Canon PIXMA TR8620 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Oct 13, 2020 at 10:49 am
Canon PIXMA TR8620 Picture
8.2
Family
5.8
Small/Home Office
8.5
Student
6.2
Black & White
7.9
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is a disappointing all-in-one inkjet printer for small or home offices. Despite being marketed as a small or home office printer, it's perhaps best suited for families or students. Photo quality is great due to vibrant colors and nice detailing, while the color accuracy should be passable enough for casual photo use. It has outstanding connectivity options, including Bluetooth support, and is compatible with the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY companion app. Unfortunately, its black cartridge yields few pages and often needs replacing. Printing speed is also rather slow regardless of what you're printing. On the upside, the cartridges are quite affordable and particularly offer good value for printing in color.

Our Verdict

8.2 Family

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is a great printer for family use. The quality of printed photos is excellent and color accuracy is passable enough for casual use. It has a great cost-per-print for both black and color printing, and it has a flatbed scanner for scanning small books and fragile photos. You can also print photos from an SD card and it's compatible with an outstanding companion app.

Pros
  • Outstanding connectivity options.
  • Excellent photo printing quality.
Cons
  • Mediocre color accuracy.
5.8 Small/Home Office

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is a sub-par printer for small and home offices. Its black cartridge has a low yield and needs replacing often. Printing speed is also slow, regardless of what you're printing. It won't take up much space on your desk, but while the build quality is decent overall, some parts feel flimsy. On the other hand, it has integrated fax and an automatic document feeder, but it lacks duplex scanning.

Pros
  • Compact design.
  • Outstanding connectivity options.
  • Automatic document feeder.
Cons
  • Slow printing speeds.
  • Black cartridge has a low yield.
  • No duplex scanning.
  • Scanner lid wiggles.
8.5 Student

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is an excellent printer for students. It has great cost-per-print, especially when printing in color. It has outstanding connectivity options, including Bluetooth support, and its compact size won't take up much space in a dorm. It has a flatbed scanner for scanning small books and there's an automatic document feeder, but it lacks duplex scanning.

Pros
  • Outstanding connectivity options.
  • Automatic document feeder.
  • Great cost-per-print.
Cons
  • Slow printing speeds.
  • Scanner lid wiggles.
6.2 Black & White

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is a mediocre choice for printing in black and white. The first page of a document prints pretty slowly and subsequent pages aren't that much faster. Its black cartridge has a low yield and needs replacing often. Fortunately, the value of printing in black-only is great as replacement cartridges aren't expensive and there are even high-yielding cartridges available should you need it. However, while there's an automatic document feeder, it lacks duplex scanning.

Pros
  • Compact design.
  • Automatic document feeder.
Cons
  • Slow printing speeds.
  • Black cartridge has a low yield.
  • No duplex scanning.
  • Scanner lid wiggles.
7.9 Casual Photo

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is a very good printer for casual photos. Photo printing quality is excellent and color accuracy is passable enough for casual use. Its design feels a bit flimsy but it's compact enough to not take up much space. Unfortunately, it can't print on 2" x 3" paper.

Pros
  • Compact design.
  • Excellent photo printing quality.
Cons
  • Can't print 2" x 3" photo paper size.
  • Mediocre color accuracy.
  • 8.2 Family
  • 5.8 Small/Home Office
  • 8.5 Student
  • 6.2 Black & White
  • 7.9 Casual Photo

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
7.0
Design
Build & Design Quality

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 has a decent build and design quality. It's made entirely of plastic, with some parts, such as the output tray and scanner lid, feeling flimsy and wobbly. The scanner lid does raise slightly to accommodate average size books and stays up on its own. Also, potential paper jams are easy to get to from the rear access point. The printer itself needs to be on to change the cartridges, which is an otherwise easy task to accomplish.

Design
Dimensions
Height 7.4" (18.9 cm)
Width 17.3" (43.9 cm)
Depth 13.8" (35.1 cm)
Weight
17.4 lbs (7.9 kg)

This is a relatively compact printer, making it an ideal choice for small offices or dorms as it won't take up a lot of space on a desk or shelf.

8.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
4.2" (10.7 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 has an excellent display screen. It's easy to navigate the menus on its large LCD touchscreen, and it's easy to view at most angles. It has quick access to copy, scan, fax, and print options from the menu and there are even instructional tutorial videos for tasks like fixing paper jams. Unfortunately, the screen is prone to double clicks and is unresponsive to touch at times.

Design
In The Box

  • Power cord
  • User manual
  • Setup CD-ROM
  • Modular cable
  • Canon starter cartridges
    • 1x PGI-280 Black
    • 1x CLI-281 Cyan
    • 1x CLI-281 Magenta
    • 1x CLI-281 Yellow
    • 1x CLI-281 Black

6.5
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
Yes
Number Of Color Cartridges
4
Black Cartridge Model
PGI-280
Tested Black Page Yield
12 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
228 prints
Color Cartridge Model
CLI-281
Tested Color Page Yield
15 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
343 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Yes
High Yield Cartridge
XL and XXL
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The Canon TR8620 has an okay cartridge system. It has two black cartridges and three color ones. While the yield of the black ink is quite low and often needs replacing, the color cartridges offer a better value. That said, there are higher-yielding cartridges available should you need them. If you want a printer with much higher page yield, then look into the HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e.

You can also use third-party cartridges in this printer, although it might void your warranty.

8.1
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
Yes
Automatic Document Feeder
Yes
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 Bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes

This printer has great scanner features. It has a flatbed for scanning average-sized books or manuals, and there's an automatic document feeder. Unfortunately, it lacks duplex scanning, so you have to manually flip double-sided documents yourself. Also, the scanner lid has a bit of wobble to it when it's open. There's integrated fax, which may be beneficial for those in an office environment. The scan resolution defaults at 600 DPI, but you can boost this to 1200 DPI from the 'Scan Gear' option by accessing the Canon IJ Scan Utility app from your computer.

Printing
8.2
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
15.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
39.99 US$
Black Only Printing
0.07 US$/print
Color Printing
0.117 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.25 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

The Canon PIXMA TR8620's cost-per-print is great. Printing is fairly affordable due to the low cost of the ink cartridges, which is great as the black cartridge has a low yield. If you want a lower cost-per-print for color prints and photos, check out the Canon PIXMA TR8520.

Keep in mind that even if you print only in black, most inkjet printers continue using the color cartridge for servicing tasks, so you'll likely still need to replace it eventually.

6.2
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
7 PPM
Color Document
4 PPM
Photo Printing Time
57.8 s
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
14.3 s
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
200 pages

This printer has mediocre printing speeds. The first page of a black-only document prints fairly slowly, and subsequent pages aren't much faster. Printing in color is even slower.

Note: Our test results are nearly twice as slow as the advertised speed. We recently retested this over Wi-Fi and with a USB cable to verify if our numbers were accurate. Our retest results were approximately the same as the first time we tested it, although speeds were marginally faster over a USB connection.

6.4
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
10.46

The Canon TR8620 has mediocre color accuracy. While it's likely not a dealbreaker for those who want to add a splash of color to documents or print a few photos for the family scrapbook, those who need more accurate color accuracy for their profession may want to consider a different printer.

8.7
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The Canon TR8620 has excellent photo printing quality. Photos have good detail and vibrant colors, with yellow, in particular, looking great. There's no banding present, but there's some slight coloring on the grayscale.

These results are based on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not be representative of the printer's photo print quality.

Printing
Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") No
A6 (105mm x 148mm) No
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Yes
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Photo (2" x 3") No
Photo (4" x 6") Yes
Photo (5" x 7") Yes

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 has two adjustable paper trays, one in the front and one in the rear that each holds 100 pages. It supports most common paper sizes, but can't print 2" x 3" photo size or the 11" x 17" tabloid size.

Mobile App And Connectivity
10
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
Yes
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

The Canon TR8620 has outstanding connectivity options, including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and USB. It's compatible with AirPrint and Mopria and there's support for printing from SD cards, but not for USB flash drives.

9.5
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App For Home Use
Mobile App Yes
App Name Canon Print Inkjet/Selphy
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes
PDF
Yes
Microsoft Office Files
Yes
Text Files (TXT)
No
Webpages (HTML)
Yes

The Canon TR8620 is compatible with the outstanding Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY companion app.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Canon PIXMA TR8620 in black, and there aren't any variants available. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is a disappointing all-in-one inkjet printer for office use. It's a step above the nearly identical Canon PIXMA TR8520, though that one's color cartridges have a higher page yield. The TR8620 is marketed as a home office printer but would be a better choice for students of families. For other options, see our recommendations for the best photo printers, the best laser printers, and the best all-in-one printers.

Canon PIXMA TR8520

The Canon PIXMA TR8520 is a slightly better printer than the Canon PIXMA TR8620. The two are nearly identical to each other; however, the TR8520's color cartridges have a higher yield and the color accuracy is better.

Brother MFC-J995DW

The Brother MFC-J995DW is overall better than the Canon PIXMA TR8620. The Brother yields significantly more pages at a much lower cost-per-print, and it prints much faster. On the other hand, the Canon has better photo printing quality, and it supports printing via Bluetooth and Mopria Print Service.

Canon PIXMA TS9520

The Canon PIXMA TS9520 and Canon PIXMA TR8620 are both great family printers with excellent photo quality. The TR8620 has a higher black page yield, a lower cost-per-print for photos, a fax feature, and it can print via Wi-Fi Direct. On the other hand, TS9520 has a higher color page yield and better color accuracy. Also, the TS9520 can print tabloid-size paper.

Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank

The Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank and the Canon PIXMA TR8620 are all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the Brother is a better multipurpose printer, while the Canon is better for casual photo printing. The Brother's INKvestment Tank cartridge system gives it a far superior page yield and cost-per-print, and it feels much sturdier and better built. On the other hand, the Canon produces photos with significantly better quality and detail and prints more accurate colors.

Canon PIXMA TR7520

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is a better printer than the Canon PIXMA TR7520. The TR8620 has a much better display screen and superior connectivity options. That said, the TR7520 has better color accuracy and yields more color pages.

HP OfficeJet Pro 8025e

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 and the HP OfficeJet Pro 8025e are both all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the Canon is a better unit overall. The Canon has a better color page yield, a lower overall cost-per-print, and produces significantly better-looking photos. It can also print via Bluetooth and directly from SD cards. On the other hand, the HP prints faster and produces colors much more accurately, and it comes with six free months of HP's Instant Ink subscription.

HP ENVY Photo 7855

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is a better printer than the HP ENVY Photo 7855. The Canon has three additional color cartridges and has a much lower cost-per-print. On the other hand, the HP has superior color accuracy and is a bit faster at printing documents.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 and the HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e are both all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the HP is better for home or small office use while the Canon is better for printing photos. The HP has much better page yields and a lower cost-per-print, it prints faster, and it produces much more accurate colors. Its automatic document feeder supports duplex scanning, and it comes with six free months of HP's Instant Ink subscription. On the other hand, the Canon prints much better-quality photos, with good detail and vibrant colors, and it can also print via Bluetooth.

Epson Expression Premium XP-7100

The Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 and the Canon PIXMA TR8620 are all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the Canon is a better printer overall. The Canon produces photos with excellent quality, good detail, and vibrant colors and has a much higher page yield and significantly better cost-per-print. It also prints black text documents and photos faster, can fax, and can print via Bluetooth and directly from SD cards. On the other hand, the Epson produces marginally more accurate colors, prints color documents more quickly, and its automatic document feeder can duplex scan.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 is overall better than the Canon PIXMA TR8620, but the Canon may be a better choice if you intend to print photos often. The HP has a much higher page yield and a lower cost-per-print for both black and color documents. It also prints much faster and holds more paper in its input tray. However, the Canon has better photo printing quality and it has a lower cost-per-print for photos. Also, unlike the HP, the Canon supports Bluetooth printing.

Canon PIXMA TS8320

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is a better printer than the Canon PIXMA TS8320. The TR8620 has a higher color page yield and an automatic document feeder. On the other hand, the TS8320 is more compact and has an optional ink subscription service.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 and the Canon PIXMA TR8620 are all-in-one color inkjet printers that are good for families and students, but the Canon is better for photo printing. The Canon produces much better-looking photos with good detail and vibrant colors and has a higher color page yield, lower color document and photo cost-per-print, and Bluetooth printing support. On the other hand, the Epson is better for small or home offices, with a better black page yield and black-only document cost-per-print, and it prints much faster and produces much more accurate colors.

Canon PIXMA iX6820

The Canon PIXMA iX6820 and the Canon PIXMA TR8620 are both color inkjet printers, but the TR8620 is a better printer for families or students. The TR8620 has a flatbed scanner, an automatic document feeder, and it can fax. It can print via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Direct, Mopria Print Service, and directly from SD cards, and it produces somewhat better-looking photos and automatically prints double sided. On the other hand, the iX6820 has much better page yields and a much lower cost-per-print, it prints color documents and photos faster, and it warms up much quicker to print the first page. It also produces much more accurate colors.

Canon PIXMA TS9120

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is a better printer than the Canon PIXMA TS9120. The TR8620 has an automatic document feeder and easier access to paper jams. On the other hand, the TS9120's printing speed is a bit faster for black-only text documents and a higher color page yield.

Brother MFC-J895DW

The Brother MFC-J895DW and the Canon PIXMA TR8620 are both all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the Canon prints significantly better photos, with good detail and vibrant colors. The Canon also has better page yields and a lower cost-per-print for photos and color documents, and it can print via Bluetooth and directly from SD cards. On the other hand, the Brother prints faster overall, particularly for color documents.

Canon PIXMA G7020

The Canon PIXMA G7020 and the Canon PIXMA TR8620 are all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the TR8620 is better for families and casual photo printing. The TR8620 produces more accurate colors and prints significantly higher-quality photos with good detail and vibrant colors. It prints faster overall and can also print via Bluetooth and SD cards. On the other hand, the G7020's supertank ink system gives it a far superior page yield and cost-per-print.

HP ENVY 5055

The HP ENVY 5055 and the Canon PIXMA TR8620 are all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the Canon is better for families, students, and small or home offices. The Canon's page yields and cost-per-print are superior, and it produces photos with much better quality. It also has an ADF, faxing capabilities, an Ethernet port, and can print via Bluetooth and directly from SD cards. On the other hand, the HP has significantly better color accuracy, though it still isn't suitable for tasks that require accurate color reproduction.

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