The Canon Pixma TR7520 Wireless Home Office All-In-One Printer ($179.99) offers comparable print quality and speed to the Editors’ Choice Canon Pixma TR8520, but it has a more basic feature set, and costs $20 less. The TR7520 lacks the Ethernet connectivity and the ability to print from SD cards found in the TR8520, and has a more modest display (3 inches, compared with the flagship model’s 4.3-inch touch screen). Although the TR8520 retains its status as our Editors’ Choice home-office all-in-one for low- to medium-volume use, the TR7520 is a good choice for thrifty users who don’t need the aforementioned features.
Best for Home-Office Use
Unlike the Canon Pixma TS9120 ($839.34 at Amazon) and other models in Canon’s home-centered TS series, which lack fax capabilities, the TR7520 is a four-function all-in-one printer, which can print, scan, copy, and fax. This matte-black printer has a handsome, if basic, design, with rounded corners. It measures a reasonably compact 7.5 by 17.3 by 13.8 inches (HWD) and weighs 17.3 pounds. The front panel, which can be tilted upward for easy access, includes a 3-inch color touch-screen LCD and several control buttons.
Paper capacity is 200 sheets, split between a 100-sheet main tray and a 100-sheet rear feeder (which can also fit up to 20 sheets of photo paper), a good capacity for a moderately priced all-in-one. It has an auto-duplexer for two-sided printing. On top is a letter-sized flatbed scanner, plus a 20-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) for letting you copy, scan, or fax a stack of documents unattended, a feature that the TS-series models lack. The ADF and fax capabilities, and lack of a memory-card reader, peg the TR7520 as primarily for home-office rather than household use, though it could fill the latter role in a pinch.
Connectivity and Mobile-Printing Features
You can connect the TR7520 directly to a computer via USB, or to a network via Wi-Fi, or print from or scan to a mobile device with the Canon Print app (including via a direct Bluetooth connection). It also supports Pixma Cloud Link, which enables you to access your files directly from a variety of photo-sharing, social-networking and storage sites. Unlike the TR8520 and the TS9120, it lacks Ethernet connectivity. I tested it over a USB connection with drivers installed on a PC running Windows 10 Professional.
In printing the text-only (Word) portion of our business applications suite, the TR7520 averaged 13.4 pages per minute (ppm), and in printing our full business suite, which includes PDF, PowerPoint, and Excel files in addition to the aforementioned Word document, it averaged 4.7ppm. These scores effectively match those of the Canon TR8520 ($283.60 at Amazon) , which we timed at 12.8ppm and 4.7ppm, and the Canon TS9120, which we timed at 13.2ppm and 4.7ppm, on the Word document and full suite, respectively. In printing photos, we clocked the TR7520 at an average of 37 seconds per print, a respectable speed.
Strong Output Quality
The TR7520 uses six ink tanks, which include both dye- and pigment-based black inks (which help it excel in both photo and text printing) in addition to the usual cyan, magenta, and yellow, plus photo blue. Overall output quality, based on my testing, is above par for an inkjet, with excellent text, above-par photos, and slightly above-average graphics. Text output should be good enough for most any business use, even ones requiring small fonts.
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With graphics, colors were generally well saturated, although a few backgrounds seemed a bit faded. The TR7520 did well with thin, colored lines, and in differentiating between similar tones. Several backgrounds showed a trace of banding, a regular pattern of striations. Graphics quality should be fine for printing formal reports or PowerPoint handouts.
Our test photo prints were of very good quality. In a couple of prints, there was a minor loss of detail in some bright areas, and I saw a slight tint on a monochrome print. Otherwise, they had the vibrant colors and good contrast for which Canon prints are known.
A Note on Running Costs
Canon no longer provides the same sort of page-yield estimates for its various ink cartridges that most manufacturers do (one page-yield figure for each cartridge); instead, it gives us two estimates for each cartridge, based on the printing of two specific kinds of documents: mixed text and graphics pages, and 4-by-6-inch photos. Thus, we can’t report the traditional monochrome-page and color-page running costs for the TR7520, we can calculate and report costs for printing mixed-text-and-graphics pages (approximately 16 cents per page) and snapshot-size photographs (about 30 cents per print). Although this data is more specific than what other manufacturers offer, we can’t compare it with the monochrome- and color-cost figures derived from the data from other manufacturers.
A Capable Home-Office All-in-One
An adept all-in-one intended primarily for home-office use, the Canon Pixma TR7520 Wireless All-in-One Inkjet Printer offers very good output quality, solid speed, and good paper capacity. The only hitch in giving it our wholehearted recommendation is the fact that for just $20 more (based on list price), the Canon Pixma TR8520, our Editors’ Choice home-office all-in-one for low- to medium-volume use, adds Ethernet connectivity, a slot for memory cards in the SD family, and a slightly larger display. Most users will appreciate the versatility and convenience that these features add, and will be better off with the TR8520. But if you don’t need them—most homes and offices have Wi-Fi, and many computers have an SD-card slot—there’s no sense in paying for them, and thus the TR7520 is a perfectly respectable, and slightly more cost-effective choice.