You’d be forgiven if you think all printers are the same.
I was like you too, unlike I reviewed the Canon PIXMA TS8370 and opened my eyes to the complex world of printing.
That’s why I decided to review the Canon PIXMA E3370 as well. I wanted to know if the lower priced entry in Canon’s E series is as good as the premium TS line.
Is it? Continue to find out.
What is the Canon PIXMA E3370?
The Canon PIXMA E3370 is the latest in Canon’s E series of low cost printers that are geared for users with low printing needs.
The printer comes in Black or Red (we got the Red version for review) and is a neat, boxy machine measuring 435 x 316 x 145mm (212mm with trays extended) and weighs a paltry 3.9KG. It’s small enough to sit on your desk if you’re thinking of using it that way.
The machine is an AIO (all-in-one), which means it’s capable of printing, copying and scanning. It has an ISO standard print speed (A4): 7.7ipm black / 4.4ipm colour.
In layman’s terms, this means that it can print about 7 complete black (text or black/white) document in a minute, while it can do 4 complete pages of color printing in the same amount of time.
In the grand scheme of things, this is rather paltry. The Canon PIXMA TS8370 I reviewed was able to achieve more than twice that. Of course, that printer also cost about twice what the E3370 costs, so in retrospect it’s a trade-off on what you’re willing to pay.
The printer accepts Canon’s PG-47 and CL-57S (the CL-57 is optional) cartridges, which costs about $15 each on Qoo10. It definitely falls in line with message Canon’s driving for the E3370, which is it’s all about quality printing with cheap ink cartridges.
The Canon PIXMA E3370 costs $139.
Like the TS8370, the Canon PIXMA E3370 is made with textured plastic, especially for the top.
I’m a tactile person who loves to feel of textures on my devices, so I definitely love the look (and especially feel) of Canon’s PIXMA printers.
On the machine sits a lone 1.5” LCD unit that show printing and other status. It’s not a touch capable screen, so navigation’s done via the numerous buttons surrounding the display.
It’s not too hard to understand (the icons are all pretty representative of what they’re representing though I wished the buttons were a bit more tactile.The ones on the machine seem a bit too mushy for my tastes.
The Canon PIXMA E3370’s maximum printing resolution 4800 (horizontal) x 1200 (vertical) dpi, which is good enough for decent image reproduction on most printing materials.
On the flip side, its scanner can do up to 600 x 1200dpi, again good enough to reproduce scanned documents or images with acceptable quality.
Connectivity option for the printer include USB 2.0, via Wi-Fi, Wireless Pictbridge, Mopria, AirPrint or Wireless Direct. There’s no memory card support for the printer, so take note.
I had no issues with Pictbridge or the other printing methods so no complaints there.
Weirdly, I had trouble connecting to the printer via USB or Wi-Fi, I had connect directly to the printer via Wireless Direct to be able to print anything at all.
I had all the necessary drivers installed (and I had previously printed on the TS8370 with the same PC) but it just wouldn’t connect via the first two methods.
There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles to the printer, which is why Canon’s managed to keep the cost of it so low.
Print quality was decent, though as mentioned I found it a bit sluggish, especially if you’re printing colored images. However, text was clear and legible, with no ink smudging issues.
Similarly, images were nice and crisp too, though the blacks seem to be a bit on the light side for my liking.
Pictures were pretty good too but like the images, the blacks weren’t as inky dark as I’d like. Otherwise, I had no issues with the pictures I printed on the photo papers that Canon generously provided.
The bottom line.
There’s not a whole lot to be said about the Canon PIXMA E3370. It’s a low cost AIO machine that does what it needs to do. It’s not particularly fast or packed with exciting features that Canon’s other machines have, but it’s not meant to.
The PIXMA E3370 is for somebody who wants to print documents (with scanning and copying sometimes) but at a cheap, no fuss pricing that won’t make you regret getting a printer.
In that regard, the machine does well, though if you’re looking for more out of your printers, you might want to look elsewhere.
Good quality printing at a cheap price.
- Great price.
- Cheap ink cartridges.
- Not a lot of extra features.
- Slow printing speed.
- No memory card slot.