Canon PIXMA TS5320 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Jun 01, 2020 at 08:32 am
Canon PIXMA TS5320 Picture
7.1
Family
3.9
Small/Home Office
7.2
Student
5.0
Black & White
7.5
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The Canon PIXMA TS5320 is a sub-par multi-purpose printer. While it can print great-looking photos full of vibrant colors, its black and color page yields are rather low, which means that you have to replace the ink cartridges often if you print on a regular basis. Its printing speed is slow, even for black-only documents, and scanning long documents can be frustrating, as it lacks an Automatic Document Feeder. On the bright side, it has great connectivity options and Canon's outstanding mobile app lets you perform most tasks using just your smartphone. If you want to add a splash of color to your surroundings, this printer is also available in a nice minty green or pink.

Our Verdict

7.1 Family

The Canon PIXMA TS5320 is an okay family printer. Its photo printing quality is great, as they look vibrant and detailed, but it can be quite expensive if you print a lot, since there's only one color cartridge. The scanner's lid can be extended a bit if you need to scan thicker documents; however, there's no Automatic Document Feeder.

Pros
  • Great photo printing quality.
  • Outstanding mobile app.
  • Great connectivity options.
Cons
  • Poor cartridge system.
  • Mediocre scanning features.
3.9 Small/Home Office

The Canon PIXMA TS5320 is a bad printer for home or small offices. Its black page yield is quite low and although its color page yield is slightly better, there's only one color cartridge, so you still have to replace the ink cartridges often if you're to print in large numbers. Printing speed is slow for both black and color documents, and the scanner's lack of an Automatic Document Feeder makes scanning long documents a time-consuming process.

Pros
  • Great photo printing quality.
  • Outstanding mobile app.
  • Great connectivity options.
Cons
  • Poor cartridge system.
  • Mediocre scanning features.
7.2 Student

The Canon PIXMA TS5320 is a decent printer for students. Its cost-per-print for black only documents is mediocre due to the cartridge's low yield, so it gets expensive if you have to print a lot. It's also very slow at printing, which isn't ideal if you need to hand in a paper quickly. However, its wide connectivity options let you connect through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and Canon's mobile app lets you print your assignments directly from your smartphone.

Pros
  • Great photo printing quality.
  • Outstanding mobile app.
  • Great connectivity options.
Cons
  • Poor cartridge system.
  • Mediocre scanning features.
5.0 Black & White

The Canon PIXMA TS5320 is a poor printer for printing black and white documents. It's quite slow at printing black and white documents and it doesn't yield a lot of pages before you need to change the ink cartridge. Thankfully, the printer accepts high-yield cartridges and it can perform double-sided printing.

Pros
  • Great photo printing quality.
  • Outstanding mobile app.
  • Great connectivity options.
Cons
  • Poor cartridge system.
  • Mediocre scanning features.
7.5 Casual Photo

Pros
  • Great photo printing quality.
  • Outstanding mobile app.
  • Great connectivity options.
Cons
  • Poor cartridge system.
  • Mediocre scanning features.
  • 7.1 Family
  • 3.9 Small/Home Office
  • 7.2 Student
  • 5.0 Black & White
  • 7.5 Casual Photo
  1. Update 6/8/2020: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
6.0
Design
Build & Design Quality

The PIXMA TS5320 has a passable build and design. The printer is entirely made of plastic, with a smooth finish that feels good. There's both a front and rear input tray, and both have width sliders to accommodate different paper sizes. However, the rear input tray feels a bit flimsy and could potentially snap if pressure is applied. Also, the output tray can be difficult to access if you have large hands, as the cutout to pull the tray out is quite small. The scanner lid's hinges can be extended slightly if you need to scan thicker documents, and the lid can stay open without needing to be held. Unfortunately, the printer must be turned on to change the ink cartridges, and paper jams aren't easy to get to, as it involves removing several pieces before you can get to the jam.

Design
Dimensions
Height 5.8" (14.7 cm)
Width 15.8" (40.1 cm)
Depth 14.2" (36.0 cm)
Weight
14.1 lbs (6.4 kg)

The TS5320 is pretty compact and shouldn't take up much desk space, making it suitable for small home offices or dorm rooms.

6.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
1.5" (3.7 cm)
Touchscreen No

The display console on the TS5320 is okay. Its OLED screen is easy to read and the display can tilt for better visibility, although the tilt range is rather limited. The display is small and it isn't touch-sensitive, so you can only navigate the menus using the surrounding buttons. That said, the menus are fairly easy to navigate.

Design
In The Box

  • Power cable
  • Installation CD
  • 1 x Canon PG-260 Black ink cartridge
  • 1 x Canon CL-261 Color ink cartridge
  • 5" x 5" Photo paper sample pack (3 sheets)
  • User guide

4.0
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
1
Black Cartridge Model
PG-260
Tested Black Page Yield
7.71 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
146 prints
Color Cartridge Model
CL-261
Tested Color Page Yield
8.34 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
191 prints
Third Party Cartridge
No
High Yield Cartridge
XL
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The PIXMA TS5320's cartridge system is bad. It only has one color cartridge, and both black and color page yields are low, so the cartridges need to be replaced often if you print a lot. Thankfully, there are high-yield cartridges available. It's worth noting that print jobs are not interrupted when the printer is out of ink, it just continues pushing out blank pages.

We were unable to find any third-party ink cartridges for testing. If you come across them, please let us know in the discussions below. Do note that using third-party ink can void the manufacturer's warranty.

6.2
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
No
Automatic Document Feeder
No
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
1200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes

The TS5320 has mediocre scanning features. It's fairly basic, as it only has a flatbed, so scanning long or double-sided documents can be extremely time-consuming. The scanner's lid can be raised slightly if you need to scan thicker documents.

Note that the 'Quick Scan' feature scans at a maximum resolution of 600 DPI. To scan at a higher resolution, you need to access the 'Advanced Mode' in the settings menu and change the output resolution.

Printing
7.1
Printing
Cost Per Print
Black Cartridge Price
17.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
24.99 US$
Black Only Printing
0.123 US$/print
Color Printing
0.131 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.347 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

The PIXMA TS5320's cost-per-print is decent. Due to the cartridges' low yield, you end up having to replace them more often, increasing the cost significantly over time.

Keep in mind that even if you only print in black, most inkjet printers continue using the color cartridge for servicing tasks, so you'll likely still need to replace it eventually.

6.0
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
6 PPM
Color Document
3 PPM
Photo Printing Time
56.0 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
13.0 sec
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
200 pages

The PIXMA TS5320 has a mediocre printing speed. It's pretty slow at printing nearly everything, whether it's black only or in color. On the bright side, the input tray can hold a good amount of paper and it can perform double-sided printing.

6.5
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
10.36

The Canon PIXMA TS5320 has mediocre color accuracy. Most colors are noticeably inaccurate, with blues and greens being the worse. It may not be bothersome for those who are just printing for personal use, but it isn't recommended for any work that requires precise color reproduction.

8.1
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The Canon PIXMA TS5320 has great photo printing quality. There's a good amount of detail and photos have a natural tone to them. However, some color is present in the grayscale.

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 Canon PIXMA TS5320 has a front input tray that supports most paper sizes and envelopes, and it has a rear, vertical input tray that accepts regular and photo paper. The front output tray can be manually extended to accommodate larger 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 TS5320 has great connectivity options. It supports most wireless connections, including Bluetooth, but it lacks an ethernet port and it doesn't support any external storage devices like an SD card or portable USB drive.

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. It allows you to print, scan, and copy directly from the app. You can also print from social media and photo sharing sites, as well as perform maintenance tasks and order ink, although Canon doesn't offer any ink subscription service at this time. The app has an option to print .txt files; however, it caused an error and prevented us from proceeding any further. While Microsoft Office files are supported, the app needs to convert them first and can potentially result in some editing issues.

Compared to other printers

HP ENVY 5055
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Amazon.com

The Canon PIXMA TS5320 is much better than the HP ENVY 5055. Although the PIXMA TS5320 also has a two-cartridge system, it can yield many more pages of black and color prints, keeping the long-term cost reasonably low. The PIXMA TS5320 has better photo printing quality and has wider connectivity options, but the ENVY 5055 has much better color accuracy.

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