Canon PIXMA TR8620 review

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is a compact all-in-one printer that dishes out top quality photos, but it's not the cheapest to run.

Canon PIXMA TR8620
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Top Ten Reviews Verdict

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is powerful with ADF, duplexer and photo printing features while the price is low but expect to pay more for ink.


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    ADF for 20 sheets

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    Dual-side printing duplexer

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    Great photo quality printing

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    Fast prints with app support


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    Expensive inks

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The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is a firm favorite on our list of best all-in-one printers thanks to its many talents all rolled into one compact package.

This all-in-one printer is crammed with office-ready features yet is home friendly in size and ease of use. The whole printer is 17.3 x 13.8 x 7.5 inches and it weighs only 17.4 lbs.

The display is plenty big enough at 4.3-inches and displays in color with a responsive touchscreen for easy controls. That means the only physical button is the power button. The Canon PIXMA TR8620 also features an ADF for feeding in up to 20 pages at a time automatically and there is also a duplexer for two-sided printing.

While this is WiFi connected, with both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bandwidths, it also offers a Hi-Speed USB port, Ethernet port, SD card reader and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity options. It's even fax capable thanks to a built in 33.6kb modem.

Canon PIXMA TR8620 review: Print quality

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 comes in at a faster-than-average printing pace when put through its paces in testing. That means you can expect to churn out documents at a speed of 9.2 pages per minute, or with mixed color graphics in there too you'll get 3.2 pages per minute. 

When it comes to glossy prints this is one of the fastest out there with a letter-sized photo finished in just two minutes and four seconds – leaving the average of four minutes and three seconds well behind.

Canon PIXMA TR8620

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So the speed is impressive but what about print quality? Text was just fine with defined edges, dark lettering and overall clarity. Color graphics were also decent with accurate colors and visible textures, with just a little banding on darker areas.

When it comes to glossy photos, despite being fast, quality remains high with sharp detail, rich color and very smooth transitions.

Copies were also good with both text and graphics closely reflecting the original. That said, using the ADF for copies did leave the text looking a little larger than when using the flatbed.

While there is an on-screen menu for copying, it doesn't give enough control over cropping, so you may find you resort to the app or a computer connection for the greatest of controls here.

Canon PIXMA TR8620 review: Features

Two features that make this printer stand-out as office-grade but still for the home user, are the inclusion of the ADF and duplexer. In the case of the ADF it means you can have up to 20 sheets automatically fed in at a time, making for faster and effortless document scanning and copying. The duplexer means two-sided printing which can save you on paper and space in documents you need to print. 

There is also a 100 sheet cassette in the front and another 100 sheet feeder in the rear, making it possible to have two different paper types at the ready.

The inclusion of a free app is also helpful as it allows for fast printer use via a smartphone, without the need to fire up a computer. The Canon PIXMA TR8620 allows for printing as well as scanning and is particularly helpful if you want to print photos directly from your smartphone.

Canon PIXMA TR8620

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The LCD screen is helpful and can be used to setup other useful settings like the WiFi  which is quick and easy if done using the WPS button option. 

Ink is broken down into cartridges for cyan, magenta and yellow with two black options of document focused pigment-based black and a glossy photo specified dye-based black.

Canon PIXMA TR8620 review: Price and warranty

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 printer has an MSRP of $179.99, which is well priced for the amount of features that are included. It's well made and decent looking form, especially when you consider the large and colorful touchscreen interface and app support. What's not so affordable is the ink running cost.

Canon PIXMA TR8620

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Even if you go for Canon's most high-yield output ink tanks you're still looking at a price of 7 cents per page in monochrome, or 12.3 cents in color. Yet when you go to a four by six inch snapshot it'll be more reasonable at 25 cents. So overall ink on this printer is expensive to replace.

So while this printer appears affordable up front it's worth keeping in mind that other brands charge more initially but less for ink, so it can work out cheaper in the long run. It all depends on how much you're going to print.

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 comes with a one-year limited warranty as standard.

Canon PIXMA TR8620: User reviews

Those who bought the Canon Pixma TR8620 from Amazon have given it an average rating of 4.4 stars out of five – so impressive then. While negatives focus on design issues like reloading paper taking longer than it should, positives focus on it being third party ink friendly, print quality being high and easy WiFi setup.

Best Buy customers rated the printer at 4.2 stars out of five. Critical points include excessive use of ink and lower than expected print quality. Positives focus on crisp printing quality and impressive duplexing.

Should you buy the Canon PIXMA TR8620?

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is a fully featured all-in-one printer that packs in lots of powerful features within a compact home-user friendly form that's feature rich enough to serve office use. While the upfront cost is low and print quality and speeds are decent, the longer term ink costs can add up.

Backed by a decent app and lots of connectivity options, this is a future-friendly printer. The addition of an ADF and duplexer make it a great option for work printing while you still have that high-quality glossy ability for photo printing too. This really is a do it all printer.

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