Canon PIXMA TS9520 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Oct 06, 2020 at 08:33 am
Canon PIXMA TS9520 Picture
8.2
Family
6.0
Small/Home Office
7.9
Student
6.4
Black & White
7.9
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The Canon PIXMA TS9520 is a great printer for family use that's also a great choice for casual photo printing and college students. It's relatively compact, which means you can easily fit it onto a desk or a shelf and it has a wide range of connectivity options. It prints amazing-looking photos, with deep blacks and vibrant colors and the overall cost-per-print for color is even more affordable than black-only. It also has both a flatbed and sheetfed scanner, so you can easily copy multi-page documents as well as small textbooks and photos. It has an automatic document feeder, which is great for lengthy multi-page documents, but there's no duplex scanning, meaning you'll have to manually flip over double-sided pages. Unfortunately, the cartridges have a low yield, meaning you'll have to change them often. Also, printing speed is only okay, with color documents taking much longer than black and white.

Our Verdict

8.2 Family

The Canon PIXMA TS9520 is a great printer for family use. The quality of the photos it can produce is excellent due to vibrant colors and deep blacks, and the cost of printing in black offers good value. Replacing the ink cartridges is fairly inexpensive. It has a flatbed scanner, which is ideal for scanning fragile photos. Also, it features a wide variety of connectivity options, including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Pros
  • Amazing photo quality.
  • Affordable cartridges.
  • Outstanding connectivity options.
Cons
  • Low page yield.
  • Slow printing speed.
6.0 Small/Home Office

The Canon TS9520 is a mediocre printer for small and home offices. The black ink cartridge has a poor yield, meaning you'll have to replace it often, and while the color page yield is nearly double that of the black, it's still not remarkably high. Printing speed is only okay for black and white documents and is slower with color. It has an automatic document feeder, but it lacks duplex scanning. The printer is made of solid, sturdy plastic, but access to potential paper jams isn't intuitive or user-friendly.

Pros
  • Very good cost-per-print.
  • Affordable cartridges.
  • Automatic document feeder.
  • Outstanding connectivity options.
Cons
  • Low page yield.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • No duplex scanning.
7.9 Student

The Canon PIXMA TS9520 is a very good printer for students. The overall cost-per-print of printing in black is reasonably affordable and the cartridges are fairly inexpensive. There's also a wide variety of connectivity options, including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and you can even connect to the printer from your mobile device by using the companion app. However, the first page of a print comes out rather slowly and doesn't really get any faster on subsequent pages. Also, the cartridges have a low page yield, so you'll have to replace them often.

Pros
  • Very good cost-per-print.
  • Affordable cartridges.
  • Automatic document feeder.
  • Outstanding connectivity options.
Cons
  • Low page yield.
  • Slow printing speed.
6.4 Black & White

The Canon TS9520 is a mediocre printer for printing black and white documents. While the overall cost-per-print is quite affordable, the cartridge has a low yield, meaning you'll have to replace it often. The printing speed is also rather slow, but on the upside, the scanner includes an automatic document feeder, which will make scanning multi-page documents much easier. The printer is made of solid, sturdy plastic, but access to paper jams isn't user-friendly.

Pros
  • Very good cost-per-print.
  • Affordable cartridges.
Cons
  • Low page yield.
  • Slow printing speed.
7.9 Casual Photo

The Canon PIXMA TS9520 is a very good printer for casual photos. It can print out amazing-looking photos, which feature vibrant colors and deep blacks. It supports most photo paper formats while its color accuracy should be decent enough for casual use.

Pros
  • Amazing photo quality.
  • Affordable cartridges.
Cons
  • Low page yield.
  • Can't print 2" x 3" photo paper.
  • 8.2 Family
  • 6.0 Small/Home Office
  • 7.9 Student
  • 6.4 Black & White
  • 7.9 Casual Photo

Test Results

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Design
6.0
Design
Build & Design Quality

The Canon PIXMA TS9520 has a mediocre build quality. It's made out of solid plastic and the scanner lid doesn't close on itself when fully opened. The rear input tray has sliders to accommodate multiple paper and photo sizes. On the other hand, both the rear and front input trays feel flimsy. Also, the display screen needs to be manually raised to extend the output tray to begin printing. To fix a paper jam, you have to lift the document feeder, open the rear, and remove the plastic casing, which can be inconvenient. The scanner lid also can't be extended upwards to accommodate books or manuals.

Design
Dimensions
Height 7.5" (19.0 cm)
Width 18.5" (47.0 cm)
Depth 14.2" (36.0 cm)
Weight
21.4 lbs (9.7 kg)

The Canon TS9520 is a relatively compact printer. Its size should be suitable for home offices or student dorms, but it requires a bit more space to house it on a shelf or desk.

8.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
4.3" (10.8 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

The Canon PIXMA TS9520 has an excellent display. It features a large LCD touchscreen with great viewing angles, whether you're seated or standing, and one physical power button to the left of it. The icons on the menu are very big and easy to understand and there are even instructional videos within the interface for loading paper and changing the ink cartridges.

Design
In The Box

  • Canon PIXMA TS9520
  • Power cord
  • Installation CD
  • 3 x Sample pack of 4x6 photo paper
    • 1x PGI-280 Photo Black
    • 1x CLI-281 Cyan
    • 1x CLI-281 Magenta
    • 1x CLI-281 Yellow
    • 1x CLI-281 Black

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

The Canon 9520 has an acceptable ink cartridge system. It has five cartridges, comprised of black and the usual four colors. Unfortunately, the black page yield isn't very high and will need replacing often. Interestingly, the color page yield is almost double that of the black ink's. There are also XL and XXL high yield cartridges available, should you wish to increase the yield. It also accepts third-party ink, but using that may void the warranty.

7.9
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
No
Copy
Yes

The Canon TS9520 has very good scanner features. It has a flatbed scanner, which is great for scanning fragile items like old photos, and a sheetfed scanner, which features an automatic document feeder that will make processing multi-page documents much easier. The printer is capable of scanning at 1200 DPI, but you have to change the scanner settings using Canon IJ Scan Utility to do this. Unfortunately, it does lack duplex scanning, which means you'll have to manually flip double-sided pages, and there are no fax capabilities.

Printing
7.9
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
15.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
52.99 US$
Black Only Printing
0.077 US$/print
Color Printing
0.131 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.349 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

Cost-per-print is very good. The cost of black-only cartridges is quite affordable and printing in monochrome offers a good value for an inkjet printer. Likewise, it offers good value when printing in color, whether that be adding a splash of color to a document or printing photos for the family album. The color cartridge price includes four colors, but they can also be purchased separately.

6.9
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
10 PPM
Color Document
4 PPM
Photo Printing Time
39.4 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
10.7 sec
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
200 pages

The Canon TS9520's printing speed is only okay. The first page of a print comes out fairly slowly and subsequent pages aren't much faster. One 4" x 6" photo, on the other hand, can be printed in under forty seconds, which is very good.

7.1
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
9.86

The Canon TS9520's color accuracy is decent enough for those printing casual photos or adding a splash of color to documents. However, it's not recommended for those who depend on precise coloring as part of their profession.

8.7
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The Canon PIXMA TS9520's printing quality is excellent. Blacks are deep and colors are nice and vibrant. Also, there's no banding and only a bit of graininess.

Printing
Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") Yes
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 TS9520 has two input trays, one in the front and one in the rear, that support a wide variety of paper and photo sizes.

Mobile App And Connectivity
9.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
No
External Storage Support
Yes
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

The Canon PIXMA TS9520 has outstanding connectivity options. You can connect to it over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, and Ethernet. If you're on a mobile device, it's also compatible with Apple AirPrint and Morpria Print Service. Also, it has external storage support, meaning you can print files off an SD card.

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 PIXMA TS9520 is compatible with the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY mobile app, which is available on both Android and iOS. You can print, scan, and copy from the app, as well as order replacement ink cartridges.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

There's a variant available with some extra features geared towards crafters, the Canon PIXMA TS9521C, but we haven't tested this model and aren't sure how it performs. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The Canon PIXMA TS9520 is an all-in-one inkjet printer. It's comparable to the cheaper Canon PIXMA TR8520 and performs almost identically to it, but it lacks integrated fax. Its input tray can accommodate tabloid-sized papers, and unlike other printers in Canon's TS series, includes an automatic document feeder. For other options, see our recommendations for the best photo printers, the best home printers, and the best printers for small businesses.

Canon PIXMA TR8520

The Canon PIXMA TR8520 is marginally better than Canon PIXMA TS9520 and performs nearly identically to it. The 8520 has integrated fax and is generally available at a cheaper price. That said, the 9520 can print out color photos faster and its input tray can hold more pages.

Canon PIXMA TR8620

The Canon PIXMA TS9520 and Canon PIXMA TR8620 are both great family printers with excellent photo quality. The TR8620 has a higher black page yield, a lower cost-per-print, a fax feature, and it can print via Wi-Fi Direct. On the other hand, TS9520 has a higher color page yield and better color accuracy. Also, the TS9520 can print tabloid-size paper.

Canon PIXMA TS8320

The Canon PIXMA TS9520 is a better printer than the Canon PIXMA TS8320. The 9520 has a sheetfed scanner and an automatic document feeder. On the other hand, the TS8320 has a lower cost-per-print for photos and it can print them much faster.

Canon PIXMA TS9120

The Canon PIXMA TS9520 is a better printer than the Canon PIXMA TS9120. The 9520 has a sheetfed scanner and an automatic document feeder. On the other hand, the 9120's cost-per-print for photos and color documents is cheaper.

Brother MFC-J995DW

The Brother MFC-J995DW is a better printer than the Canon PIXMA TS9520. The Brother's cost-per-print is much more affordable and it has integrated fax. On the other hand, the Canon has Bluetooth support and prints better quality photos with superior color accuracy. 

Canon PIXMA TS8220

The Canon PIXMA TS9520 is a better printer than the Canon PIXMA TS8220. The 9520 has a sheetfed scanner and an automatic document feeder. That said, the 8220 has a more affordable cost-per-print for photo printing and can print them much faster.

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