lingdriver.com-The Canon Pixma TR4520 Wireless Printer is designed for lightweight use for your family and home office. As can be expected for an all-in-one at this price, this is rather slow and expensive to use, but it comes with a powerful set of features and prints very well, especially photos. Also, like several other printers we have seen recently, that includes support for Amazon Alexa, permitted for hands-free printing. This is a strong contender for home office users who need low-cost AIO to print, copy and scan light tasks.
Room on the Desk
Canon beginner home-based Pixma printers like the TR4520 spend most of the time sitting idly until you call them to process photos once in a while, a few pages of documents here, copies or two there – you get the idea. Therefore Canon and its competitors designed them to take as few real estate tables or counter-tops as possible. For this reason, the TR4520 measures 7.5 times 17.7 times 11.7 inches (HWD) and weighs 13 pounds.
As for paper handling, the TR4520 is equipped with one 100-sheet paper tray, and the manual duplex automatic document feeder (ADF) holds up to 20 letter-size sheets. Its sibling, the Pixma TR7520, on the other hand, holds up to 200 sheets, divided between 100 front and back trays. The HP OfficeJet 3830 (the cheapest of this group) has the same number of sheets as the TR4520, but cannot print two-sided pages automatically. And finally, Epson’s WF-2860 holds up to 150 sheets from one input source.
Canon does not publish monthly duty cycles and recommend monthly print volume specifications for consumer-level inkjet printers. With its print speed rating (which I will discuss below), low paper capacity, and high operational costs (also appear), you should not rely on this AIO for more than a few hundred pages per month; Even though it can definitely produce more now and then you have to do it.
Canon Pixma Software and Smart Home Features
In addition to the standard AIO printer driver, the TR4520 software bundle consists of the following comfort and productivity software: Scan Utility for Windows and Mac platforms, Scan Utility Lite for Mac, Easy Photo Print Editor, Main Settings, My Printer, and Quick Menu for easy access to printer applications and settings.
Basic connectivity consists of USB 2.0 and Wi-Fi, and drivers for Android, Fire OS, iOS, and Windows 10 mobile are available. The walk-up, configuration and navigation tasks are handled from a very basic control panel.
Canon also began incorporating smart home functionality through internal support for Alexa Amazon, as well as support for Google Assistant and other automation services through IFTTT (If This Then That) technology. HP and Epson, too, recently came up with voice activation IFTTT – HP with Tango X and Epson with all its machines that support the company’s Epson Connect service.
With IFTTT voice activation, you can tell your machine to print through the application on your smartphone, or through Smart Echo speakers and other IFTTT listening devices. So far, I have seen IFTTT technology built into three Pixmas TR4520.
Not Built for Speed
Canon ranks TR4520 at 8.8 pages per minute (ppm) for monochrome pages and 5ppm for color pages, which in addition to HP 3830 (8.5ppm), the lowest print speed rating I know of. I tested TR4520 via USB from a standard testbed PC equipped with our Intel Core i5 running Windows 10 Professional. TR4520 prints our standard 12-page Microsoft Word test document at 8.5 ppm. That’s slower than any of the other entry-level printers mentioned here.
Output Worth Waiting for
While the Canon TR printer line is not part of the company’s TS consumer class photo printer series, the TR4520 proves once again that when it comes to imaging, Canon is hard to beat. The TR4520 not only prints bright, colorful photos, but also supports borderless prints on media ranging from 4 by 6 inches to 8.5 by 11 inches. You can also design and print polished and professional leaflets and brochures without borders.
Photo output isn’t the only thing this little AIO does well. The text in our test document is in good form and is very legible, even at smaller sizes up to around 6 points. Our business graphics also look great, with evenly flowing gradients, smooth content, and well-defined and distinct hairlines (thick lines of less than 1 point). As usual, I have no complaints about this Pixma output.