Canon Pixma TS9020 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One Printer
Editor's Note: In light of the fact that the Canon Pixma TS9020 uses the same print engine, print head, and inks as the Canon Pixma TS8020 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One Printer, and yet its graphics and photo quality fell short of that Editors' Choice model, we retested the TS9020 using a fresh review unit. Graphics and photo quality were better, essentially a match for the TS8020, making its output quality above average across the board. In light of our retesting, we have raised the TS9020's rating from a 3.5 to a 4, and changed the Pros, Cons, and Bottom Line accordingly, but have left the body of the review as it was originally published.
Without knowing the exact cause of the slightly inferior graphics and photo print quality in our original test unit, it is unclear whether we encountered a single defective unit or whether any other units were similarly affected. I would note, though, that photo quality has tended to be consistently good with other Canon photo-centric inkjets I have tested.
Between the Canon TS9020 and TS8020, if you need Ethernet connectivity, you will want to go with the TS9020; otherwise you can save some money by buying the TS8020.
Like all of Canon's latest inkjet all-in-one printers geared toward home users, the top-of-the-line Canon Pixma TS9020 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One Printer ($199.99) is small enough that you shouldn't have trouble finding room for it on a desk. It also has a decent feature set for its small frame, including six ink tanks, and it produces excellent text for an inkjet. Its lack of an automatic document feeder (ADF), however, makes it poorly suited for home office use, and its only average graphics and photo quality may turn you off if you're looking for a true do-it-all solution.
Design and Features
Our TS9020 test unit is two-tone, red on top and in the back, and black on the front and sides; it also comes in a white-and-black version. It measures a petite 5.6 by 14.7 by 12.8 inches (HWD) and weighs 14.7 pounds. The front panel, which you can tilt upward for easy access, includes a 5-inch color touch screen that makes it easy to navigate the menus.
Paper handling consists of a 100-sheet main tray and a 100-sheet rear feeder. There is also a tray for direct printing onto optical discs and an auto-duplexer for two-sided printing. For scanning, the TS9020 has a letter-size flatbed on top, though there's no ADF. To the left of the output tray is a slot for an SD card.
Mobile Printing Features
The TS9020 is AirPrint compatible and Mopria certified for direct printing from iOS and compatible Android devices, and it can print from the Canon Print app as well. It also supports Google Cloud Print, which lets you send documents to your printer from any Web-connected computer, smartphone, or tablet.
It can connect to a network via Ethernet or Wi-Fi, or directly to a computer via USB. It also supports near-field communications (NFC) direct printing from a compatible Android device. I tested the TS9020 over an Ethernet connection with drivers installed on a PC running Windows 10.
In printing the text-only (Word) portion of our business applications suite, the TS9020 averaged 10.3 pages per minute (ppm), with a first-page-out time of 11 seconds. In printing our full business suite, which includes PDF, PowerPoint, and Excel files in addition to the aforementioned Word document, the TS9020's speed dropped to 4.1ppm. That's slow, but not out of line with other photo-centric inkjets we've tested. The Epson Expression Premium XP-640 Small-in-One Printer, for instance, tested at just 3.2ppm for the full suite.
One area in which the TS9020 did prove a speedster is photo printing. It averaged just 20 seconds per 4-by-6 print, using photo printing and high quality settings; the Epson XP-640 averaged 25 seconds, and the Canon Pixma MG5720 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One averaged 54 seconds.
The TS9020 uses six ink tanks, which include both dye- and pigment-based black inks (which should help in photo and text printing, respectively) and gray in addition to the usual cyan, magenta, and yellow. Based on our testing, the TS9020's overall output quality was a touch above par for an inkjet, thanks to its high text quality; photo and graphics quality were average. Text should be good enough for any business use, even those requiring small fonts.
With graphics, some backgrounds showed mild banding (a regular pattern of faint striations). Although colors were generally well saturated, several backgrounds looked a bit faded. The TS9020 did well with thin colored lines, and in differentiating between similar tones.