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Canon PIXMA MP520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 270 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the print quality and design. The usability and value for money also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the ink consumption. The control panel and size get less positive opinions.

performance, value for money, usability, design, print quality

size, control panel

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 80/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 270 reviews)

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Canon Pixma MP520

 

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.

Consumer review by:

"Versatile colour printer for personal and office use"

 

Powerful product for multifunction printer ever..find the solution for printer problem at: http://www.printerclinic.com

This is one of premium canon printer

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Defective LCD flex cable and Canon's poor response."

 

After 1 year, the LCD went blank due to a def... 

none worth noting

After 1 year, the LCD flex cable went bad. A year later, the new one went bad. Repair would cost $70. Canon's Loyalty Program offered replacement MP560 at a 15% discount. Can buy new MP560 from Amazon.com for much less. Loyalty Program is worthless

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"Defective LCD flex cable and Canon's poor response."

 

After 1 year, the LCD went blank due to a defective LCD flex cable. Had it replaced under warrantee. Then the replacement LCD flex cable went bad after only a year. The repair would cost $70. I emailed Canon's Tech Support about the recurring problem...

none worth noting

After 1 year, the LCD flex cable went bad. A year later, the new one went bad. Repair would cost $70. Canon's Loyalty Program offered replacement MP560 at a 15% discount. Can buy new MP560 from Amazon.com for much less. Loyalty Program is worthless.

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Canon Pixma MP520

 

I have had a bad experience with several models from Canons ?all in ones? and while I want to give it a 5 on quality of print, I can't because of so many issues with Canon and so many replacements, each printer being defective and all having the same...

nice prints, great scanner (loud return)

Toomany to list. Read below

Consumer review by:

Canon Pixma MP520

 

After 1 year, the LCD went blank due to a defective LCD flex cable. Had it replaced under warrantee. Then the replacement LCD flex cable went bad after only a year. The repair would cost $70. I emailed Canon's Tech Support about the recurring problem...

none worth noting

After 1 year, the LCD flex cable went bad. A year later, the new one went bad. Repair would cost $70. Canon's Loyalty Program offered replacement MP560 at a 15% discount. Can buy new MP560 from Amazon.com for much less. Loyalty Program is worthless

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Canon Pixma MP520

 

A bargain at under $60 online. Overall I love this machine. Ink is very cheap online.

Fast,accurate, crisp printing, even photos look great. Scans easily

The scanner bed is almost 13 inches long, but you can't get it to scan a document longer than 11 1/2 inches

Consumer review by:

Canon Pixma MP520

 

I bought this printer when it first came out and have used it constantly since then. I recently went looking for an upgrade and couldn't find anything that offered either a better feature package or better quality for anything even close to the $150...

great print quality

High ink consumption rate

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"Scanner requires ink - ink cartriges have predetermined death"

 

Great product, however disappointed that Canon engages in the false ink supply system, forcing full ink cartridge replacement.

Good printing and scanning

'Defective' smart ink - planned obsolescence

Consumer review by:

This printer rocks! Very pleased with my purchse.

 

Have had this printer for about two weeks, and have been very pleased. This is my first Canon after using various Epson and HP for years. This Canon is by far the best printer I've ever owned. Prints and scans quickly, beautiful resolution for photos....

Fast color and grayscale. Beautiful photos. Easy interface controls. Copy without computer! Beautiful printer/scanner

Occupies a large footprint- Typical for a multi-function

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.

Copying

Automatic Duplexing: Yes
Max Copying Speed B/W:30ppm
Max Copying Speed Color:20ppm

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:14.9in
Height:6.8in
Weight:16.5lbs
Width:17.9in

Document & Media Handling

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

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Header

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

Miscellaneous

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

PC Connectivity

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

Printing

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
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