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Canon PIXMA TR4720 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Sep 20, 2021 at 09:57 am
Canon PIXMA TR4720 Picture
6.6
Family
3.9
Small/Home Office
5.3
Student
4.1
Black & White
7.3
Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The Canon PIXMA TR4720 is a relatively compact all-in-one color printer that produces excellent-quality photos with vibrant, fairly accurate-looking colors. The scanner features are decent and include a flatbed scanner, automatic document feeder, and built-in fax. You can also use the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app to print, scan, and copy directly from your phone. Unfortunately, like most budget printers, the page yields are terrible, the cost-per-print is high, and it prints slowly. Also, the build quality is sub-par, and it's hard to reach potential paper jams.

Our Verdict

6.6 Family

The Canon PIXMA TR4720 performs alright as a family printer. It prints photos with excellent quality, vibrant and fairly accurate-looking colors, and very good black tones. There's also a flatbed scanner with hinges that raise the lid slightly and an automatic document feeder. Unfortunately, the cost-per-print is poor, and it can't print directly from external storage.

Pros
  • Excellent-looking photos with fairly accurate colors.
  • High-resolution flatbed scanner.
Cons
  • Poor cost-per-print.
  • Very low page yields.
3.9 Small/Home Office

The Canon PIXMA TR4720 is marketed as a home office printer, but it performs poorly for this use. The page yields are bad, the printing speeds are disappointing, and it takes a while to warm up to print the first page. It has an automatic document feeder but can't duplex scan, and it can also be very difficult to reach paper jams.

Pros
  • Has automatic document feeder and built-in fax.
Cons
  • Awful page yields.
  • Slow to begin printing after going unused for a while.
  • Automatic document feeder can't duplex scan.
5.3 Student

The Canon PIXMA TR4720 is inadequate for student use. The cost-per-print is bad, so paying for consumables quickly adds up. It also takes a while to warm up and print the first page, so you'll need to wait a while for essays to print. Fortunately, it has a scanner and supports Wi-Fi Direct.

Pros
  • High-resolution flatbed scanner.
Cons
  • Poor cost-per-print.
  • Slow to begin printing after going unused for a while.
  • No Bluetooth support.
4.1 Black & White

The Canon PIXMA TR4720 is poor for black and white printing. It has awful page yields, a poor cost-per-print, and prints very slowly. Paper jams can be very hard to reach, and the dot matrix display is difficult to use. It has an automatic document feeder, but it can't duplex scan.

Pros
  • Has automatic document feeder and built-in fax.
Cons
  • Awful page yields and poor cost-per-print.
  • Slow to begin printing after going unused for a while.
  • Automatic document feeder can't duplex scan.
7.3 Photo

The Canon PIXMA TR4720 is a decent printer for photos. It produces excellent-quality pictures that have vibrant and fairly accurate-looking colors. The black tones are also good. There's a bit of grain in the photo, and a small part of the grayscale is slightly off. However, the cost-per-print for photos is unremarkable.

Pros
  • Excellent-looking photos with fairly accurate colors.
  • Passable cost-per-print for photos.
Cons
  • Input tray is inconvenient when printing.
  • Incompatible with 2" x 3" photo paper.
  • 6.6 Family
  • 3.9 Small/Home Office
  • 5.3 Student
  • 4.1 Black & White
  • 7.3 Photo
  1. Updated Mar 10, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Sep 20, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Sep 15, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
5.5
Design
Build Quality

The Canon PIXMA TR4720's build quality is sub-par. The paper input tray can't hold many sheets and isn't removable, and if you want to store paper in the printer, you need to keep both the input and output trays open. If you need to replace the cartridge in the middle of a print job, the output tray could also get in the way and make replacement difficult. Also, the output tray and scanner lid hinges both feel flimsy. On the bright side, the cable is detachable for easy replacement in case it gets damaged, and the cartridges have an easy-clip system that makes them easy to replace.

Design
Dimensions
Height 7.4" (18.8 cm)
Width 17.0" (43.2 cm)
Depth 11.6" (29.5 cm)
Height When In Use
8.7" (22.1 cm)
Width When In Use
17.0" (43.2 cm)
Depth When In Use
21.1" (53.5 cm)
Weight
12.9 lbs (5.9 kg)
5.5
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Expected
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The Canon PIXMA TR4720 has typical inkjet maintenance procedures. If the printer clogs or the print quality degrades, you can run several useful maintenance tasks like printhead nozzle checks, cleaning, deep cleaning, and alignment. If you notice smears, there are also sheet roller and bottom plate cleaning routines. Because the cartridges run out of ink very quickly, you need to change them often. To do this, you first have to open both the input and output trays, then open the door at the front of the printer. However, you can't fully open this door if you have paper in the input tray.

In case of a paper jam, you can access the sheet rollers via the ink cartridge door by moving the cartridge holder out of the way. Alternatively, you could flip the printer onto its right side, then pinch two tabs to open the rear cover to access paper jams close to the rear. On the other hand, you can lift the button control panel to access any paper jams in the automatic document feeder.

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

The Canon TR4720 has a poor display. The '2-Line Full Dot Matrix LCD' can't tilt or swivel, so you need to be standing up and looking down at the screen to see the displayed text properly. It can be hard to navigate through printer functions when using it.

2.5
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
1
Black Cartridge Model
PG-275
Tested Black Page Yield
4.42 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
84 prints
Color Cartridge Model
CL-276
Tested Color Page Yield
3.93 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
83 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Not Found At Time Of The Review
Ink Type
Dye And Pigment
High Yield Cartridge
Yes

The Canon TR4720 has a bad cartridge system. It yields a terrible number of black pages and a poor number of color pages, so you'll need to replace the cartridges very often if you print a lot. Since there's only one color cartridge, you'll need to replace the entire thing even if you run out of only one color of ink.

7.2
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Flatbed Extendable Hinges
0.43" (11 mm)
Automatic Document Feeder
Yes
ADF Capacity
20 pages
Scan Speed
1 PPM
Duplex Scanning
No
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Yes (Built-in)

The Canon TR4720's scanner features are satisfactory. You can use the high-resolution flatbed scanner for delicate items or slightly thicker media like spiral notebooks, while the automatic document feeder automatically digitizes multi-page documents like signed invoices or contracts. Canon advertises that the ADF takes only three seconds to scan each page, but even though the printer does scan each page quickly, you have to wait for the computer to finish processing each scanned document before the printer feeds the next sheet. It's slow whether you scan from your computer or the printer itself.

9.0
Design
Scanning Resolution And Color Depth
Max Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
24 Bit

The Canon PIXMA TR4720's default scan resolution is 300 DPI, which creates slightly blurry scans, as seen in the image sample above. However, you can set the maximum resolution much higher, meaning your scans will look sharper if you adjust the settings first.

When using the Canon IJ Scanning Utility software on a computer, the Canon PIXMA TR4720 maxes out at 600 DPI by default. To access the full 1200 DPI resolution, you need to need to click on "ScanGear", go to "Advanced Mode", then change "Output Resolution" to 1200 DPI. Doing so will create a large scanned file, which requires you to disable the thumbnail found in the top-left corner of the ScanGear window. The scanner can then capture finer details as a result.

Design
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
Photo (8" x 10") Yes
Max Paper Weight
670 g/m²
Design
In The Box

  • Setup Instructions
  • Power cord
  • Fax cable
  • PG-275 black starter cartridge
  • CL-276 tri-color starter cartridge

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A
Document
4.8
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
15.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
20.99 US$
Black Only Printing
0.190 US$/print
Color Printing
0.253 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.677 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

The Canon PIXMA TR4720's cost-per-print is poor. Although the replacement cartridges aren't very expensive, you don't get many pages out of them. Fortunately, there are XL-size replacement cartridges for a better cost-per-print.

The TR4720 is compatible with the Canon Auto Replenishment Service and the PIXMA Print Plan. The PIXMA Print Plan is a standard subscription service that lets you print a set number of pages per month in exchange for a monthly subscription fee. More expensive tiers let you print more pages. In contrast, setting the printer up with the Auto Replenishment Service orders replacement cartridges that ship to you when the printer detects that it's running low on ink. Although you have to pay for the cartridges, shipping is free.

5.2
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
4 PPM
Color Document
2 PPM
Photo Printing Time
66.0 s
Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
17.3 s
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
100 pages

The Canon PIXMA TR4720's printing speeds are disappointing. You'll need to wait a few minutes if you're printing a long essay or research paper and even longer if there's color. It also takes a while to start printing after going unused for a while, so you'll have to wait even for small print jobs.

Document
Document Sample
Color Ink Needed for Black & White
No
Photo
8.5
Photo
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The Canon PIXMA TR4720 produces excellent-looking photos. The colors are vibrant and accurate, and the black tones are very good. However, the tone in a small part of the grayscale is a little off, and there's a bit of grain in the picture.

The scanned images provided above are for reference only, and they look a bit worse than the actual physical photos due to the scanning and uploading process. The score is based on the actual physical photos.

6.6
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
6.87

The Canon PIXMA TR4720's color accuracy is adequate, which is fine for casual use. It isn't suitable for professionals who require exact color reproduction. The printer has a hard time reproducing deep blues, dark grays, and blacks.

7.5
Photo
Color Gamut

The Canon PIXMA TR4720 has a good color gamut. Colors fade well to white and black, and blacks don't have a very red tint that's apparent in most other printers in this price range. The transition between colors is smooth, with no banding, so gradients in photos will look natural. Unfortunately, the zig-zag line isn't visible in the light blues and greens, so the printer has trouble accurately reproducing those vibrant shades.

Mobile App And Connectivity
7.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
No
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
No
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes
8.9
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App
Mobile App Yes
App Name Canon Print Inkjet/Selphy
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Android and iOS
PDF
Android and iOS
Microsoft Office Files
Android and iOS
Text Files (TXT)
No
Webpages (HTML)
No

The Canon TR4720 is compatible with the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app. From here, you can print, scan, and copy directly from your phone and even order ink without needing a subscription. There's cloud integration, so you can print photos from the cloud, as well as scan and save to the cloud without needing to save locally.

Mobile App And Connectivity
OS Compatibility
Windows Fully
macOS Fully
Chrome OS Fully

You need to manually install the Canon PIXMA TR4720's drivers to access the full range of features on Windows. There isn't any printing software, although you can optionally use the Canon IJ Scan Utility for scanning purposes if you prefer. On macOS or Chrome OS, you can print and scan without manually installing any drivers or software.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Canon PIXMA TR4720 in black, but you can also get it in a white color scheme. It's closely related to the Canon PIXMA TR4520 (designated the TR4540 in Europe), but the TR4720 has more network features. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The Canon PIXMA TR4720 is an all-in-one color inkjet printer that replaces the Canon PIXMA TR4520. Compared to similar inkjet printers, it has somewhat worse page yields and takes longer to begin printing after going unused for a while. However, it supports automatic duplex printing and produces significantly better-looking photos.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best home printers, the best printers for college students, and the best printers under $100.

Canon PIXMA TR8620

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 performs much better overall compared to the Canon PIXMA TR4720. The TR8620 has far superior page yields at a significantly cheaper cost-per-print,  and it prints faster. Also, its large color touchscreen display is significantly easier to navigate than the one on the TR4720, and the TR8620 has an Ethernet port and can print directly from SD cards.

Canon PIXMA MG3620

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is better for families and students, whereas the Canon PIXMA TR4720 is better for photo printing. The MG3620 has much better page yields and a significantly cheaper cost-per-print, and it prints much faster overall. On the other hand, the TR4720 produces much better-looking photos with deeper-looking blacks. Also, it has an automatic document feeder, built-in fax, and supports Wi-Fi Direct.

Canon PIXMA TR4520

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. Both printers have scanners with an automatic document feeder, but neither can perform duplex scanning. 

Canon PIXMA TS6420

The Canon PIXMA TS6420 is a better printer for most uses compared to the Canon PIXMA TR4720. The TS6420 yields much more pages, has a significantly cheaper cost-per-print, prints much faster, and produces somewhat better-looking photos. On the other hand, the TR4720 has an automatic document feeder and built-in fax.

Canon PIXMA TS3520

The Canon PIXMA TR4720 is an overall better-performing printer compared to the Canon PIXMA TS3520. The TR4720 is better for monochrome printing since it has a somewhat higher black page yield and a cheaper black text document cost-per-print. Also, it has an automatic document feeder, built-in fax, and can automatically print double-sided. On the other hand, the TS3520 is better for color prints and since it has a better color page yield and a much cheaper cost-per-print for color documents and photos. Unfortunately, the TS3520 produces worse-looking photos, and it has a narrower color gamut.

Epson WorkForce WF-2850

The Canon PIXMA TR4720 and the Epson WorkForce WF-2850 are both budget printers designed for a home office. The Canon is a better choice for photo printing since its images look much more detailed, and its colors are more accurate. On the other hand, the Epson is better for printing documents since it has a higher page yield and a cheaper cost-per-print, though its black cartridge cost is more expensive. Also, it prints and scans faster, so you don't have to wait as long for your documents to be ready.

HP OfficeJet 250

The HP OfficeJet 250 is better if you need to work on the go, whereas the Canon PIXMA TR4720 is better for casual photo printing. The HP yields many more pages at a much cheaper cost-per-print, and it has a battery so that you can still use it when you aren't near a power outlet. On the other hand, the Canon has a flatbed scanner that has a higher scan resolution for more detailed scans and built-in fax, and it supports automatic duplex printing and produces significantly better-looking photos.

Liene Amber M100

The Canon PIXMA TR4720 is an all-in-one inkjet printer, while the Liene Amber M100 is a thermal printer that uses dye-sublimation to print photos. If you need a traditional printer to print and scan documents that also prints nice photos, the Canon is a better choice. The Liene is better if you want a compact printer just to print 4" x 6" photos.

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