Canon PIXMA TS3520 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Jul 14, 2021 at 11:01 am
Canon PIXMA TS3520 Picture
6.2
Family
3.1
Small/Home Office
4.1
Student
2.9
Black & White
7.4
Casual 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. 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 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

6.2 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, 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 and accurate colors.
  • 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.
  • Disappointing and flimsy build quality.
  • Very low page yields.
3.1 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
  • Very bad black text document cost-per-print.
  • No automatic document feeder or duplex scanning.
  • Disappointing and flimsy build quality.
  • Very low page yields.
4.1 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.
  • Very bad black text document cost-per-print.
  • Disappointing and flimsy build quality.
  • Very low page yields.
2.9 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
  • Very bad black text document cost-per-print.
  • No automatic document feeder or duplex scanning.
  • Disappointing and flimsy build quality.
  • Very low page yields.
7.4 Casual 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.

Pros
  • Photos have very good quality and accurate colors.
  • Very good color document and photo cost-per-print.
Cons
  • Disappointing and flimsy build quality.
  • Very low page yields.
  • 6.2 Family
  • 3.1 Small/Home Office
  • 4.1 Student
  • 2.9 Black & White
  • 7.4 Casual Photo
  1. Updated Jul 14, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Jul 08, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
5.5
Design
Build & Design 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)
Weight
8.8 lbs (4.0 kg)
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.

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

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
No
High Yield Cartridge
XL
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

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.

6.2
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
No
Automatic Document Feeder
No
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 Bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes

The Canon TS3520 has passable scanning features. It has a flatbed scanner, which has a good scan resolution and color depth. Since it lacks an automatic document feeder, processing multi-page documents could be tedious.

Printing
4.3
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
20.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
15.99 US$
Black Only Printing
0.288 US$/print
Color Printing
0.127 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.34 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

The Canon PIXMA TS3520's cost-per-print for black text documents is terrible, and it's one of the highest of any printer we've tested. 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 very good in comparison.

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.

4.1
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)
14.7 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 warm up and print the first page, so you won't have to wait too long.

7.6
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
9.41

The Canon PIXMA TS3520 prints colors with good accuracy overall and should be fine for casual use. However, it isn't recommended for tasks that require professional-grade color reproduction.

7.8
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

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 scenes.

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

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.

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 TS3520 is compatible with the superb 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.

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 very good. It also prints very good-looking photos with 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 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, produces much better-looking photos, and 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 produces more accurate colors.

Canon PIXMA MG3620

The Canon PIXMA TS3520 and the Canon PIXMA MG3620 are similar all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the TS3520 is better for printing photos, while the MG3620 is better for families and students. The TS3520 produces somewhat better-looking pictures with much more accurate colors and can print via Wi-Fi Direct. The MG3620, on the other hand, has much better page yields, a significantly lower overall cost-per-print, prints faster, and can automatically print double-sided.

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, can automatically print double-sided, and can print via Bluetooth. On the other hand, the TS3520 produces significantly more accurate-looking colors, but it still isn't suitable for tasks that require exact color reproduction.

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, and it produces much more accurate colors.

HP DeskJet 3755

The Canon PIXMA TS3520 and the HP DeskJet 3755 are both all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the HP is better overall. The HP has a much more compact design, has a higher black page yield, half the black text document cost-per-print, and although it produces somewhat lower-quality photos, it produces much more accurate-looking colors. 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. Also, it has a much higher color page yield and a much better cost-per-print for color documents and photos.

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, it prints faster, and it produces nicer-looking photos. Also, it has a better display, and it can automatically print double-sided and via Bluetooth. On the other hand, the TS3520 produces significantly more accurate-looking colors, but it still isn't suitable for tasks that require exact color reproduction.

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 photos faster, with better quality and more accurate colors. 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.

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, and it prints significantly more accurate colors.

Canon PIXMA TR4720

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.

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