The Canon PIXMA TS5320 is a budget oriented all in one wireless inkjet printer. It is ideal for a small or home office that doesn’t want to spend a lot of money but needs a quality printer. This printer won’t let you down. It isn’t the fastest but does make good quality prints for the price.
The standard ink cartridges cost about average for this segment of printer but have below average yields. XL cartridges are available for a few dollars more but with over double the yield. Which makes the XL cartridges for the Canon Pixma TS5320 very cost effective.
For an inexpensive printer it isn’t completely void of features. This all in one can copy, print, and scan. It has wireless and wired connections. As typical of Canon, it has a good paper capacity with two trays. No fax or document feeder. But it does can do two sided printing.
The HP Envy 7155 is similar in price, size, and features. It only comes with one choice of trim whereas the Canon offers 4 choices of trim colors.
I opened the box, took out the printer, and removed the packing tape. Handles are built into into the plastic wrap to make removal simpler. Next I added ink cartridges and turned it on.
There is an auto alignment feature for the ink cartridges. Aligning print heads is second nature for techs but we can still appreciate a printer that can align itself. One less thing to do.
There’s a button dedicated just for the QR code. However, I already have the phone app installed. I did download the setup utility for my PC. Brands are taking advantage of smart phones more and more. Control panel functions for copying or scanning can be done from apps now.
Canon has a 1.44 inch OLED display and buttons for those who still prefer that kind of user interface. The HP has a 2.7 color touchscreen but can also use a smartphone for copy or scan functions.
Wifi, USB, and Bluetooth are included with both the Canon Pixma TS5320 and the HP. Neither has WiFi direct. Bluetooth may offer a direct connection for smartphones but scanning a QR code from Canon’s app is simpler than setting up Bluetooth. Both all in ones are Mac friendly.
Once ready, I used a standard scale and ruler to test the weight and dimensions. I found the Canon Pixma TS5320 weighs 17.2 lbs. My measurements revealed a printer 16.1 inches wide, 12.4 inches deep, and 6 inches high. A below average size and heft for an inkjet printer.
The Canon Pixma TS5320 has two paper trays. Both trays are capable of holding 100 sheets of paper. The main paper tray pulls out and closes after paper is loaded.
I’ve always preferred the contained paper trays. Not only do they look better but paper is easier to load. You don’t have to guess if paper is in all the way or worry about the open tray getting in the way. The exit tray also pulls out for printing and can be closed when not in use.
The HP Envy Pro 7155 holds 10 more sheets of paper in its main tray however the second tray only holds 25 sheets for a total capacity of 140 sheets. Compared to the Canon’s total paper capacity of 200 sheets.
To test the print speed I printed emails and pictures of houses. Not as much coverage as the ISO/IEC 19798 and 24711 color test pages or the ISO/IEC 19752 standard B&W test page. But they served my purpose.
My color test pages clocked in at 7 pages per minute. Average for an inkjet printer but the print quality was good for a 4 color printer. My B&W test pages clocked those pages in at 13.3 ppm. Faster but just typical for inkjet printers.
The HP Envy Pro 7155 is 14 ppm for B&W and 9 ppm for color. While the HP is a page or two faster, it takes several pages per minute to notice a difference. These are just average speeds for an inkjet printer. Not slow enough to be irritating but not speedy either.
The Canon Pixma TS5320 makes good quality prints for a 4 color process. My test 4 x 6 photos come out great. Text is crisp and readable from my test pages. The HP Envy 7155 makes descent photos as well. Better paper gets better results but that’s a characteristic of any inkjet printer.
Canon’s print drivers cover the basics of printing fairly well. It has some page setup options for size and layout. There are some basic color adjustments and matching settings.
The Canon PIXMA TS5320 operating costs are average for a low duty cycle inkjet printer. Lower volume printers, 500 pages per month or less, tend to cost more than high volume printers. Supertank printers have the lowest operating costs. But they tend to lack things like a document feeder.
The Canon B&W prints cost 9 cents a page and color prints 25 cents a page. Using XL cartridges will lower the color costs considerably, from 25 cents to 9 cents a page. The B&W costs aren’t as dramatic but still lowers it 2 cents a page. Canon offers a Pixma Print Plan which is a monthly ink program. It can cap printing costs as low as 4 cents a page.
For the HP Envy 7155, B&W pages cost 9 cents and color costs 12 cents per page. Which isn’t too bad for a low volume printer. HP’s instant ink program can lower the printing costs more as long as you’re willing to pay the monthly fee.
The HP Envy 7155 is a very even match for the Canon Pixma TS5320 in quality, size, and features. Both offer monthly ink programs. A few differences are the HP has a SD card port while the Canon does not. The Canon’s paper capacity is 200 sheets while the HP is only 140 sheets. I’ve found HP’s to be easier to setup but Canons’ use of QR codes has evened the scales.
If paper capacity is a priority, the Canon PIXMA TS5320 is an inexpensive, compact all in one printer. Which makes it ideal for home or office looking for a compact all in one.
The Copier Guy, aka Dave. I’ve worked on scanners, printers, copiers, and faxes over 23 years. When I’m not fixing them I’m writing about them. Although, I’m probably better at fixing them. I have certificates from Canon, Xerox, Ricoh, Kyocera, Lexmark, HP, and Konica Minolta. My experience includes other brands as well as several types of processes. If it uses paper I’ve probably worked on one.