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Canon PIXMA MG2522 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Sep 07, 2022 at 10:26 am
Canon PIXMA MG2522 Picture
6.4
Family
5.1
Small/Home Office
5.3
Student
5.6
Black & White
7.2
Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless No
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The Canon PIXMA MG2522 is a budget inkjet all-in-one model from Canon's PIXMA MG2500 series of printers. It has a scanner but lacks features like an automatic document feeder, and it uses a two-cartridge system with one black and one tri-color ink cartridge. It doesn't support wireless connectivity, so you can only use it with a Windows or Mac computer via a USB connection. The PIXMA MG2500 series has many variants under various model numbers, as the model number changes depending on the region and color. In North America, you can get a black version known as the Canon PIXMA MG2525. The European version of this printer is the Canon PIXMA MG2540.

Our Verdict

6.4 Family

The Canon PIXMA MG2522 is acceptable for family use. It prints good quality documents and detailed, color-accurate photos, and its cost per print is reasonably low. However, it prints slowly, and its small input tray means you'll have to refill it often during large print jobs. Unfortunately, it doesn't have wireless connectivity, so you can only connect to the printer with a USB cable. The scanner produces decent-quality scans but lacks an ADF, so it'll take a lot longer to scan multi-page documents.

Pros
  • Great color accuracy.
  • Prints small details well.
  • Produces good quality black and color documents.
  • Prints on glossy photo paper up to 8.5" x 11".
  • Reasonably low cost per print.
Cons
  • Can only connect via USB.
  • Low page yield.
  • No automatic document feeder or duplex scanning.
  • Slow printing speeds.
  • Requires a lot of maintenance.
5.1 Small/Home Office

The Canon PIXMA MG2522 is inadequate for use in a small or home office. You can only connect to the printer via a wired USB connection, which might be inconvenient in an office with multiple people sharing the same printer. It also lacks an automatic document feeder to scan multi-page documents, and it requires a lot of maintenance because the ink cartridges run out quickly, and the input tray only holds 60 sheets of paper. It prints good quality black and color documents but is very slow, printing only eight black or two color pages per minute.

Pros
  • Produces good quality black and color documents.
  • Reasonably low cost per print.
Cons
  • Can only connect via USB.
  • Low page yield.
  • No automatic document feeder or duplex scanning.
  • Slow printing speeds.
  • Requires a lot of maintenance.
5.3 Student

The Canon PIXMA MG2522 is inadequate for student use. Although the ink cartridges run out quickly and need regular replacement, the cost per print is reasonably low because the cartridges aren't overly expensive. However, it can only connect via USB, which might be inconvenient if you're in a room with limited space, and it only works with Windows machines and Macs, so you can't use it with a Chromebook or smartphone. It produces high-quality black and color documents but prints very slowly, so it isn't the best for printing long essays.

Pros
  • Produces good quality black and color documents.
  • Reasonably low cost per print.
Cons
  • Can only connect via USB.
  • Low page yield.
  • No automatic document feeder or duplex scanning.
  • Slow printing speeds.
  • Requires a lot of maintenance.
5.6 Black & White

The Canon PIXMA MG2522 is sub-par for printing black and white documents. Although it produces good quality black and white documents, it prints very slowly at only eight pages per minute. Also, its black ink cartridge runs out quickly, and its input tray only holds 60 sheets of paper, resulting in a lot of maintenance. It has a scanner but lacks an ADF for scanning long, multi-page documents.

Pros
  • Produces good quality black and white documents.
  • Reasonably low cost per print.
Cons
  • Can only connect via USB.
  • Low page yield.
  • No automatic document feeder or duplex scanning.
  • Slow printing speeds.
  • Requires a lot of maintenance.
7.2 Photo

The Canon PIXMA MG2522 is decent for printing photos. It produces detailed and colorful pictures with very accurate colors and can print on glossy paper up to 8.5" x 11". It requires a lot of maintenance because the ink cartridges run out quickly, but the cost per print is low because the cartridges are relatively inexpensive.

Pros
  • Great color accuracy.
  • Prints small details well.
  • Prints on glossy photo paper up to 8.5" x 11".
  • Reasonably low cost per print.
Cons
  • Can only connect via USB.
  • Low page yield.
  • Slow printing speeds.
  • Requires a lot of maintenance.
  • 6.4 Family
  • 5.1 Small/Home Office
  • 5.3 Student
  • 5.6 Black & White
  • 7.2 Photo
  1. Updated Sep 07, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Aug 26, 2022: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
5.0
Design
Build Quality

The Canon PIXMA MG2522 feels poorly built. Its plastic construction feels cheap and flimsy, with an output tray and scanner lid that bend easily. Changing the ink cartridges and removing paper jams can be challenging as you can only do so via the front panel above the output tray, which doesn't provide much room. You have to tuck in the output tray to open the panel fully, and the printer must be on when changing the cartridges. The output tray doesn't have a border to keep sheets from falling off. On the upside, the scanner has a foam backing to smooth out uneven sheets and extendable lid hinges to accommodate thicker items like textbooks. The power cord is removable, making it easy to replace if it gets damaged.

Design
Dimensions
Height 5.7" (14.4 cm)
Width 16.8" (42.6 cm)
Depth 12.1" (30.7 cm)
Height When In Use
8.1" (20.5 cm)
Width When In Use
16.8" (42.6 cm)
Depth When In Use
21.4" (54.4 cm)
Weight
7.4 lbs (3.4 kg)
5.5
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Expected
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The Canon PIXMA MG2522 requires a lot of maintenance. Like most inkjet printers, the printheads can clog if left unused for an extended period. You can resolve clogging issues with the built-in printhead cleaning function. There are also other maintenance functions built-in, like printhead cleaning, printhead alignment, nozzle check, bottom plate cleaning, and roller cleaning. One benefit of the design is that the printheads are in the cartridges, so if you can't resolve the clogging issue with the built-in functions, you can simply buy a new cartridge. The ink cartridges don't last very long, so you'll have to replace them often anyway. You'll also have to refill the paper tray often because it only holds 60 sheets of paper. As mentioned in the build section, you can only access the cartridges and paper jams through the front panel, which may be hard for people with large hands as the opening is small. You can see the user's manual here.

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Design
Display Screen
Display Screen No
Display Screen Size
N/A
Touchscreen No

The Canon PIXMA MG2522 doesn't have a display. It only has four LEDs to show the power status, errors (out of paper or other issues), and low ink levels (black and color).

4.5
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
1
Black Cartridge Model
PG-245
Tested Black Page Yield
6.99 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
132 prints
Color Cartridge Model
CL-246
Tested Color Page Yield
8.99 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
191 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Purchased One Worked
Ink Type
Dye And Pigment
High Yield Cartridge
Yes

The ink cartridges yield very few prints, meaning you'll have to replace them often. The printer comes with a PG-243 black and a CL-244 color ink cartridge, which contain 5.6 ml and 6.2 ml of ink, respectively. The printer is also compatible with the PG-245 and CL-246 cartridges, available in regular and XL sizes. The regular PG-245 contains 8 ml of black ink, and the CL-246 contains 9 ml of color ink. The XL PG-245 gives you 12 ml of black ink, and the XL CL-246 gives you 13 ml of color ink. We tested the yield using the regular PG-245 and CL-246 cartridges. The printer accepts third-party ink cartridges, but using them may void the manufacturer's warranty.

6.1
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
Flatbed
ADF Capacity
N/A
Scan Speed
1 PPM
Duplex Scanning
No
Max Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Max ADF Scan Size
No ADF
Flatbed Hinge Adjustability
0.33" (8 mm)
Fax
No
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Software

The Canon PIXMA MG2522 has mediocre scanner features. Its lack of an automatic feeder and duplex scanning capability means it'll take a long time to scan multi-page and double-sided documents. To use the optical character recognition feature, you need to scan the document as a PDF file that supports keyword search via Canon's 'My Image Garden' application. The character recognition feature works well; mistakes are mostly due to special characters.

7.0
Design
Scan Quality
Max Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
24Bit

The Canon MG2522 produces decent-quality scans. The scanner captures colors well and boosts the contrast slightly to make black text easier to read. However, the white text on a red background is harder to see, and some finer details, like the lines in the graphs, are very faint.

Design
In The Box

  • Power cord
  • USB-A to USB-B cable
  • Setup CD-ROM
  • User guide
  • Two ink cartridges:
    • 1x PG-243 Black ink cartridge
    • 1x CL-244 Tri-Color ink cartridge

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A
Document
7.5
Document
Black & White Documents
Color Ink Needed For Black & White
No

The Canon MG2522 prints black and white documents well. There are some vertical lines when printing in the Standard Quality mode as the printer overlaps the end of the previous line to avoid gaps, but they aren't present when printing in the High Quality mode. These lines are also hard to spot when printing the document in portrait mode, even in Standard Quality. The only other issue is that it has trouble simulating the color yellow, as seen in the title of the second page.

8.0
Document
Color Documents

Color documents look great. The text looks crisp, and all the colors look good. There are some vertical lines, but again, they're only present when printing in the Standard Quality mode, not in the High Quality mode. They're also very faint (the sample document accentuates them) and aren't noticeable when printing in portrait mode, even in Standard Quality. Fine details, like the lines in the graphs, come through but aren't always easy to see.

6.9
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
18.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
22.99 US$
Black-Only Printing Cost
0.144 US$/print
Color Printing Cost
0.120 US$/print
Photo Printing Cost
0.319 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

Although you have to replace the ink cartridges often, the cost per print is reasonably low because the ink cartridges are relatively cheap. That said, it'll still add up if you print a lot. You'll easily spend more on replacement ink than the printer itself.

4.9
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
8 PPM
Color Document
2 PPM
Photo Printing Time
48.9 s
Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
14.7 s
Duplex Printing
Manual
Input Tray Capacity
60 pages

The Canon PIXMA MG2522 is very slow at printing black and color documents. Printing photos in the Standard Quality is quick, but High Quality takes a lot longer, around 2 minutes and 5 seconds. It can't perform duplex printing automatically, so you'll have to manually reinsert the sheets into the input tray when prompted. The input tray holds 60 plain sheets of paper or 20 sheets of 4" x 6" photo paper.

Document
Document Printing Sizes
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") No
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Yes
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Yes
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Max Paper Weight
265 g/m²

The Canon PIXMA MG2522 printer supports custom sizes ranging from 4" to 8.5" x 6" to 26.61".

Photo
7.0
Photo
Color Gamut

The Canon PIXMA MG2522 has a decent color gamut. It prints bright warm colors well, like yellows, oranges, and reds; however, it struggles with cooler colors like blues and greens. It also has trouble with lighter shades and dark blues and greens. There's some grain when transitioning from one color to another, but almost no banding.

8.1
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
3.72

The Canon PIXMA MG2522's color accuracy is great. Most color inaccuracies are minor and hard to spot except for cyans, blues, and yellows.

7.5
Photo
Small Details
Max Print Resolution (DPI)
4800 x 600

The Canon PIXMA MG2522 prints small details well. There's a fair amount of dithering affecting the print quality, but you can still see the Tokyo Tower's general structure and the individual metal bars above.

7.0
Photo
Photo Printing Sizes
Glossy Paper (4" x 6") Yes
Glossy Paper (5" x 7") Yes
Glossy Paper (8" x 10") Yes
Glossy Paper (8.5" x 11") Yes
Glossy Paper (13" x 19") No
Borderless Printing
No

You need to set a custom size to print 8" x 10" photos as there isn't a preset option.

Mobile App And Connectivity
1.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
No
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
No
Wi-Fi Direct
No
External Storage Support
No
Apple AirPrint
No
Mopria Print Service
No
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Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App
Mobile App No
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
No
PDF
No
Microsoft Office Files
No
Text Files (TXT)
No
Webpages (HTML)
No

The Canon PIXMA MG2522 isn't compatible with any mobile app.

Mobile App And Connectivity
OS Compatibility
Windows Fully
macOS Fully
Chrome OS No

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Canon PIXMA MG2522 in white. There's a black variant known as the Canon PIXMA MG2525. The European version of this printer is the Canon PIXMA MG2540.

Note: The model number changes according to the region and color.

You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The Canon PIXMA MG2522 produces good quality documents and photos for a printer in its price range. However, its lack of wireless connectivity means you can only use the printer via a wired USB connection, and you can't print from any mobile device.

For other options, see our recommendations for the best home printers, the best all-in-one printers, and the best cheap printers.

Canon PIXMA TS3520

The Canon PIXMA MG2522 and the Canon PIXMA TS3520 are both budget all-in-one inkjet printers. The MG2522 is better for printing quality and cost per print; however, it doesn't support wireless printing via Wi-Fi and isn't compatible with any mobile app, features that are present on the TS3520.

HP DeskJet 2755e

The Canon PIXMA MG2522 is better than the HP DeskJet 2755e for most uses. The Canon produces better scans with more fine details and prints higher-quality documents and photos. Its ink cartridges also yield more prints, leading to a lower print cost. However, the HP supports wired and wireless connectivity, while the Canon only supports a wired USB connection. The HP has a mobile app you can use to print, scan, and perform maintenance tasks, which the Canon lacks.

Canon PIXMA MG3620

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is much better than the Canon PIXMA MG2522 for most uses. The MG3620 has a mobile app and wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi, which the MG2522 lacks. In terms of printing performance, it depends on what you want to print. The MG3620 produces better black and white documents, while the MG2522 produces better color documents. For photos, the MG2522 has a wider color gamut and better color accuracy, but it doesn't print small details as well as the MG3620. If you're worried about maintenance costs, the MG3620 is a better choice because its ink cartridges last longer, so you won't need to replace them as often.

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