iOS devices and Google Chromebooks, respectively. Canon also works hard to continue improving the Canon Easy-PhotoPrint app which is compatible with devices running iOS, Android and (believe it or not) Windows RT.