Canon PIXMA TR7520 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Jun 03, 2020 at 08:31 am
Canon PIXMA TR7520 Picture
7.7
Family
5.6
Small/Home Office
8.1
Student
6.3
Black & White
7.6
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The Canon PIXMA TR7520 is a decent printer that's suitable for a wide range of uses. Its compact size fits into tight spaces and its wide connectivity options make it easy to set up. Although the black ink runs out fairly quickly, the color cartridges can yield many more pages, so you can add a bit of color to your reports or print the occasional photo without much worry. The cost-per-print for both black and color printing is great, which means that the overall cost remains low in the long run. Unfortunately, it prints rather slowly for black and color documents, but for photos, it's surprisingly fast and they look good. While the scanner has an Automatic Document Feeder, it can't perform duplex scanning, which can be frustrating for offices that need to scan double-sided documents regularly. On the bright side, it's compatible with Canon's outstanding mobile app, allowing you to perform most tasks from your smartphone.

Our Verdict

7.7 Family

The PIXMA TR7520 is a good family printer. Printed photos look great and the cost of printing in color doesn't rise significantly over time. Printing in black-only is also inexpensive; however, it takes a long time to print. It's not the most color-accurate printer, but on the bright side, it has great scanning features and connectivity options.

Pros
  • Great cost-per-print.
  • Great photo printing quality.
  • Outstanding mobile app.
Cons
  • Bad black page yield.
  • Slow printing speed for black and color documents.
  • No duplex scanning.
5.6 Small/Home Office

The PIXMA TR7520 is an inadequate printer for home and small offices. The black ink cartridge runs out pretty quickly, so it needs to be replaced often, and it's also slow at printing black only documents. The Automatic Document Feeder is a big plus, but the lack of duplex scanning can be an issue if you need to process long, double-sided documents.

Pros
  • Great cost-per-print.
  • Great photo printing quality.
  • Outstanding mobile app.
Cons
  • Bad black page yield.
  • Slow printing speed for black and color documents.
  • No duplex scanning.
8.1 Student

The PIXMA TR7520 is a great printer for students. Printing in black only is relatively inexpensive and it's even better for color printing. It's able to push out the first page of a black document fairly quickly, but subsequent pages aren't much faster. You can connect to the printer easily via your existing Wi-Fi network, and Canon's outstanding app lets you access most functions using just your smartphone.

Pros
  • Great cost-per-print.
  • Great photo printing quality.
  • Outstanding mobile app.
Cons
  • Bad black page yield.
  • Slow printing speed for black and color documents.
  • No duplex scanning.
6.3 Black & White

The PIXMA TR7520 is a mediocre printer for printing black and white documents. Although it's relatively inexpensive to print in large numbers, you still have to change the ink cartridge a lot due to the printer's low black page yield. The overall printing speed is rather slow, but on the upside, the two input trays can hold a lot of sheets, so you won't have to reload as often.

Pros
  • Great cost-per-print.
  • Great photo printing quality.
  • Outstanding mobile app.
Cons
  • Bad black page yield.
  • Slow printing speed for black and color documents.
  • No duplex scanning.
7.6 Casual Photo

Pros
  • Great cost-per-print.
  • Great photo printing quality.
  • Outstanding mobile app.
Cons
  • Bad black page yield.
  • Slow printing speed for black and color documents.
  • No duplex scanning.
  • 7.7 Family
  • 5.6 Small/Home Office
  • 8.1 Student
  • 6.3 Black & White
  • 7.6 Casual Photo
  1. Update 6/8/2020: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

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Test Results

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Design
6.5
Design
Build & Design Quality

The PIXMA TR7520 has an okay design. The printer is fully plastic and the power cable is removable, making it easy to replace should it get damaged. The scan lid can stay open on its own without aid, but it can't be extended to scan thicker documents or books. The display console needs to be raised manually when performing a print job and the printer needs to be on to change the cartridges. Due to limited space, the output tray needs to be closed to have access to the front input tray, and both the rear input tray and the output tray feel flimsy. Lastly, removing paper jams can be a pain, as it's only accessible from the back of the printer and involves removing a few pieces before you can get to the jam.

Design
Dimensions
Height 7.5" (19.0 cm)
Width 17.3" (43.9 cm)
Depth 13.8" (35.0 cm)
Weight
17.4 lbs (7.9 kg)

The PIXMA TR7520 is fairly small and is almost identical to the PIXMA TR8520, which is great for small home offices and dorm rooms.

6.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
2.9" (7.4 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

The display console on the PIXMA TR7520 is okay. It's large, touch-sensitive, and there are 'Home' and 'Back' physical buttons to help you navigate. However, there's a bit of lag when navigating the menu, and the display lacks sensitivity, so you have to press hard at times for an action to be registered. The display needs to be tilted upwards during print jobs, as it would otherwise block the output tray, but it also makes it easier to see the display if you have the printer placed on a lower table. If you have trouble loading paper or changing the ink cartridges, there are a few instructional videos that you can access directly on the display to guide you.

Design
In The Box

  • Power cable
  • Telephone cable
  • Setup CD
  • Quick setup guide
  • Functional earth connection kit (Canada only)
  • Set of standard ink cartridges:
    • 1 x PGI 280 Black ink cartridge
    • 1 x CLI 281 Black ink cartridge
    • 1 x CLI 281 Cyan ink cartridge
    • 1 x CLI 281 Magenta ink cartridge
    • 1 x CLI 281 Yellow ink cartridge

6.4
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
Yes
Number Of Color Cartridges
4
Black Cartridge Model
PGI-280
Tested Black Page Yield
10.99 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
208 prints
Color Cartridge Model
CLI-281
Tested Color Page Yield
18.58 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
404 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Yes
High Yield Cartridge
XL and XXL
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The TR7520 has a mediocre cartridge system. The printer runs out of black ink pretty quickly, so it needs to replaced regularly if you print a lot. However, it's able to push out many more color pages before it runs out of ink. Additionally, there are high-yield cartridges available and the printer accepts third party cartridges, although using them may void the manufacturer's warranty.

8.1
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
Yes
Automatic Document Feeder
Yes
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
1200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes

The PIXMA TR7520 has great scanning features. Although it has an automatic document feeder, it can't perform duplex scanning, which makes scanning double-sided documents very time-consuming. When using Canon's IJ software to scan, the default scan resolution is set to 600 DPI. If you want to scan at a higher resolution, you need to access the 'Advanced Mode' in the settings menu and change it manually.

Printing
8.2
Printing
Cost Per Print
Black Cartridge Price
15.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
39.99 US$
Black Only Printing
0.077 US$/print
Color Printing
0.099 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.263 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

The TR7520's cost-per-print is great. The ink cartridges are reasonably priced, so the overall cost over time doesn't rise as quickly even if you print a lot. You can buy the ink cartridges individually, but it's usually cheaper to buy it as a bundle. If you purchase your printer directly from Canon, you're also eligible to enroll in their 'Auto-Replenishment Service' during the checkout process, which is an ink subscription service.

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.

7.3
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
10 PPM
Color Document
7 PPM
Photo Printing Time
38.0 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
9.0 sec
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
200 pages

The PIXMA TR7520 has decent printing speed. When printing black only documents, the first page comes out pretty quickly, but it doesn't get much faster for subsequent pages, and it's the same for color documents. Surprisingly, it prints photos very quickly, even though it's advertised as an all-purpose printer rather than a dedicated photo printer. Also, both trays can hold up to 100 sheets each, so you won't have to reload as often, and it can perform double-sided printing, which can save you a lot of time.

6.9
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
9.99

The PIXMA TR7520 has mediocre color accuracy. Most colors are inaccurate to different degrees, with dark blues and dark greens being the worst offenders. It shouldn't be an issue if you're only printing for personal use or just adding some colors in a document, but for those working in a field that requires precision, it isn't recommended.

8.1
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The PIXMA TR7520 has great photo printing quality. The colors are well-defined and blacks look deep. However, yellows lack a bit of vibrancy.

These results are based on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not be representative of 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

The PIXMA TR7520 supports most common paper sizes up to the standard legal size. There are two input trays and both have width sliders to accommodate different paper sizes.

Mobile App and Connectivity
8.0
Mobile App and Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
No
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
No
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

The Canon PIXMA TR7520 has great connectivity options. You can connect through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, or just use a wired USB connection. There's also a phone line for faxing, but unfortunately, it doesn't support any external storage devices like USB drives and SD cards. The Bluetooth pairing process can be a bit finicky; resetting the printer usually resolves the issue.

9.5
Mobile App and Connectivity
Mobile App Print
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 PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app is outstanding. You can print, copy, and scan directly from the app; and when using the scan function, you can view the scanned image directly on your device. The app can print Microsoft Office files; however, it needs to convert the files first, which can result in some editing issues if the conversion is not done properly.

Compared to other printers

Brother MFC-J497DW
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The Canon PIXMA TR7520 is a much better printer than the Brother MFC-J497DW. The PIXMA TR7520 has more connectivity options, it prints higher-quality photos, and it can yield a lot more color pages, making its overall cost-per-print much lower. Also, the PIXMA TR7520 prints faster overall, especially when it comes to printing photos.

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