Canon PIXMA TS8320 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Updated Jun 15, 2020 at 10:07 am
Canon PIXMA TS8320 Picture
7.7
Family
4.7
Small/Home Office
8.4
Student
6.0
Black & White
7.5
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The Canon PIXMA TS8320 is a good all-in-one inkjet printer that's well-suited for family use. It has a sleek and modern design, and its compact size is great for tight spaces. While its black page yield is low, it performs significantly better when it comes to color printing, making its overall cost-per-print good. It's not the fastest printer for printing black and color documents, but for photos, it's surprisingly quick and the photos look great. Unfortunately, the scanner lacks an automatic document feeder, paper jams are difficult to remove, and the printer's okay color accuracy makes it difficult to recommend for any work that requires precision. On the bright side, it has wide connectivity options, and Canon's mobile app is feature-rich and convenient.

Our Verdict

7.7 Family

The TS8320 is a good family printer. It prints great-looking, vibrant photos, and it does it fast. The color cartridges can yield a good number of pages before needing replacement; however, black cartridges run out pretty quickly. That said, its overall cost-per-print is still good, which is great if you're on a tight budget. Unfortunately, the scanner lacks an automatic document feeder, making it difficult to process long documents.

Pros
  • Good cost-per-print.
  • Great photo printing quality.
  • Exceptional mobile app.
  • Photo printing speed.
Cons
  • No automatic document feeder.
  • Black ink runs out quickly.
  • Can't print 2" x 3" photos.
4.7 Small/Home Office

The TS8320 is an inadequate printer for small or home offices. The black cartridge runs out very quickly, so it needs to be replaced regularly. However, the color cartridges have much better yield, and the overall cost-per-print is good. Scanning long documents can be challenging due to the lack of an automatic document feeder, and paper jams are difficult to remove, as they can only be accessed from the back of the printer. When printing black-only documents, the first page comes out fast, but it's not much faster for the following pages.

Pros
  • Good cost-per-print.
Cons
  • No automatic document feeder.
  • Black ink runs out quickly.
  • Slow printing speed for black and white documents.
8.4 Student

The PIXMA TS8320 is a great printer for students. The cost-per-print is decent for black-only printing and it's even better for color printing, which is good for students on a budget. It pushes out the first page of a black-only document fairly quickly; however, it doesn't get much faster for subsequent pages. You can connect to the printer easily through your existing Wi-Fi network, and most tasks can be performed from your smartphone.

Pros
  • Good cost-per-print.
  • Exceptional mobile app.
Cons
  • No automatic document feeder.
  • Black ink runs out quickly.
  • Slow printing speed for black and white documents.
6.0 Black & White

The TS8320 is a mediocre printer for printing black and white documents. Although the price of the black cartridge is fairly low, you still have to replace it often due to its low yield. It's also not very fast at printing black-only documents, especially if there are multiple pages. Thankfully, it accepts high yield cartridges if you need to print at high volume.

Pros
  • Good cost-per-print.
Cons
  • Black ink runs out quickly.
  • Slow printing speed for black and white documents.
7.5 Casual Photo

The PIXMA TS8320 is a good printer for printing photos. It's able to print photos at an amazing speed, and the photos look great, with deep blacks and vibrant colors. It's also inexpensive to print due to the color cartridges' high yield. The printer's color accuracy is just okay, though, and it can't print on 2" x 3" photo paper.

Pros
  • Good cost-per-print.
  • Great photo printing quality.
  • Photo printing speed.
Cons
  • Can't print 2" x 3" photos.
  • 7.7 Family
  • 4.7 Small/Home Office
  • 8.4 Student
  • 6.0 Black & White
  • 7.5 Casual Photo
  1. Update 6/15/2020: Updated to Test Bench 0.8.1.
  2. Update 6/12/2020: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
6.0
Design
Build & Design Quality

The PIXMA TS8320 has a passable build and design. It feels sturdy and well-built overall; however, the output tray and the rear input tray feel a bit flimsy. The printer needs to be on to change the ink cartridges, and the display panel needs to be raised during print jobs, to make room for the output tray. The power cable is removable, making it easier to replace if it gets damaged.

Unfortunately, paper jams aren't easy to get to, as it's accessed from the back of the printer and requires lifting the rear input tray and removing the rear panel. Also, the tray used for printing CDs and DVDs is tight and difficult to maneuver. On the plus side, the scanner lid can stay open without aid, and the lid's hinges can extend slightly to fit thicker documents or books.

Design
Dimensions
Height 5.6" (14.1 cm)
Width 14.7" (37.3 cm)
Depth 14.2" (36.1 cm)
Weight
14.6 lbs (6.6 kg)

The PIXMA TS8320 is a fairly small printer, suitable for tight spaces like home offices or dorm rooms.

8.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
4.3" (10.8 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

The PIXMA TS8320 has an excellent display console. It's a large, touch-sensitive LCD screen that's easily visible whether you're standing or seating. The entire front panel needs to be raised during print jobs, as it would otherwise block the output tray. The interface is clean and the menus are easy to navigate. Also, there are instructional videos to show you how to load paper or change the ink cartridges.

Design
In The Box

  • Power cable
  • User guide
  • Sample pack of 5" x 5" photo paper (3 sheets)
  • Set of starter ink cartridges:
    • 1 x PGI-280 Black
    • 1 x CLI-281 Black
    • 1 x CLI-281 Cyan
    • 1 x CLI-281 Magenta
    • 1 x CLI-281 Yellow
    • 1 x CLI-281 Photo Blue

6.3
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
Yes
Number Of Color Cartridges
4
Black Cartridge Model
PGI-280
Tested Black Page Yield
10.07 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
191 prints
Color Cartridge Model
CLI-281
Tested Color Page Yield
18.53 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
468 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Yes
High Yield Cartridge
XL and XXL
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The PIXMA TS8320 has a mediocre cartridge system. Like the PIXMA 9210, it has a 6-cartridge configuration that includes a black photo and a photo blue cartridge on top of the usual four. Unfortunately, the PGI-280 black cartridge runs out pretty quickly, so it needs to be replaced often. The color cartridges last a lot longer, though, and there are also high yield cartridges available if you need to print in bulk. When a cartridge is low on ink, there's an alert to check the ink levels, as well as an option to continue printing.

This printer will accept third-party cartridges, but using them may void the manufacturer's warranty, and special attention must be paid as this printer uses a combination of dye and pigment-based inks.

6.2
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
No
Automatic Document Feeder
No
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
1200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes

The PIXMA TS8320 has mediocre scanning features. It only has a flatbed, but the lid can be extended a bit if you need to scan thicker documents. The lack of an automatic document feeder is disappointing, as it makes it a lot harder to process long documents.

Note that when using Canon's IJ software to scan, the default resolution is set to 600 DPI. If you want to scan at a higher resolution, you have to access the 'Advanced Mode' settings and change the output resolution manually.

Printing
7.9
Printing
Cost Per Print
Black Cartridge Price
15.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
52.99 US$
Black Only Printing
0.084 US$/print
Color Printing
0.113 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.288 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

The PIXMA TS8320's cost-per-print is good. For black-only printing, the cost rises very steadily, mainly due to the cartridge's low yield. Color cartridges don't need to be replaced as often, but they cost a lot more, making color printing more expensive in the long run. If you purchase the printer directly from Canon, you're then eligible to enroll in the 'Auto-Replenishment Service', which is an ink subscription service. This can be done during the checkout process.

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.

7.4
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
9 PPM
Color Document
8 PPM
Photo Printing Time
24.0 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
8.0 sec
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
200 pages

The TS8320 has decent printing speed. The first page of a black-only document comes out quickly, but subsequent pages aren't that much faster, and it's even slower for printing color documents. Surprisingly, it's very fast at printing photos.

6.8
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
10.10

The PIXMA TS8320's color accuracy is okay. It shouldn't be an issue for those who are just printing for their own collection or to add some color in a document, but it's not recommended for professionals whose work requires precise coloring.

8.0
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The TS8320's photo printing quality is great. Blacks are deep and the colors are well-defined, but there's some banding in 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 PIXMA TS8320 has two input trays that support most common paper sizes up to the standard legal size.

Mobile App and Connectivity
9.0
Mobile App and Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
No
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 PIXMA TS8320 has outstanding connectivity options. It supports most wireless connections, including Bluetooth. The only thing it's missing is an ethernet port. Also, the external storage support is only for SD cards, not USB thumb 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 PIXMA TS8320 is compatible with the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY mobile app. You can print, scan, and copy from the app, as well as order replacement ink cartridges. To print Disc labels for CDs and DVDs, it requires an additional app called Canon Easy-PhotoPrint Editor.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the Canon PIXMA TS8320 and there are no other variants. However, it comes in three colors: black, white, and red. It's commonly referred to as the TS8300 Series, and in Europe, it's known as the PIXMA TS8350.

Compared to other printers

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The Canon PIXMA TS8320 is the successor of the PIXMA TS8220. They have near-identical features and they also perform very similarly. The TS8220 is able to yield more pages using the same ink cartridges, making it the more cost-effective option. The TS8220 has better color accuracy, but the TS8320 prints faster.

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