The Canon PIXMA TS3520 is a budget all-in-one color inkjet printer. It uses a two-cartridge system with a black and tri-color cartridge. It has a high-resolution scanner with lid hinges that extend to accommodate thicker items, but it lacks an automatic feeder and fax functionality. It connects via Wi-Fi or USB, supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service, and is compatible with Canon's PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY mobile companion app. It comes in black or white, and there's also a Walmart-exclusive version, the Canon PIXMA TS3522.
The Canon PIXMA TS3520 is mediocre for family use. It has decent connectivity options and prints very good-quality photos with reasonable color accuracy. However, it doesn't yield many black or color pages, meaning you'll have to replace the ink cartridges fairly often, resulting in high maintenance costs. Also, while its scanner has a high scan resolution and color depth, the quality of scanned images is mediocre.
The Canon PIXMA TS3520 is bad for office use. It has a low black and color page yield, and its printing speed is slow. The build quality is disappointing, the cartridges and paper jams are difficult to reach, and it doesn't have an automatic document feeder or an Ethernet port.
The Canon PIXMA TS3520 is inadequate for student use. While it warms up reasonably quickly to print out the first page, its overall printing speed is slow, so it isn't the best for printing out a long essay. The ink cartridges run out pretty quickly, which means you'll have to replace them often, resulting in more maintenance and higher cost of ownership. The scanner lid's hinges can extend for thicker items like textbooks, and while the quality of the scan isn't great, it's good enough for text documents.
The Canon PIXMA TS3520 is bad for black and white printing. It has a plastic build that feels flimsy, prints slowly, and can't automatically duplex print. Also, its black page yield is awful, with the cost-per-print being one of the highest of any printer we've tested.
The Canon PIXMA TS3520 is decent for casual photo printing. It produces very good-quality photos, with natural color tones and reasonably accurate colors. However, there's a bit of color in the grayscale and a small amount of grain that's more pronounced in certain scenes. Also, the printer doesn't accept glossy photo paper larger than 5" x 7", so you can't print large-format photos. The cost-per-print for photo printing is decent, although it'll still add up quickly if you print a lot.
We tested the Canon PIXMA TS3520 in white, but it also comes in black. It's closely related to the Canon PIXMA TS3522, which is identical but comes in a black-and-white design and is the Walmart-exclusive version. You can see our unit's label here.
The Canon PIXMA TS3520 is an unremarkable all-in-one color inkjet printer for family use. Although its black page yield and black text document cost-per-print are terrible, its color document and photo cost-per-print are much better. It also prints very good-looking photos with reasonably accurate colors.
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The Canon PIXMA TS3520 is better than the HP DeskJet 2755e for most uses. The Canon's scanner has extendable lid hinges to accommodate thicker objects, a feature that the HP lacks, and it also produces higher-quality scans. The Canon prints better quality documents and photos as it has a wider color range and can reproduce finer details.
The Canon PIXMA TS3520 and the HP DeskJet 3755/3772 are all-in-one color inkjet printers. The HP has a much more compact design, but it doesn't have a flatbed scanner, which the TS3520 has. The TS3520 prints better-looking photos and costs less to print in color; however, the HP has a higher black page yield, so it's a better choice if you only need to print in black.
The Canon PIXMA TR4720 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, 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.
The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is much better than the Canon PIXMA TS3520 for most uses. The MG3620 produces better-quality documents and photos, prints faster, and yields more pages, making its cost per print much lower. It also produces higher-quality scans and supports more paper sizes.
The Canon PIXMA MG2522 and the Canon PIXMA TS3520 are both budget all-in-one inkjet printers. The MG2522 is better for printing quality and cost per print; however, it doesn't support wireless printing via Wi-Fi and isn't compatible with any mobile app, features that are present on the TS3520.
The Epson Expression Home XP-4100 is better than the Canon PIXMA TS3520 for most uses. The Epson has a sturdier build and a better display, and its ink cartridges yield more prints, making it more cost-effective in the long run. The Epson also produces higher-quality documents and photos. That said, the Epson requires more maintenance as its printheads clog very quickly.
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 and can automatically print double-sided. It also has an automatic document feeder and prints better quality photos.
The Canon PIXMA TS3520 and the Canon PIXMA TS5320 are all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the TS5320 is better overall. The TS5320 has higher page yields and a much lower cost-per-print for black text documents, and it prints faster. Also, it has a better display and can automatically print double-sided and via Bluetooth.
The Canon PIXMA TS3520's build quality is sub-par. It's entirely plastic and feels flimsy, especially the rear input tray, output slider, and scanner's lid. You can access the ink cartridges and paper jams from the front panel, but there's very little space to maneuver, so people with large hands might have a bit more trouble. The scanner's lid stays open on its own, and its hinges can also extend a bit to accommodate slightly thicker media like magazines and textbooks. The power cable is removable, making it easy to replace if it gets damaged. It also plugs in horizontally rather than sticking out from the rear, which allows you to put the printer closer to the wall.
The first unit we bought gave cartridge installation and paper jam errors, even though we verified that everything was clear and properly installed. It also made loud grinding noises and would not print. We labeled it as defective and ordered a new one, which has been working as expected. If you have the same model and are experiencing similar issues, let us know in the discussions.
The Canon PIXMA TS3520 requires a fair amount of maintenance to keep the printer in working order. There are built-in functions to help you, like deep cleaning, print head alignment, roller cleaning, and bottom plate cleaning. You can access the sheet rollers and ink cartridges from the front panel, though the opening is quite small, making it hard for people with large hands to reach paper jams and the ink cartridges. You'll likely have to replace the ink cartridges often as they don't yield many prints before they run out, and the printer needs to be on when you change them. The input tray holds 60 sheets of paper, so you might have to refill it often if you print a lot. You can access the online user manuals here.
The Canon TS3520 has a tiny monochrome display. It has bad viewing angles and doesn't tilt or swivel, so you have to stand up and look down at the printer to see it properly. Also, it's hard to navigate the settings menu. There are only a few buttons and indicator lights for basic functions, including switching between wireless connectivity types, starting maintenance tasks, and copying in black or color.
The Canon PIXMA TS3520's ink cartridges yield very few black or color prints before they run out, meaning you'll need to replace them very often. Also, since there's only one color cartridge, you'll need to replace the entire cartridge even if you run out of just one color. On the bright side, there are high-yield versions of the cartridges that'll last longer.
The Canon TS3520 has a flatbed scanner only. Its lid's hinges can extend a little to scan thick items like a thin book or notebook. The scanner has a built-in OCR (optical character recognition) feature that lets you save your scans as searchable PDFs, JPEGs, or TXT files. Its character recognition isn't perfect as it does make mistakes, but it's mostly in math equations and subscript text. Unfortunately, it doesn't have an automatic document feeder, so scanning a multi-page document will take a long time, especially if the sheets are double-sided.
The Canon PIXMA TS3520's scan quality is mediocre. The scanned images have very high contrast and brighter colors than the original document. The scanner doesn't pick up a lot of fine details, like the SAMPLE watermark or the background lines on the graph, and colored areas look grainy and pixelated. You can get a better quality scan using the 'Photo' preset, but it'll also pick up the color and texture of the paper. The printer saves scans as PDFs by default, but you can change the output to JPEG. To do so, select the ScanGear option in the Canon IJ Scan Utility software, then choose 'Document (Color)' as the source. You can click 'Preview' to change the document's orientation before scanning.
The Canon PIXMA TS3520 prints black and white documents decently well. There's a significant amount of banding when printing in the 'Standard' quality mode as each printed section overlaps the previous one to avoid gaps. However, this isn't an issue when printing in the 'High Quality' mode because it prints each section slightly more faded with the new section overlapping half of the previous section, thus reducing the appearance of lines and defects. It struggles with bright or pale colors, like the yellow and orange colors in the title of the sample page, and there's also a lot of noise throughout, causing small details to appear fuzzy. If you need an inkjet printer that produces higher-quality black and white documents, check out the Epson Expression Home XP-5200.
The Canon PIXMA TS3520 prints color documents well. There are a lot of fine details; however, the whole print looks pale, and text isn't very crisp. There's some banding, but not enough to be distracting.
The Canon PIXMA TS3520's cost-per-print is very high due to the ink cartridges' low page yield. It's better for photo and color printing than for black-only, but it'll still add up quickly if you print a lot. There's an optional ink subscription plan called PIXMA Print Plan, which will deliver new ink cartridges to you when you run low. If you want a similar printer with a lower cost per print, check out the Canon PIXMA MG2522.
The Canon TS3520 prints slowly, whether it's a black-only or color document. However, it's not too bad with photos and doesn't take too long to wake up from sleep and get a single page out. It can't print double-sided automatically, so to print on both sides, you have to wait until it finishes printing on one side of all your sheets, then flip over the stack and reinsert it as instructed to print the second side. If you need a printer that supports automatic duplex printing, check out the Epson Expression Home XP-4200.
The Canon PIXMA TS3520 only has a rear input tray, which Canon specifies can hold up to either 60 plain sheets or 20 sheets of glossy 4" x 6" paper.
The printer doesn't accept glossy paper larger than 5" x 7", so you can't print on 8" x 10" photo paper. That said, you can still print this size on regular copy paper, so we listed the test result as 'Yes'.
The Canon PIXMA TS3520 has an okay color gamut. The zigzag line is only partially visible in the blues and reds. The black area at the bottom doesn't extend far enough, while the white area extends too far, especially in the purple region. It means that the printer has trouble reproducing dark and saturated colors. Although it isn't noticeable in the photo, the transition between colors isn't very smooth.
The Canon PIXMA TS3520 is okay at reproducing colors. While blues, blacks, and browns are the most inaccurate, they still look good enough for casual use.
The Canon TS3520 is compatible with the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app, which lets you print most file types and scan and copy on the flatbed from your phone. You can also order ink and view scanned sheets directly from your device. Unfortunately, you can't print TXT files or HTML files from either version of the app.