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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

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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 printer 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
12.00 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
228 prints
Color Cartridge Model
CLI-281
Tested Color Page Yield
15.00 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
343 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Yes
High Yield Cartridge
XL and XXL
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The Canon PIXMA 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.

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
1200 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
0.070 US$/print
Color Printing
0.117 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.250 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. Printing photos is also quite affordable and even cheaper than 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 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
14.3 sec
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.

6.4
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
10.46

The Canon PIXMA 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 printer 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 PIXMA 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 Print
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 PIXMA 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. That said, the TR8620's color cartridges are cheaper.

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.

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 ENVY Photo 7855/7858

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is a better printer than the HP ENVY Photo 7855/7858. 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.

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.

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