Review: Canon Pixma MX320

July 14, 2010

A Pixma MX320A week or two ago I bought this mutli-function to replace the loathsome Lexmark I’d had for several years. I didn’t have a chance to try it out until today. Since I’m home sick I drug it into the bedroom (yes, it is big and heavy) and tinkered from the comfort of bed.

All around it’s a nice machine. It copies fine without a computer attached, and it works like a dream with Kubuntu; scans and prints. It even shows up as an image source in Gimp. Nice.

For those you wanting to get it going on Linux, don’t bother looking for the drivers on the US support site, you have to hit the Europe one. Don’t ask me why, just go here: http://software.canon-europe.com/products/0010697.asp. They offer deb’s, rpm’s and source, so it should work pretty universally on a modern system. The debs went in flawlessly for me, and poof, the thing worked.

Print quality is good, crisp and clean. Scanning is another matter. I ran through some prints I got back the other day, and there is grain everywhere. It’s not unbearable, but check the next post to see what I mean.

All in all and good Linux compatible printer/scanner, for only $49 at Wal-Mart (oh the shame)

Also it has this weird thing called a “fax”. I’ve yet to figure out what that is or why you would want one.

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Comments

  1. Carlos says:

    Hi from Spain.
    I am interested in this printer. Above all, i want a good scanner, with the automatic feeder.
    Please, tell me your opinion about the quality and speed of document (text) scans (not interested in scanning photos). Thanks in advance

  2. john says:

    Hi Carlos,

    I haven’t done any document scanning with this device yet, but I’ll give it a try over the weekend and let you know how it goes.

  3. Carlos says:

    Thanks again!!!

  4. Carlos says:

    Hi again!

    Did you do some scanning test?
    I would buy the printer this week if you advise me so.
    Thanx!!

  5. john says:

    Hi Carlos,

    Sorry for the delay. I couldn’t get automatic feeder scanning working in Linux, but it works fine in Windows. Pretty good quality. I didn’t test any OCR on it, but the black and white scan is clean and should probably read fine.

    Hope it works out for you!

  6. Carlos says:

    Yeah, I think I read something about problems with the feeder in Linux.

    But it will do. Thanx for all!
    I am buying it tomorrow!

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