Canon PIXMA TR4520 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Updated Oct 18, 2021 at 12:15 pm
Canon PIXMA TR4520 Picture
7.1
Family
4.4
Small/Home Office
5.1
Student
4.1
Black & White
7.6
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 is a compact, all-in-one inkjet printer with a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder. In addition to scanning and printing tasks, it can also fax and perform automatic duplex printing. It has great photo printing quality as images come out detailed with only a bit of banding in the greyscale, and colors are decently accurate-looking. Although the plastic body feels solid, the design makes accessing paper jams difficult, as you'll have to turn it on its side or remove the back panel while the printer is on to clear them. Like other compact inkjet printers, it has a low page yield for color and black-only documents and a slow printing speed. While the ink cartridges are relatively cheap, you'll have to replace them often, which results in a high cost-per-print.

Our Verdict

7.1 Family

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 performs decently for family use. It has a high-resolution flatbed scanner to easily digitize old photos and documents. The photo printing quality is great, as images come out detailed with minimal banding, and the colors are accurate-looking. The page yields for black and color documents is quite low, which results in a high-cost-per print as you'll have to replace the cartridges frequently.

Pros
  • Great photo printing quality.
  • Fairly compact size.
  • Decent color accuracy.
Cons
  • Very low page yield for both black and color documents.
  • Disappointing cost-per-print for both black and color documents.
  • Design makes accessing paper jams difficult.
4.4 Small/Home Office

Though the Canon PIXMA TR4520 is marketed for home offices, it performs rather poorly for this use. It has a bad page yield for black and color documents, and the cost-per-print is high as you'll have to replace the cartridges more frequently. The print speed is also slow. Also, the design makes accessing paper jams difficult, as you'll have to turn the printer on its side or remove the back to reach them.

Pros
  • Fairly compact size.
Cons
  • Very low page yield for both black and color documents.
  • Disappointing cost-per-print for both black and color documents.
  • Very slow printing speed.
  • Design makes accessing paper jams difficult.
5.1 Student

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 is inadequate for student use. It has a low page yield for both black and color documents and a high cost-per-print, and you'll need to replace the cartridges often if you frequently print, which adds up over time. Fortunately, it has a high-resolution scanner with an automatic document feeder, and it has a decent array of connectivity options.

Pros
  • Fairly compact size.
Cons
  • Very low page yield for both black and color documents.
  • Disappointing cost-per-print for both black and color documents.
  • Very slow printing speed.
  • Design makes accessing paper jams difficult.
4.1 Black & White

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 is poor for black and white printing. It has a low page yield for black-only text documents, and the cost-per-print is relatively high as you'll have to replace the cartridges more frequently the more you print. The print speed is also very slow. On the upside, you're able to purchase high-yield cartridges for this printer.

Pros
  • Fairly compact size.
Cons
  • Very low page yield for both black and color documents.
  • Disappointing cost-per-print for both black and color documents.
  • Very slow printing speed.
  • Design makes accessing paper jams difficult.
7.6 Casual Photo

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 is good for casual photo printing. The photos print quality is great as images come out detailed and with minimal banding in gray areas. The color accuracy is decent; therefore, we wouldn't recommend it for professionals looking for exact color reproduction. Unfortunately, the cost-per-print for color documents is relatively high, and the print speed for photos is slow.

Pros
  • Great photo printing quality.
  • Fairly compact size.
  • Decent color accuracy.
Cons
  • Very low page yield for both black and color documents.
  • Disappointing cost-per-print for both black and color documents.
  • 7.1 Family
  • 4.4 Small/Home Office
  • 5.1 Student
  • 4.1 Black & White
  • 7.6 Casual Photo
  1. Updated Sep 15, 2021: Fixed errors in the Weight and Display Screen boxes, and updated the Cost-Per-Print box.
  2. Updated Jun 08, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.
  3. Updated May 19, 2020: Review published.
  4. Updated May 12, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
5.5
Design
Build & Design Quality

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 has a disappointing build. While the scanner lid can slightly lift to accommodate thicker items like magazines, part of the lid is the output tray, and papers can move around as you lift it. The paper input tray is also fairly small, and if you want to keep paper inside the printer, it needs to be kept open. If you have a paper jam, you have to lift the back of the printer or lay it on its side to get at it. The ink cartridges are also accessible only when the printer is on, and if you need to change it mid-way through a printing job, the output tray could get in the way if it has a lot of paper on it.

Design
Dimensions
Height 7.4" (18.7 cm)
Width 17.1" (43.5 cm)
Depth 11.6" (29.5 cm)
Weight
13.2 lbs (6.0 kg)

Update 09/15/2021: We initially listed the weight as 6.6 kg, but it's actually 5.98 kg with the power cable. We corrected the error and updated the review accordingly.

4.0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
1.9" (4.9 cm)
Touchscreen No

Update 09/15/2021: We initially listed the display screen's size as 6.2 cm, but this is wrong. We corrected the error and updated the review accordingly.

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 has a poor display screen. It's a bit difficult to navigate as it's a simple digital display screen in combination with buttons to cycle through options and settings on the screen. Since you can't tilt or swivel the screen, you can only view it if you're standing from above. If you prefer something with a better OLED screen, then look into the Canon PIXMA TR7020.

Design
In The Box

  • User manual
  • 4" x 6" Photo Paper Glossy sample pack
  • Setup CD-ROM
  • Power cable
  • PG-243 Black FINE cartridge
  • CL-244 Color FINE cartridge
  • Fax cable

3.6
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
1
Black Cartridge Model
PG-243 Black
Tested Black Page Yield
4.67 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
88 prints
Color Cartridge Model
CL-244 Color
Tested Color Page Yield
5.95 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
126 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Yes
High Yield Cartridge
XL
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 printer has a bad cartridge system. It only has two cartridges: one black and one tricolor, and both have low yields meaning you'll have to replace them often. On the upside, there are high-yield cartridges available, and the printer does accept third-party cartridges, though this may void the warranty. If you want a printer with a much higher page yield with black and white documents, check out the Canon PIXMA MG3620 or the Epson Expression Home XP-4100.

8.1
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
Yes
Automatic Document Feeder
Yes
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 Bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 has great scanning features. In addition to its high-resolution scanner, it also has an automatic document feeder to easily scan long, multi-page documents. However, it can't perform automatic duplex scanning, so you'll need to manually flip pages over.

Printing
5.7
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
15.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
20.99 US$
Black Only Printing
0.182 US$/print
Color Printing
0.167 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.447 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

The cost-per-print of the Canon TR4520 is disappointing. Although the ink is relatively cheap, you'll have to replace it frequently, which adds up over time. Fortunately, this printer is compatible with two different subscription plans. The PIXMA Print Plan is a monthly service that allows you a certain number of prints per month and sends you replacement cartridges when your printer is getting low on ink. The second option is the Canon Auto Replenishment service, which sends you ink when your printer is running low without a monthly commitment. However, if you want a printer with a lower cost-per-print, check out the Brother MFC-J497DW.

Keep in mind that even if you print only in black, most inkjet printers continue using the color cartridge for servicing tasks, so you'll likely still need to replace it eventually.

5.1
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
4 PPM
Color Document
2 PPM
Photo Printing Time
78.8 s
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
18.3 s
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
100 pages

It has a disappointing printing speed. It takes a while for the first page to come out, and subsequent pages aren't much faster. Also, it takes over a minute for a photo to come out.

7.2
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
9.79

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 has decent color accuracy. While it's good enough for a splash of color or casual photo printing, we wouldn't recommend this printer for professionals seeking more exact color reproduction.

However, if color accuracy is important to you, check out the HP ENVY 5055, the HP ENVY 6455e, or the newer model of this printer, the Canon PIXMA TR4720.

8.3
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 has impressive photo printing quality. Although there's a little bit of banding on the grayscale, colors are still vibrant and detail is clear.

These results are based on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not represent the printer's photo print quality.

Printing
Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") No
A6 (105mm x 148mm) No
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Yes
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Photo (2" x 3") No
Photo (4" x 6") Yes
Photo (5" x 7") Yes
Mobile App And Connectivity
7.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
No
External Storage Support
No
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 has decent connectivity features, but it can't connect via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Direct. If you want Bluetooth support, check out the Canon PIXMA TS5320.

9.5
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App For Home Use
Mobile App Yes
App Name Canon Print Inkjet/Selphy
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes
PDF
Yes
Microsoft Office Files
Yes
Text Files (TXT)
No
Webpages (HTML)
Yes

The Canon TR4520 is compatible with the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app. It's available on both Android and iOS, and you can print, scan, and copy from the app, as well as see items you scan directly on your device. You can also use the app to connect to one of Canon's subscription services.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 comes in two color variants: white and black. There's also a variant called the Canon PIXMA TR4527 that looks identical but seems to be available in Canada only. We tested the white unit, and we expect our results to be valid for all variants.

Compared To Other Printers

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 is similar to other all-in-one budget printers designed for home office use. It can perform general scanning and printing tasks, and it can fax and supports an Ethernet connection. Even though it has decent color accuracy and impressive photo printing quality, the low page yield means you'll have to buy new cartridges often.

Also, see our recommendations for the best home printers, the best printers for students, and the best Canon printers.

HP ENVY 5055

The HP ENVY 5055 and the Canon PIXMA TR4520 are both compact all-in-one options, but the Canon performs better for photo printing, and the HP is better suited for black-only document printing. The Canon has a lower cost-per-print and higher page yield for color documents, and it also has better scanning features, including an automatic document feeder. The HP has a lower cost-per-print and higher yield for black-only text pages, and it has a much faster print speed. Although the HP produces images with much more accurate-looking colors, the Canon has a higher photo print quality. 

Canon PIXMA MG3620

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 and the Canon PIXMA MG3620 are both decent printers. The TR4520 is better for photos because of its better color accuracy and nicer photo printing quality. Also, it has a sheetfed scanner and a fax feature. On the other hand, the MG3620 has a much higher page yield, a much lower cost-per-print, and a faster printing speed, so it might be a better option if you intend to print often.

Epson WorkForce WF-2830

The Epson WorkForce WF-2830 and the Canon PIXMA TR4520 are both all-in-one inkjet printers, but the Epson performs better for printing black-only documents while the Canon is better for photo printing. The Epson has a higher page yield and lower cost-per-print for black documents, and it also has a faster printing speed. Alternatively, the Canon has significantly more accurate looking colors and much better photo print quality. 

Canon PIXMA TS6420

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 and the Canon PIXMA TS6420 are both all-in-one color inkjets that are good for casual photo prints, but the TS6420 is better for students. The TS6420 has better page yields, a much cheaper cost-per-print, prints much faster, produces somewhat better-looking photos, and has an Ethernet port. On the other hand, the TR4520 produces much more accurate colors, has an automatic document feeder, and can fax.

Canon PIXMA TS3520

The Canon PIXMA TS3520 and the Canon PIXMA TR4520 are both all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the TR4520 is better. The TR4520 has a better cost-per-print for black text documents, produces much better-looking photos, and can automatically print double-sided. Also, it has an automatic document feeder and can fax. On the other hand, the TS3520 has a better cost-per-print for color documents and produces more accurate colors.

Epson WorkForce WF-2860

The Epson WorkForce WF-2860 and the Canon PIXMA TR4520 are both all-in-one inkjet printers designed for office purposes. However, the Epson performs better overall thanks to its lower cost-per-print, faster printing speed, and higher page yields for both black and color documents. It has three color cartridges instead of only one tricolor cartridge, so you won't need to replace all of the colors when only one runs out. On the other hand, the Canon has more accurate-looking colors and higher quality printed photos. 

Canon PIXMA TR4720

The Canon PIXMA TR4720 is the updated version of the Canon PIXMA TR4520. The two printers perform very similarly. The TR4520 has a lower cost-per-print and a higher page yield for both black and color documents. On the other hand, the TR4720 has a slightly faster printing speed and better color accuracy. Both printers have scanners with an automatic document feeder, but neither can perform duplex scanning. 

HP DeskJet 4155e

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 and the HP DeskJet 4155e are similar all-in-one inkjet units, but the Canon performs better overall. It has a lower cost-per-print for both black and color documents, a higher page yield for color documents, and a much faster print speed. The Canon can also perform automatic duplex printing. However, the HP has more accurate-looking colors. 

Brother HL-L2350DW

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 and the Brother HL-L2350DW are very different printers designed for different uses. The Brother is a monochrome laser printer, so it can only print in black and white. It has an incredible page yield, and while the first page may take a while to come out, subsequent pages are very fast. On the other hand, the Canon is an inkjet printer with a scanner and an automatic document feeder, which the Brother lacks. The Canon also prints high-quality photos with very accurate-looking colors. However, it has a high cost-per-print and low page yield for black-only documents. 

Canon PIXMA TR7020

The Canon PIXMA TR7020 is a bit better overall than the Canon PIXMA TR4520. The TR7020 has a higher page yield, the display is better, and it has Bluetooth support. Additionally, the TR7020 has a better cost-per-print, and its input tray can hold more paper. However, the TR4520 has slightly better color accuracy and better photo printing quality. It can also fax, and it has a marginally faster printing speed. 

HP DeskJet 3755

The HP DeskJet 3755 and the Canon PIXMA TR4520 are compact, all-in-one printers, but the Canon performs slightly better overall. It has a lower cost-per-print, better color page yields, and a faster print speed. It also has a flatbed scanner with an automatic document feeder. On the other hand, the HP only has a sheetfed scanner on the top; however, the HP produces more accurate looking colors and has a higher page yield and cost-per-print for black-only documents. 

Canon PIXMA TR8620

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is an overall much better printer than the Canon PIXMA TR4520. The TR8620 has much better page yields, a much better cost-per-print, prints much faster, and produces better-looking photos. Also, it can print via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Direct, and directly from SD cards. On the other hand, the TR4520 produces much more accurate colors. Both printers have automatic document feeders and built-in fax.

HP ENVY Pro 6455

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 and the HP ENVY Pro 6455 perform similarly, with a few differences. The Canon yields more color pages and has better photo printing quality. It also supports legal-sized paper and comes with an outstanding mobile app. On the other hand, the HP has a higher black page yield and better color accuracy, and it feels better-built overall. They both have a flatbed and a sheetfed scanner, which is great.

Epson Expression Home XP-4100

The Epson Expression Home XP-4100 and the Canon PIXMA TR4520 are both all-in-one inkjet printers, but the Epson works better for black-only document printing, and the Canon is better for color or photo printing. The Epson has a higher page yield and lower cost-per-print for black-only text documents. However, the Canon has significantly more accurate-looking colors, and photos come out at a much higher quality. The Canon also has better scanning features, including an automatic document feeder, which the Epson lacks. 

HP OfficeJet Pro 8025

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8025 and the Canon PIXMA TR4520 are similar all-in-one inkjet printers, but the HP performs better. The HP has a lower cost-per-print, faster printing speed, and a higher build quality than the Canon. The Canon also only uses two cartridges whereas the HP has four, so you'll likely have to replace the ink in the Canon more frequently. The Canon, however, prints higher-quality photos. 

HP DeskJet 2755e

The HP DeskJet 2755e and the Canon PIXMA TR4520 are both compact all-in-one units, but the Canon performs better overall. It has a high-resolution flatbed scanner with an automatic document feeder (ADF), and it can perform duplex printing automatically whereas the HP lacks an ADF, and you'll have to flip pages over manually to print double-sided. Additionally, the Canon has higher page yields, a lower cost-per-print for color documents, and prints higher quality photos. On the other hand, the HP has outstanding color accuracy and a slightly faster print speed for photos. 

HP ENVY 6055

The HP ENVY 6055 and the Canon PIXMA TR4520 are similarly performing all-in-one inkjet printers. The Canon has significantly better photo printing quality, a much better flatbed scanner with an automatic document feeder, and it can perform faxing tasks. It also has a better cost-per-print for color documents and photos. On the other hand, the HP has a faster print speed, more accurate-looking colors, and a lower cost-per-print for black documents. 

Canon MAXIFY GX7020

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 and the Canon PIXMA TR4520 are both all-in-one inkjet printers; however, the MAXIFY is a supertank printer meaning it has an exceptional page yield and a very low cost-per-print. Although both printers have scanners with automatic document feeders, only the MAXIFY can perform duplex scanning. However, the PIXMA produces higher-quality photos. 

HP DeskJet Plus 4155

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 and the HP DeskJet Plus 4155 are both all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the Canon produces significantly better-looking photos. The Canon also has a better color page yield, a cheaper color document and photo cost-per-print, can fax, and supports automatic double-sided printing. On the other hand, the HP has a higher black page yield and a cheaper black page cost-per-print, it prints marginally faster, and it produces significantly more accurate colors.

Canon PIXMA TR7520

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 and the Canon PIXMA TR7520 are both all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the TR7520 is a better printer overall. The TR7520 has better page yields and a much better cost-per-print, and it prints much faster and has an Ethernet port. On the other hand, the TR4520 produces somewhat better-looking photos with more accurate-looking colors.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 and the Canon PIXMA TR4520 are both all-in-one printers designed for home office use. The HP performs much better thanks to its very high page yield, low cost-per-print, and quick printing speed. Additionally, it can perform automatic duplex scanning, and it has a wide range of connectivity options including WiFi direct and support for printing from a USB key. Conversely, the Canon has more accurate-looking colors, and the print quality of photos is somewhat better. 

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 and the Canon PIXMA TR4520 are both all-in-one printers, but the Epson performs much better overall. It has a much lower cost-per-print, much higher page yield for both black and color documents, and a significantly faster print speed. It has a responsive touch screen and great connectivity options including Wi-Fi Direct printing. Conversely, the Canon produces higher-quality photos. 

HP ENVY 6075

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 is better than the HP ENVY 6075. The Canon produces nicer-looking photos, prints faster, and has an automatic document feeder. Also, it has a higher page yield for color documents, which results in a lower cost-per-print for color documents and photos. On the other hand, the HP has better color accuracy and a higher page yield for black cartridges.

Brother HL-L2390DW

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 and the Brother HL-L2390DW are two very different printers. The Canon is an inkjet printer that prints in color, making it a better choice for home use. It has decent color accuracy, impressive photo printing quality, and it has a sheetfed scanner too. On the other hand, the Brother is a monochrome laser printer that has an excellent black page yield, making it ideal for office use.

Brother MFC-J995DW

The Brother MFC-J995DW is an overall better all-in-one color inkjet printer than the Canon PIXMA TR4520. The Brother's print yields and cost-per-print are significantly better, it prints faster, and it can print via Wi-Fi Direct and directly from USB flash drives and SD cards. Comparatively, the Canon produces more accurate-looking colors but isn't suitable for tasks that require accurate color reproduction.

Canon PIXMA TR8520

The Canon PIXMA TR8520 is much better overall than the Canon PIXMA TR4520. The TR8520 is better built, it has a touchscreen display, and the color and black page yield are both much higher, so the cost-per-print is lower. The TR8520 also has more connectivity options and it prints faster. However, the TR4520 has slightly better color accuracy.

Brother MFC-J1205W

The Brother MFC-J1205W and the Canon PIXMA TR4520 are both all-in-one inkjet printers, but the Brother works better for printing black-only text documents while the Canon performs well for photo printing. The Brother has a great page yield for both black and color documents and an exceptional cost-per-print. Alternatively, the Canon produces much higher quality photos with more accurate-looking colors.

Brother MFC-J497DW

The Brother MFC-J497DW is a better printer than the Canon PIXMA TR4520. The Brother is much better built, it has a bit higher page yield, and it prints faster. The cartridges for each printer are about the same price, but the cost-per-print is much cheaper on the Brother. However, the Canon has better color accuracy and much better photo printing quality.

HP ENVY 6055e

The HP ENVY 6055e and the Canon PIXMA TR4520 are both compact inkjet printers, but the HP is better suited for black-only document printing since it has a higher page yield and lower cost-per-print for black-only text documents. Although its color accuracy is much better than the Canon, the photo print quality is worse, and the cost-per-print for color documents is much higher than the Canon. The Canon also has a display screen and an automatic document feeder for its scanner, both of which the HP lacks. 

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