The Canon Pixma TR7020 ($ 129.99) is an entry-level multifunction printer designed primarily for low volume home office use. Located about halfway up the Pixma TR series, the TR7020 is just below the recently tested TR8620 and has numerous features for convenience and productivity, such as: B. An automatic document feeder (ADF) for sending multi-page documents to the scanner. It holds a fair amount of paper in two input sources, and support for mobile devices is robust. Like most Pixmas, this one prints very well, especially photos, but it’s a little slow. The running costs are a bit high, but if you’re not printing more than a few hundred pages per month, the TR7020 should serve your family or your private business well.
Slim and light
Measuring 8.2 x 14.4 x 15.9 inches (HWD) and weighing 18.1 pounds, the Pixma TR7020 is similar in size and scope to several competing entry-level all-in-one (AIO) printers. The flagship Pixma TR8620, for example, is only about 3 inches longer and weighs a little less. HP’s similarly expensive and configured ENVY Pro 6452, an Editors’ Choice receiver, is about 1.5 inches shorter and weighs about 4.5 pounds less than the TR7020. Bulk ink machines like the Brother MFC-J805DW and the Canon Pixma G7020 MegaTank AIO are only slightly larger.
Good news for those who want office equipment that matches the interior: you can choose the TR7020 in black or white.
Choose between black and white to better match your home office decor.
All of these devices scan, copy, and fax in addition to printing and have ADFs of similar capacities. The ADFs of the TR8620 and the MFC-J805DW each hold 20 sheets. The TR7020 and ENVY Pro 6452 hold 35. All of these functions are performed manually in duplex mode. So if you want to scan both sides of a two-sided document, you have to turn it over yourself. The 35-sheet ADF of the Canon G7020 is automatically duplex capable.
The TR7020’s control panel, anchored by a 1.44-inch OLED screen, helps with simple tasks like keeping track of page numbers and setting up copy jobs. For more complicated things, you will need to use the printer’s web-based software or smartphone app.
“ data-image-loader=”https://i.pcmag.com/imagery/reviews/01nq1B4aCGPEbGPzYaPjJOf-2.jpg” data-lazy-sized=”“ alt=”Canon Pixma TR7020 control panel” data-image-path=”reviews/01nq1B4aCGPEbGPzYaPjJOf-2.jpg” class=”my-4″/>A simple control panel does some basic tasks, such as: B. Making copies.
When it comes to paper handling, the TR7020 can hold up to 100 sheets in a front cassette and another 100 in a compartment that can be pulled up from the back of the case. You can also configure the rear tray to hold up to 20 sheets of 4 x 6 “or 10 sheets of 5” x 7 “premium photo paper. Regarding duty cycle and recommended monthly quantities, Canon stopped publishing these specifications on its consumer devices some time ago.
“ data-image-loader=”https://i.pcmag.com/imagery/reviews/01nq1B4aCGPEbGPzYaPjJOf-3.png” data-lazy-sized=”“ alt=”Canon Pixma TR7020 input” data-image-path=”reviews/01nq1B4aCGPEbGPzYaPjJOf-3.png” class=”my-4″/>The input capacity consists of two 100-sheet trays: one at the front and one at the rear.
The paper capacity of the Pixma TR8620 corresponds to that of the TR7020. The MFC-J805DW comes with a 150-sheet cassette and a 1-sheet override tray. The recommended monthly page volume is 1,500 pages. The HP ENVY Pro 6452 only holds 80 sheets and has a low recommended print volume of 100 pages. The Pixma G7020, on the other hand, holds up to 350 sheets, divided into a 250-sheet drawer at the front and a 100-sheet drawer at the rear.
Connect and control the TR7020
Standard interfaces on the TR7020 include Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n, Bluetooth for connecting a single mobile device, USB for connecting a single computer, and Wireless PictBridge for printing from PictBridge-compatible digital cameras. Mobile connectivity options include Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria, the Canon Print app (Android, iOS), the Canon Print Service (Android only), and Canon Cloud Link.
“ alt=”Canon Pixma TR7020 mobile printing” data-image-path=”reviews/01nq1B4aCGPEbGPzYaPjJOf-4.png” class=”my-4″/>The mobile connectivity options make it easy to print a photo right from your phone.
Canon usually includes the same apps for each TR series device. A detailed description of the apps and their functions can be found in our TR8620 review here.
“ data-image-loader=”https://i.pcmag.com/imagery/reviews/01nq1B4aCGPEbGPzYaPjJOf-6.png” data-lazy-sized=”“ alt=”Canon Print App” data-image-path=”reviews/01nq1B4aCGPEbGPzYaPjJOf-6.png” class=”my-4″/>The Canon Print app allows you to edit, enhance, arrange and print photos and documents across platforms.
Unfortunately, the TR7020 is one of the few Pixmas recently that doesn’t support voice commands via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.
Entry-level print speeds
Canon rates the TR7020 at a somewhat sluggish 13 monochrome pages per minute (ppm) or 6.8 color pages per minute. I tested the TR7020 via USB from our standard PC equipped with Intel Core i5 with Windows 10 Professional. It printed our 12-page, simply-formatted Microsoft Word document at 13.2 pages per minute. That’s pretty good for this group of printers; only the TR8620 was faster and only by 0.6 ppm.
When I combined the results of the previous simple 12-page Word document with those from printing our color PDF, Excel, and PowerPoint graphic and photo documents, the TR7020’s speed dropped to 4.7 pages per minute, which is for printers is average in this class.
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Finally, the TR7020 printed our two sample photos with an average runtime of 42 seconds, which is a bit slow compared to some others but is still well under a minute. Either way, as with most Pixmas, it is worth waiting for the TR7020 to output.
Canon knows imaging
Most inkjet printers these days print good photos, and pixmas are among the best. Canon’s photo-enhanced five and six-ink AIOs, like the TR8620, consistently produce some of the most impressive photos I’ve seen. The TR7020, a four-ink model, doesn’t get quite as vivid and detailed, but still delivers very good output. It’s just really about how picky you are. As long as you start with good, clear digital images, any Pixma will produce bright, crisp, and accurately colored prints.
The text of the TR7020 in our test documents was 6 points, well-formed and legible, except for the smallest font we tested. Our test PowerPoint handouts and Excel charts looked good too, with solid fills and evenly flowing gradients. Only one graph with a black and green background showed some significant streaks (and many printers, even high-end models, have trouble rendering this graph correctly). All other color documents, including those with functions that the printers we tested were supposed to put through their paces, looked better than acceptable.
Somewhat high operating costs
At 3.2 cents for monochrome pages and 12.2 cents for color, the TR7020’s running costs aren’t outrageous, but they’re enough to cut this AIO down to low volume use – say 100 to 300 pages per month. If you’re looking to produce more than that, these page rates add up quickly.
“ data-image-loader=”https://i.pcmag.com/imagery/reviews/01nq1B4aCGPEbGPzYaPjJOf-7.png” data-lazy-sized=”” alt=”Canon Pixma TR7020 ink” data-image-path=”reviews/01nq1B4aCGPEbGPzYaPjJOf-7.png” class=”my-4″/>The TR7020 uses only two ink cartridges: one with black ink and one with cyan, magenta and yellow.
Many of the other printers mentioned here have a discount option. The HP ENVY Pro 6452 is compatible with the Instant Ink program. If you subscribe to the 300 pages per month option, you’ll pay around 4 cents per page – black and white or color, a line of text, or a borderless photo. The MFC-J805DW, one of Brother’s INKvestment tank models, prints black pages for just under 1 cent each and color pages for a little less than 5 cents each.
The Canon G7020, a MegaTank model, prints monochrome pages for 0.3 cents each and color pages for 0.9 cents. The caveat is that it lists for $ 200 more than the TR7020. However, if you are printing 1,000 pages per month, adding 3 cents to the cost per page will cost you an additional $ 30 or $ 360 per year. If you keep the printer for five years, the price is $ 1,800 – it’s well worth investing in upfront investment in a slightly more expensive printer with a much lower cost of ownership.
A fine, feature-rich family printer
The entry-level printer market is replete with low-cost, low-volume inkjet printers, and all of them print at relatively slow speeds and great output. The Pixma TR7020 does not attract attention, but it does not fall behind either. With a low price point and Canon’s great Pixma technology, the TR7020 has almost everything you and your family or home business should need, including an ADF for multi-page scanning and copying, and easy configuration and operation from your smartphone and mobile app from Canon. If you want to print at higher volume that requires a lower cost of ownership, Canon’s Pixma G7020 is a sensible choice. Otherwise, the TR7020 is a good value.