The Canon PIXMA TR8620a is a standard home office all-in-one printer. It boasts a huge touchscreen display with short instructional movies, a five-cartridge system (including a dedicated photo black cartridge), and automatic two-sided printing. It is essentially identical to the Canon PIXMA TR8620 in terms of appearance, functionality, and features. The only advertised difference between the two is that the TR8620a does not allow Bluetooth printing, although we were unable to make our TR8620 to function with Bluetooth despite the fact that it was marketed as supporting the feature.
Several elements of the Canon PIXMA TR8620a, such as the output tray and rear input tray, feel somewhat flimsy. You can modify the angle of the display panel by tilting it upwards; however, because to the construction of the printer, the panel must be raised in order to open the output tray extender or print. Aside from that, it features a fantastic lid dampener that keeps the entire scanner up and closes slowly on its own, so you don’t have to worry about the top of the printer slamming down while you’re replacing the cartridges.
Like all inkjet printers, the Canon PIXMA TR8620a requires routine maintenance to function properly. There are jobs designed to avoid and resolve printhead clogging and misalignment-related banding. There are also certain chores that will assist you in cleaning the rollers and bottom plate of the printer. You may simply gain access to paper jams and sheet rollers by removing the front paper tray, the back input tray, and the rear cover, or by removing the transport unit if the paper is jammed further back.
The cartridges are likewise highly accessible, but the printer must be powered on for the cartridge carriage to travel to the center of the printer. When the printer is turned off, the carriage is concealed within the printer’s sidewalls, making it inaccessible. About the cartridges, they can yield between 200 and 300 pages, though you will certainly need to replace the black cartridge regularly if you print frequently. Similarly, the paper trays only contain 100 standard-sized sheets, so you will need to replace them every few days if you print frequently and frequently.
The Canon TR8620a is equipped with a big touchscreen display. If you’re standing, you can tilt the panel up to see the screen better, although viewing angles are excellent from all sides. The menu is responsive and simple to browse, and there are even instructional films that demonstrate how to perform specific activities, like as replacing ink cartridges or loading paper. Thankfully, it does not have the same issues with double clicks and unresponsiveness as the Canon PIXMA TR8620.
The Canon PIXMA TR8620a is equipped with a flatbed scanner and an automated document feeder (ADF), so you may scan a single page, many pages, or a page from a book. The hinges on the lid of a flatbed scanner can be adjusted to accommodate thicker things. As a result, you won’t see black bars on the page where the lid didn’t cover your scanned item. While the maximum size for the flatbed scanner is 8.5″ x 11″, the maximum size for the ADF is 8.5″ x 14″.
Page yields for the Canon PIXMA TR8620a are average for a printer in this price range, but not extraordinary. It includes four color cartridges based on dye for photo and color printing and one black cartridge based on pigment for monochrome document printing. It provides ink warnings when it estimates that ink is running low, but you can still print a few pages afterward.
Comparable to other printers in this price range, the Canon PIXMA TR8620a’s printing speed is roughly identical to that of its predecessor, the Canon PIXMA TR8620. The front input tray can accommodate 100 plain sheets, while the rear input tray can accommodate 100 plain sheets, 20 sheets of 4″ x 6″ photo paper, or 10 sheets of 5″ x 7″ photo paper.
The Canon PIXMA TR8620a has a reasonable cost per page. While the cartridges are reasonably inexpensive, the low page yield means that running costs might soon build up if you print frequently. Sign up for Canon’s Auto Replenishment Service, which automatically orders and sends you fresh ink or toner when your printer detects you’re running low.
The Canon PIXMA TR8620a has an adequate color gamut. The zig-zag line is visible in the majority of colors, but not in the cyan and green areas. In the green-to-yellow segment, the line appears as a lowlight rather than a highlight, indicating that the printer attempts to substitute rich hues for a deeper tone that it can produce. It prints well with dark hues. Nonetheless, it has difficulty with light hues (especially blues and oranges). Transitions from one color to another are generally smooth, although there are a few areas where the transitions are distinct, such as from dark blue to light blue and green to yellow
The Canon PIXMA TR8620a’s color fidelity is adequate. It has the most difficulty with blues and blacks, but they still appear fine. You need not be concerned about your printed photographs deviating significantly from their digital counterparts.
For small or home offices, the Canon PIXMA TR8620a is subpar. It does not print as many pages as other business printers, therefore if you frequently print huge quantities, you may incur high ink costs. Fortunately, the cartridges are reasonably priced, which keeps the cost-per-print low. There are also longer-lasting, high-yield cartridges available.