Canon Pixma iX6520 Review

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 7
    • Print Quality
    • 7
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 8
    • Features
    • 6
    • Operational Costs
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.17
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

    • High class photo quality on glossy paper
    • Speedy black and white prints
    • Reasonable ink costs
    • Good value
  • Cons

    • Visible bleed on matte photo paper
    • Installation/setup took too long
    • Noisy


The Canon Pixma iX6520 professional print single-function inkjet printer was announced in January at CES 2011 along with four other All-in-One inkjets. This inkjet is targeted toward professionals in the graphics arts or similar industry who need quality printouts and photographs. We have already reviewed almost all of the AIO inkjets that were announced at CES by Canon; now it’s time to get a hands-on look at the last one we will be reviewing, the iX6520.

The iX6520 prints in wide paper size format. This means it can print up to 13 x 19 inch glossy and matte photos and up to 11 x 17 inch documents. The printer also prints in a variety of your ‘normal sizes’ such as 8.5 x 11 and 4 x 6. It reaches the high-resolution of 9600 x 2400 dpi in color and up to 600 x 600 dpi in black. 

In this review we will take a closer look at the Pixma iX6520 to give you an idea of its print quality, speed, and ink endurance, ease of use, and more. We have also taken a slew of product photographs and have scanned in several printouts from the product itself.


Like almost all of the other inkjets showcased by Canon at CES, the Canon Pixma iX6520 sports a glossy black exterior along with the Canon/Pixma logos on the front. However, that’s about where the similarities end. Since this printer can process up to 13 x 19 photos and 11 x 17 documents, the width is quite long; most people would have a hard time fitting it on a desk or surface not specifically meant to hold a larger printer. It measures in at 11.8″(L) x 21.7″(W) x 6.3″(H) and weighs in at 16.7 pounds. Another thing to keep in mind is the lack of Wi-Fi functionality on this printer–so it will have to sit next to/be plugged into a computer via a HighSpeed USB 2.0 cable to work.

Located on the front-right is an on/off button as well as a “resume” printing button below the power button, useful if the printer runs out of paper. When in use, both buttons are lit up by blue LED light indicators. The Pixma iX6520 does not have control panel/LCD monitor. 

Like most wide format printers, both the output tray and feed tray pull out to accomodate the larger paper sizes. The feed tray can hold up to 150 sheets of paper and is located in the rear and the output tray is located in the bottom-front. (The first photograph shows the feed tray contracted). The paper holders in the feed tray used to keep the media steady as the printer grabs it can be extended to the proper size of the media being fed into the device.

The Pixma iX6520 is compatible with the paper sizes letter, legal, 4″ x 6″, 5″ x 7″, 8″ x 10″, 11″ x 17″, 13″ x 19″, and U.S. #10 envelopes. It can process the media types of plain paper, high resolution, super high glossy, photo paper pro platinum, glossy, photo paper plus glossy II, photo paper glossy, photo paper plus semi-gloss, matte photo paper, and U.S. #10 envelope. The back of the printer holds the power connection and the HighSpeed USB 2.0 connectivity input.

The Canon Pixma iX6520 uses a five ink tank system. The system is described in the ink control and exhaust section. One nice feature about this system is the red LED indicator feature, which will light to let you when the inks are installed correctly.



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