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Canon MAXIFY GX7020 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Jun 17, 2021 at 09:23 am
Canon MAXIFY GX7020 Picture
8.3
Family
8.9
Small/Home Office
9.0
Student
8.9
Black & White
6.7
Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
Yes

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 is an amazing all-in-one color inkjet printer meant for small offices. It uses a supertank ink system that gives it exceptionally high page yields, minimizes refills, and results in a superbly low cost-per-print. Its body and components feel sturdy and well built, and paper jams are easy to access. It produces decently detailed photos, and while its color accuracy is only okay, it's fine for casual color prints. Compared to the Canon MAXIFY GX6020, the GX7020 has faxing capabilities, double the paper input tray capacity, and its ADF supports automatic single-pass duplex scanning, making it a more flexible printer for offices.

Our Verdict

8.3 Family

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 is great for family use. Its flatbed scanner has a good scan resolution and color depth, it can print directly from USB flash drives, and its companion app is outstanding. Its supertank ink system gives it an exceptionally low cost-per-print, and while the photos it prints are grainy and have only okay color accuracy, it's fine for casual use.

Pros
  • Incredibly high page yield and low cost-per-print.
  • Well-built, sturdy feel.
  • Flatbed scanner has good scan resolution and color depth.
Cons
  • Grainy photos.
8.9 Small/Home Office

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 is a fantastic printer for small or home offices. It has an outstandingly high black-only page yield and an even higher color page yield, and it prints black-only text documents at a good speed. Its ADF supports automatic single-pass duplex scanning, its touchscreen makes it easy to navigate through tasks, and its Ethernet port and capability for Wi-Fi connectivity give it good networking flexibility.

Pros
  • Incredibly high page yield and low cost-per-print.
  • Well-built, sturdy feel.
  • ADF can duplex scan in a single pass.
  • Has faxing capabilities.
Cons
  • Doesn't print documents as fast as some other options.
9.0 Student

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 is a fantastic printer for students, as it has an incredibly low black-only and color cost-per-print that keeps running costs low even for people who print frequently. It also warms up quickly to print the first page, and its flatbed scanner has a good scan resolution and color depth. It can print directly from USB flash drives, and while it doesn't support Bluetooth, it has other wireless printing options like Apple AirPrint, Mopria Print Service, and Wi-Fi Direct.

Pros
  • Incredibly high page yield and low cost-per-print.
  • Well-built, sturdy feel.
  • Flatbed scanner has good scan resolution and color depth.
Cons
  • Can't print via Bluetooth.
8.9 Black & White

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 is excellent for black-and-white printing, thanks to its outstanding page yield and cost-per-print. It supports duplex printing, and its automatic document feeder can automatically scan double-sided. It also has various wired and wireless connectivity options. While it prints quickly, it isn't as fast as other options.

Pros
  • Incredibly high page yield and low cost-per-print.
  • Well-built, sturdy feel.
  • ADF can duplex scan in a single pass.
Cons
  • Doesn't print documents as fast as some other options.
6.7 Photo

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 is decent for casual photos. Though it prints photos with quite a bit of graininess and some color in grayscale, the photo itself is decently detailed. Colors look okay and are fine for casual use. The printer also accepts most glossy photo paper formats, and the cost-per-print for photos is incredibly low.

Pros
  • Incredibly high page yield and low cost-per-print.
  • Well-built, sturdy feel.
  • Accepts 4" x 6" and 5" x 7" glossy photo paper.
Cons
  • Grainy photos.
  • 8.3 Family
  • 8.9 Small/Home Office
  • 9.0 Student
  • 8.9 Black & White
  • 6.7 Photo
  1. Updated Sep 08, 2022: Added mention of the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 as an alternative that can print 13" x 19" photos.
  2. Updated Aug 25, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  3. Updated Jul 04, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  4. Updated Apr 07, 2022: The 'Duplex Scanning' test now includes a more detailed result explaining the duplex scanning process. The text also reflects the scanning process in greater detail.
  5. Updated Feb 02, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  6. Updated Jun 17, 2021: Review published.
  7. Updated Jun 15, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 feels solid and excellently well built, with sturdy-feeling input and output trays. Both front cassettes are fully removable, with adjustable sliders for different paper sizes and small windows to view paper quantity, while the rear of the printer gives great access to paper jams via a small door cover. The scan lid stays open on its own, and its hinges also lift for scanning thicker media like journals or books. The ink levels are always visible, and you can lift the flatbed itself, which also stays open on its own and closes smoothly, to access the tanks for refills. Also, the power cord is removable in case it gets damaged and needs replacing. Additionally, unlike on the Canon PIXMA G7020, you don't need to lift the display screen to print.

Design
Dimensions
Height 12.4" (31.4 cm)
Width 15.7" (40.0 cm)
Depth 16.2" (41.1 cm)
Height When In Use
15.1" (38.3 cm)
Width When In Use
15.7" (40.0 cm)
Depth When In Use
26.7" (67.8 cm)
Weight
28.2 lbs (12.8 kg)
7.5
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Expected
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit
8.0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
2.7" (6.8 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 has an impressive touchscreen display similar to that of the Canon MAXIFY GX6020. The icons are very visible and laid out for easy navigation, and the screen itself has great viewing angles, whether seated or standing. It tilts vertically and audibly clicks when locking into place, and there are also six physical buttons around the panel to access common functions.

10
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
GI-26 BK
Tested Black Page Yield
249 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
4,731 prints
Color Cartridge Model
GI-26 CMY
Tested Color Page Yield
344 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
7,319 prints
Third Party Cartridge
No Cartridges
Ink Type
Pigment
High Yield Cartridge
No Cartridge

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 has an exceptional supertank system that uses large, refillable ink tanks instead of cartridges. The printer yields an incredible number of black and color pages, so you won't need to refill them often, even if you print a lot. Note, however, that if you run out of one color of ink, the printer won't let you print at all unless the emptied tank gets 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, you can't simply remove the ink if there's a problem. Using third-party supplies could also void your warranty.

9.3
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
ADF + Flatbed
ADF Capacity
50 pages
Scan Speed
3 PPM
Duplex Scanning
Automatic (Single-Pass)
Max Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Max ADF Scan Size
8.5" x 14"
Flatbed Hinge Adjustability
0.38" (10 mm)
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Built-in

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 has incredible scanning features. Its flatbed has a good scan resolution and color depth, with hinges that can lift if you need to scan thicker items. Its ADF is a bit slow to scan, but it supports automatic, single-pass duplex scanning to make it easy to copy or digitize double-sided, multi-page documents. Canon specifies that the ADF can hold up to 50 sheets of plain paper.

6.5
Design
Scan Quality
Max Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
24Bit
Design
In The Box

  • Getting Started guide
  • Power cable
  • Telephone line cord (faxing)
  • Canon GI-26 ink bottles:
    • 3x Black
    • 1x Cyan
    • 1x Magenta
    • 1x Yellow

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A
Document
8.5
Document
Black & White Documents
Color Ink Needed For Black & White
Yes
9.0
Document
Color Documents
10
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
27.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
98.97 US$
Black-Only Printing Cost
0.006 US$/print
Color Printing Cost
0.014 US$/print
Photo Printing Cost
0.036 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 has a fantastic cost-per-print. Its large ink tanks have a very large yield for black-only and color documents, so you won't need to refill them as often.

Even if you print only in black, most inkjet printers continue using the color tanks for servicing tasks, so you may still need to refill them eventually.

8.4
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
19 PPM
Color Document
11 PPM
Photo Printing Time
45.0 s
Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
7.2 s
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
600 pages

Overall, the Canon MAXIFY GX7020 prints at a great speed. Black-only text documents are quick to print, and photos come out impressively fast, too. However, it's a little bit slower at printing color documents. If you want something that prints documents and photos more quickly, check out the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850.

Document
Document Printing Sizes
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
Max Paper Weight
275 g/m²

Canon specifies that the front input cassettes hold up to 250 plain sheets each, for a total of 500. There's also room for another 100 in the rear input tray. The output tray can hold roughly up to 75 sheets of paper.

Photo
6.5
Photo
Color Gamut
6.3
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
7.56

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 has unremarkable color accuracy. Like most inkjets, it especially struggles with deep blues. It's fine for use in documents or casual photos, but it isn't enough for tasks that require precise color reproduction.

5.5
Photo
Small Details
Max Print Resolution (DPI)
1200 x 600
7.0
Photo
Photo Printing Sizes
Glossy Paper (4" x 6") Yes
Glossy Paper (5" x 7") Yes
Glossy Paper (8" x 10") Yes
Glossy Paper (8.5" x 11") Yes
Glossy Paper (13" x 19") No
Borderless Printing
No

If you want a printer that can print 13" x 19" photos, check out the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550.

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 GX7020 can print directly from USB keys.

8.9
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App
Mobile App Yes
App Name Canon Print Inkjet/Selphy
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Android and iOS
PDF
Android and iOS
Microsoft Office Files
Android and iOS
Text Files (TXT)
No
Webpages (HTML)
No

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 is compatible with the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app. From there, you can print, scan, and copy directly from your mobile device, view information about the printer and its ink levels, and even order refills.

Mobile App And Connectivity
OS Compatibility
Windows Fully
macOS Fully
Chrome OS Partially

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Canon MAXIFY GX7020, which only comes in white and doesn't have any variants. It's the business-oriented redesign of the Canon PIXMA G7020 but performs better for all uses. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 is an exceptional printer for small or home offices which features a supertank ink system. Its cost-per-print for black-only and color documents is incredibly low, it has one of the highest color page yields of any printer that we've tested. It's the higher-end counterpart to the Canon MAXIFY GX6020 with more 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.

Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850

The Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 and the Canon MAXIFY GX7020 are all-in-one color inkjet printers with supertanks and are outstanding for office use. The Epson prints documents and photos much more quickly, and it can print slightly more black pages. On the other hand, the Canon can print three times as many color pages as the Epson at a lower cost-per-print for color documents and photos. Additionally, its ADF supports single-pass duplex scanning, which is much faster than the Epson which requires two passes.

Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550

The Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 and the Canon MAXIFY GX7020 are both all-in-one inkjet printers with a refillable ink tank. However, the Epson is a photo printer that prints significantly better pictures, while the Canon is more of a general office printer with more features, like an ADF and duplex scanning. The Canon also has faster printing speeds and a much larger 600-sheet input tray for big print jobs.

Canon PIXMA G6020

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 and the Canon PIXMA G6020 are similar all-in-one color inkjet printers with supertank ink systems for incredibly high page yields. However, the MAXIFY is newer and performs better overall, with a significantly higher color page yield and much faster printing speed. Its screen is also much better, and it has a duplex-scanning automatic document feeder, faxing capability, and can print directly from USB flash drives. On the other hand, the PIXMA has a better overall cost-per-print, and it also produces photos with much better quality.

Canon PIXMA G7020

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 is the newer, office-redesigned version of the Canon PIXMA G7020. Both are all-in-one color inkjet printers with supertank ink systems with incredible page yields, but the MAXIFY is a much better printer overall. It has a significantly higher color page yield, and a much faster printing speed. It also has a much better screen, its automatic document feeder can duplex scan, and it can print directly from USB flash drives. The PIXMA has a better overall cost-per-print and also produces photos with much better quality.

Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5180

The Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5180 and the Canon MAXIFY GX7020 are both excellent supertank all-in-one printers. The choice comes down to your usage. If you print more in black, go with the Epson because it has a much better black page yield. Otherwise, the Canon is better for color prints. The Canon also prints faster and has a larger input tray, making it a better choice for high-volume printing.

Canon MAXIFY GX6020

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 automatic single-pass duplex scanning, and it also has faxing capabilities.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 is a better printer overall compared to the HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e. The Canon uses a supertank ink system for far superior page yields at a much cheaper cost-per-print, it prints one-page documents quicker, and its ADF's automatic single-pass duplex scanning is faster than the HP's ADF, which requires two passes. On the other hand, the HP prints color documents a bit faster. Also, it prints much nicer-looking photos.

HP PageWide Pro 577dw

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 and the HP PageWide Pro 577dw are outstanding small or home office all-in-one color printers with duplex scanning, faxing, and similar wired and wireless capabilities. However, the Canon uses a supertank ink system, with a significantly higher color page yield and a much lower overall cost-per-print. It also produces much more accurate-looking colors. On the other hand, the HP uses PageWide technology, a combination of inkjet and laser techniques, to print pages much more quickly, though it takes longer to warm up to print the first page after sitting idle.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 and the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e are all-in-one color inkjet printers made for small or home offices, but the Canon is a better printer overall. It uses a supertank ink system for far superior page yields and cost-per-print and feels much better built. Both printers have incredible scanning features, including duplex-scanning ADF and faxing capabilities.

Brother MFC-J995DW

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 and the Brother MFC-J995DW are all-in-one color inkjet printers suitable for many tasks. The Canon is better for small or home offices, with a supertank ink system for superior page yields and cost-per-print. The Canon also prints faster and its automatic document feeder can duplex scan. On the other hand, the Brother prints much better-looking photos with more accurate colors, and it can also print directly from SD cards.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 and the Canon MAXIFY GX7020 are both all-in-one inkjet printers, but the Canon performs better thanks to its supertank cartridge system. It has a substantially higher page yield for both black-only and color documents, an outstanding cost-per-print overall, and a much faster print speed for color documents and photos. Additionally, the Canon's ADF can automatically scan double-sided documents much faster since it does so in a single pass, rather than the Epson's dual-pass duplex scanning.

Epson Expression Premium XP-7100

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 and the Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 are all-in-one color inkjet printers. The Canon uses a supertank system for far superior page yields and cost-per-print and is a much better printer overall. The Canon also prints much faster, it can fax if you need it, and its ADF supports automatic single-pass duplex scanning, which is faster when scanning double-sided sheets compared to the Epson's dual-pass duplex scanning. On the other hand, the Epson produces better-looking photos and can also print directly from SD cards.

Canon PIXMA TR4520

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 and the Canon PIXMA TR4520 are both all-in-one inkjet printers; however, the MAXIFY is a supertank printer meaning it has an exceptional page yield and a very low cost-per-print. Although both printers have scanners with automatic document feeders, only the MAXIFY can perform duplex scanning. On the other hand, the PIXMA produces higher-quality photos. 

Epson Expression ET-2750

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 and the Epson Expression ET-2750 are both all-in-one color inkjet printers with supertanks. However, the Canon is much better for small or home offices, with almost double the color page yield, and a much faster printing speed. It also has an automatic document feeder with duplex scanning, it can fax, and it has an Ethernet port. On the other hand, the Epson is still superb for students and has a higher black page yield.

Epson EcoTank ET-4760

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 and the Epson EcoTank ET-4760 are all-in-one color inkjet printers with supertanks for incredibly high page yields and superbly low cost-per-prints. The Canon is a much better printer overall, with a higher color page yield, faster overall printing speed, and better-looking photos with much more accurate colors. Its automatic document feeder can duplex scan, and it can print directly from USB flash drives. On the other hand, the Epson has a higher black page yield and a better cost-per-print.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7310

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 is an all-in-one printer model that uses a supertank ink system, whereas the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7310 is a print-only unit that can print up to 13" x 19"–format sheets. The Canon is a significantly better printer overall, with far superior page yields and a substantially cheaper cost-per-print, and it's much faster to get out short print jobs. Also, it has a flatbed scanner, and its duplex-scanning ADF is quick to digitize double-sided work documents. Also, it has built-in fax and can print directly from USB flash drives. On the other hand, the Epson prints much better-looking photos, prints black text documents faster, and feels better built.

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