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Canon PIXMA TR4720/TR4722 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Review updated Jan 19, 2024 at 03:10 pm
Canon PIXMA TR4720/TR4722 Picture
6.6
Family
5.2
Small/Home Office
6.2
Student
5.3
Black & White
7.6
Photo

The Canon PIXMA TR4720/TR4722 is a budget all-in-one printer designed for home use. It uses a two-cartridge system and is compatible with Canon's PG-275 Black and CL-276 Tri-color ink cartridges. The scanner has an automatic feeder but doesn't support duplex scanning. It has USB and Wi-Fi connectivity, supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service, and is compatible with Canon's mobile app.

This printer is part of Canon's PIXMA TR4700 series of all-in-ones. All variants are identical in feature and performance; the model number only changes depending on the region, retailer, and color of the printer.

Our Verdict

6.6 Family

The Canon PIXMA TR4720 is okay 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 this model can't print directly from external storage.

Pros
  • Wide color range.
  • Decent connectivity options.
  • Produces fine details in photos.
  • Produces sharp-looking documents.
Cons
  • Very low page yields and high cost per print.
  • Slow printing speeds.
  • Requires a lot of maintenance.
5.2 Small/Home Office

The Canon PIXMA TR4720/Canon PIXMA TR4722 is marketed as a home office printer, but it performs poorly for this use. It uses cartridges with a low page yield, outputs pages slowly, and takes a while to warm up to print the first page. It has an automatic document feeder but can't scan two-sided documents automatically. User maintenance isn't especially easy either, as it can be hard to reach paper jams.

Pros
  • Has automatic document feeder.
  • Decent connectivity options.
  • Produces sharp-looking documents.
Cons
  • Very low page yields and high cost per print.
  • Slow printing speeds.
  • Requires a lot of maintenance.
  • Automatic document feeder can't duplex scan.
6.2 Student

The Canon PIXMA TR4720/Canon PIXMA TR4722 is mediocre for student use. It incurs high ownership costs since you'll have to buy new cartridges pretty often if you print regularly. It also takes a while to warm up and print the first page, which isn't great if you need to print an essay in a hurry. Fortunately, it has a scanner, though there's no automatic duplex scanning capability. It also supports a wide range of connectivity options, allowing you to print from your laptop, tablet, or smartphone pretty easily, and it supports Wi-Fi Direct.

Pros
  • Decent connectivity options.
  • Feature-rich mobile app.
  • Produces sharp-looking documents.
Cons
  • Very low page yields and high cost per print.
  • Slow printing speeds.
  • Requires a lot of maintenance.
5.3 Black & White

The Canon PIXMA TR4720/Canon PIXMA TR4722 is poor for black-and-white printing. It has an awful black page yield, a high 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.
  • Produces sharp-looking documents.
Cons
  • Very low page yields and high cost per print.
  • Slow printing speeds.
  • Requires a lot of maintenance.
  • Automatic document feeder can't duplex scan.
7.6 Photo

The Canon PIXMA TR4720/Canon PIXMA TR4722 is good for photo printing. It produces nice pictures with a lot of fine details and vibrant, fairly accurate-looking colors. However, the pictures look a tad grainy. Also, expect high ownership costs if you print photos often, as it uses cartridges with a disappointingly low yield.

Pros
  • Wide color range.
  • Supports various photo paper sizes.
  • Produces fine details in photos.
Cons
  • Very low page yields and high cost per print.
  • Requires a lot of maintenance.
  • 6.6 Family
  • 5.2 Small/Home Office
  • 6.2 Student
  • 5.3 Black & White
  • 7.6 Photo
  1. Updated Jan 19, 2024: We've made minor-in-text adjustments to further clarify some important product details.
  2. Updated May 15, 2023: Added link to the Epson WorkForce WF-2930 in the Display Screen section of the review to provide an alternative with a larger screen.
  3. Updated Apr 12, 2023: Added link to the Epson WorkForce WF-2950 in the 'Scanner Features' section of the review to provide an alternative with better scan quality.
  4. Updated Feb 07, 2023: We've changed the name of the printer to include the Canon PIXMA TR4722 since it's the same printer.
  5. Updated Feb 06, 2023: Added mention of the Epson Expression Home XP-4200 as a better alternative in the Cost-Per-Print section.
  6. Updated Jan 17, 2023: We've updated the review with more information in the Differences Between Variants, Black and White Documents, Color DocumentsDocument, and Small DetailsSmall Details sections.
  7. Updated Sep 21, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  8. Updated Sep 07, 2022: Added mention of the Canon PIXMA MG2522 as an alternative with better color accuracy.
  9. Updated Sep 01, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  10. Updated Mar 10, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  11. Updated Sep 20, 2021: Review published.
  12. Updated Sep 15, 2021: Early access published.
  13. Updated Sep 10, 2021: Our testers have started testing this product.
  14. Updated Sep 09, 2021: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  15. Updated Aug 30, 2021: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Canon PIXMA TR4720 in black, but you can also get it in a white color scheme. This printer is part of the Canon PIXMA TR4700 series of all-in-one printers, which includes many variants. All of the variants have identical features and performance; the model number only changes depending on the region, retailer, and color of the printer.

Model Region/Retailer Color
TR4720 North America Black/White
TR4722 Walmart US Black
TR4723 Walmart Canada White
TR4725 Walmart Canada Black
TR4750i Europe/Middle East Black/White
TR4751i UK/Ireland Black/White

You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The Canon PIXMA TR4720/Canon PIXMA TR4722 is an all-in-one color inkjet printer that replaces the Canon PIXMA TR4520. Compared to similar inkjet printers, it has low page yields and takes longer to warm up. However, it supports automatic duplex printing and produces significantly better-looking photos than most other alternatives.

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

Epson Expression Home XP-4200

The Epson Expression Home XP-4200 is better than the Canon PIXMA TR4720/TR4722 for most uses. The Epson yields more prints and is cheaper to maintain. The Canon produces better color documents but prints slower than the Epson. Although the Canon has a wider color range and is more color-accurate for photo printing, it isn't as good as the Epson when it comes to small details.

Canon PIXMA TR4520

The Canon PIXMA TR4720/TR4722 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 TS3520

The Canon PIXMA TR4720/TR4722 is an overall better-performing printer than the Canon PIXMA TS3520. The TR4720 is better for monochrome printing as it has a slightly higher black page yield and a lower cost-per-print for black-only printing. Also, it has an automatic document feeder, has a built-in fax, and can automatically print double-sided. As for the photo printing quality, the TR4720 has a wider color gamut and produces better-looking photos. On the other hand, the TS3520 has a better color page yield and a much cheaper cost-per-print for color documents and photos.

Canon PIXMA TR8620

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 performs much better overall compared to the Canon PIXMA TR4720/TR4722. 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. The TR8620 has an Ethernet port and can print directly from SD cards.

Epson WorkForce WF-2950

The Canon PIXMA TR4720/TR4722 and Epson WorkForce WF-2950 are both budget inkjet printers intended for home offices, though the Epson is a much better fit for that kind of use. The Epson uses cartridges with a substantially greater page yield, has a higher capacity ADF for its scanner, scans substantially faster, and offers superior scan quality. Conversely, the Canon prints slightly sharper-looking documents and is a marginally better fit for photo printing, as it reproduces most shades more faithfully than the Epson.

Epson WorkForce WF-2930

The Epson WorkForce WF-2930 is slightly better for most uses than the Canon PIXMA TR4720/TR4722. The Epson feels sturdier, incurs fewer maintenance requirements, has an actual screen for navigating its user interface, uses cartridges with a higher page yield, and delivers sharper scan quality in less time. On the other hand, the Canon prints slightly sharper, more detailed documents.

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/TR4722 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 with a higher scan resolution for more detailed scans and a built-in fax. It also supports automatic duplex printing and produces significantly better-looking photos.

Liene Amber M100

The Canon PIXMA TR4720/TR4722 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 to just print 4" x 6" photos.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
5.5
Design
Build Quality
Type All in One

The printer's build quality is sub-par. It's entirely plastic, with some parts feeling especially flimsy, like the output tray and the scanner lid hinges. 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. 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 insert.

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/Canon PIXMA TR4722 requires a fair amount of maintenance. Like most inkjet printers, the printheads can clog if left unused for an extended period. If the printer clogs or the print quality degrades, a few maintenance tasks can help resolve the issue, like printhead nozzle checks, cleaning, deep cleaning, and alignment. There are also sheet roller and bottom plate cleaning routines if you notice smears. Unfortunately, you must change the cartridges often, as they run out quickly. To do so, you must first open the input and output trays and 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. You can lift the button control panel to access any paper jams in the automatic document feeder.

See the user manual here.

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

The display is bad. It's a 2-line LCD that doesn't allow for tilt or swivel adjustments, so you must stand up and look down at the screen to see the displayed text properly. It's also hard to navigate through the printer's functions. If you're looking for a printer with an actual display screen, consider the Epson WorkForce WF-2930.

2.5
Design
Cartridge
Technology Inkjet
SuperTank
No
Photo Cartridge
No
Color Yes
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

This printer has a bad cartridge system. The PG-275 and CL-276 cartridges yield very few black and color prints, so you'll need to replace them often if you print a lot. Additionally, since the CL-276 is a tri-color cartridge, you'll need to replace it even if you run out of one color. Higher-yield XL versions of these cartridges are available.

6.9
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
ADF + Flatbed
ADF Capacity
20 pages
Scan Speed
1 PPM
Duplex Scanning
No
Max Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Max ADF Scan Size
8.5" x 14"
Flatbed Hinge Adjustability
0.43" (11 mm)
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Built-in

This printer has a reasonable range of scanner features. The flatbed scanner lid is height adjustable, so you can scan 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. It also doesn't support automatic duplex scanning, which can really slow you down if you need to process a large batch of two-sided documents.

This printer has built-in optical character recognition. Scanning directly from the printer using the 'Document' preset will generate a text-searchable PDF. If you use the Canon IJ Scan Utility software and click on the 'OCR' option, it'll output a .txt file from the character recognition system as well as a JPEG version of the same document instead.

6.0
Design
Scan Quality
Max Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
24Bit

The scan quality is mediocre. While text is fairly crisp and legible, more saturated areas are very grainy, and lighter elements are barely visible. Color saturation is also somewhat low, so scanned documents come out looking a little fainter than the source material. When using the Canon IJ Scanning Utility software on a computer, the scan resolution maxes out at 600 DPI by default. To access the full 1200 DPI resolution, you need to click on "ScanGear," go to "Advanced Mode," and then change "Output Resolution" to 1200 DPI. Doing so will create a large scanned file, requiring you to disable the thumbnail in the top-left corner of the ScanGear window. The scanner can then capture finer details as a result.

Note: The default scan resolution is 300 DPI, which creates slightly blurry scans, as seen in the image sample above. However, you can scan at a higher resolution to get higher-quality scans with more fine details. Regardless, if you're looking for a comparably-priced alternative with better scan quality, check out the Epson WorkForce WF-2950.

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

This is a corded printer.

Document
8.0
Document
Black & White Documents
Color Ink Needed For Black & White
No

The print quality of black-and-white documents is great. The text looks clear, and most of the fine details are present. However, there are vertical lines and bands, which are very noticeable in colored areas.

8.5
Document
Color Documents

The print quality of color documents is excellent. The text is sharp, and the colors look punchy without being oversaturated. Finer details, like the lines in the graph, are present but a little hard to see.

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

The cost-per-print is high. Although the replacement cartridges aren't expensive, you don't get many pages out of them. Fortunately, there are XL-size replacement cartridges for a better cost-per-print. If you want a similar printer with a lower cost-per-print, check out the Epson Expression Home XP-4200.

This 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, if you set the printer up with the Canon Auto Replenishment Service, they will order and ship replacement cartridges to you when the printer detects that it's running low on ink.

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

This printer prints slowly. You'll need to wait a few minutes if you're printing a long essay or research paper and even longer if they're in 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 Printing Sizes
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
Max Paper Weight
670 g/m²
Photo
7.5
Photo
Color Gamut

The Canon TR4720/Canon TR4722 has a good color gamut. The transition between colors is smooth with no banding, so gradients in photos will look natural. Unfortunately, the printer has trouble reproducing lighter shades of blue and green.

6.7
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
6.69

The color accuracy is adequate. It's fine for casual use but isn't suitable for professionals requiring near-perfect accuracy. If you want a printer with better color accuracy, check out the Canon PIXMA MG2522.

8.5
Photo
Small Details
Max Print Resolution (DPI)
4800 x 1200

This printer is excellent at producing small details, though some finer details in image backgrounds are hard to see due to the halftones (dots).

9.5
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
Yes
Mobile App And Connectivity
7.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
No
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Wireless 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

This printer 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 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 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. You can print and scan without manually installing any drivers or software on macOS or Chrome OS devices.