June 6, 2011 by Amber Riippa Reads (24,913)
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

Energy tests

The iX6520 generally uses slightly less energy when in “standby mode” and when printing in default mode than the All-in-One inkjets that I have recently reviewed. Using our watt meter, we tested the inkjet’s energy usage and found that it produces between 2 and 3 watts when in “ready” or “standby” mode and that it reaches up to 17 watts, but fluctuates a lot around 12-15 watts when starting up. When printing black and white text documents in default mode, it fluctuated a lot between 7 and 18 watts and when printing in draft mode it reached 24 watts and averaged 18 watts. When printing 4 x 6-sized photos in default mode, the meter read 11-15 watts. When printing 8.5×11-sized documents on default, the meter read 15 watts almost the whole time.


  • Single function wide-format inkjet printer
  • Advertised print speeds: up to 11.3 ipm in black, up to 8.8 ipm in color
  • 4×6 color photo (borderless) print in approx. 36 seconds
  • Paper capacity: 150 sheets
  • Print resolution: up to 9600 x 2400 dpi in color, 600 x 600 dpi in black
  • Full HD Movie Print
  • Connectivity: HighSpeed USB 2.0
  • Operating systems: Mac OS X and Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Energy Star compliant
  • 1-year limited warranty with Canon’s InstantExchange program


When it comes down to it, the Canon Pixma iX6520 excels in print quality except matte photo print quality. The glossy photo print quality was exceptional, crisp and vibrant–but the matte photo prints appeared to be “blurry,” or to put it in another way, to show visible bleed. This is something to take into consideration before purchasing this product if printing on matte is important to you.

Another slightly annoying, but not ground-breaking “con” is that this printer tends to be a little on the noisy side. Canon’s website lists the printer as having a 45.0dB noise level. This is a bit louder than the normal noise level–and may be seen as a larger problem if you work in a silent office setting.

Overall, the printer is definitely worth the price considering that it never once misaligned, jammed, or misfed during our extensive ink exhaustion tests, the high class glossy photo printing, the added value of the wide format printing, and the great value the ink tanks provide. The iX6520 also yields quite impressive default printing speeds.


The Canon Pixma iX6520 single-function and wide format inkjet is available now through Canon and other select retailers for $199.99. 

Accessories and supplies for the iX6520 are also available directly from Canon. The standard PGI-225 Black Ink Tank will run you $15.99 and each of the other color inks cost $13.99. The PGI-225 Black combo pack (black ink tanks) costs $29.99.

The Canon Pixma iX6520 comes with a 1-year limited warranty through the Canon InstantExchange program. Users may also opt to purchase a Canon CarePak Extended Service Plan which runs $25 extra. The Extended Service Plan is not available in Wyoming or New Mexico.




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