Canon PIXMA TR8620 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Updated Sep 24, 2021 at 03:48 pm
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 an all-in-one color printer with a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder. The color page yield is good, with a cost-per-print that's great for color documents and excellent for photos. Also, it has one of the best photo printing quality scores we've tested. The connectivity options are exceptional, including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and it can print directly from SD cards. Unfortunately, it's very slow to print documents, and it reproduces colors with mediocre accuracy. Also, the black page yield is poor, but since the cartridge is quite affordable, the black page cost-per-print is still very good.

Our Verdict

8.2 Family

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is a great printer for family use. It prints excellent-looking photos with good detail and has a flatbed scanner and automatic document feeder for digitizing your files. The overall cost-per-print is great, which should help keep you within your budget. Unfortunately, the accuracy of colors is mediocre, although it should still be fine for casual use.

Pros
  • Great overall cost-per-print.
  • Good color page yield.
  • Excellent photo printing quality.
  • Outstanding connectivity options.
Cons
  • Mediocre color accuracy.
5.8 Small/Home Office

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is a sub-par printer for small or home office use. The black page yield is poor, it prints black and color documents very slowly, and it's a bit slow to print the first page. The output tray and scanner lid feel flimsy, and the automatic document feeder can't duplex scan. On the bright side, it yields a good number of color documents and has an exceptional array of connectivity options.

Pros
  • Outstanding connectivity options.
  • Has an automatic document feeder.
Cons
  • Takes a bit long to print the first page.
  • Prints slowly.
  • Poor black page yield.
  • No duplex scanning.
8.5 Student

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is an excellent printer for students. There's a flatbed scanner and automatic document feeder to help digitize your work. The cost-per-print is great overall, helping running costs stay low, and you can print via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and directly from SD cards. Unfortunately, it's a bit slow to warm up and print the first page.

Pros
  • Great overall cost-per-print.
  • Has a flatbed scanner and automatic document feeder.
  • Outstanding connectivity options.
Cons
  • Takes a bit long to print the first page.
6.2 Black & White

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is unremarkable for black and white printing. The printing speed is poor, with a bad page yield, and it's a bit slow to warm up and print the first page. Although it has an automatic document feeder, it can't duplex scan. On the bright side, the cost-per-print is very good, it's compatible with XL and XXL cartridges, and its connectivity options are exceptional.

Pros
  • Great overall cost-per-print.
  • Has an automatic document feeder.
  • Compatible with XL and XXL cartridges.
Cons
  • Prints slowly.
  • Poor black page yield.
  • No duplex scanning.
7.9 Casual Photo

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is a very good printer for casual photos. Printed pictures look amazing, with vibrant details and no banding present. Unfortunately, the color accuracy is mediocre, so although it should be fine for casual use, it isn't ideal for professions requiring exact color reproduction.

Pros
  • Great overall cost-per-print.
  • Good color page yield.
  • Excellent photo printing quality.
  • Supports 4" x 6" and 5" x 7" photo paper.
Cons
  • Mediocre color accuracy.
  • Can't print on 2" x 3" photo paper.
  • 8.2 Family
  • 5.8 Small/Home Office
  • 8.5 Student
  • 6.2 Black & White
  • 7.9 Casual Photo
  1. Updated Oct 13, 2020: Review published.
  2. Updated Oct 02, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
7.0
Design
Build & Design Quality

The Canon PIXMA TR8620's build quality is satisfactory. It's made entirely of plastic, but some parts, like the output tray and scanner lid, feel flimsy and wobbly. The scanner lid raises 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.

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

The Canon 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 at times.

Design
In The Box

  • Power cord
  • User manual
  • Setup CD-ROM
  • Fax 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's cartridge system is okay. It has one black cartridge for monochrome printing, and four color cartridges for printing photos and in color. The printer yields a good number of color pages, although the black page yield is poor. Fortunately, there are higher-yielding cartridges available should you need them. You can also use third-party cartridges in this printer, although it might void your warranty. If you want a printer with much higher page yield, then look into the HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e.

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, an automatic document feeder, and built-in fax. 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.

When using the Canon IJ Scanning Utility software on a computer to scan, you're limited to a 600 DPI scan resolution by default. To access the full 1200 DPI resolution using IJ Scanning Utility, you need to need to click on "ScanGear", go to "Advanced Mode", then change "Output Resolution" to 1200 DPI. Doing so will create a large scanned file, which will require you to disable the thumbnail found in the top-left corner of the ScanGear window. The scanner will then be able to capture finer details as a result.

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. 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.

If you want a lower cost-per-print for color documents and photos, check out the Canon PIXMA TR8520.

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

The Canon TR8620 has mediocre printing speeds, with our results being twice as slow as the advertised speed. The first page of a black-only document prints fairly slowly, and subsequent pages aren't much faster. Printing in color is even slower. There are two adjustable paper trays, one in the front that can hold 100 plain sheets, and another in the rear that holds either 100 plain sheets or 20 sheets of 4" x 6" photo paper.

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. The Canon PIXMA TR4720 is a similar printer that reproduces colors with significantly better accuracy.

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. We base these results on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not represent 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
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 can print directly from SD cards, but not from USB flash drives. Also, while you can print via Bluetooth, it only works if you use the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app, instead of directly from the printing options of the file you want to print.

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. You can use it to print, scan, and copy directly from your phone, and even order ink without needing a subscription.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Canon PIXMA TR8620 in black, and there aren't any variants available. It's the replacement to the Canon PIXMA TR8520, which has somewhat better color page yields, produces much more accurate colors, and prints faster, but has been discontinued. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is marketed as a home office printer, but it's better for students or families. It produces some of the best-looking photos of any printer we've tested, and it can print directly from SD cards. However, the color accuracy is mediocre, its black page yield is poor, and the printing speeds are rather slow overall. Also, Bluetooth only works via the companion app and not directly from the file printing options, which might be disappointing for people looking for a Bluetooth-capable printer.

For more 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 TR8620 is the successor to the discontinued Canon PIXMA TR8520. Both printers produce amazing-looking photos, but the TR8520 yields somewhat more color pages, has a much cheaper color document cost-per-print, prints black text documents somewhat faster, and produces much more accurate colors. On the other hand, the TR8620 warms up faster to print the first page, and supports Wi-Fi Direct. Although both printers can print via Bluetooth, it only works via the companion app and not directly from the file printing options.

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.

Canon PIXMA TR7520

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is a better printer for most uses compared to the Canon PIXMA TR7520. The TR8620 prints much better-looking photos, has a much better touchscreen, has an Ethernet port, and can print via Bluetooth, although it only works via the companion app. On the other hand, the TR7520 yields somewhat more color pages, produces much more accurate colors, and prints much faster.

Canon PIXMA G3260

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is a better printer for casual photos and families, while the Canon PIXMA G3260 is better if you print in black and white frequently. The TR8620 produces significantly better-looking photos, it prints much faster, and it has an Ethernet port and can print via Bluetooth and directly from SD cards. Also, it has an automatic document feeder and can fax. On the other hand, the G3260 uses a supertank system for far superior page yields at a much cheaper cost-per-print, and it reproduces colors much more accurately.

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 WorkForce Pro WF-4830

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is better for casual photo prints, while the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 is better for small or home offices. The Canon has better color page yields, a cheaper color document and photo cost-per-print, produces significantly better-looking photos, and can print via Bluetooth. On the other hand, the Epson has better black page yields, a cheaper black text document cost-per-print, and it prints much faster. Also, it produces significantly more accurate colors, 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.

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 TR4720

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 performs much better overall compared to the Canon PIXMA TR4720. The TR8620 has far superior page yields at a significantly cheaper cost-per-print, faster printing speeds, and better-looking photos. Also, its large touchscreen display is much better, and it has an Ethernet port, supports Bluetooth, and can print directly from SD cards. On the other hand, the TR4720 reproduces colors with significantly better accuracy, which might be better for people printing logos or designs.

Canon PIXMA TR7020

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is a better printer overall compared to the Canon PIXMA TR7020. The TR8620 has better page yields, a much cheaper cost-per-print, prints faster, and produces much better-looking photos. Also, it can fax, and can print via Bluetooth and directly from SD cards. On the other hand, the TR7020 produces much more accurate colors.

HP ENVY Photo 7855

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 and the HP ENVY Photo 7855 are both very good models for casual photo printing, but the Canon performs better for most other tasks. The Canon uses four separate color cartridges, yields many more pages, has a lower cost-per-print, and produces somewhat better-looking photos. It also feels much better built, has a far better touchscreen display, and can print via Bluetooth, although this only works using the companion app. On the other hand, the HP prints documents much faster, and produces far more accurate colors.

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.

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 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.

Canon PIXMA TS9120

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is better for most uses compared to the Canon PIXMA TS9120. The TR8620's cost-per-print is cheaper overall, it prints much better-looking photos, and it has an automatic document feeder with built-in fax. Although it can print using Bluetooth, it only works via the companion app. On the other hand, the TS9120 yields more color pages, prints much faster, and produces more accurate colors.

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.

Canon PIXMA TS8320

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is a better printer overall compared to the Canon PIXMA TS8320. The TR8620 yields more black pages, its overall cost-per-print is cheaper, and it prints much better-looking photos. Also, it has an automatic document feeder, built-in fax, and an Ethernet port. Although it can print via Bluetooth, it only works via the companion app. On the other hand, the TS8320 yields more color pages, it prints significantly faster, especially for photos, and it produces more accurate colors.

Brother MFC-J4335DW

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is better for casual photo printing, while the Brother MFC-J4335DW is better for small or home offices, and black and white printing. The Canon has a touchscreen that's larger and much easier to navigate, it prints photos much more quickly that look significantly better, and it can print directly from SD cards and via Bluetooth. On the other hand, the Brother uses the INKvestment Tank, a hybrid cartridge–tank system, for far better page yields at a much cheaper cost-per-print. Also, it prints documents much faster and reproduces colors much more accurately.

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.

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 TR4520

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is an overall much better printer than the Canon PIXMA TR4520. The TR8620 has much better page yields, a much better cost-per-print, prints much faster, and produces better-looking photos. Also, it can print via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Direct, and directly from SD cards. On the other hand, the TR4520 produces much more accurate colors. Both printers have automatic document feeders and built-in fax.

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.

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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