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Canon PIXMA MP520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 231 reviews of Canon PIXMA MP520. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and noise. The price and performance are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the control panel.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Canon PIXMA MP520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Canon PIXMA MP520 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Printers on Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and noise. The price and performance are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the print quality.

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This summary is based on the products: Canon MP520 PIXMA Multifunction Inkjet Photo Printer Colour 20ppm Mono 30ppm 4800x1200dpi Ref 2178B008AACanon MP520 PIXMA Multifunction Inkjet Photo Printer Colour 20ppm Mono 30ppm 4800x1200dpi Ref 2178B008AA

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Felisa Yang (

Canon Pixma MP520 review


The Canon Pixma MP520 is the 2007 refresh of last year's Pixma MP510 . The price and most features remain the same, but the MP520's specs showed speed improvements. This didn't quite pan out in our tests, though, which showed mostly comparable speeds....

Great print quality; decent print speeds; two input sources; memory card slots and PictBridge port; manual control of photo edits.

PictBridge port doesn't support storage devices; slowish scan speeds; control panel doesn't offer an easy way to transfer images from a memory card to your PC.

The Canon Pixma MP520 doesn't offer all the bells and whistles found on other budget all-in-ones, but it's a solid device that does the basics right while delivering best-in-class quality.

Sep, 2007

Expert review by : TechRadar (

Canon PIXMA MP520 review


Inexpensive and simple, the MP520 manages to tick most of the right boxes

Crisp pictures ; Quick ; Inexpensive to buy and run

Lacklustre photo prints

Quality documents but poor photos

Mar, 2008


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Canon Pixma MP520 review


The PIXMA MP520 has a smart-looking chassis with panels that can be opened to reveal its controls, a 2 inch colour display, and memory card slots.

Pay now, save later. Brilliant prints and scans make it a winner.

Feb, 2008

Expert review by : Felisa Yang (

Canon Pixma MP520


The Canon Pixma MP520 doesn't offer all the bells and whistles found on other budget all-in-ones, but it's a solid device that does the basics right while delivering best-in-class quality.

Great print quality ; Decent print speeds ; Two input sources ; Memory card slots and PictBridge port ; Manual control of photo edits

PictBridge port doesn't support storage devices ; Slowish scan speeds ; Control panel doesn't offer an easy way to transfer images from memory card to PC

Canon offers a standard one-year warranty for the Pixma MP520. E-mail support is available 24-7 via a Web-based form. Canon's standard online support options include downloadable drivers and software, manuals, and FAQs.

Sep, 2007

Expert review by : Jayesh Limaye (

Canon PIXMA MP520


Throw in a scroll-wheel on an inkjet Photo MFD and you have a Canon PIXMA MP520.

Good print quality, memory card slots, decent looks

Below average speeds, no fax

Jun, 2008

Expert review by : Andrew Gould (

Canon Pixma MP520


The MP520 produces a superb borderless

The print quality is good, dual paper trays is handy and print speed is decent.

The MP520's scan and copy speeds are sluggish in colour.

Apr, 2008

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Canon Pixma MP520


Fast, great quality prints at a decent price – the only real competition for the other Canon

The major difference is in the number of cartridges. While the MP610 has separate pigment and dye-based blacks, the MP520 sticks to the pigmented one. This means text is just as thick, solid and legible, but the MP520 can’t quite match the quality of...

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I purchased the open box version with the express purpose of printing my own wedding invitations, and not only did it not have a problem with the non-standard paper size, but they look BEAUTIFUL. Printed over 130, and the ink isn't even at half on any...

Great photo-quality prints, cheaper than other equivalent printers, doesn't hog ink (which is cheaper than other brands, also). High quality prints don't bleed or smear

Duplex printing would be nice on this model, but I certainly don't need it

Oct, 2008

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Fast, Economical


I own an MP830, MP610 (my fav), and now this MP520. Each has varied feature sets. All share CLI-8 & PGI-5 individual ink catridges. This is very important; saves money and a lot of hassles trying to keep enough of the right cartridge in stock at home.

Fast at this price. Works well shared on a network. Really nice print quality. Copies are simple and not much effort. Terrific printer for high school student and family. And quite a deal from Newegg

No duplex printing, but not a deal breaker

Sep, 2008

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Canon PIXMA MP520 2178B002 Up to 30 ppm 4800 x 1200 dpi InkJet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer


Its a printer that works and works fairly fast, all you really need in printer

Software install takes up a good chunk of room, it doesn't have network capabilities

Sep, 2008

Product Specifications

Looking for a high-performance all-in-one? This versatile machine produces a superb borderless 4" x 6" photo in only about 46 seconds, and the Auto-Image Fix feature helps to enhance your results. You can print photos directly from compatible memory cards and preview images in high resolution on the 2" TFT display. Or, print right from a camera, DV camcorder or camera phone. Copies will be truer to your originals, and scans of photos and even thick notebooks will be clear and complete. The unique Easy-Scroll Wheel simplifies operation, and the dual paper trays let you store both plain and photo paper.


Energy Star certified: Yes


Automatic Duplexing: Yes
Copier resize:25 - 400
Copy speed (normal quality, black, A4):30
Copy speed (normal quality, color, A4):20
Max Copying Speed B/W:30ppm
Max Copying Speed Color:20ppm
Maximum number of copies:99
PC free copying: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in display:Y
Display:LCD / TFT
Display Diagonal:2 / 2.8

Document & Media Handling

Max Copy Size:Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Standard Media Capacity:250sheets

Energy Management

Power consumption (active):17
Power consumption (off):1
Power consumption (standby):2.4

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Model:MP520/MP520 Everyday
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PIXMA

Input Capacity

Maximum input capacity:150
Standard input capacity:100


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Office Machine

Copier Type:Digital
Functions:Copier / Printer / Scanner
Photo Multifunction:Photo printer
Printing Output Type:Color
Printing Technology:Ink-jet
Type:Printer / copier / scanner

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35

Other Features

All-in-One Functions:Copy, Scan
Color all-in-one functions:copy, print / Copy, Print, Scan
Compatible operating systems:Windows Vista / Windows XP SP1, SP2 / Windows 2000 Professional SP2, SP3, SP4\nMac OS X v.10.2.8 - v.10.4 / Windows Vista, XP, 2000\nMac OS X v.10.2.8 - 10.4.x7\n / Windows Vista/XP/2000\nMac OS X v.10.2.8 – 10.4
Dimensions (WxDxH):14.9 x 17.9 x 6.81 / 17.5 x 14.9 x 6.77 / 17.520 x 14.882 x 6.772
Network ready: No
Power Requirements:AC 100-240V, 50/60 Hz / AC100-240V 50/60Hz
Scan file formats:PDF
Standard media sizes:10 x 15cm, 10 x 18cm, 13 x 18cm, 20 x 25cm, Credit Card (54 x 86mm)

Paper Handling

Borderless printing media sizes:A4
Envelopes sizes:10 / DL
ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4, A5
ISO B-series sizes (B0...B9):B5
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Maximum print area:A4 (210 x 297 mm)
Maximum print size:A4 (210 x 297 mm)
Media weight (tray 1):64 - 105 g/m²
Non-ISO print media sizes:Legal, Letter
Standard tray media types:Envelopes / Envelopes, Glossy paper, Photo paper, Plain paper

PC Connectivity

PC Connection:Hi-Speed USB
PC Connection Availability: Yes


Copying:Colour copying
Digital sender:N
Duplex functions:Print
Number of print cartridges:4
Print technology:Inkjet
Printing:Colour printing
Scanning:Colour scanning / Mono scanning

Ports & interfaces

Direct printing: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
Standard interfaces:USB 2.0
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Power consumption (average operating):17
Power consumption (off):1
Power consumption (standby):2.4


DVD/CD printing: No
Max Printing Speed B/W:30ppm
Max Printing Speed B/W (ppm):30ppm
Max Printing Speed Color:20ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):20ppm
Max Resolution B/W:600 x 600 dpi
Max Resolution Color:4800 x 1200 dpi
Maximum Resolution:4800 x 1200 / 4800 x 2400
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):30
Print speed (color, normal quality, A4/US Letter):20
Time to first page (black, normal):2
Time to first page (color, normal):3


Input color depth:48
Input colour depth:48
Maximum scan area:8.5 x 11.7 / 8.504 x 11.693
Maximum scan resolution:19200 x 19200
Optical scanning resolution:2400 x 4800
Scan type:Flatbed
Scanner Type:Flatbed


Bundled software:MP Navigator EX, Easy-PhotoPrint EX, ScanSoft OmniPage SE (OCR), NewSoft Presto! PageManager

Sound Emission

Print noise level:38.5
Printing noise level:38.5


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:CF, MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC / Microdrive / Microdrive, miniSD

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes
Minimum hard disk space:800
Minimum processor:Pentium II 300 MHz / Pentium II 300 MHz/PowerPC G3
Minimum RAM:128
Minimum system requirements:CD-ROM / 1024x768

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:16.5 / 16.535