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Canon PIXMA TS8320 review

A powerful photo printer, the Canon PIXMA TS8320 straddles the line between pro and home printing.

Canon PIXMA TS8320 review
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Our Verdict

The Canon PIXMA TS8320 offers great quality and fast photo prints as well as smart voice control features. Other printing is slower and the ink is more expensive than average but this is simple to use and comes with a decent warranty.

For

  • Six ink quality photo prints
  • Smart assistant compatible
  • Faster photo printing

Against

  • Slower than average text printing
  • More expensive ink than average

The Canon PIXMA TS8320 is a photo printer built for the task with lots of extra features to make this a real all-rounder too. From Wi-Fi connectivity and app support to multi format printing, this does a lot. We think this is one of the best photo printers on the market, especially if you're looking for value for money.

The printer itself looks pretty sleek in design but isn't small coming in at 5.6 x 14.7 x 14.2 inches and weighing 14.6 pounds. Sure, it's not as big as some all-in-one printers but since this is built for a specific task, photo printing, you'd expect that.

As a wireless printer, you can connect the Canon PIXMA TS8320 to your home computer or laptop via either WiFi or an Ethernet cable. You can also use the SD memory card slot to move your images from your camera or smartphone to the printer. It has simple and easy to use controls, with a 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen for inputting commands and changing settings.

Canon PIXMA TS8320 review: Print quality

Graphics and images are where this printer does its best work, offering saturated yet natural looking colors. Don't expect to get any of that false color editing that creates a sense of warmth where it wasn't intended like on some printers, making this ideal for skin tones on people's faces in photos.

Expect plenty of details in the dark midtones and for things like food you will find colors pop well to show variation. Copies of images weren't quite so sharp but were still impressively accurate. 

Print speeds were decidedly average with a five page test document printing out in 34.4 seconds which is about 8.7 pages per minute. When it came to mixed printing with color on a PDF we found this managed a six-page tester in one minute and 52 seconds which is about 2.7 pages per minute. 

Canon PIXMA TS8320

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Photo printing was fast – ideal since that is what this is made for. A letter-sized, high-res glossy arrived in two minutes and two seconds – half the average print time for that size.

Canon PIXMA TS8320 review: Features

The Canon PIXMA TS8320 offers a paper cassette with up to 100 sheets of plain paper, 20 sheets of 4 x 6 inch photo paper or 10 sheets of 5 x 7 inch photo paper. Auto paper detection features in both trays and the touchscreen will ask you to confirm the paper type detected.

This also features a CD and DVD print tray for printing specifically to those formats. This also has a duplexer for making two-sided printers. This is a great feature for overall pace.

Both Bluetooth and WiFi allow you to connect to this printer easily and it'll even work with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa for voice commands. It even supports the IFTTT service meaning you can tether actions based on web services, letting you pull in Gmail, Facebook and more. You also get cloud printing, setup via WPS and support for AirPrint for iOS and Android.

Prefer it simple? There's a good old USB port to if you want to cable connect directly to a PC for direct printing.

Canon PIXMA TS8320

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This features a copier and scanner. The flatbed is able to accommodate documents up to 8.5 x 11.7 inches (A4/letter) under the hinged scanner lid. This can support itself when up as long as you lift all the way to 90 degrees. 

There is an SD card slot on the front which allows you to print directly from a camera's memory cards. The touchscreen comes in useful here for controls.

Canon PIXMA TS8320 review: Price and warranty

The TS8320 features a six ink cartridge setup. You get a pigment black, mainly for text, and a dye-based black for images. There are four colors of cyan, magenta, yellow and photo blue. 

The capacities offered are varied with two size options of high yield offerings in XL or XXL. The overall cost is higher than average when using standard cartridges. Per page it works out for text at 9.5 cents. For text and graphics it's closer to 23.6 cents.

Jump to high-yield XL cartridges and it's 7.1 cents for text and 19.5 cents for graphics. Go for the XXL cartridges and it's 6.4 cents for text and 16.8 cents for graphics. 

All that means that even with the most cost efficient largest yield cartridges you're still going to pay more to run this Canon over a similarly placed Epson. Keep your eye out for Canon multi packs which can help you save money here. though

Canon PIXMA TS8320

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When it comes to warranty you're covered by a standard one year policy that Canon offers for all its printers.

The printer itself varies in price depending on where you buy it so we recommend shopping around or using the options on this page for some of the best deals.

Should you buy the Canon PIXMA TS8320? 

If you want a high-quality photo printer that's very well connected with features like voice controls and IFTTT, then this is a great option for you. Ink prices are higher than average and the print speed is lower than average outside of photo printing, which is fast, but you make savings on the printer purchase itself. You can also rely on decent quality results and a reassuring one year warranty.