Canon Pixma TS8050

PRINTER ❘ £135 from Ama­zon

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A li­cence to print bet­ter

Like the TS5050 (see our re­view, Is­sue 500), the TS8050 is an all-in-one inkjet printer/scan­ner fea­tur­ing Canon’s new stream­lined de­sign. This pricier model has a larger screen, al­though it mostly dis­plays the same op­tions with more white space around them. It also has a 100-sheet pa­per cas­sette in ad­di­tion to the rear feed, which takes the form of a slot at the back of the top panel with a ver­ti­cal prop. The TS5050 ad­ver­tises this as hold­ing up to 100 sheets of plain pa­per, while the TS8050 quotes 20 sheets of photo pa­per, which you’re not sup­posed to load in the front. Again, both USB and Wi-fi are built in, with sup­port for all the usual sys­tems, and there’s an SD card slot to print directly from dig­i­tal cam­era cards.

Un­like its sta­ble­mate, the TS8050 can print both sides of the pa­per (du­plex), and in­stead of five inks it uses six. As well as a dye-based black for sub­tler shad­ing in pho­tos, there’s a grey ink for, well, even sub­tler­ler shad­ing. This only works on photo pa­per, but the re­sult­sts im­pressed us, with ex­tremely fine de­tail.l. The 9600x2400dpi res­o­lu­tionu­tion is the high­est you’ll see in a main­stream printer. Note that these num­bers re­flect the size of ink dots – your im­age files still only need a res­o­lu­tion of about 240 pix­els per inch to take ad­van­tage of this.

Scan­ning was also sharp and ac­cu­rate, cap­tur­ing an A4 page at 300dpi in a quick 14 sec­onds. Black-and-white pho­to­copies took 12 sec­onds, and looked a bit dark, while colour took twice as long. Black text prints showed a few flaws, but were printed in a de­cent 13.3 pages per minute, while colour graph­ics on plain pa­per were very good, al­though they could have been a touch bolder.

Print costs work out at about 7.8p per stan­dard colour page, or 2.7p for black only, which is above av­er­age. If you do print a lot of full-page high-qual­ity pho­tos, they’ll use a lot more ink than that. Over­all, the TS8050 is an ex­cel­lent printer, but not cheap to buy or run.

Pro­duces ex­tremely fine de­tails in pho­tos, while scan­ning is sharp and ac­cu­rate

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