Review of Canon TS9020 Wireless All-In-One Printer with Scanner and Copier: Mobile and Tablet Printing, with AirPrint and Google Cloud Print Compatible, White

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Big Screen/Simple Interface

With a completely redesigned user interface and large 5-inch touch LCD, it’s easier than ever to interact with your printer and even edit your photos.

Compare Canon TS9020 with others

 

PIXMA TS9020
PIXMA TS6020
PIXMA TS5020
Printer Features Print,Copy and Scan Print,Copy and Scan Print,Copy and Scan
Inks 6 Individual Inks 5 Individual Inks 5 Individual Inks
Paper Capacity Rear Paper Tray: 100 Sheets of Plain Paper OR Photo Paper: 20 Sheets of 4” x 6” / 10 Sheets of 5” x 7” Front Paper Cassette: 100 Sheets of Plain Paper Rear Paper Tray: 100 Sheets of Plain Paper OR Photo Paper: 20 Sheets of 4” x 6” / 10 Sheets of 5” x 7” Front Paper Cassette: 100 Sheets of Plain Paper Rear Paper Tray: 100 Sheets of Plain Paper OR Photo Paper: 20 Sheets of 4” x 6” / 10 Sheets of 5” x 7”
LCD Display 5.0″ Touch LCD 3.0″ Touch LCD 3.0″ LCD
Connectivity Hi-Speed USB, Ethernet, PictBridge (LAN/Wireless LAN)13, Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11b/g/n)1, Memory Card Slot12, NFC (PIXMA Touch & Print)2 Hi-Speed USB, PictBridge (Wireless LAN)12, Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11b/g/n)1 Hi-Speed USB, PictBridge (Wireless LAN)13, Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11b/g/n)1, Memory Card Slot8
Mopria Device Printing(10)
SD Card Reader N/A
CD/DVD Printing Tray N/A N/A

Canon PIXMA TS9020 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier

OVERVIEW:

This TS model (a new model line) is actually the new top-of-the-line for the Canon MG PIXMA line with a lot of bang for the buck. This is the Fall 2016 replacement for the MG7720, the last of the MG7000 model line.

This model will get you the BEST QUALITY PHOTOS from Canon without jumping into their PRO-1/PRO-10/PRO-1000 models, whilst giving what is considered by reputable consumer review sites as very strong text performance for an inkjet.

 

Compared to the MG7720 that it is replacing, the TS9020 has:

 

(1) It is MUCH SMALLER (2.5″ skinnier along the front) and easier to carry/store, though still not an insignificant weight at just under 15 lbs. It fits more naturally on a normal sized desk with a monitor.

(2) The REAR FEEDER option is back by popular demand giving us a straight paper path. It has been many years since the PIXMA MG line had one. It is certified for the same sheet weight capability (17#-28#) as the input tray (see below), in addition to the heavier Canon paper certified for the printer. This is essentially replacing the front photo paper cassette that the MG7720 has.

(3) The INPUT SHEET CAPACITY of the cassette tray has dropped from 80 sheets of the popular 24# inkjet paper (125 sheets at 20#) to roughly 60 sheets of 24#.

(4) The average FIRST PRINT START TIME has been greatly improved. However, once started the actual printing time remains similar.

(5) A new Instagram-friendly print size option of 5″ x 5″.

(6) There is much less space for a book between the glass and the top cover for scanning/copying. Of course, this may not matter in many cases, after all at some point a cover is so far above the glass there is really no difference if there is a cover at all. If this is important to you, you might consider cutting out your own oversized “cover” from a thick white board from an art store.

(7) Several other differences that I consider distracting from the main ones for most people.

 

Compared to top-of-the-line PIXMA MG models recently before the MG7720, the TS9020 ALSO now has:

(A) New INKS (PGI-270, CLI-271) including a DARKER BLACK and a DEEPER (aka brighter/”redder”) RED (magenta). For art, logos, decorative text, etc. the red will be BRIGHTER, more vivid. This ink’s red is an effort to bring some of the photo magenta ink benefits from the PRO series to the single red cartridge. The red in a photo of a flag is more colorful, a bit less dull, for example.

(B) MOPRIA for android 4.4+ devices to greatly improve printing web pages from cell phones and tablets (you can print from Apple mobile devices (iOS), too, of course, however this improvement is only relevant to android devices)

(C) The NFC-enabled direct printing from cell phone or tablet now works at slightly greater distance (inches) and more reliably

(D) The print head sits a little closer to the paper. The ink flows through the print head just the same, however the accuracy of ink dot placement is supposed to be a little more accurate as a result of this change. This is from senior Canon technical. Since this change doesn’t modify any of the printer specs, however, and Canon isn’t making any resulting claims from this, this is really just informational.

NOTES:

Note that if you also need an ADF (automatic document feeder) or a built-in FAX in addition to good photos, look at the MX printers instead of the TS ones among the Canon models.

Note that some commenters said PC Magazine gave it a bad print quality review. PC Magazine has since increased the review to “Excellent” and blamed the earlier results on a bad early printer which they had since exchanged. However, they never replaced the review itself after explaining the change at the top of the review.

Some commenters on PIXMA MG printers say you can’t use Ethernet and wireless at the same time. This is a misunderstanding as this is only true if you are not using a wireless router (vs. direct wireless to the printer) which most people do.

PROS:

(1) EXCELLENT PHOTO PRINTING. Photo printing, the bread and butter of the Canon PIXMA lines, is reviewed by reputable review publications as having great quality and speed for the price point, and the TS9020 offers the best of the new PIXMA TS (previously MG) models with 1 picoliter color dot accuracy offering very high color resolution and the extra gray color. More on the higher resolution and the gray below.

(2) Has one more color, GRAY, than the other PIXMA TS models have. GRAY is for improved black and white results and to better darken colors to get to a particular tone. Its predecessors MG7720/MG7520/7120/MG6320/MG6220 also have gray.

Gray helps make more accurate SKIN TONE when it combines with red and helps with reflections when combined with black. It is up to the application doing the printing as to whether Gray is used. If you want to test the use of Gray and thus want to guarantee it uses Gray when beneficial, use the Canon utility for the test printing.

(3) Has an ETHERNET connection, allowing a solid, simple shared/network wired connection that stays up even when computers are down. Its predecessors MG7720/MG7520/MG7120/MG6320/MG6220 have it too. The other new TS models do not.

(4) Has a CASSETTE TRAY holding 100 sheets at 20# (not tested) or 60 sheets of the popular 24# inkjet paper (I tested the latter). The sliding piece that holds the paper in the cassette at the end seems to lock into place without the precision of previous models, though it still works.

(5) Comes in black with a WHITE TOP or a RED TOP. I like the look of them myself. An all white one of such a small size might look too cheap, not sure, but this works for me visually.

(6) ATTRACTIVE and FAIRLY COMPACT. This is a nicer form factor if on a desk or especially a shelf, though remember that rear feeder will need a lot of space to expand up to if you use it.

(7) The PGI-270/CLI-271 ink tanks, the same as used in the MG7720, continue to optionally come in an XL SIZE now which can reduce the page cost significantly and all the PIXMA TS models use them. The XL sized ink tanks option is a little over 4 years old now. The PGI-270/CLI-271 inks are the same formula as the earlier model’s ink (according to support). Note that as of the previous model MG7720 there were changes in the formulation of the black and magenta dye inks.

The PGI-270/CLI-271 inks that started with the MG7720, the predecessor to the TS9020, include a DARKER BLACK and a DEEPER (aka brighter/”redder”) RED (magenta). For art, logos, decorative text, etc. the red will be BRIGHTER, more vivid. This ink’s red is an effort to bring some of the photo magenta ink benefits from the PRO series to the single red cartridge

(8) A leading consumer magazine over the years showed in charts that many of the PIXMA printers did TEXT very well for consumer inkjets. Reviews for the TS9020 appear to feel this hasn’t changed. It does this with partly with superior BLACK DOT ACCURACY and 600×600 dpi BLACK TEXT.

Note that both paper quality and the print quality setting of High has a definite benefit to text quality.

While MG PIXMA inkjet printers do great photos and text for consumer inkjet printers, if you need resume quality text get a little laser printer, too. A 600×600 laser printer can do text better than a 600×600 inkjet, for example. Laser printers offer superb text quality, much faster printing, and lower page cost.
– Example: Samsung Xpress SL-M2835DW/XAA Wireless Monochrome Printer, Amazon Dash Replenishment Enabled

(9) The TS9020 prints at a very high COLOR RESOLUTION of 9600×2400 dpi (dots/inch). This is great if you use special paper like Canon Paper Plus Glossy II and have high resolution source material, just remember to set print quality HIGH and hit the GLOSSY paper setting. The other 2 new TS printers do 4800×1200 dpi color, however that should meet most needs. The TS9020’s predecessors MG7720, MG7520, MG7120, and MG6320 also had 9600×2400 dpi.

(10) The TS9020 has an SD CARD SLOT. The miniSDTM Card, miniSDHCTM Card, microSDTM Card, and microSDHCTM Card would require a special adapter.

None of the newer TS models including the TS9020 have a CF nor MMC card slot anymore. The MG7120 STILL HAS CF and MMC memory card slots if you need them on it. One can always put them in a computer card slot and print to the TS9020, of course.

(11) The touch screen interface has changed again, though I find the older interfaces even as old as the MG6220 just as easy. The screen layout, however, is clearly designed to be more intuitive, which it is, but again just as easy as the old style.

(12) The TS9020 has an Access Point Mode which allows direct printing to the printer without need for a wireless router. Of course all these printers can print using a wireless router. However, if you use the Access Point Mode you will not be able to use the wireless and Ethernet at the same time.

(15) The TS9020 (and its MG7720/MG7520/MG7120 predecessors) allow you to print directly on a DVD or CD. The other new TS printers do not.

(16) With 10+ years of having a number of their products I have always found Canon to have great technical support and customer service, which for U.S. customers appears to be based out of Maryland and Virginia.

LESSER PROS:

– It will AUTOMATICALLY TURN ITSELF ON when a print request is sent. This was a new feature as of the MG7120 generation which is roughly 3 years ago. You can also set it to auto shut-off after some time.

– FAIRLY QUIET. Three generations ago (MG7120) there was a grinding sound that happens a bit over a minute after start up, now you can mostly only hear the printer when printing and upon shutting down.

– The TS9020 of course does regular wireless printing (in addition to NFC noted above), either VIA WIRELESS ROUTER like most set-ups or with some set-up wireless DIRECTLY TO THE PRINTER via Access Point mode (this is different than NFC).

– The TS9020 continues to allow you to print directly from Flickr, Picasa, Canon Image Gateway, DropBox, Evernote, Google Cloud Print, Facebook, Twitter, and others. For some you need to download apps to the printer.

– I am leaving out a laundry list of features and specifications you can read on the Canon site to keep the review focused on the big defining features/differences of this model.

CONS/WARNINGS:

– No more special covered photo paper cassette for keeping 4×6 or 5×7 photo paper ready and protected, you would likely use the rear feeder for this now. You would just load and unload the photo paper as needed.

– This is new (Aug. 2016) and a major update, and as such can be expected to have more issues than after some time passes.

– NO BUILT-IN FAX, if this is important to you in an all-in-one. Perhaps you want to get a dedicated fax machine of your choosing near a phone line anyways, however if you are looking for a built-in fax the MX series such as the MX922/MX892 printers have one.

– NO ADF (Automatic Document Feeder), if this is important to you in an all-in-one. The MX series such as the MX922/MX892 printers have them.

– Their technical support, located in the U.S. for U.S. customers, is excellent and closes fairly late at 10A-10P EST. It is closed on weekends.

SUGGESTIONS TO CONSIDER:

(1) See below consideration to set it to not automatically shut-off to reduce ink wastage.

(2) To save on ink, don’t use “Grayscale” in printer settings when printing black & white output unless color accuracy of the shades of black is far more important than ink conservation. If you set for Grayscale, black output will mix the 3 colors and gray to get shades of black.

(3) Use Canon paper like Photo Plus Glossy II when you need optimal results with their ink, and test matte vs. glossy. Matte is much less expensive and may meet most of your needs, even though the glossy is often considered a better final result. Let me know in comments if anyone finds a comparable quality and yet significantly less costly photo paper for this printer, I’d like to test it out.

(4) If photo printing at high quality and want to use the TS9020’s highest resolution, consider using at least Canon Paper Plus Glossy II. This appears to be something of a standard among Canon tech support for display photos and is what Canon uses for photo display samples at stores. The gloss gives a cleaner image with sharper color. An alternative, Canon Pro Platinum paper, adds many more years to a photo. In the end it is a personal preference, some people prefer semi-gloss or matte for some images or artwork.

(5) When using quality glossy paper/sheets, LET SHEETS DRY after photo printing at least 15+ MINUTES when using dye-based inks like most inkjet printers do at this price range. If you can, let them dry exposed to open air for 24 hours unstacked, but stacked with plain paper between them will work too. Don’t let them sit there stacked up in the output bin since they won’t be perfectly stacked naturally, causing the ink to dry differently in different places on the photo. Don’t use an air dryer or of course sunlight to dry them.

(6) Make sure the source image for a scan is as high resolution as you can get. Some scans of some photos may not produce enough resolution to give us a source with a lot of resolution to print from.

(7) When printing black & white, for example text, consider choosing the HIGH QUALITY setting (and perhaps set it as the default) in the printer page set-up, it really makes a difference (though it is slower and uses more ink).

(8) The Canon site has lots of easy to find product comparison information for these inkjets, consider reviewing it before committing to a model. There are sometimes errors of omission suggesting differences that are not there, if important you may want to double-check with Canon.

(9) In case of POWER OUTAGE, it is sometimes necessary to unplug it for A FEW MINUTES and then plug it back in. This allows capacitor discharge. Thanks to Karen for the heads up on this in a comment on a previous model.

(10) Another reviewer “G. Stewart” (for a predecessor model) found the solution to getting Avery labels to print on MG printers that have trouble with them is to peel off the label at the top of the Avery label sheet. This may still be relevant with the new TS printers.

(11) Another reviewer “Technically Proficient” (for a predecessor model) found that printing directly to DVDs/CDs took finding better quality DVD’s to write on. So if you have issues try switching disc types.

(12) As soon as you can after getting your printer, print samples of full color, b&w, borderless photos, print on a DVD if that’s important to you, etc. Determine if you have a lemon before you get too busy with other things so you can exchange for a good one while it is easy to do. These are complicated machines with lots of parts.

INK USAGE:

Anyone researching Ink Jet Printers will likely be concerned about ink costs. Here are 7 things you can do to mitigate this with the Canon PIXMA TS9020:

– Buy the XL versions of the ink, this is supposed to reduce the cost per color page to a very competitive 13-14 cents per page (vs. 16-19 cents). I’ve seen reputable reviewers put the cost as low as 9-12 cents per color page, so the full real world range might be 9-14 cents per reasonably covered color page depending on many factors.

– As referred to above, don’t choose to print Grayscale if printing black and white, unless color reproduction accuracy of shades of black is far more important than ink conservation for that printout.

– Turn off the automatic shut-off. Standby mode uses 1.0W, so on standby even all year uses around 9kWh/yr., so around $1/yr depending on where you live. This can help lessen the number of ink using cleaning routines upon shutdown.

– Avoid printing pages with solid or heavily colored background in color when possible.

– Some fonts use 20-40% less ink than others. According to a leading consumer magazine, Times uses much less than Arial which uses much less than Calibri, for example.

– Draft quality mode uses less ink than Standard (and is faster), and of course both use less ink than High quality mode. Note that text is much sharper at high quality.

– When it says it is out of ink but you can’t tell which of the blinking cartridges is truly empty, use a kitchen scale that handles grams or hundredths of an ounce to find which is lightest/emptiest.

NOTE #1: If there is no printing or cleaning routine at least once a month or so, run a cleaning routine or unplug and plug it back in to force it to once a month or so to keep the nozzles unclogged. If they clog up talk to Canon support for what is often an easy solution.

NOTE #2: The Canon PIXMA MG6220, 5 quick annual generations back from the TS9020 (MG7720 > MG7720 -> MG7520 -> MG7120 -> MG6320 -> MG6220), had a low ink early warning bug. For example, when I take ink from a MG5320 and put it in a MG6220, the low ink warning bars show the ink as vastly lower. This helps EXAGGERATE THE APPEARANCE OF HIGH INK USAGE. Actual ink usage of inkjet printers is high enough that this bug was pretty unwelcome. If it wasn’t for a leading consumer magazine’s highest photo quality rating for all-in-ones and their estimated page cost that wasn’t crazy, and lots of other favorable reviews, I think this bug could have been much worse for MG6220 sales. This might make you feel better about MG7520’s past lineage ink usage wise.

NOTE #3: Gray goes at a much different rate than the other colors, thus you wouldn’t want to measure average speed of ink usage based on gray.

NOTE #4: Just an informative, probably not very useful factoid :). This model range of Canon inkjet doesn’t do a big cleaning/purging after it prints, you are usually hearing head realignment. However, if you UNPLUG AND PLUG the printer it is supposed to force it to “prime the head” to keep the ink from clogging the print head and this uses a little ink (even for B&W). Just turning it off and on usually won’t force this.

 

INK USAGE CANON DATASHEET:

In the absence of Page Yield per Document for the TS9020, here below is Canon’s published Page Yield per Document numbers (I rounded a little) for the MG7720 (the predecessor of the TS9020), which SHOULD be very close to the TS9020 since it was the same as for the MG7720’s predecessors, the MG7520, MG7120 and MG6320.

I’m not sure how much of the difference between these numbers and users experience is due to cleaning routines, difference between test and real world usage, etc.

Here at least you can see real world expected usage ratio between standard and XL cartridges and compare to costs to determine the better value.

Mixed Text/Graphics Page Yield results. I assume they are still testing with A4/Letter, Plain Paper, Adobe Reader 10, ISO/IEC24711 Test Method, ISO/IEC24712 Test Pattern, however I don’t know (note: figures rounded):

PGI-270 PGBK __ 300 pages
CLI-271 BK ____ 1,100
CLI-271 GY ______ 780
CLI-271 C _______ 300
CLI-271 M _______ 300
CLI-271 Y _______ 300

PGI-270XL PGBK __ 500 pages
CLI-271XL BK ___ 4,400
CLI-271XL GY ___ 3,300
CLI-271XL C ______ 650
CLI-271XL M ______ 650
CLI-271XL Y ______ 650

Color Photos, 4″x6″:

PGI-270 PGBK __ 3,000 pages (barely used for photos)
CLI-271 BK ______ 400
CLI-271 GY ______ 125
CLI-271 C _______ 170
CLI-271 M _______ 180
CLI-271 Y _______ 160

PGI-270XL PGBK __ 3,900 pages (barely used for photos)
CLI-271XL BK ______ 900
CLI-271XL GY ______ 300
CLI-271XL C _______ 370
CLI-271XL M _______ 400
CLI-271XL Y _______ 330

 

HOW MANY SHEETS DOES IT HOLD?:

(A) INPUT CASSETTE:

– 60 sheets of the popular 24# ink jet paper (tested).

– Specs say it holds 100 sheets of 20# (I didn’t test). 20# is what most copier paper is. Some cheaper 20# has LOOSER FIBERS which is NOT AS INKJET FRIENDLY, I’d stick to paper with a surface designed for ink jets, which is usually also 24#. Of course, specialty Canon papers for photos or line art which are certified for their PIXMA inkjets like this one are heavier (45#-93#).

– If using 28# paper, expect less than 60 sheets to fit, of course. Sheets whose surface is made for laser printing are often 28#.

(B) OUTPUT TRAY:

– Holds a maximum of roughly 85 sheets of made-for-inkjet 24# paper, depending on how packed the paper is, less if it stacks poorly, of course (tested).

(C) REAR FEEDER TRAY:

– Holds a maximum of roughly 70 sheets of made-for-inkjet 24# paper, and obviously much fewer if heavier photo paper (tested).

 

SOME HEAVY PAPER STOCK CERTIFIED FOR THIS MODEL:

(1) Canon Premium Fine Art Smooth 82# (16.5 mils) <– New, heaviest Canon certifies for this printer, and fairly spendy
(2) Canon Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss 69# (10.2 mils)
(3) Canon Photo Paper Pro Premium Matte 56# (12.2 mils)

 

OTHER PRINTERS :

For folks not as familiar with printers, I created this section to help delineate when you CLEARLY DON’T want a Canon ink jet printer in the popular MG Series 5420/5520/5620/6210/6220/6320/6420/6620/7120/7520/7720/82XX/TS9020/TS8020 model range at all. Perhaps it may help you find a good starting point to meet your needs.

 

YOU ARE ALL ABOUT PHOTOS, CAN SPEND HUNDREDS MORE, WANT TO BE ABLE TO MAKE BIGGER PHOTOS OR ART, AND DON’T CARE ABOUT COPY, SCAN, ETC.

Consider checking these:
(per a leading consumer magazine and reviews)

– Canon Pixma Pro9500 Mark II
– Canon Pixma Pro1
– Canon Pixma Pro10
– Canon Pixma Pro1000
– Epson Stylus R2000

 

YOU CAN SPEND HUNDREDS MORE AND WANT THE LEAST EXPENSIVE PRINTER OPTION THAT CAN MAKE PHOTOS A STEP UP FROM THE TS9020
(per leading professional reviews)

– Canon Pixma Pro10 (this is much debated, of course)

 

YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT PHOTO QUALITY, YOU WANT SHARPEST B&W TEXT, GREAT SPEED, AND LOWER PRINT COSTS

Consider checking out these laser printers as a starting point:
(per a leading consumer magazine or reviews)
Printers:
– Samsung Xpress M2835DW
– Brother HL-L2340DW
– HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401n/M401dne
Multifunctions:
– Samsung Multifunction Xpress SL-M2885FW/XAA
– Canon imageCLASS MF216n/MF229dw

 

YOU CARE ABOUT PHOTO QUALITY AND WANT FAX BUILT-IN AND/OR AUTOMATIC DOCUMENT FEEDER, WANT ETHERNET, AND DON’T CARE ABOUT GRAY

Consider checking these:
– Canon MX922
– Canon MX892

 

 

OTHER PRINTERS WITH HIGH PHOTO QUALITY AND STRAIGHT/REAR PAPER FEED BUT DON’T NEED TO SPEND FOR A PRO SERIES

– Canon IP8720 (released 2014)
– Canon IX6820 (released 2014)
– Canon MX892 (released 2012)
– Canon MG6220/MG5320 (released 2011)

 

Review Of Canon TS9020 Wireless All-In-One Printer