Canon MAXIFY GX6020 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Jun 16, 2021 at 10:27 am
Canon MAXIFY GX6020 Picture
8.4
Family
8.4
Small/Home Office
9.3
Student
8.8
Black & White
7.7
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
Yes

The Canon MAXIFY GX6020 is an excellent all-in-one color inkjet printer that uses a supertank ink system for exceptionally high page yields. Its body and components feel excellently well-built, paper jams are easy to access, and the display screen is great. The cost-per-print is incredibly low, and the printer produces satisfactorily detailed photos with good color accuracy. It also has a flatbed scanner and automatic document feeder. Unfortunately, the ADF can't duplex scan, and it doesn't have faxing capabilities. However, the higher-end model, the Canon MAXIFY GX7020, supports duplex scanning and faxing.

Our Verdict

8.4 Family

The Canon MAXIFY GX6020 is a great family printer with an incredibly low cost-per-print for both black-only and color documents. While the photos it produces have a lot of graininess, they're still satisfactorily detailed, and the color accuracy should be fine for casual use. Its flatbed scanner's scan resolution and color depth should be good for digitizing old photos, and you can print directly from USB flash drives.

Pros
  • Exceptionally high page yield and low cost-per-print.
  • Solid, sturdy, well-built feel.
  • Flatbed scanner and automatic document feeder.
Cons
  • Grainy photos.
8.4 Small/Home Office

The Canon MAXIFY GX6020 is an impressive printer for small or home office use, with incredibly high black-only and color page yields, a short warm-up time to print the first page, and a good black-only text document print speed. It feels amazingly well built and sturdy, has a great display screen, and has an Ethernet port and Wi-Fi via router for networking capabilities. It has an automatic document feeder, but it can't duplex scan, so double-sided, multi-page documents might be inconvenient to process.

Pros
  • Exceptionally high page yield and low cost-per-print.
  • Solid, sturdy, well-built feel.
  • Flatbed scanner and automatic document feeder.
  • Great display.
Cons
  • No duplex scanning.
  • No faxing capabilities.
9.3 Student

The Canon MAXIFY GX6020 is an outstanding printer for students. Its cost-per-print for both black-only and color documents is exceptionally low, so running costs stay cheap even if you print very often. It warms up quickly to print the first page, has a flatbed scanner with good scan resolution and color depth, and can print directly from USB flash drives. While it can't print via Bluetooth, it has various other wireless printing options like Wi-Fi Direct, Apple AirPrint, and Mopria Print Service.

Pros
  • Exceptionally high page yield and low cost-per-print.
  • Solid, sturdy, well-built feel.
  • Flatbed scanner and automatic document feeder.
Cons
  • No Bluetooth printing.
8.8 Black & White

The Canon MAXIFY GX6020 is an excellent black-and-white printer with a superb cost-per-print and page yield, a good printing speed, and a great warm-up time to print the first page. It automatically prints double-sided documents, and it has an automatic document feeder, direct USB computer input, and an Ethernet port. Unfortunately, its ADF doesn't support duplex scanning.

Pros
  • Exceptionally high page yield and low cost-per-print.
  • Solid, sturdy, well-built feel.
  • Flatbed scanner and automatic document feeder.
Cons
  • No duplex scanning.
7.7 Casual Photo

The Canon MAXIFY GX6020 is good for casual photos. It accepts most glossy photo paper sizes, its color accuracy is good enough for everyday use, and while the photos it prints are grainy, they're still satisfactorily detailed. However, it isn't recommended for tasks that require exact color reproduction.

Pros
  • Exceptionally high page yield and low cost-per-print.
  • Solid, sturdy, well-built feel.
  • Accepts 4" x 6" and 5" x 7" glossy photo paper.
Cons
  • Grainy photos.
  • 8.4 Family
  • 8.4 Small/Home Office
  • 9.3 Student
  • 8.8 Black & White
  • 7.7 Casual Photo

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
8.5
Design
Build & Design Quality

The Canon MAXIFY GX6020 feels amazingly well-built and has a solid body. Its scan lid can stay open without aid, and it closes smoothly on its own without slamming down. Its hinges can also lift for scanning thicker media like magazines. Both its front output tray and rear input tray feel thick and sturdy, and its front cassette has adjustable sliders for different paper sizes. The ink levels are always visible and are easily accessible for refilling by lifting the flatbed, while the rear of the printer gives great access to paper jams via a small door cover. The power cord is removable, which is great if it ever gets damaged and needs replacing. Also, unlike on the Canon PIXMA G6020, you don't need to lift the display screen to print.

Design
Dimensions
Height 9.9" (25.1 cm)
Width 15.7" (40.0 cm)
Depth 16.2" (41.1 cm)
Weight
25.4 lbs (11.5 kg)
8.0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
2.7" (6.8 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

The Canon MAXIFY GX6020 has an impressive touchscreen display, with visible icons and a good layout for easy navigation. The screen also has great viewing angles seated or standing, and it also tilts vertically and audibly clicks when locked in place. There are six physical buttons around the panel for easy access to common functions.

Design
In The Box

  • Getting Started guide
  • Power cable
  • Canon GI-26 ink bottles:
    • 3x Black
    • 1x Cyan
    • 1x Magenta
    • 1x Yellow

9.5
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
GI-26 BK
Tested Black Page Yield
255 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
4,845 prints
Color Cartridge Model
GI-26 CMY
Tested Color Page Yield
332 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
7,277 prints
Third Party Cartridge
No
High Yield Cartridge
No Cartridge
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The Canon MAXIFY GX6020 uses an exceptional supertank system with large, refillable tanks rather than cartridges. It yields an incredible number of black and color pages, so you won't need to refill them often, even if you print a lot. However, note that if you run out of one color of ink, the printer won't let you print at all unless the emptied tank is refilled.

While you can technically fill the supertanks with any third-party ink, we didn't try it, and we don't recommend doing so. Low-quality ink could damage the print heads, and unlike standard inkjet printers, the ink can't simply be removed if there's a problem. Using third-party supplies could also void your warranty.

7.9
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
Yes
Automatic Document Feeder
Yes
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 Bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes

The Canon MAXIFY GX6020 has very good scanning features. Its flatbed has a good scan resolution and color depth, and the flatbed lid's hinges can lift for scanning thicker items like books. Its automatic document feeder is great if you need to scan multi-page documents, but unfortunately, it can't scan double-sided. Canon specifies that the ADF can hold up to 50 sheets of plain paper.

If you need an automatic document feeder that supports double-sided scanning, check out the higher-end model, the Canon MAXIFY GX7020.

Printing
10
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
27.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
98.97 US$
Black Only Printing
0.006 US$/print
Color Printing
0.014 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.036 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

The Canon MAXIFY GX6020's cost-per-print is incredible. Since its large ink tanks have a high yield for both black-only and color documents, you don't need to refill them as often.

Keep in mind that even if you print only in black, most inkjet printers continue using the color tanks for servicing tasks. This means you may still need to refill them eventually.

8.3
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
17 PPM
Color Document
11 PPM
Photo Printing Time
44.0 s
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
7.8 s
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
350 pages

The Canon MAXIFY GX6020 has a great overall printing speed. It doesn't take long to warm up to print the first page, and it produces monochrome documents at a good speed. However, while it prints color documents out at only decent speed, photos are produced amazingly quickly.

7.6
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
9.35

The Canon MAXIFY GX6020 has good color reproduction, which should be great for casual use in documents or photos. However, it still isn't good enough for professional-grade color accuracy.

7.2
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
No

The Canon MAXIFY GX6020 prints photos with satisfactory quality. There's a lot of graininess across the entire photo. There's also some color in grayscale, though there doesn't appear to be any banding. However, it doesn't support borderless printing.

These results are based on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not represent 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) Yes
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

Canon specifies that the front input cassette holds up to 250 plain sheets, with room for another 100 in the rear input tray. The output tray can hold up to roughly 75 sheets of paper.

Mobile App And Connectivity
9.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
Yes
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

The Canon MAXIFY GX6020 is capable of printing directly from USB flash drives.

9.5
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App For Home Use
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 Canon MAXIFY GX6020 is compatible with the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app, which allows you to print, scan, and copy directly from your mobile device. You can also view information about the printer, view ink levels, and order ink refills.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Canon MAXIFY GX6020, which comes only in white and has no variants. It's a business-oriented redesign of the Canon PIXMA G6020 but performs better for all uses. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The Canon MAXIFY GX6020 is an impressive small or home office printer that has a supertank ink system. Its cost-per-print for both black-only and color documents is incredibly low, it has one of the highest color page yields of any printer that we've tested, and is also one of the quickest to warm up and print the first page after sitting idle. It's similar to its higher-end counterpart, the Canon MAXIFY GX7020, but has fewer features.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best small business printers, the best office printers, and the best all-in-one printers.

Canon MAXIFY GX7020

The Canon MAXIFY GX6020 and the Canon MAXIFY GX7020 are all-in-one color inkjet printers designed for small offices. Both have supertank ink systems with incredible page yields, but the GX7020 is larger and has more features. The GX7020 has two input cassettes and almost double the total paper input capacity, its ADF supports duplex scanning, and it also has faxing capabilities. It also warms up to print the first page slightly quicker.

Canon PIXMA G7020

The Canon MAXIFY GX6020 and the Canon PIXMA G7020 are similar all-in-one color inkjet printers with supertank ink systems that give them incredibly high page yields. However, the MAXIFY is newer and performs better overall, with a significantly higher color page yield, faster printing speed, and much more accurate produced colors. It can also print directly from USB flash drives. On the other hand, the PIXMA has faxing capabilities, produces better-detailed photos, and has a better overall cost-per-print.

Canon PIXMA TS9520

The Canon MAXIFY GX6020 and the Canon PIXMA TS9520 are all-in-one color inkjet printers. The MAXIFY uses a supertank ink system for superior page yields and cost-per-print and is also better for small or home offices. The MAXIFY prints much faster and produces much more accurate colors. On the other hand, the PIXMA prints much better-looking photos, with deep blacks, vibrant colors, and no banding.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015

The Canon MAXIFY GX6020 and the HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 are all-in-one color inkjet printers that are great for small or home offices, but the Canon uses a supertank ink system for superior page yields and cost-per-print. The Canon also warms up much faster to print the first page and produces much more accurate colors. The HP's automatic document feeder supports duplex scanning, and it can also fax. It also prints color documents a bit faster and produces much better-looking photos.

Canon PIXMA G6020

The Canon MAXIFY GX6020 is the newer, office-redesigned version of the Canon PIXMA G6020. Both are all-in-one color inkjet printers that use supertank ink systems for incredible page yields, but the MAXIFY is a better printer overall. The MAXIFY yields significantly more color pages, prints much faster, and produces much more accurate colors. It can also print directly from USB flash drives, and it has an ADF and a much better screen. On the other hand, the PIXMA produces better-detailed photos and has a better overall cost-per-print.

HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553dn

The Canon MAXIFY GX6020 is an all-in-one color inkjet printer with a supertank ink system, while the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553dn is a color laser printer-only unit. The Canon is a better family and small or home office printer, as it has a better color page yield, better overall cost-per-print, and produces significantly better photos with more accurate colors. It also has more wireless connectivity options, is much smaller, and has a flatbed scanner and ADF. On the other hand, the HP is better for black-and-white printing despite also being able to print in color, as it has nearly double the already incredible black page yield of the Canon, and prints significantly faster.

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