The installation of the MFD was very swift - it hardly took 10 minutes for the whole setup to complete. New users can choose Easy Setup for a one step setup, while experienced users can select a custom setup to choose individual components to install.
We tested the MFD using a variety of tests to test its printer as well as scanner components. Here is how it fared.
Font size printing test: We printed a page containing all the alphabets in fonts with size ranging from large to very small. The MX366 is good at printing text with no visible flaws down to the smallest point size font. The text is very sharp with no smudging anywhere.
Text print speed: We printed a page of black text in draft and normal quality to find the speed as well as quality of the print. In the draft mode, the first page took 21.4 seconds to print, while the PPM (Pages Per Minute) in the first minute was found to be around 5.5, reaching 7 in consecutive minutes. For the normal mode, the first page printed slowly in 24.8 second, while the first minute PPM was 3.8, and it reached 7 in the next minutes, which is pretty much the same as that in the draft mode. The quality is maintained in the normal mode, while the draft mode suffers from very slight skewing, which is barely noticeable.
Presentation document speed: This consisted of a page of multi-coloured graphs, text, charts, patterns, and photos. The document took 41.8 seconds in draft mode for the first print, while it resulted in the first minute PPM of 1.63, the next minutes PPM being 3.4. It took 69 seconds to print the first page of this document in the normal mode and the PPM was found to be 0.87 in the first minute, which reached 1.83 later. The print quality is decent in the draft mode and good in the normal mode, with just about nothing to complain about. Even the light text on dark background is printed fairly well to the smallest point size.
Photo print: As is expected of a Canon, the MX366 is brilliant at printing photos, at least at the first glance. The colours are vibrant and fine details are also reproduced. A closer inspection reveals that there is some graininess all over, especially in the grey areas. The time it took for our A4 colour photo test print was 4 minutes 21 seconds, which is on par with most other competitors.
Scanner test: The scanner is quite good at capturing all colours as well as shades of gray. Fine details are also captured with ease. It takes 26 seconds for the first scan, while the consecutive scans take 18.6 seconds each, exhibiting a slow performance in scanning. For an A4 size black and white scan at 200 dpi, it takes 23.7 seconds. The time to scan a colour photo at 600 dpi is comparatively faster, taking just 60 seconds, which is quite fast.
Copying test: The copier test tries to find how well the printer and scanner components work in tandem. Black copies took 52.6 seconds for the first copy, 20 for the second, while the consecutive copies after that took 13.6 seconds each. The PPM was 1.14 in the first minute, and it reached 4.4 later. Colour copies took 40.2 seconds for the first copy, which is surprisingly lower than even the time taken for the first mono copy. The consecutive copies after that took 37 seconds each. The PPM was 1.49 in the first minute, and it reached 1.62 later. The quality of the copies is remarkably good, with an almost faithful reproduction of the original.
We must mention that there was no issue regarding paper handling with any of the above kinds of paper.
As usually, we used our Kill-A-Watt meter to find the power consumed by this MFD. When the soft power button is switched off, the power consumed by the device is 0 W according to our power meter. At idle, the power consumption was found to be just 1 W, which increased slightly to 4 W during scanning. Printing consumed 10 W while the highest power consumption was registered during copying at 12 W, which is still lower than almost every MFD we have tested thus far. Surely, this is indicative of the trend of devices going greener.
The Canon PIXMA MX366 is aesthetically pleasing and is therefore equally suitable to adorn your living room as a small office. It is quite fast, though not the fastest around. The printing quality is good and there isn't much to complain about in that department. The driver interface is very easy and the overall ease of use is really worth noting. Also, the drivers are for Windows as well as Mac. While it is appealing to the home user, the inclusion of facsimile and ADF at this price point makes it appealing even for SoHo and SMBs. The bundled software makes this printer a very good value for money product, and Canon has even included an OCR software in the kitty, which is amazing.
The standard capacity black cartridge costs Rs.995 with a cost per print of Rs.3.27, while the high capacity black cartridge costs Rs.1295 with a cost per print of Rs.2.43. Standard capacity colour cartridge is priced at Rs.1355 with a page yield of 220, while high capacity colour cartridge is priced at Rs.1565 and yields 349 pages. This makes it more expensive than its competitors in terms of cost per print.
Priced just very well at Rs.6395, it comes with a 1-year warranty. You can also buy it with EMI options for Rs 5990 at Indiatimes Shopping and at Rediff Shopping.
Ease of use: 4/5
Value for money: 4/5
Overall rating: 4/5