The Canon Pixma TR8570 is an all-in-one inkjet printer with print, scan, copy, and fax functions. At a height of 19cm, it's shorter and more compact than most 4-in-1 printers, but Canon somehow managed to still pack an auto document feeder at the top and a 100-sheet paper cassette at the bottom.
With the exception of the power button, Canon is eschewing physical control buttons on the TR8570. Instead you get this large 4.3-inch color LCD display with large icons and touch targets to get to all the printer's functions. USB is the most straightforward way to connect it to a PC, but if you're going to use it as a family or office printer, you've no shortage of other connectivity options like wired and wireless LAN. The TR8570 is extremely mobile and cloud printing-friendly too, offering support for AirPrint for Apple devices, Mopria Print Service for Android, and Google Cloud Print.
Since the TR8570 falls under the Pixma lineup (as opposed to the more business-focused Maxify), you get a few consumer-oriented features, including a built-in SD card slot for direct photo printing from a memory card. There's also an ID card copying function for printing both sides of the card on a single page, and a new Message in Print iOS app for embedding secret messages into a photo before printing (recipients use the same app to view the embedded messages).
A 5-color inkjet printer (because it uses both dye and pigment black inks), the Pixma TR8570 has ISO rated print speeds of 15ipm for mono and 10ipm for color. With my test document, I found it closer to 11.4 and 8.4 pages per minute respectively. The printer also supports auto duplex printing, but the rate will drop further in this mode (4.7ppm for mono based on my tests) because additional time is needed for the ink to sufficiently dry before the printer can pull it back in to print on the other side. A borderless color 4R photo was typically printed in 45 seconds after I hit the print button.
Print quality from the TR8570 is very good overall, as I consistently got sharp and full-bodied text. Colored graphics on plain paper look decent as well, with slight gradation imperfections that are expected due to the characteristics of the media. With Canon's own Photo Paper Plus Glossy II paper, my Photodisc test image was reproduced with good vibrancy and color accuracy, with skintones especially well-handled.
If you're looking for a multi-function office printer but don't want to go the laser printer route because you still print a fair number of photos, then the Pixma TR8570 is worth considering. My chief gripe is that for office use the regular cartridges can’t print a lot (200 pages in B/W, 250 pages in color), but Canon does offer 'XL' versions of these cartridges that bring the yield to 600 B/W pages and 800 color pages.
Note: This article was first published in the Feb 2018 issue of HWM.