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VINE VOICEon May 1, 2013
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I've had an iPad and an iPhone for several years now. One of the biggest complaints was that I could never print anything off (tickets, emails, documents, etc.). When Apple's AirPrint feature was first released there was only a handful of printers that worked with it and reviews were mixed.

I've been utilizing the MG4220 printer for the past year and it's been great, however it's a single sheet scanner. As the home business evolved, the need for an automatic document feeder presented itself so I was happy that Canon made this adjustment in the MX522. Setup was straight forward and getting it on the Wireless Network was simple as you use the LCD display on the printer to input your SSID and security settings (including password). WPA is also supported.

Printing from iPhone/iPad:
Once you have the printer on the same wireless network as your "i"-product, I was amazed that the iphone and iPad both recognized the printer with no installation required! Immediately I had the ability to choose PRINT from the "send to menu". The printer was automatically listed there. A simple click of the button and the iPad shot the document right to the printer. I love the fact there is no configuration, installation, etc. required to print to this printer.

Overall printing experience:
The printer as a whole is quick and responsive to everyday home printing needs. It's quiet and utilizes the simple two cartridge system (black and color). You should be aware that while Canon advertised this as an "at-home Photo Lab", the 4800x1200 resolution is just average these days and should not be viewed on the same caliber as their PIXMA line. Costs per page are average to high with black print coming in at 5.6 cents per page, color at 12.6 per page and photo quality at 18.6 cents per page (this is based off a high-capacity cartridge)

-PRINTS TO ALL APPLE iPRODUCTS (IPHONE/IPAD) WITH NO CONFIGURATION REQUIRED! (*This was the best selling point for our family*)


FINAL THOUGHT: If you use a bunch of Apple products in your house you will love the ability to easily print from your iOS device with no additional setup/driver installation required.
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இ Fuzzy Wuzzy's Summary:
ѾѾѾѾ Recommended with warm fuzzies (but buy the MX922 instead if you find it at a great discounted price)

փ Positives:

փ The quality of text and graphics on Word/Excel printouts is excellent.
փ The quality of photo prints are good when compared to most all-in-one multi-function printers.
փ This printer has a multitude of flexible connection options: USB 2.0, Wireless Wi-Fi LAN, Wired Ethernet LAN, Wireless PictBridge connection to Canon cameras, Bluetooth from a mobile phone (using an optional Bluetooth adapter), AirPrint printing from iPad/iPhone/iOS devices, Google Cloud Print from Gmail/GoogleDocs/GoogleChrome.
փ The two black/color ink cartridges can be conveniently replaced from a front-facing panel, instead of having to lift up the entire scanner lid to access them.
փ The printer can print in full duplex mode, automatically printing to both sides of the paper.

ჯ Negatives:

ჯ Print speed is a bit on the slow side compared to many other multi-function printers, but its print quality is better than most.
ჯ While this is an excellent printer for home or home office use, its slower speed and limited 100-sheet paper capacity would not be a good choice for a busy small office.
ჯ The single color ink cartridge contains all three cyan/magenta/yellow colors, so each color cannot be separately replaced.

This Canon MX522 is a multi-function printer that can print and fax from a PC, wirelessly print via AirPrint from iPad/iPhone/iOS devices, print from a Web service such as Google Cloud Print, and it can also work as a standalone color copier and fax machine. Its multi-functional appeal is not just limited to its outputs, but it is likewise very flexible with its connection inputs.

Setup was easy and quick. The print speed of this MX522 is its main weakness. Whether printing Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, or photos, it prints about %40 to %60 slower than a comparably priced Epson WorkForce multi-function printer. However, the quality of the print from this MX522 on Word documents and Excel spreadsheets is better than the Epson. Upon close examination, the text and graphics on my Word and Excel printouts have an excellent, clear, crisp look to them, better than the Epson. So perhaps this Canon takes it time printing so that it emphasizes quality over quantity. Fair enough... While the print quality of text on documents is noticeably better on this MX522 when compared to a similar Epson WorkForce printer, the print quality of photos was fairly average, i.e. not good, not bad, and either comparable to, or slightly better than, other multi-function printers.

This printer uses two ink cartridges, a black cartridge (PG-240, PG-240XL, PG-240XXL) and a cyan/magenta/yellow three-color cartridge (CL-241, CL-241XL). Depending upon their pricing, the larger "XL" cartridges are often a better deal than the non-XL cartridges. While replacing a single three-color ink cartridge is more convenient than replacing three separately-colored ink cartridges, I really would have preferred that this printer used three separate cyan, magenta, and yellow ink cartridges in addition to the black color. Regardless of whether I am printing photos or documents containing graphics, the colors are never used up at the same rate. So if I have used up all of the cyan color, I have to replace the color cartridge even though the magenta and yellow inks are likely not empty and still usable. By comparison, Epson's WorkForce printers do use four separate cyan/magenta/yellow/black ink cartridges. But as with "razor blade marketing", I think that all inkjet printer manufacturers earn the bulk of their printer hardware profits from the ink cartridges. Compared to many multi-function printers where you have to lift up a bulky scanner lid in order to access and replace the ink cartridges, the two ink cartridges in this MX522 are easily replaced by accessing a small door located at the front right corner of this printer.

Some all-in-one printers do not offer automatic duplexer. But this MX522 has full duplex capability so I can automatically print to both sides of a sheet without needing to manually insert a printed page back into the printer to print the other side. On printers that have a duplexer, I use this feature a lot since it also saves on paper, especially if I am printing a 70-page document.

This printer includes "My Image Garden" software that lets you manage, organize, and edit your photos. Its photo editing and image enhancement functions are weak and limited when compared to Photoshop Elements or PaintShop Pro, but it is very easy to use for the photo-editing novice, and it can do some pretty nifty things such as capture frames from a MOV/MP4 video, or create cards or calendars to print out.

One nitpick that I have is that even though you can connect this printer using its USB 2.0 port, a USB cable is not provided in the box. So if you want to connect this printer using USB, you have to provide your own cable. But the wireless Wi-Fi printing works so well that you should choose this as the main connection.

௫ Fuzzy Wuzzy's Conclusion:

This MX522 printer is the middle model of Canon's line of three MX scanner/copier/fax multi-function printers. At the time of this review's writing, the better Canon PIXMA MX922 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax MX922 printer is only selling for $15 to $20 more than this MX522. Amazon prices may fluctuate daily, but the $15 to $20 price difference has been going on for a long time now. If you can get a great price deal on the MX922 printer, I would definitely recommend the MX922 printer instead because its print speed is about twice as fast as this MX522, its photo/graphics/text print quality is better, it uses separate color ink cartridges instead of this MX522's wasteful approach of combining all colors into a single cartridge, and it has far better paper handling capabilities. So while I rate this MX522 4 stars, I would rate the MX922 5 stars. If you also want a multi-function printer to print the bulk of your photos at home, instead of using a separate high-quality dedicated photo printer to print photos at home or using a commercial service to print your photos, the MX922's photo print quality is better than this MX522, and it prints photos better than most multi-function printers in general. If the price difference between this MX522 and the better MX922 was $50, then you may have to consider the extra cost. But if you can get the MX922 for just $15 or $20 more, definitely get the MX922 instead of this MX522 because you get a lot more features for a little extra cost.
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VINE VOICEon May 7, 2013
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This is a very decent printer/copier/scanner. But virtually every Cannon Printer I've owned (Pixma 4000, 4200, 5320) is better.

* The best thing about the printer is the AirPrint function. So you can print with an Ipad or Iphone directly.

* But I find the printer to be slow. It is much slower that the 5320 when printing photos.

* The copier is functional...but again fairly slow. It has an automatic sheet feeder which is very nice.

* Unlike many recent Canon Printers which have separate color cartridges (Blue, Magenta, Yellow, etc.), the MX522 uses one color cartridge and one black cartridges. That is it...2 cartridges total.

* As far as photo quality, I found it comparable to my 5320 which is better and no worse.

* I found the installation to be somewhat confusing. Punching in the numbers, letters, symbols for the wifi connection could be a little clearer.

* The scanning function worked well wirelessly which was nice.

My particular sample came with fingerprints all over the buttons - seems to be permanently on it. I don't know if that was because it was a refurbished unit or somewhat used unit sent to me as a Vine reviewer. But it is the first time I have received a product through Vine that did not look totally new.

In sum, the Canon MX522 is a good multi function printer...but Canon has done better.
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on August 3, 2013
I recently purchased this printer and so far I just love it! I also owned the Canon MX452 printer. I wanted an upgrade with more features so that's why I purchased the MX522. I have a review written up on the MX452 that you might want to see as well if your interested in that model. But the MX522 just seems to work really well with Windows 8.

The PROS....It was a real breeze to set up! Connected in less than 1 minutes to my wireless modem. Even though the quick set up sheet connects your printer wirelessly without the CD I did notice that I had to use the CD on the desktop and laptops to use all the other features that the printer offered. The CD will walk you step by step to connect your other wireless devices to the printer and install the proper and "necessary" drivers. And the additional "optional" software programs. This is tip is only for the people that may not know this but you don't need to have your PC or laptop on to use the printer and it's many features. I love the large size menu dual function panel on the printer and it's in color. The keypad and any other features on the printer lights up brightly. Just make sure you don't turn off the printers power. When the printer is not in use the printer will just go to sleep to reduce the power. But as soon as you click print or any other feature the printer will wake up immediately. The printer lights all go out when the printer goes into sleep mode when your not using it except for the wireless blue light and the select a feature blue light. Printing documents were really sharp and clear. Really like the auto duplex or double sided page printing. Fax machine was very easy to set up and use. I haven't printed any photos as yet, but if I do I will update this again. But that's if I even try it at all. I did not purchase this printer for color photo printing. I had for a few years my Canon PIXMA iP100 Mobile Photo Printer which prints beautiful color photos! Had to get it repaired only once, but owned it since Feb 2009. The Canon repair guy only needed to tighten a loose screw and "BAM" it looks like it's ready to go a few more years again! The MX522 printer uses two separate ink cartridge tanks. One tank is for color and the other tank is for black. If you want to view the ink cartridges for the MX522 they are.....Canon CL-241 for color, and for black the Canon PG-240. They also come in 2 more different sizes that holds more ink....the XL and the XXL.

The CONS....I wouldn't recommend this printer for a business or busy home office. It only holds 100 sheets and I feel that printing documents would not be fast enough to keep up. It's an excellent printer for home use for a family or an individual or if you just need to print or scan or fax a few pages daily. I still feel that the scanner features still needs more editing tools. But it will scan without any problem. Just remember to go to IJ scan utility settings to set up where you want your scanned documents to go to after you scan them. Not too happy with the online manuals if you happen to need them. I found them somewhat difficult to use and don't go into enough details for solving issues. But I don't heavily rely on the manuals to do what I need to do. I'm the type of person that's going sit down and go through every feature that Canon offers. The hubby doesn't have the time or patience for that, so that's where I come in at.

OVERALL....I have no complaints with this printer in fact I like it so much better than the MX452, that's why I wanted to upgraded. It just seem like everything just came together so much easier than the MX452 for me. The MX522 did not come with a printer cable in the box which was fine with me since I didn't need it anyway. This printer is 100% wireless and I can never go back to a wired anything again! Just love the convenience of being able to print with the Air Print feature from anywhere in the house. But if you don't have a wireless modem then your going to need to purchase a printer cable if you want to connect to a desktop or laptop. I downloaded the Android Canon app for printing and scanning with my cell. I also registered the printer with Google cloud print to be able to print from anywhere.

RANDOM NOTE.....On another thread someone asked a question that if the color ink runs out can you still print with the black? And this answer applies to whichever color runs out first the black or the color ink. And the answer is YES. Just don't remove the empty tank. Leave both tanks in order for this to work. First you need to go to the control panel and select hardware and devices, right click on your MX522 printer. You should see a drop down menu. You will then select printing preferences. Then a box will appears with tabs at the top you will select the maintenance tab. Then click on Ink cartridge settings. It will give you a choice to print with whatever ink tank you choose. Then just hit ok and then close out the boxes. Not to worry it will not change any setting other than which tank you want to print from. But remember when you do want to add new ink just make sure to go back and change the setting for your printer to print with color again. The printing preferences has a lot of great features that you might want to check out too. But I highly recommend this printer!
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This is a side-by-side comparison between the Canon MX452 and the Canon MX522 PIXMA printers Canon Office Products MX452 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax

Basically, here you go:

(I tried to create this as a chart, but Amazon's text box won't keep my formatting, so bear with me...)


Retail: $99.99
Amazon: $84.99 (4/28/2013)

Retail: $149.99
Amazon: $129.99 (4/28/2013)



Weight: 19 pounds
Dimensions: 15.2"x 18.1"x 7.9"
Color: Matte Black

Weight: 22 pounds
Dimensions: 15.2"x 18.1"x 7.9"
(Note: the Canon website lists a larger size for this printer, and Amazon lists them as being identical. I measured them myself and indeed they are identical.)
Color: Gloss Black



2-Line LCD Display (with NO backlight)

2.5" LED Display (Very bright)
Dual Function Panel



Speed:9.7 ipm (Black)/ 5.5 ipm (Color)

Speed 9.7 ipm (Black)/ 5.5 ipm (Color)

MX452: NO

MX522: YES



Fine Cartridges (Black and Color)
Can use XL and XXL Cartridges

Fine Cartridges (Black and Color)
Can use XL and XXL Cartridges
*Note: Both printers use the same exact ink(s)



Up to 4800x1200 dpi (Color)/ Up to 600x600 dpi (Black)

Up to 4800x1200 dpi (Color)/ Up to 600x600 dpi (Black)



Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n)
USB 2.0 High-Speed
Bluetooth v2.0

Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n)
USB 2.0 High-Speed
Bluetooth v2.0



4"x6", 5"x7", 8"x10"
Letter, Legal
US #10 Envelopes

4"x6", 5"x7", 8"x10"
Letter, Legal
US #10 Envelopes



100 Sheets, 30 Sheets ADF (Auto Document Feeder)

100 Sheets, 30 Sheets ADF (Auto Document Feeder)



MX452: YES

MX522: YES



MX452: NO

MX522: YES






Inside the box: Each included the quick start manual, its own CD with proper drivers and identical software, phone line cable, color and black ink cartridges (they use the identical cartridges), updates to the manuals for newer OSs, and the MX452 included the USB/Printer cable (the MX522 did not). This cable was not necessary for either set up, but I did have trouble with their "quick WiFi set up"--on both printers.

Both printers have quick-set-up for connecting to your WiFi home network. You press your router's network button and the printer is supposed to find it and hook up to it. The trouble is, neither did. It wasn't that they didn't "see" the router/network. They did, and both showed it. But they couldn't make that connection on their own. We went to the Canon website (as instructed by the little flyer(s) inside the package(s) with the manuals.) We followed those directions (which were basically the same as the instructions that popped up on the screens of the printers), and had no luck. I finally went into an alternative network setup option and found the router and inputted the security code and both printers hooked into the network without a problem. Seems something about the quick-start didn't work with my Verizon router. Neither printer required any physical connection to the router nor any computer for Network set up.

There are lots of options for both printers--the trouble is, with the 452, it's hard to maneuver the menus because it is hard to see the screen. The 522 was easy and seemed simpler (even though it has a few more options).

The optional software has printing programs for photos, etc. Typical for all Canon and other big-name companies.
The face recognition software was pretty neat--and kind of creepy.
Both can do borderless photo printing, are optimized for Canon photo papers, and claim that with the combination of Canon inks combined with Canon papers, your photos will last up to 100 years in an archival-quality photo album. (Up to? Not much of a promise...if they said, "at least", we'd be talking...)
Auto scan modes, auto document fix, Movie Print, 30 Sheet Auto Document Feeder, and more are on both printers, and work equally well (but I do think the 522 is a tiny bit faster).

The 452 does NOT have full duplex printing. This is a big drawback for me, as I print a lot of paper for school and don't want it all one-sided (and I certainly don't want to stand there hand feeding pages back in to get the backside printed). The 522 has FULL DUPLEX PRINTING. This means that it automatically prints on both sides of the paper (if you choose that option). You do not have to hand-feed the pages back in. My current printer has this, and once you have had it, you don't want to go back.

The Fax programs are the same, and work equally well. Of course, the menu/caller ID is far easier to see with the 522. Transmission speeds on both are (black) 3 seconds per page and (color) i minute per page. Both have a 50 page memory, and both have modems that transmit at 33.6 Kbps.

As a Copier, both Reduce/Enlarge from 25% to 400%. Both have menus that allow you to lighten/darken the copies. Copy speeds are (color) 4.7 ipm.

The Scanner is identical on both printers. Both have a Scanning Element that is a Contact Image Sensor (CIS), with resolutions of 1200x2400 dpi (optical), 19,200x19,200 (interpolated) with ADF (Auto Document Feeder):600x600 dpi (optical). Both have a max color depth of 48-bit internal/24-bit external, and the same max document size of 8.5x11.7" on the flatbed scanner and 8.5x14" on the ADF (Auto Document Feeder)

Standard Interface is identical, except that the 522 includes PictBridge. (See above side-by-side comparison.)
OS compatible with Win 8, 7, RT, 7 SP1, Vista SP1, Vista SP2, XP SP3, Mac OS x 10.5.8, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 The 452 states that it for Intel Processors Only. This is not listed for the 522.

Both printers can use the XL and XXL ink cartridges.

On the Canon Website, they have some apps that are pretty neat--the printing apps are the iEPP (Print pictures, Scan items), and Mobile Printing (Print Documents, Web Pages, and Images). Both work with iPhone and can be downloaded directly from the App Store for free.

Because the 452 has the 2-Line LCD display with NO BACKLIGHT (How did you miss this one, Canon?) it is quite difficult to read. I have pretty bad vision, and had a tough time getting through the menus.
The 522 has a very bright and clear LED display. It's not a touch screen (that would be the one improvement I'd like to see). It is very easy to read and use, and for those like me with bad vision, it's a blessing.

Both printers have fax, capability, copying capability, Scanning capability, and Caller ID/Call block rules for the fax.

Both printers have built-in templates for graph paper, ruled notebook paper, children's printing paper, schedules, calendars, to-do lists, and more. Getting to the menu options for these is much easier on the 522, but isn't too bad for the 452.

The Quiet feature is wonderful. I don't know how they do it, but both printers ran quieter and the "beep" and "alarm" volumes are very adjustable.

They are each quite capable printers, both are quiet, quick, and do an excellent printing job. BUT there are many differences.

If you are looking for a utilitarian-looking printer, the PIXMA MX452 is a good choice, but the screen is not very easy to read, and you have to do a LOT of scrolling to get through the menus. If you're more like me, and like easy-to-read menus and the sleeker shiny surface and/or you are a Google-Cloud Printer or double-sided printer, you will be better served with the Canon PIXMA MX522.

I took a bunch of pictures of them side-by-side, during the set-up. I will post them on the Customer Images section of this page.
I hope this review helped you out--sometimes we don't realize we "want" a feature until we have seen it elsewhere. (For me, the Google-Cloud Print was my "surprise" feature--but now that I have seen and used it, I know I'll use it again.)

For my use, which is typical home-use and school-use, I'd opt for the MX522. It's 50 dollars more expensive, but I know I'd save that in paper (with the duplex) in no time. It looks better--more sleek, and the LED screen is bright and looks nice, too.
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on November 10, 2013
I recently received my Canon PIXMA MX522 so I haven't used all of its functions yet. However, I've used the basic printing functions and they have worked well. It looks nice and takes up a reasonable amount of space for a home print/scan/copy/fax machine. My favorite function is the automatic feed for scanning. Also, it was very easy to set the printer up. A hint to anyone who wants to set it up for wireless connection and doesn't have the button on the wireless router that the directions ask you to push, it's no problem. Just choose the regular install and you will be prompted to enter the wireless key.
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on February 3, 2014
I was so excited to get this printer after my old HP finally gave out on me. It arrived and I got it hooked up and easily connected the wireless. Went to print test page. Jammed. Retried. Jam. Tried with new sheet of paper. Jam. Again. Jam. Cancelled test page and tried with a simple word document with TEST. Jam. Again. Jam. Again with new paper. Success! Oh yeah, thought I was good. Oh no. Every single thing I tried to print after that with various types of paper jammed. I checked inside to ensure no torn paper or any issues, but everything was good. I just need some peanut butter to go with all this jam. I called customer service with no success because I was on hold for what seems like forever and lost the patience to wait anymore. I sent an email so hopefully I'll get a response, but I have a feeling I'll be returning this printer. Save yourself the time and frustration and don't get this item.
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on June 28, 2013
I've had the unit for just a couple of weeks. The quick start instructions get you going, but abandon you at critical times. Customer Service is spotty. The first call was not helpful, but the second person called was very good and solved the problem. Installation for wireless operation was fairly easy using a standard method involving the modem password. The CD software that comes with the unit is straight forward and downloads on my computer easily. Scanning and copying printed items from the printer produces a mediocre color print. Copying photos using the scanner is disappointing. Prints are washed out and off color. Double sided printing is a nuisance using the screen prompts. I did not set up the FAX mode but the instructions look simple enough. Printing pictures directly from my Picture file on my laptop computer to the printer is a disaster. Prints are washed out, faint and off color, totally unusable. The Customer Service representative said picture printing must go through their software program downloaded from the CD. Further, he stated, that I should use their photo copy paper for proper results. When I did this round-about way to print pictures from my computer files, the result was more or less okay. My old broken down HP printer combo was better and simpler. The Canon PIXMA MX 522 "Color Photo Printer" should be avoided for use as a Color Photo Printer. It is okay and fast when it prints e-mail letters in black ink and iffy for anything with color. It looks nice on the desk, however, as an expensive art work.
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on September 27, 2013
I own 2 other Canon printers and decided to add a wireless printer. I have been so satisfied with Canon products that I decided to go Canon again. From the descriptions of this printer I thought it was just what I needed. WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT.

First it is very easy to set up, but the positive stops there.

It is EXTREMELY slow.
Only one paper holder that holds few sheets so you are constantly replenishing paper supply.
Quality of print both color and B&W are only so-so. Not up to Canon's usual quality.
The "extender" that holds the paper when it comes out from printing is so short that it barely holds the paper before it drops on the floor.

I can see why the price is dropping rather quickly on this model. Don't waste your money. I do like Canon so much however that I am thinking about buying one of their other wireless models in hopes of better performance.
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on July 9, 2013
Printing is great. I have not attempted photo printing.

I have tried many printers with separate ink tanks and print heads with disappointing results. This one has integrated print heads so changing the ink changes the print heads. Essentially you get a new printer with each cartridge change.

Keep in mind:
1) It does not have a removable paper tray
2) It does not hold a lot of paper

For light duty printing, it is awesome.
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