The Canon MAXIFY MB2320 is a multifunction printer designed for the home and small business needs. The MSRP is $199.00.
This wireless multi-function high-speed printer features a quick first print out time of 7-seconds, up to 23 Black/15 Color smudge-proof/highlighter resistant, images per minute, 500-Sheet Paper Tray Capacity, 50-Sheet Auto Document Feeder and a 15,000 Page Duty Cycle.
The MB2320 is AirPrint-compatible, and also provides access to Maxify Cloud Link, an interface that lets you access cloud-bases services directly from your printer’s screen. You can print pictures from online photo albums, office templates, and more, even without a computer, and upload scanned documents directly to Evernote, DropBox, Google Drive, and OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive). The MB2320 also supports Google Cloud Print, which lets you send documents to your printer from any Web-connected computer, smart phone, or smart device. You can also print and scan photos or documents from an iOS, Android, or Windows RT mobile device with the Maxify Printing Solutions app installed on it.
- XL Ink Tanks deliver low cost per print with a high page yield of up to 1200 Black/900 Color pages.
- Up to 600 x 1200 dpi print resolution
- 50 sheet ADF: 1200 x 1200 dpi
- 33.6 Kbps (Super G3 color FAX), 250 page memory
- 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10, Letter, Legal, U.S. #10 Envelopes
- 2-on-1 copy, 4-on-1 copy
- Scan Features: Push Scan, Scan to Memory (USB Flash Memory), Scan to Email, Scan Solution, Scan to Cloud, Scan to Network Folder
- USB, WiFi and LAN capable
- Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11b/g/n)
- Apple AirPrint
- Automatic Duplex printing
- 3″ LCD touch screen
- 28.8 pounds
- EPA Energy Star
The print quality is just fine for an inkjet. It is more than par compared to the old printer (which was just fine as well). No complaints here.
This printer has features that we’ll never use: faxing is so 90’s, cloud, usb stick printing, etc. We just need to print a few pages now and then, thank you. We will be significantly under the rated duty cycle.
Beware that the supplied cartridges are not full so they have only limited printing available before they need to be replaced. It’s advisable to buy new ink cartridges often as the cleaning cycle for idle printers can use a fair bit of ink.
NETWORK ATTACHED PRINTING
The MB2320 has WiFi and Ethernet connectivity. We use the machine connected to the 802.11n WiFi network and each client machine has to have the printer software installed. The machine can handle many simultaneous users easily. For larger workgroups Ethernet may be a better choice with multiple printers in the back office.
The machine can be used a a walk-up fax and copier as well as being available on the network. This level of flexibility will be appreciated in a office environment. The MB2320 has some issues with 802.11ac access points which may require some settings changed to allow the printer to connect with WPS etc.
The front trays protrude out the front of the machine but that is typical for printers. The dual trays can each hold 250 sheets so the machine can hold 500 sheets or one tray can be setup with labels or envelopes etc. The dual trays provide options usually seen in large scale printers. We tried printing 50 page documents and the MB2320 was able to handle it easily. The printer can even print double sided if need be. The paper handling in the machine is excellent.
Pulling an empty tray does not stop printing and when reloaded the machine will then continue with the active tray and switch to the refilled tray if needed,
If you remove a cartridge from the printer, you cannot reuse it, it seems to designed to prevent refilling etc. When its out of a particular color, you can replace just that color. The machine also tends to slowly use ink during the cleaning cycle so beware of the process for idle machines.
We suggest stocking ink if the machine is to be used heavily or for a long time. Sets of ink are available as well as individual colors. Black ink can last for over two packs of paper (1000 sheets) depending on the amount of text on a page etc. but color printing is still not very widely used.
Running costs, based on Canon’s price and yield figures for its cartridges, are 2.7 cents per monochrome page and 8 cents per color page. They are low for an inkjet at its price, particularly the color cost.
We have used the scanning feature extensively with the MB2320. The machine can scan to PDF which makes it easy to handle business documents easily. Unfortunately the scanning is not double sided friendly. Some PDF tools that support scanning can handle double sided documents.
We have scanned vast amounts of paper and it is able to handle it fast with USB or 802.11n networking. USB 2.0 is faster and scanning high volumes is more productive. Ethernet is fast enough to handle the scanner. In the summer the machine has been known to overheat and slow the scanning process to allow the machine to cool down. This suggests the machine is better off in an air conditioned office.
You can scan directly to email from the printer’s screen. It also comes with a scan utility for your computer that allows you to scan multiple pages into one pdf with one click (or to email). We tried a 32GB USB stick and the machine recognized it fine.