Canon PIXMA TR4720 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Sep 20, 2021 at 09:57 am
Canon PIXMA TR4720 Picture
6.8
Family
3.8
Small/Home Office
5.2
Student
3.9
Black & White
7.6
Casual 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 great-quality photos with vibrant, accurate-looking colors. The scanning features are very good 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 disappointing, and it's hard to reach potential paper jams.

Our Verdict

6.8 Family

The Canon PIXMA TR4720 performs alright as a family printer. It prints photos with great quality, vibrant, 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
  • Great-looking photos with accurate colors.
  • Flatbed scanner captures good details.
Cons
  • Poor cost-per-print.
  • Very low page yields.
3.8 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 warm up and print the first page.
  • Automatic document feeder can't duplex scan.
  • Paper jams are difficult to reach.
5.2 Student

The Canon PIXMA TR4720 is an inadequate printer 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
  • Flatbed scanner captures good details.
Cons
  • Poor cost-per-print.
  • Slow to warm up and print the first page.
  • No Bluetooth support.
3.9 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 warm up and print the first page.
  • Automatic document feeder can't duplex scan.
  • Paper jams are difficult to reach.
7.6 Casual Photo

The Canon PIXMA TR4720 is a good printer for casual photos. It produces great-quality photos that have vibrant, 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
  • Great-looking photos with accurate colors.
  • Passable cost-per-print for photos.
Cons
  • Input tray is inconvenient when printing.
  • Incompatible with 2" x 3" photo paper.
  • 6.8 Family
  • 3.8 Small/Home Office
  • 5.2 Student
  • 3.9 Black & White
  • 7.6 Casual Photo
  1. Updated Sep 20, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Sep 15, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
5.5
Design
Build & Design Quality

The build quality of the Canon PIXMA TR4720 is sub-par. The paper input tray can't hold much paper and can't be removed, 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. If you need to remove paper jams, you have to tilt the printer towards the front, or lay it on its side, as they can be very hard to access.

On the bright side, the scan lid has hinges that allow it to lift slightly for thicker media. Also, the cable is detachable for easy replacement in case it gets damaged. Although the printer needs to be on to replace the cartridges, it has an easy-clip system that makes it simple and easy to do.

Design
Dimensions
Height 7.4" (18.8 cm)
Width 17.1" (43.5 cm)
Depth 11.6" (29.5 cm)
Weight
12.9 lbs (5.9 kg)
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.

Design
In The Box

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

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
No
High Yield Cartridge
XL
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

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 only run out of one color of ink.

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 scanning features on the Canon TR4720 are very good. However, when using the Canon IJ Scanning Utility software on a computer to scan, you're limited to a 600 DPI scan resolution by default. To access the full 1200 DPI resolution using IJ Scanning Utility, 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 will require you to disable the thumbnail found in the top-left corner of the ScanGear window. The scanner will be able to capture finer details as a result.

The automatic document feeder can hold up to 20 letter-size sheets or 5 legal-size sheets of paper.

Printing
4.8
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
15.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
20.99 US$
Black Only Printing
0.19 US$/print
Color Printing
0.253 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.677 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

The Canon TR4720's cost-per-print is poor. Although the replacement cartridges aren't very expensive, you don't get many pages out of them. There are XL-size replacement cartridges that should give you a better cost-per-print, but we haven't tested them. Keep in mind that even if you print only in black, most inkjet printers continue using the color cartridge for servicing tasks, so you may still need to replace it eventually.

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

The Canon 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 warm up and print the first page, meaning you'll have to wait even for small print jobs.

7.6
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
9.39

The Canon TR4720 produces accurate-looking colors, which should be fine for casual use, but not for professions that require exact color reproduction. Deep blues are difficult to reproduce accurately, but this is expected of most printers.

8.3
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The Canon TR4720 produces great-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.

We base these results 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
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
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 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.

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 warm up and print the first page. However, it supports automatic duplex printing, produces significantly better-looking photos in comparison, and it reproduces colors more accurately compared to its predecessor.

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, faster printing speeds, and better-looking photos. Also, its large touchscreen display is much better, and it has an Ethernet port, supports Bluetooth, and can print directly from SD cards. On the other hand, the TR4720 reproduces colors with significantly better accuracy, which might be better for people printing logos or designs.

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. Also, it has a much better display, and it can print via Bluetooth. On the other hand, the TR4720 reproduces colors with significantly better accuracy, and it has an automatic document feeder and built-in fax.

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

Canon PIXMA MG3620

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

Canon PIXMA TS3520

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

HP OfficeJet 250

The HP OfficeJet 250 is better printer for students, whereas the Canon PIXMA TR4720 is better for casual photo printing. The HP yields much more pages at a much cheaper cost-per-print, it prints much faster overall, and it produces more accurate colors. Also, it has a larger touchscreen display, and it can print directly from USB flash drives. On the other hand, the Canon has a flatbed scanner for more delicate items, built-in fax, and automatic duplex printing, and it produces significantly better-looking photos.

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