Canon Pixma MX524 MFP test


The MX524 is positioned for home use and also for small offices where high-quality color printing is required e.g. for producing portfolios for clients, printing photographs, presentations . MFP offers printing, copying, scanning, faxing, connectivity via





, printing from mobile devices smartphones and tablets , support


, Scan to and print from cloud services. Features duplex and 30-sheet ADF, wired and wireless network modules. Such functionality at a price of 4290 Dollars distinguishes favorably MFP against competitive models of other manufacturers.

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Canon Pixma MX524 A4 inkjet MFP for home and small workgroups


PRINT: 4800×1200 dpi.

4-color inkjet printing system with 2 FINE cartridges with 2ppm minimum drop size and ChromaLife1OO system. Speed: B/W color. – 9.7 5.5 pp./min 10x15cm borderless photos-46s in standard mode . Duplex. Functions: edge-to-edge, full-sheet, scalable, multiple pages per sheet, brochures, posters, booklet printing

PC/Mac high-speed USB type “B” , Wi-Fi IEEE802 .11 b/g/n . Ethernet: IEEE802.3U 100BASE-TX , IEEE802.3 10BASE-T , 10/100 Mbps automatic switching optional Bluetooth 2.0

WITHOUT PC: USB memory stick port “A” EPP Android and Windows RT devices, iEPP – iPhone, iPod touch and iPad Apple AirPrint, Pixma Cloud Link, Google Cloud Print, PictBridge LAN or wireless LAN

PAPER: Plain paper, envelopes, various types of photo paper, including glossy and matte, High Resolution Paper, thermal transfer paper, stickers. Format: A4, B5, A5, Letter, Legal, envelopes DL or Commercial 10,10×15 cm, 13×18 cm, 20×25 cm. Print density: normal paper-64-105 g/m2Photo paper – up to 300 g/m2. Automatic document feeder for 30 pages.

FAX: 33,6 kbps

SCANNER: flatbed color with CIS-sensor and ADF device. Optical resolution up to 1200×2400 dpi. TWAIN/WIA compatibility. My Image Garden optical character recognition software included

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS document printing :

A4 color document: black/color -180/180 Ar., black XL/color XL-600/400 page.

PERFORMANCE photos, with standard paper fill : 10×15 cm photo: black/color – 2465/69 photos, black XL/color XL – 7560/150 photos

SIZES WxHxV : 458x385x200mm.

WEIGHT: 8.7 kg

PRICE: 4290 Dollars.


Like other Pixmas, the MX524 comes in a black lacquered body. Stylish glossy design suits to any home or office interior. The problem of fingerprints and dust particles is solved by wiping the housing regularly with a microfiber or any soft cloth.

Compact device. Connectors on the rear panel: for power, telephone line, Ethernet, USB type B-F . Manipulation of paper, cartridges, menu settings are accessible from the front, which means that the machine can be pushed close to the wall and placed not only traditionally – on a table or nightstand, but also in a niche shelf. No need to be wired for networking – MFP can be connected via Wi-Fi. Recesses under the sides are provided for easy transportation.

Fully fold-out paper feeder – an extension of the front cover of the MFU. If the machine is idle, the tray can be folded down, thereby freeing up space on your desk.

The MFP lid has an automatic document feeder for scanner or copier, and there is also a control panel. The cover has an intermediate half-open position, so you don’t have to hold it with your hand, e.g. when copying documents. In a word, the ergonomics of the device is hard to find.


The driver has a huge number of options. This is essentially the main tool for controlling the printing process, selecting settings, paper type, page margins settings, two-sided printing destination, etc.d. The driver interface even provides access to the service utilities for printer maintenance, so you can check the condition of the nozzles, calibrate or clean the print head yourself.

The driver settings are divided into four tabs for convenience: Quick Setup with a choice of paper settings – standard, business document, saving paper, photo print, envelope and also with the ability to set double-sided or speed printing, borderless, grayscale , Home with print quality settings , Page with a choice of paper type and settings, and also settings – borderless, double-sided, centrefold, etc. , Full Page with a choice of paper type and settings, and also the settings – no border, paper type, paper on centrefold, and so on , Print Quantity Display with a choice of paper type and settings , Desktop Display with a choice of paper type, paper type, and settings – borderless, paper type, and so on. d. and “Maintenance” nozzle check, cleaning, alignment of the print head, etc. .d. .

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Driver-primary tool for selecting format

and paper type, color settings, margin settings, print control, speed setting, or duplex printing

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Useful features include borderless copying of photos to page

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Photos can be printed not only from PC or smartphone, but also from online albums

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Cloud link allows you to take advantage of a collection of ready-to-print templates

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Convenient menu navigation allows quick selection of the necessary settings and sections

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MFP quickly finds a wireless network. The user only has to enter the password if the network is protected

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The MFP does a great job of printing halftones and fine detail


The MX524 is available with a FINE cartridge consisting of a black cartridge and a color cartridge M, Y, C . FINE color cartridges are standard in all Canon low-cost solutions. The “plus” of this solution is the low price of the device, the “minus” is that if one color runs out, you have to change the entire color cartridge

To test it out, we printed our traditional pattern and lots of photos to make sure that the MFP reproduces natural colors and halftones perfectly, and also renders graphics and detailed images clearly. The photos printed with the MX524 are vibrant and juicy without affecting color reproduction. And that’s with factory settings! The photocopying is also very fast, which is true for other Canon devices. This sets this MFP apart from its competitors.

The driver offers fast prints with speed priority. In essence, it’s an economy mode – the color intensity is reduced by about 30-40%, which helps save ink.

The MX524 is more than just a printer. The device allows you to scan, to copy documents, to receive/send faxes. Multi-Page Operation is convenient thanks to the 30-page automatic document feeder. Standard copying functions: document preview, copying by size of paper inserted, two or four copies per page, selection of scale, paper type and size, print quality. When copying a spread of a magazine or book the device removes the dark border around the printed area.

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Consumables are replaced from the front of the MFP, allowing you to move the device close to the wall

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The retractable paper feed and receiving trays can be completely folded away to free up space on your desk if needed

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Scanner lid is in an intermediate position so you don’t have to hold it by hand when copying

The device uses flatbed color scanner with CIS-sensor and optical resolution up to 1200×2400 dpi. The clear menu lets you select where to send the electronic file: computer, e-mail attachment, or USB drive. File type document or photo and format PDF, compressed PDF, TIFF, JPEG can be selected in the scan settings. Greatly menu-driven, even for inexperienced users, makes it easy to navigate. Auto mode cuts off blank margins. But alignment of a crooked document is not yet available.


The Canon Pixma MX524 can be connected to mobile devices running iOS Apple smartphones and tablets , Windows RT and Android by installing free software from the Apple Store or Google market. MFPs print from and scan to mobile devices and store the results in their memory. Communication takes place via Wi-Fi.

Photos can be printed not only from PCs or smartphones, but also from online albums – the device works with cloud services thanks to Google Cloud Print and Pixma Cloud Link. To do this, the user must create an account in Google, registering and confirming the registration after reading the QR code of the device. You can send scanned files from your MFP to the cloud, as well as print files that are already in the MFP.

For quick printing on the front there is a slot for USB-drives, to which you can also scan files, External hard drives are not visible to the device.


The Pixma MX524 is a great option for printing photos, booklets, portfolios, promotional materials at home or in the office. Also suitable for printing daily documents in monochrome mode. And for those who are used to saving money, it allows printing in duplex mode with ink saving mode. In addition, MFP supports work with high-capacity cartridges. XL The device is easy to use and gives high quality printing, but, of course, subject to the use of original Canon materials.

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