Canon MAXIFY MB2320 Printer Review

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In a time where printers are becoming a rare sight in homes and offices, the Canon MAXIFY MB2320 offers those who still rely on the physical medium a compact product that is simple to setup and very easy to use.

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Setting up the Canon MAXIFY MB2320

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A very large cardboard cube with an image of the Canon MAXIFY MB2320 arrived at my home, and I was stunned by its size. The box was large enough that it had to ride in the back seat of my car during transport due to its inability to fit into the trunk of my compact car.

Once open, the box revealed a snugly packed printer with a smaller box for all the necessary wires and installation accessories. Setup involved removing the plastic around the printer, removing the plastic pieces placed inside of the machine, plugging in the power cord into the printer and into an electrical outlet, and pressing the button marked “Power”.

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The sleek, black machine whirs to life and a small screen welcomes you, instructs you on how to plug in the ink cartridges that were included in the box, and walks through connecting to a wireless access point. More on this later.

Once setup is complete, and the print heads have been aligned, you’re effectively ready to start printing to your heart’s desire.

Connecting to a Wireless Access Point

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One of the core strengths of a completely wireless printer is that it can connect to your local network and make itself available to any and all devices currently on the network.

With the Canon MAXIFY MB2320, you can connect to the network by finding the wireless SSID on the list and punching in the password, or you can do a one button setup with WPS. If you’re unfamiliar, WPS stands for “Wi-Fi Protected Setup”, and in this instance, allows the printer to connect to our network with the touch of a button. How it works is that you tell your router that a device is making an attempt to connect via WPS (you can find it in the network administration pages of your router) and tell the printer to make the attempt, and voila, like magic, the printer is suddenly on the network.

This actually does seem like magic the first time you see it, and thankfully has worked on the two different routers I’ve tested it on (a Netgear AC1900 and an ASUS NT-66U) without fail. It’s probably the easiest part of the setup process with the MB2320, and you just add the printer to your printers on your computer and have at it.

While relatively small, a lovely benefit that I discovered was that AirPrint worked as soon as the printer was connected to the network along with your iOS device. It was kind of neat watching photos get printed straight from my phone.

Cost Per Page

With inkjet printers, one of the chief concerns for owners is just how much the ink is going to cost them in the long run. Comparing between the other, similar inkjet printers available at Staples is a solid way of understanding just how the Canon MAXIFY MB2320 performs compared to its counterparts in the market.

To make it much easier to get an idea of how the printers compare with ink costs, we can take a look at the cost of black ink side by side, along with the advertised yield for the cartridge.

The black ink for the Brother MFC-J6520DW clocks in at $55.99, and can yield up to 2,400 pages, which means it has a cost per page of $0.0233. The black ink for the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 sells for $59.99 and is advertised at being capable of 1,800 pages, giving it a cost per page of $0.0333. Finally, the Canon MB2320’s black ink would cost $38.40, and can yield up to 1,200 pages, giving it a cost per print of $0.0320.

The Canon is closer to the higher end of the two comparable printers, in terms of cost per print, which also reflects the position of the MAXIFY MB2320 in terms of price between the aforementioned printers.

But Does it Print Well?

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I ran a battery of tests to test print quality, scan quality, and copy quality to understand just how well the all-in-one printer works.

The Canon MAXIFY MB2320 is a good printer. Prints happen relatively quickly (for an ink jet device) and are at a high enough resolution to not show little artifacts, nor is the drying ink an issue for handling the paper immediately after printing. Copies are much the same, you’ll see a minor step down in terms of quality compared to the original version, but both colour and black and white were reproduced quite well and quite clearly.

Scanning quality is excellent. Using either the input feed or the glass bed yields very similar results, and with a max of 600 x 1200 DPI, images can be as small or as high quality as you like.

The Canon MAXIFY MB2320 also comes with a bevy of other features that felt relatively hard to use. Namely, anything that required using the touchscreen to perform, like scanning directly from the MAXIFY MB2320 itself, whether to PC or to email, it just seemed to be stuck in a loop. I was also not able to test the cloud technology.

However, if you need a printer, a photocopier, a scanner, and a fax machine that allows for different formats of paper and can print in black and white or colour, then the Canon MAXIFY MB2320 is a perfectly serviceable machine for the job.

The Bottom Line

This product is perfect for: people who need an all-in-one printer for their homes and business, especially if they need more than just printing.

Key things to be aware of: the Canon MAXIFY MB2320 is much easier to use from a computer, especially with regards to printing or scanning, but performs very well at all advertised functions. It is also an inkjet printer, if you’re picky about what type of printer you use.

Final review score: 3.5. The Canon MAXIFY MB2320 is a solid printer, and it works well. There is nothing exceptional about it, but it gets the job done.

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Jon Lim is a professional developer, writer, and an avid technologist. He has written creatively for the past 16 years, and professionally for 4 years.

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