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Canon PIXMA TR8620a Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jun 30, 2022 at 10:24 am
Canon PIXMA TR8620a Picture
8.0
Family
6.3
Small/Home Office
7.6
Student
6.5
Black & White
7.8
Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

 The Canon PIXMA TR8620a is your typical all-in-one printer designed for home offices. It has a large touchscreen display with short how-to videos, a five-cartridge system (with a dedicated photo black cartridge), and automatic double-sided printing. It's nearly identical to the Canon PIXMA TR8620 in appearance, features, and performance. The only advertised difference between the two is that the TR8620a isn't stated to support Bluetooth printing, though we couldn't get our TR8620 to work with Bluetooth anyways, even though it was said to support the feature.

Our Verdict

8.0 Family

The Canon PIXMA TR8620a is great for family use. It prints excellent-looking photos with lots of detail and vibrant colors; while some colors are a bit off, they don't look bad enough to ruin your pictures. Otherwise, it has everything else you'd need for varied home use: a flatbed scanner, an automatic document feeder, and double-sided printing. While it doesn't have an especially high page yield, the price of the cartridges is relatively cheap, which keeps the running costs low.

Pros
  • Excellent photo printing quality.
  • Decent color accuracy.
  • Has ADF and flatbed scanner.
Cons
  • Page yield isn't very high.
6.3 Small/Home Office

The Canon PIXMA TR8620a is mediocre for small or home offices. It doesn't print as many pages as other office printers do, so you might pay a lot in ink if you need to print large amounts often. Luckily, the price of the cartridges is relatively cheap, which keeps the cost-per-print low. There are also high-yield cartridges available that will last you longer.

Pros
  • Has ADF and flatbed scanner.
  • Has high-yield cartridges available.
Cons
  • Printing is quite slow.
  • Page yield isn't very high.
7.6 Student

The Canon PIXMA TR8620a is good for students. There's a wide variety of connectivity options, and you can even print, scan, and copy via the companion app. While its page yield isn't especially high, there are high-yield cartridges available that'll last you longer. Unfortunately, it prints slowly, whether you're printing a one-paged assignment or a long essay, but this won't be a problem if you don't mind waiting a bit for your work.

Pros
  • Has ADF and flatbed scanner.
  • Has high-yield cartridges available.
  • Supports printing via Wi-Fi, AirPrint, and Mopria.
Cons
  • Printing is quite slow.
  • Page yield isn't very high.
6.5 Black & White

The Canon PIXMA TR8620a is okay for black and white printing. It prints slowly, whether you're printing a single sheet or a multi-page document. Also, it doesn't yield nearly as many pages as monochrome printers do. That said, there are high-yield cartridges available that'll last you longer. Thanks to its relatively cheap cartridge price, its cost-per-print for black documents is still pretty low, meaning you won't be spending too much on each replacement.

Pros
  • Has ADF and flatbed scanner.
  • Has high-yield cartridges available.
Cons
  • Printing is quite slow.
  • Page yield isn't very high.
7.8 Photo

The Canon PIXMA TR8620a is good for printing casual photos since it prints nice images with excellent detail. Most colors look accurate, and while blues look a bit off, the inaccuracy isn't enough to ruin your pictures. Otherwise, it prints a 4" x 6" photo in under a minute and prints on a variety of paper types, including heat-transfer sheets, glossy photo paper, and magnetic photo paper. The sheet rollers within the printer cause some markings on the photos, though.

Pros
  • Excellent photo printing quality.
  • Decent color accuracy.
  • Dedicated photo black cartridge.
Cons
  • Page yield isn't very high.
  • 8.0 Family
  • 6.3 Small/Home Office
  • 7.6 Student
  • 6.5 Black & White
  • 7.8 Photo
  1. Updated Jun 30, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Jun 22, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Canon PIXMA TR8620a feels well-built, though some areas, like the output tray and rear input tray, feel a bit flimsy. The display panel can tilt upwards, meaning you can adjust the angle to your needs; however, because of the printer's design, the panel needs to be lifted if you want to open the output tray extender or print. Otherwise, it has a good lid dampener that keeps the entire scanner up well and slowly closes down on its own, so you don't need to worry about the top of the printer slamming down while you're replacing the cartridges.

Design
Dimensions
Height 7.4" (18.9 cm)
Width 17.6" (44.6 cm)
Depth 13.7" (34.8 cm)
Height When In Use
11.1" (28.2 cm)
Width When In Use
17.6" (44.6 cm)
Depth When In Use
26.2" (66.6 cm)
Weight
17.3 lbs (7.8 kg)
7.0
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Expected
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

Like all inkjet printers, the Canon PIXMA TR8620a needs maintenance to keep it running smoothly. There are some built-in tasks to prevent and resolve printhead clogging issues and banding due to misalignment. There are also some tasks to help you when cleaning certain parts of the printer, like the rollers and the bottom plate. You can easily access paper jams and sheet rollers by removing the front paper tray, removing the back input tray, then removing the rear cover, or you can even remove the transport unit if the paper is stuck farther back.

The cartridges are also very easy to access, but you need to make sure the printer is turned on so that the cartridge carriage moves to the center of the printer. When the printer is off, the carriage gets hidden into the sides of the printer, so you can't access them. Speaking of the cartridges, you can get a good 200-300 pages out of them, though you'll likely be replacing the black cartridge often if you print frequently. Likewise, the paper trays only hold 100 regular pages, so you'll be replacing this every few days if you print a lot and often.

8.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
4.2" (10.8 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

The Canon TR8620a has a large touchscreen display. You can tilt the panel up to help you see the screen better if you're standing, but overall it has really good viewing angles from all sides. The menu is responsive and easy to navigate, and there are even instructional videos to show you how to do certain tasks, like change ink cartridges or load paper. Luckily, it doesn't have the same issues the Canon PIXMA TR8620 has with double clicks and unresponsiveness.

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
14 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
320 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Purchased One Worked
Ink Type
Dye And Pigment
High Yield Cartridge
Yes

The Canon PIXMA TR8620a's page yields aren't exceptional, but it's about what you'd expect of a printer in this price range. It has four dye-based color cartridges for photo and color printing and one pigment-based black cartridge for monochrome document printing. It gives low ink warnings when it estimates ink is running out, but you can still get a few full pages out of it after that.

7.5
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Flatbed Extendable Hinges
0.36" (9 mm)
Automatic Document Feeder
Yes
ADF Capacity
20 pages
Scan Speed
6 PPM
Duplex Scanning
No
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Yes (Built-in)

The Canon PIXMA TR8620a has a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder (ADF), so you'll be set whether you're scanning a single page, a multi-page document, or a page from a book. The flatbed scanner lid's hinges can lift slightly to accommodate thicker items; thanks to this, you won't have to worry about seeing black bars on the sides of the page where the lid didn't cover your scanned item. While the flatbed scanner's maximum size is 8.5" x 11", the ADF can scan up to 8.5" x 14" sheets.

9.0
Design
Scanning Resolution And Color Depth
Max Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
24 Bit

The Canon PIXMA TR8620a's default scan resolution is 300DPI, which is fine for simple text documents. However, if you're planning on scaling or retouching your scan, you can increase the resolution up to 1200DPI.

Design
Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") No
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Yes
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
Photo (8" x 10") Yes
Max Paper Weight
670 g/m²

The Canon PIXMA TR8620a has presets for the most common paper sizes. While you can't select A6 as a preset printing size, you can still print by setting a custom size. You can print anything between 2.17" x 3.5" to 8.5" x 26.61".

Design
In The Box

  • User manuals
  • 4" x 6" Photo Paper Plus Glossy II (3-sheet sample)
  • Power cable
  • RJ-11 Telephone/modem cables
  • Canon starter cartridges
    • 1x PGI-280 Black
    • 1x CLI-281 Cyan
    • 1x CLI-281 Magenta
    • 1x CLI-281 Yellow
    • 1x CLI-281 Black

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A
Document
7.7
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
17.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
47.99 US$
Black Only Printing
0.079 US$/print
Color Printing
0.150 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.375 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

The Canon PIXMA TR8620a's cost-per-print is good. While the cartridges are relatively affordable, running costs can quickly add up if you print often since the page yields aren't very high. If you don't want to worry about buying new ink, you can sign up for Canon's Auto Replenishment Service, which automatically orders and sends you ink or toner when the printer detects you're running low.

6.6
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
12 PPM
Color Document
4 PPM
Photo Printing Time
60.0 s
Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
19.6 s
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
200 pages

The Canon PIXMA TR8620a's printing speed is similar to other printers in this price range, and it's nearly identical to its previous version, the Canon PIXMA TR8620. There are two adjustable paper trays: the front input tray can hold 100 plain sheets, and the rear input tray holds either 100 plain sheets, 20 sheets of 4" x 6" photo paper, or 10 sheets of 5" x 7" photo paper.

Document
Document Sample
Color Ink Needed for Black & White
No
Photo
8.5
Photo
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

Overall, the photos that the Canon TR8620a prints look excellent. It's very good at handling darker areas of a photo, so black items don't get lost in the shadows. Colors look bright and vibrant, and colors blend into each other smoothly, as seen in the blue sky at the top center and the sunset photo at the bottom right. However, some areas are a bit less defined, like the yellow tree leaves, and in the photo of the three people, the shadow of the person on the left has a lot of half-toning present.

There are a few defects on the photo caused by the printer's hardware. The tiny spikes on the metal sheet rollers that push the photo out of the output tray leave small dotted lines on the pictures. While it isn't very noticeable everywhere, you can see it in dark areas. Also, the rubber sheet rollers leave a slight marking on the photos. We don't know if this is a problem with our unit only, so let us know in the discussions if you faced a similar issue.

The scanned images provided above are for reference only. They look worse than the physical photos due to the scanning and uploading process. The score is based on the actual physical photos.

7.2
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
5.56

The Canon PIXMA TR8620a has decent color accuracy. It struggles most with blues and blacks, but they still look good. You don't need to worry about your printed photos looking too off from the digital originals.

7.0
Photo
Color Gamut

The Canon PIXMA TR8620a's color gamut is decent. You can see the zig-zag line throughout most colors, but it doesn't show up in the cyan and green sections. In the green-to-yellow section, the line shows up as a lowlight instead of a highlight, meaning the printer tries to substitute saturated hues for a darker tone it can print. It's good at printing dark colors. However, it struggles with light colors (especially blues and oranges). Transitions from one color to another look mostly smooth, but some areas have an obvious separation, like from dark blue to light blue and green to yellow.

Mobile App And Connectivity
9.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
Yes
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

Like the Canon PIXMA TR8620, the Canon TR8620a accepts SD cards, as well as various miniSD and microSD cards if used with an adapter.

8.9
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App
Mobile App Yes
App Name Canon Print Inkjet/Selphy
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Android and iOS
PDF
Android and iOS
Microsoft Office Files
Android and iOS
Text Files (TXT)
No
Webpages (HTML)
No

The Canon PIXMA TR8620a is compatible with the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app. You can print a range of files from the app and use the Easy-PhotoPrint Editor to create collages, calendars, and more. You can also scan and copy from your phone and manage your ink subscription.

Mobile App And Connectivity
OS Compatibility
Windows Fully
macOS Fully
Chrome OS Fully

You need to manually install drivers on Windows to print and scan with the Canon PIXMA TR8620a, but you don't need any drivers for macOS or Chrome OS.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Canon PIXMA TR8620a is available in black only, and it's nearly identical to the Canon PIXMA TR8620 that it replaced, except the TR8620a isn't advertised to support Bluetooth printing. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The Canon PIXMA TR8620a is an all-in-one printer that's identical to its previous version, the Canon PIXMA TR8620, except the manufacturer doesn't advertise the new version to support Bluetooth printing. While it's designed for home office use, it has a dedicated photo black cartridge along with its regular black cartridge, making it a great choice for printing fun photos at home. It prints pictures with an excellent amount of detail. Its page yield isn't very high, but it's similar to other all-in-ones in its price range.

Looking for something else? Check out our recommendations for the best home printers, the best photo printers, or the best college student printers.

Canon PIXMA TR8620

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 and the Canon PIXMA TR8620a are nearly identical in performance and appearance, so you'll be happy if you buy either one. The only noticeable difference is that the TR8620a's specs no longer mention Bluetooth printing. While the Bluetooth on the TR8620 unit we tested didn't work, the printer is advertised to have it.

Canon PIXMA MG3620

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is a budget-friendly family printer, while the Canon PIXMA TR8620a is a mid-range home office printer. The MG3620 is much more compact since it doesn't have an ADF. The MG3620 is a good choice if you're looking to save some money upfront and don't need anything too high-performing. On the other hand, the TR8620a is a better choice if you want to print nice photos since its quality is much nicer. It also has an ADF, which is good if you need to scan documents often.

Canon PIXMA TR8520

The Canon PIXMA TR8520 and the Canon PIXMA TR8620a look nearly identical since they have the same chassis. They also perform very similarly. The only major difference is that the TR8520 is discontinued, so it's a lot harder to find available.

Discussions