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TOP 500 REVIEWERon January 28, 2013
Canon PIXMA MG6320 Black (or White) Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier

[11/01/2015 UPDATE: I put out a review for the new MG7720, the most updated version of the MG6320]

[12/11/2014 UPDATE: I suggest looking at the Canon PIXMA MG7520 or Canon PIXMA MG7120 if you are interested in the MG6320]

[12/13/2013 UPDATE: I suggest if you are interested in the MG6320 that you now also see the MG7120 reviews]


This is a sweet spot for the Canon PIXMA line with a lot of bang for the buck. This is the new replacement for MG6220, only available since December 2012.

Note that the MG7120 is the replacement for the MG6320, NOT the MG6420. The MG6420 doesn't have the gray ink tank of the MG6320/MG7120. The MG6420 can't print to CDs/DVDs like the MG6320/MG7120/MG5420 can. The MG6420 has 110% slower 4x6 photo printing, has significantly slower copying, and lower color print and scanning resolution than the MG6320/MG7120/MG5420 (Note that most folks won't notice/need the lower color print or scanning resolutions).


- Like its predecessor MG6220, this has one more color than the MG5320/MG5420, GRAY, mostly for improved black and white results and to better darken colors. I can't tell the difference gray makes with color pages, but some reviewers can.

- Like its predecessor MG6220, this has an ETHERNET connection (unlike MG5320/MG5420), allowing a solid, simple shared/network wired connection that stays up even when computers are down.

- Only model that comes in WHITE (in addition to the usual black).

- Like the new MG5420 (and unlike MG5320/MG6220), has a handy separate 4"x6" and 5"x7" photo paper drawer at the front.

- It is a bit shorter/squatter than its predecessor MG6220, which for some is a nicer form factor if on a desk, for example.

- The new ink tanks for the MG6320/MG5420 also come in an XL size now which reduces the page cost significantly. The inks themselves in the new tanks are the same formula.

- The touch screen content-sensitive interface is getting rave reviews, however, I find the old interface just as easy, but the unanimity of positive reviews for it suggests it really is much better for many.

- For copying/scanning the top comes easily off (unlike the previous generation MG6220).

- The MG6320 (and the new MG5420) has 2x the number of black ink nozzles as their predecessors MG6220/MG5320. This allows more efficient use of black ink and greater dot accuracy.

- With 10+ years of having a number of their products I have always found Canon to have great customer service, which for U.S. customers appears to be based out of Maryland and Virgina.


- 5-15% faster printing than last generation depending on b&w vs. color, quality, etc.

- Can print directly from CF memory cards unlike the last generation, if that is important to you.

- Wider selection of devices that can print directly to it than the last generation.


- This is very new (end of last year) and as such can be expected to have more issues than after some time passes.

- The inks are different than for the last very recent generation (for both this new MG6320 and new MG5420) and thus are at this time (early 2013), harder to find available at stores or online.

- For copying/scanning, the lid telescopes up for books only to the thickness of around a cellphone, whereas the previous generation MG6220 telescoped up to around twice that. On the other hand the top COMES OFF easily now with the MG6320.

- The 50 second or so MG6320 cleaning/prepping routine has a short few second burst of mechanical grinding noise not heard in the MG6220 or MG5320 that starts around 20 seconds into the routine. One can hear it across a mid-sized room. This 50 second routine starts roughly 1m10s after start-up, for example. Quiet Mode does not mitigate this. If you are wondering, quiet mode quiets the actual printing a little at the cost of a little speed.

- No built-in fax, if this is important to you in an all-in-one. Perhaps you want to get a dedicated one of your choosing near a phone line anyways, however if you are looking for a built-in fax the MX922/MX892 printers do. This comes at a cost of not getting the higher end scanning of the MG models, though this may only matter to you if you are scanning negatives, MX922/MX892 scanning meets most other needs including most graphics needs, just as well.


- See below consideration to select it not to automatically shut-off to reduce ink wastage.

- Consider choosing to print black & white or grey scale when color isn't necessary, this can lessen the amount of color layering to get black (though the use of grey and colors is not necessarily eliminated). Canon feels the black is better with more color layering, you decide :).

- If you need something NOW that you will use a lot NOW, and the GRAY and ETHERNET is potentially useful you might consider weighing the pros and cons of getting the older MG6220 since it uses inks that are easy to find at stores and online. The MG6220 is pretty cheap now, too, since it is being replaced, perhaps $95-$100.

- If the GRAY and ETHERNET (MG6320/MG6220) is for sure useless to you and you'd like a SMALLER FORM FACTOR, you might consider looking into the MG5320/MG5420, which are otherwise somewhat similar.

- Use Canon paper when you need optimal results with their ink, and test matte vs. glossy. Matte is much less expensive and may meet most of your needs. Let me know in comments if anyone finds a comparable quality and yet significantly less costly photo paper for this printer, I'd like to test it out.

- When doing black & white, for example text, choose HIGH QUALITY setting (and perhaps set it as the default) in the printer page set-up, it really makes a difference.

- In case of POWER OUTAGE, it is sometimes necessary to unplug it for A FEW MINUTES and then plug it back in. This allows capacitor discharge.

- The Canon site has lots of easy to find product comparison information for these inkjets, you might consider reviewing it before committing on a model.

- As soon as you can after getting your printer, print samples of full color, b&w, borderless photos, print on a DVD if that's important to you, etc. Determine if you have a lemon before you get too busy with other things so you can exchange for a good one while it is easy to do. These are complicated machines with lots of parts.


Anyone researching the Canon Photo Printers will likely be concerned about ink costs. Here are 5 things you can do to mitigate this with the MG6320:

- Buy the XL versions of the ink, this is supposed to reduce the cost per color page to a very competitive 13-14 cents per page (vs. 16-19 cents).

- As noted above, choose to print black and white or grey scale when that will do just fine to avoid black made from layers of colors.

- Turn off the automatic shut-off. Standby mode uses 0.9W, so on standby even all year uses around 8kWh/yr., so around $1/yr depending on where you live. This can help lessen the number of 50 second cleaning routines as it runs around a minute after start-up and often at shutdown. It runs the cleaning other times, too, which is good as it keeps things from clogging.

- Avoid printing pages with solid or heavily colored background in color when possible.

- Some fonts use 20-40% less ink than others. According to a leading consumer magazine, Times uses much less than Arial which uses much less than Calibri, for example.

NOTE #1: If there is no printing or cleaning routine at least once a month or so, select it to run a cleaning routine (easy to do) or turn it off and on to force it to once a month or so to keep the nozzles unclogged. If they clog talk to Canon support for what is often an easy solution.

NOTE #2: The MG6220, MG6320's predecessor, has a low ink early warning bug. For example, when I take ink from a MG5320 and put it in a MG6220, the low ink warning bars show the ink as vastly lower. This helps exaggerate the appearance of high ink usage. Actual ink usage is high enough that this bug is pretty unwelcome. If it wasn't for a leading consumer magazine's highest photo quality rating for all-in-ones and their estimated page cost that wasn't crazy, and lots of other favorable reviews, I think this bug could have been much worse for MG6220 sales. This might make you feel better about MG6320's past lineage and/or buying a MG6220 due to concern over MG6320's newness and ink availability.

NOTE #3: Gray is supposed to go much faster than the rest, thus you wouldn't want to measure average speed of ink usage based on gray. I haven't tracked it in comparison to the other inks myself.

NOTE #4: Just an informative, probably not very useful factoid :). This model range of Canon inkjet doesn't do a big cleaning/purging after it prints, you are usually hearing head realignment. However, it does quietly "prime the head" to keep the heat from ink clogging the print head and this uses a little ink (even for B&W). This is much less ink than with the big cleaning/purging routine that is much rarer if you set the printer not to auto shut-off.



As it is pretty difficult to find, here below is Canon's published Page Yield per Document numbers (I rounded a little) for MG6320.

I'm not sure how much of the difference between these numbers and users experience is due to the 50 second cleaning routine, difference between test and real world usage, etc.

Here at least you can see real world expected usage ratio between standard and XL cartridges and compare to costs to determine the better value.


Mixed Text/Graphics, A4/Letter, Plain Paper, Adobe Reader 10
ISO/IEC24711 Test Method, ISO/IEC24712 Test Pattern:

PGI-250 __ 300 pages
CLI-251 BK 1100
CLI-251 GY 780
CLI-251 C_ 300
CLI-251 M_ 300
CLI-251 Y_ 300

PGI-250 XL __ 500 pages
CLI-251 XL BK 4,400
CLI-251 XL GY 3,300
CLI-251 XL C_ 650
CLI-251 XL M_ 650
CLI-251 XL Y_ 650


Color Photos, 4"x6":

PGI-250 __ 3000 pages
CLI-251 BK 490
CLI-251 GY 120
CLI-251 C_ 160
CLI-251 M_ 160
CLI-251 Y_ 160

PGI-250 XL __ 3900 pages
CLI-251 XL BK 1120
CLI-251 XL GY 270
CLI-251 XL C_ 360
CLI-251 XL M_ 360
CLI-251 XL Y_ 360



For folks not as familiar with printers, I created this section to help delineate when you CLEARLY DON'T want a Canon ink jet printer in the popular 5320/5420/6210/6220/6320/82XX model range at all. Perhaps it may help you find a good starting point to meet your needs.


Consider checking these:
(per a leading consumer magazine and reviews)

- Canon Pixma Pro9500 Mark II
- Canon Pixma Pro1
- Canon Pixma Pro10
- Canon Pixma Pro100
- Epson Stylus R2000


Consider checking out these lasers
as a starting point:
(per a leading consumer magazine or reviews)
- Samsung Xpress M2825DW
- Brother HL-2270DW
- HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401n/M401dne
- Samsung Multifunction Xpress SL-M2875FW
- Canon imageCLASS MF4770n/4890dw


Consider checking these:
- Canon MX922
- Canon MX892

SPEND FOR A PRO-100/10/1

- Canon MX892 (released 2012)
- Canon MG6220/MG5320 (released 2011)
- Canon IP8720 (released 2014)
- Canon IX6820 (released 2014)

Hope that helps someone :).
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on January 16, 2013
I give the printer 5 stars because the pictures printed are beautiful. I have owned many printers over the years and this one blew me away. I totally recommend this printer. I do want to make mention that the ink cartridges "fequently bought together" are not the correct cartridges. I purchased these because of the recommendation and had to return.
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on July 30, 2013
I bought this for my mom, a wonderful lady on the other side of 60. She loves taking pictures and prefers a printed photo over an online version.

Any time I buy a gift involving technology for my parents, it is a crap shoot as to whether it will ever get used. I was so pleased that she came over with a whole stack of photos she printed when she got home from vacation. She loves the quality and is really happy she is not going to the drugstore for prints anymore.

In addition to the ink it came with, we bought her a full replacement set of XL cartridges and a box of 400 sheets of photo paper. Altogether, they cost more than the printer.

I was amazed at the speed of each print, although the start up time seems a little long. If I were in a spy movie and snuck into enemy headquarters and had to print the evidence before the guard found me, this would not be the printer I would want to wait to power on.

The printer is a great value for the money, but the supplies are not cheap. (Surprise, surprise). But it is simple enough for a non technical person to enjoy some high quality pictures, and that makes worth while for me.
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on March 22, 2013
Great printer. Easy unboxing and setup with clear instructions. Lots of tape holding things together in shipment - make sure you get all of it. Follow the ink loading instructions carefully to avoid damage or leakage. I plan on only using Canon ink.

Setup accomplished on a Mac and an iPad and iPhone in just two minutes. I didn't need the install CD as the Mac found the latest drivers automatically. I recommend this approach on any printer you use with any OS.

Uses very little energy while sleeping. Wakes quickly (for an inkjet). Once awake, prints faster than any other inkjet I have used (and I've used many in my workplace). Very quiet.

Very attractive housing in the white we bought. Also available in black.

Color printing is a bit too magenta, but can be adjusted with printer driver. Text and photos look great once you do a little one-time tweaking.

There are apps available via the Apple app store for scanning from the Canon to an iOS device.
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on January 10, 2013
I am really impressed with this printer from Canon. It scans, prints, copies, prints 2-up, prints CD/DVD disks, etc. The included software is impressive and it is very compact for all-in-one device. It can be operated wireless or direct connect. I have it USB-connected to one computer and wireless to another plus an iPad. Setup on my network was flawless using the install CD and touch-screen operator panel.
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on February 8, 2013
When it works, it does an awesome job. The print quality is really satisfactory (as good or better than the 4x6 photoes that I get printed from the retail stores.

There is something that bothers me about this printer though.... The touch screen seems to freeze up... often! When that happens, the only remedy is to turn off and unplug, and then restart again. Simply turning off and on the power button doesn't seem to cure it. If there is a reboot button, I haven't found it.

I haven't seen other customers give the same feedback about the touch screen. I wonder if mine came damaged. The box in which it was delivered from Amazon was wrecked. However, the Canon box was intact.

For the price, I can't really complain. I preordered this printer from Amazon so I paid the original $199 price. Two weeks after it was delivered to my home, I noticed that the price dropped by $40 already, and Amazon gave me a price guarantee. Now, it seems it dropped again to less than $150 (I don't think Amazon will give another price guarantee).
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on February 10, 2013
This printer is so GREEN that it turns off (you have a choice of how long to stay on) by itself and automatically turns on when asked to print. I LOVE the "cilp" option to select and print anything on a webpage. Comes in handy when wanting to print something on Pinterest. The Photo quality is great with many options as to how and what quality to print. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a good all around printer with photo quality printing.
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on July 30, 2013
I looked at reviews when I was considering this printer but apparently the people that reviewed it favorably have had a much better experience with it. The unit sucks down ink like it's water even though I'm only printing in grayscale; I just replaced three cartridges last week and they are literally 1/2 empty already. Plus, even if you're printing in grayscale, an almost empty cartridge with freeze the entire unit; you will not be able to scan or page through the menu until the cartridge is replaced. Huge waste of money.

Of course tech support and their local authorized rep say that's normal behavior for the machine
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on September 13, 2013
Let me preface by saying I have never, ever hung up on a customer support rep, no matter how clueless they were, because it's a tough job.

First, the good:
- The installation documentation software is super easy to use. It walks you through every step, sometimes in what seems like silly baby steps, but there's no jumping to the next section and wondering what happened.
- The physical printer itself is large, but while at rest there's nothing sticking out and no paper to get covered with dust. Very elegant, but be sure you have room. It's also rather heavy.
- The prints are fantastic. Using the sample photo paper inside, I got a print as good as professional processing, although the paper itself was a little thin.

The bad:
- Does your router have a special "WPS button on it?" Yeah, mine neither, and it's a WPS capable router. My router is not even on the same floor as my home office. If you have this button, I suspect your life will be easier. If not, you want to do the "Standard Setup," although the printer makes it a little tough to that point, but it still does everything for you automatically.
- Do you have more than one access point in your home? Well if you do, the printer flat out will not connect properly to a secondary access point even if you manually configure your router and the printer network settings using the included software and USB cable. You MUST connect to the access point that is also your router.
- Default DNS settings prevents Google Cloud Print from working. Read on -- I have the solution, and tech support only had attitude.

After speaking to a friendly Tier 1 rep who tried hard but really had no idea how to help, I was transferred to Tier 2 network support, who was all attitude and slinging blame, but couldn't actually answer simple network questions like "do I need to open a particular port on my router?" Some time later, I hung up in anger at his combination of ignorance and arrogance.

After some trial and error on my own later I discovered that the default DNS setting on the printer is "Manual," but there's no DNS server IP. If you go into Setup -> Device Settings -> LAN settings -> Other Settings -> TCP/IP Settings -> IPv4 -> (click yes) -> DNS Server you can then select "Auto," which will pull your DNS info from the default gateway.

UPDATE Nov. 2013 - I am downgrading to 2 stars, and it only gets that because it does print beautifully. It never, ever works properly on a network. In order to print, I have to wait for the printer to error out and fail to print, then turn the printer off (which takes about 60 seconds) and then back on, at which time the printer will be magically detected and will print. Nor will the Canon software detect the printer in the network when you try to update the driver, even though every other computer and device on the network sees the printer just fine. Great hardware, utterly terribly software and support.
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on March 2, 2014
the mg6320 is absolutely the worst printer that i've ever had. it goes though ink cartridges like a camel coming in after three weeks in the desert or like you were printing on an ink blotter. also it won't scan into the computer is any of the ink cartridges need replacing. i can understand if one is copying to the printer but not for scanning into the computer.
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