Reviewed on: January 2019
The Canon Pixma TR8550 is the latest in Canon's award winning Pixma range of printers and keeps up their tradition of solid performance. Fantastic print quality, solid reliability and beautiful photo prints. Any home user that also wants excellent photo prints will be happy here.
Features & Connectivity
The Canon Pixma TR8550 is a very feature-rich printer, containing everything a home or photo user needs to get the job done. With ample connectivity and more, it is genuinely surprising that its one downfall is not having a front facing USB port. Not critical, but slightly surprising.
- 5 cartridges including photo black
- Scan, Copy & Fax
- 4.3" colour touchscreen
- Wifi, USB
- Apple Airprint
- SD card input
- Borderless photo printing
- 2 way paper feed
- Mono print speed 14ppm
- Colour print speed 7ppm
- 100 sheet input tray
- 20 sheet automatic document feeder
- Double sided scan
- Auto duplex printing
Print Speed & Quality
The TR8550 has decent print speed for a machine of this type. Mono prints come out at a reasonable 14ppm and colour prints at 7ppm. Duplex printing is significantly slower and can often work out around 3ppm, but the fact you're getting an autoduplexer in an excellent allround printer can kind of balance out this speed loss. A borderless 10x15cm photo takes a around 45 seconds which is standard for this level of machine, and you shouldn't be rushing borderless photo prints anyway!
As is often the case with Canon Pixma printers, quality of print is a strong point. Your 'normal' home documents that include text and graphics will come out well, more than acceptable for all the basic needs. Photo prints are fantastic and a real bonus for this machine, you'll be hard pressed to find better photo images in a printer without stepping up to dedicated photo machines.
Cartridges & Running Costs
The TR8550 takes five separate colour cartridges, each coming in standard and high capacity (referred to as XL) variations. With one large black for document printing and four separate colours for colour and image printing, it's the standard setup for Canon printers and is a big reason for its excellent all-round performance. As usual we always recommend you use the XL higher capacity cartridges to enjoy cheaper running costs, as the standard capacity cartridges start to drive the costs up if you replace them frequently.
Printing using original PGI-570 and CLI-571 cartridges for this printer are quite expensive if you're printing more than 100 pages per month (or many photos), but the prices are comparable to other original manufacturer cartridges at this price level. The real bonus of this machine is the ready availability (and fantastic performance) of its compatible inks. They give incredibly cheap running costs and bring the TR8550 almost down to budget-level costs for printing.
Who Should Buy This Printer
Those who print photos regularly whilst also needing more normal household documents are best suited to this printer, but its all round performance is so strong it is suitable for nearly any home office requirement.