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Canon PIXMA TS3520 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jul 14, 2021 at 11:01 am
Canon PIXMA TS3520 Picture
6.3
Family
3.5
Small/Home Office
5.1
Student
4.1
Black & White
7.1
Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The Canon PIXMA TS3520 is an unremarkable all-in-one color inkjet printer designed for families. Its build quality is disappointing, with a flimsy input tray and scan lid, but the scan lid's hinges can lift a little when you need to scan thicker things like magazines or notebooks. Its page yields are poor overall, so the cartridges might often need replacing, and its black text document cost-per-print is one of the highest we've tested, so you might quickly end up paying for the cost of the printer in ink. However, it prints very good-quality photos, with natural tones and reasonably accurate colors, at a great cost-per-print.

Note: The first unit we received was defective and kept us from printing reliably, so we ordered a replacement unit that's been working as expected. If you own the same model and have experienced similar issues, let us know in the discussions below.

Our Verdict

6.3 Family

The Canon PIXMA TS3520 is an unremarkable printer for family use. Its flatbed scanner has a good scan resolution and color depth, and prints very good-quality photos with accurate colors and at a great cost-per-print. However, the printer doesn't accept glossy photo paper larger than 5" x 7", so you can't print large-format photos. Also, its black text document cost-per-print is one of the highest of any printer we've tested, and it can't print from USB flash drives or SD cards.

Pros
  • Photos have very good quality.
  • Very good color document and photo cost-per-print.
  • Flatbed scanner has a good scan resolution and color depth.
Cons
  • Can't print from Bluetooth or external storage.
  • Flimsy build quality.
  • Very low page yields.
3.5 Small/Home Office

The Canon PIXMA TS3520 is a poor printer for office use. It has an awful black page yield and disappointing color page yield, and it prints black text documents slow, although it warms up to print the first page reasonably quickly. However, its 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.

Pros
  • Networking via Wi-Fi.
Cons
  • Disappointing cost-per-print.
  • No automatic document feeder or duplex scanning.
  • Flimsy build quality.
  • Very low page yields.
5.1 Student

The Canon PIXMA TS3520 is a poor printer for student use. While it warms up reasonably quickly to print out the first page, and the cost-per-print for color documents is great, it has one of the highest black text document cost-per-print of any printer that we've tested, so you might quickly end up paying for the cost of the printer in ink. However, it does have a flatbed scanner with a good scan resolution and color depth. While it can't print via Bluetooth or directly from USB flash drives or SD cards, you can use Wi-Fi.

Pros
  • Flatbed scanner has a good scan resolution and color depth.
Cons
  • Can't print from Bluetooth or external storage.
  • Disappointing cost-per-print.
  • Flimsy build quality.
  • Very low page yields.
4.1 Black & White

The Canon PIXMA TS3520 is very bad for black and white printing. Its build quality is disappointing and feels flimsy, it doesn't have an automatic document feeder, and it can't automatically duplex print. It prints black text documents slowly, and its black text document page yield is awful, with the cost-per-print being one of the highest of any printer we've tested. However, it warms up adequately quickly to print the first page.

Pros
  • High-yield cartridges available.
Cons
  • Disappointing cost-per-print.
  • No automatic document feeder or duplex scanning.
  • Flimsy build quality.
  • Very low page yields.
7.1 Photo

The Canon PIXMA TS3520 is a satisfactory printer for casual photo printing. It produces very good-quality photos, with natural color tones and accurate colors at a very good cost-per-print. 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.

Pros
  • Photos have very good quality.
  • Very good color document and photo cost-per-print.
Cons
  • Flimsy build quality.
  • Very low page yields.
  • 6.3 Family
  • 3.5 Small/Home Office
  • 5.1 Student
  • 4.1 Black & White
  • 7.1 Photo
  1. Updated May 03, 2022: Added more information in the Printing Speed box about how to print on both sides of a sheet since the printer doesn't do it automatically.
  2. Updated Mar 23, 2022: Updated the cartridges' prices since they were accidentally inverted. The prices are now correct.
  3. Updated Mar 10, 2022: Updated Cartridge photo to show both cartridges in the printer.
  4. Updated Jan 19, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  5. Updated Jul 14, 2021: Review published.
  6. Updated Jul 08, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
5.5
Design
Build Quality

The Canon PIXMA TS3520 has a disappointing build quality. The body has a smooth finish, but the rear input tray, output slider, and scan lid feel rather flimsy. If you have larger hands, you might have trouble accessing paper jams and cartridges due to the limited space in the front panel. On the bright side, the scan lid stays open on its own, and its hinges can also raise a bit when scanning slightly thicker media like magazines. The power cable is removable, making it easy to replace if it gets damaged, and it also plugs in horizontally rather than sticking out from the rear, which allows you to put it close against walls if you're low on space.

Note: The first unit we bought gave cartridge installation and paper jam errors, even though we verified that everything was clear and properly installed. It 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 below.

Design
Dimensions
Height 5.7" (14.4 cm)
Width 17.1" (43.5 cm)
Depth 12.8" (32.5 cm)
Height When In Use
8.3" (21.0 cm)
Width When In Use
17.1" (43.5 cm)
Depth When In Use
21.5" (54.5 cm)
Weight
8.8 lbs (4.0 kg)
5.5
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Expected
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit
4.0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
1.6" (4.0 cm)
Touchscreen No

The Canon TS3520 has a poor monochrome LCD, which has bad viewing angles and doesn't tilt or swivel. You have to stand up and look down at the printer to see it properly, and it's hard to navigate the menu. Otherwise, there are only a few buttons and indicator lights for basic functions, including switching between wireless connectivity types, starting maintenance, and copying in black or color.

3.0
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
1
Black Cartridge Model
PG-275
Tested Black Page Yield
3.89 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
73 prints
Color Cartridge Model
CL-276
Tested Color Page Yield
5.95 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
126 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Not Found At Time Of The Review
Ink Type
Dye And Pigment
High Yield Cartridge
Yes

Update 03/10/2022: Originally, only one of the printer's cartridges was visible in the photo above. The updated photo now shows both.

The Canon PIXMA TS3520 has terrible black page yields and disappointing color page yields. You'll need to replace the cartridges very often if you frequently print in black, and since there's only one color cartridge, you'll need to replace the entire cartridge even if you run out of just one color of ink. However, there are high-yield versions of the cartridges, which should let you print more pages before needing to be replaced, though we haven't tested them.

5.0
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Flatbed Extendable Hinges
0.35" (9 mm)
Automatic Document Feeder
No
ADF Capacity
N/A
Scan Speed
1 PPM
Duplex Scanning
No
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Yes (Built-in)

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 built-in OCR technology that lets you save your scans as searchable PDFs. You can also save them as JPEG or TXT files. There are a few mistakes in the final result, but it's mostly seen 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.

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

The Canon PIXMA TS3520 has high resolution and color depth. Note that the printer saves to PDF by default, but you can change the output to jpeg. In the Canon IJ Scan Utility software, select the ScanGear option, then choose Document (Color) as the source. You can click Preview to change the document's orientation before scanning.

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

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.

Design
In The Box

  • Getting Started guide
  • 3x 4" x 6" Photo Paper Plus Glossy II sheets
  • Power cord
  • Standard ink cartridges:
    • 1x PG-275 black
    • 1x CL-276 color

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A
Document
5.1
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
15.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
20.99 US$
Black Only Printing
0.219 US$/print
Color Printing
0.167 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.447 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

The Canon PIXMA TS3520's cost-per-print is disappointingly high, and its black cost-per-print is especially high. This means you'll quickly pay for the price of the printer in replacement ink if you print in black frequently. The cost-per-print for photos and color documents is much better in comparison.

4.6
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
7 PPM
Color Document
2 PPM
Photo Printing Time
66.0 s
Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
15.5 s
Duplex Printing
Manual
Input Tray Capacity
60 pages

The Canon TS3520 prints at a poor speed, with black and color documents being awfully slow. However, it's not bad for photos, and it also takes a reasonably short time to print a one-page document. It can't print double-sided automatically; however, once it prints on one side of all your sheets, you're prompted to flip over the stack and reinsert it as instructed to print the second side.

Document
Document Sample
Color Ink Needed for Black & White
No
Photo
8.0
Photo
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

Update 01/25/2022: We added a 8.5" x 11" photo quality sample. However, the printer doesn't accept glossy photo paper larger than 5" x 7", so we printed it on regular copy paper.

The Canon TS3520 prints photos with very good quality. The color tones look natural, but there's a bit of color in the grayscale. There's also a very small amount of grain that's more pronounced in certain areas. 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.

6.9
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
6.37

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.

6.5
Photo
Color Gamut
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 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 the app.

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

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

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.

Compared To Other Printers

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 in comparison. It also prints very good-looking photos with reasonably accurate colors.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best home printers, the best all-in-one printers, and the best inkjet printers.

Canon PIXMA MG3620

The Canon PIXMA TS3520 and the Canon PIXMA MG3620 are similar all-in-one color inkjet printers. The TS3520 produces somewhat better-looking pictures since blacks don't look as brown. On the other hand, the MG3620 has much better page yields and a significantly lower overall cost-per-print, it prints faster, and it supports automatic duplex printing. Also, aside from the inaccuracy when printing black, its accuracy for other colors is better than the TR3520.

Canon PIXMA TR4520

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 it can automatically print double-sided. Also, it has an automatic document feeder and can fax. On the other hand, the TS3520 has a better cost-per-print for color documents and photos.

HP DeskJet 3755

The Canon PIXMA TS3520 and the HP DeskJet 3755 are both all-in-one color inkjet printers. The HP has a much more compact design, a higher black page yield, and half the black text document cost-per-print. On the other hand, while the Canon doesn't have a sheetfed scanner like the HP does, it does have a flatbed scanner with a higher scan resolution. The Canon is a better choice for photo printing since its photos have nicer quality. Also, it has a much higher color page yield, so you won't need to replace the cartridges as often if you print a lot of pictures.

HP DeskJet 2755e

The Canon PIXMA TS3520 and the HP DeskJet 2755e are both all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the Canon is better for photos and families, while the HP is better for students. The Canon has a higher color document page yield at a significantly lower cost-per-print, and it produces much better-quality photos. Its flatbed scanner lid's hinges can raise for scanning slightly thicker objects. On the other hand, the HP has a better black page yield and black text document cost-per-print.

Canon PIXMA TR4720

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.

Canon PIXMA TS6420

The Canon PIXMA TS3520 and the Canon PIXMA TS6420 are both all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the TS6420 is better overall. The TS6420 has higher page yields and a much lower cost-per-print, prints faster, and produces nicer-looking photos. Also, it has a better display, and it can automatically print double-sided.

Epson Expression Home XP-4100

The Canon PIXMA TS3520 and the Epson Expression Home XP-4100 are both all-in-one color inkjet printers. The Canon is significantly better for printing photos, while the Epson is better for students and families. The Canon has a better color document and photo cost-per-print, and it prints better quality photos at a faster speed. On the other hand, the Epson has a much better page yield and cost-per-print for black text documents, and it prints documents much faster.

Canon PIXMA TS5320

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 it can automatically print double-sided and via Bluetooth.

HP DeskJet 2755

The Canon PIXMA TS3520 and the HP DeskJet 2755 are all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the Canon is better for family and casual photo printing use, while the HP is better for students. The Canon has a higher color document page yield at a significantly lower cost-per-print, and it prints much better-looking photos. The flatbed scanner lid's hinges can raise for scanning slightly thicker objects. On the other hand, the HP has a better black page yield and half the black text document cost-per-print.

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