First off, the print quality from the MX328 is pretty good. Its cost of printing is also quite low. In an office MFD, network connectivity is an important factor. Otherwise, you need to be running a PC (irrespective of what else the PC is used for) for the MFD to be accessible by others in the network. The MX328 do not have any network connectivity and comes only with USB. Even media card readers and PictBridge are excluded from the features list.
When it comes to performance, there is little to fault the MX328 for. In our resolution chart as well as the grayscale image test, the prints were quite good. Photo printing is not a particular strength – but that isn’t usually for an office MFD. The results are not that vivid, but it shows little gaps in print.
The MX328 do not have any network connectivity and comes only with USB. Even media card readers and PictBridge are excluded from the features list.
The quality of scans is considerably higher. When we tested with magazine scans, we were able to make out individual ink dots with ease. Copying is also a strength of the MX328 – even in the fast mode copy, quality is not heavily compromised. Copying a color document in black and white fast mode still retained visibility of light colored text. In best color quality mode, color reproduction was very faithful to the original.
The printer driver has three quality modes and a custom mode. The driver lets you individually adjust CMY (Cyan, Magenta and Yellow) color levels along with brightness, contrast and intensity. These are useful for advanced users to tune the outputs to their liking. Manual duplex option is also available which is useful if the application you are printing from does not support it.
The ADF on the MX328 can hold up to 30 sheets. Input tray capacity is 100 – fairly standard. Time for first print was 22 seconds for both models and thereafter, 8 seconds per print in standard quality mode. Printing a 4 x 6 inch size photo was fast on the MX328 (90 seconds).
Running cost for this printer is about Rs. 3.8 per page.
For a home office with just a couple of PCs, we would recommend the MX328. Or, if scanning quality is paramount. For general office applications however, we would go with a model that has more connectivity options.