Canon PIXMA G1200 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Jul 21, 2021 at 10:10 am
Canon PIXMA G1200 Picture
6.4
Family
5.1
Small/Home Office
6.7
Student
6.9
Black & White
7.3
Casual Photo
Type Printer Only
Technology Inkjet
Wireless No
Color Yes
SuperTank
Yes

The Canon PIXMA G1200 is a supertank printer designed for family use. It produces fairly detailed photos with little banding, although faces are grainy. Its color accuracy is decent, and while it isn't good enough for professional use, it should be fine for casual photo printing. While it has a very high page yield and an incredibly low cost-per-print, it's very slow at printing both black text documents and color prints. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a scanner, and it can't automatically duplex print, which may be annoying for long, double-sided documents. Also, you can't use it wirelessly, and it doesn't come with a USB cable, even though it's the only way to print with it.

Our Verdict

6.4 Family

The Canon PIXMA G1200 is mediocre for family use. Printed photos are decently detailed, but faces are quite grainy; however, color accuracy should be satisfactory for family photos and art projects. It yields many black and color pages with very low running costs. Unfortunately, there's no scanner, no wireless printing options, and no mobile app.

Pros
  • Outstandingly low cost-per-print.
  • Incredibly high page yields.
  • Decent color accuracy and photo quality.
Cons
  • No scanner.
  • Terribly slow at printing.
  • Doesn't include USB-A to USB-B cable.
5.1 Small/Home Office

The Canon PIXMA G1200 is disappointing for small or home offices. It doesn't have a flatbed scanner nor an automatic document feeder, and it's very slow at printing both black text documents and color prints. There are no wireless connection options, Ethernet port, or a mobile app to print. On the plus side, it yields a large number of pages at a very low cost-per-print.

Pros
  • Outstandingly low cost-per-print.
  • Incredibly high page yields.
Cons
  • No scanner.
  • Terribly slow at printing.
  • Doesn't include USB-A to USB-B cable.
6.7 Student

The Canon PIXMA G1200 scores okay for students, but this is mainly due to its incredibly low cost-per-print for both black and color pages. Otherwise, it lacks many features that students may need, like wireless printing options, a scanner, or a mobile app. Also, while the first page of a text document prints out at a decent speed, subsequent pages are terribly slow.

Pros
  • Outstandingly low cost-per-print.
  • Incredibly high page yields.
  • Decent color accuracy and photo quality.
Cons
  • No scanner.
  • Terribly slow at printing.
  • Doesn't include USB-A to USB-B cable.
6.9 Black & White

The Canon PIXMA G1200 is okay for black and white printing. It yields a large number of black pages at an incredibly low cost-per-print. Although it takes a decent amount of time to warm up and print the first page, subsequent pages are very slow to print. Also, there's no scanner, and it can't automatically print double-sided, meaning you need to flip over each page yourself.

Pros
  • Outstandingly low cost-per-print.
  • Incredibly high page yields.
Cons
  • Terribly slow at printing.
  • Doesn't include USB-A to USB-B cable.
7.3 Casual Photo

The Canon PIXMA G1200 is decent for casual photos. It has an outstandingly low cost-per-print for photos thanks to its high color page yield, and it can print on 4" x 6" and 5" x 7" photo paper. Produced photos have very little banding, but they're quite grainy. Colors look decently accurate, but overall they have a warm tone.

Pros
  • Outstandingly low cost-per-print.
  • Decent color accuracy and photo quality.
Cons
  • Can't print 2" x 3" photos.
  • Doesn't include USB-A to USB-B cable.
  • 6.4 Family
  • 5.1 Small/Home Office
  • 6.7 Student
  • 6.9 Black & White
  • 7.3 Casual Photo

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
6.5
Design
Build & Design Quality

The Canon PIXMA G1200 feels adequately well-built. It has a sturdy-feeling body, a removable power cable, and its input and output trays feel solid. You can easily access paper jams by lifting the top lid, but there's no dampener, so you need to guide it down slowly to prevent the lid from slamming shut. Its input tray is a cover that you lift at the rear, which feels more sturdy than the slider tray that pulls out from the printer on the Canon PIXMA G1220 and Canon PIXMA G2260. Unfortunately, the individual ink covers feel flimsy, and the bottles are squeeze bottles with no integrated nozzle to easily let out the ink.

Design
Dimensions
Height 5.3" (13.5 cm)
Width 17.3" (44.0 cm)
Depth 13.0" (33.0 cm)
Weight
10.4 lbs (4.7 kg)
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Design
Display Screen
Display Screen No
Display Screen Size
N/A
Touchscreen No

The Canon PIXMA G1200 doesn't have a display screen. Instead, it has two physical buttons for Power and Cancel/Resume. The Cancel/Resume button also doubles as an Align Page button. The light next to Cancel/Resume is red when the inks run out or when there's an error, and you can reset the ink level counter by holding the button for five seconds.

Design
In The Box

  • User manual
  • Power cable
  • Setup CD-Rom
  • Canon GI-290 ink bottles
    • 1x GI-290 PGBK
    • 1x GI-290 Cyan
    • 1x GI-290 Yellow
    • 1x GI-290 Magenta

Not pictured:

  • 1x Black print head
  • 1x Color print head
  • 9.5
    Design
    Cartridge
    Photo Cartridge
    No
    Number Of Color Cartridges
    3
    Black Cartridge Model
    GI-290 BK
    Tested Black Page Yield
    190 prints
    Estimated Black Page Yield
    3,610 prints
    Color Cartridge Model
    GI-290 C/M/Y
    Tested Color Page Yield
    240 prints
    Estimated Color Page Yield
    5,106 prints
    Third Party Cartridge
    No
    High Yield Cartridge
    No Cartridge
    Drum Unit
    No Drum Unit

    Thanks to its supertank system, the Canon PIXMA G1200 yields an incredible number of both black and color pages, so you shouldn't need to refill the tanks too often. Unlike most printers, this model lets you continue printing in color even when the black ink tank is empty. The light next to the Resume button turns red when you're running low on ink. Once you refill the ink back to the max limit line, you can press and hold the Resume button for five seconds to reset the ink counter.

    While you can technically fill the tanks 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.

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    Design
    Scanner
    Scanner
    No
    Scan Flatbed
    No
    Scan Sheetfed
    No
    Automatic Document Feeder
    No
    Duplex Scanning
    No
    Scan Resolution
    N/A
    Scan Color Depth
    N/A
    Flatbed Scan Size
    N/A
    Fax
    No
    Copy
    No

    For a similar model with a scanner, check out the Canon PIXMA G2260.

    Printing
    10
    Printing
    Cost-Per-Print
    Black Cartridge Price
    17.99 US$
    Color Cartridge Price
    35.95 US$
    Black Only Printing
    0.005 US$/print
    Color Printing
    0.007 US$/print
    Photo Printing
    0.019 US$/print
    Ink Subscription
    No

    Like most supertanks, the Canon PIXMA G1200 has an outstandingly low cost-per-print since you don't need to refill the tanks often, let alone buy new ink bottles.

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

    4.5
    Printing
    Printing Speed
    Black Only Text Document
    4 PPM
    Color Document
    3 PPM
    Photo Printing Time
    62.0 s
    First Page Out Time (Black Only)
    10.6 s
    Duplex Printing
    Manual
    Input Tray Capacity
    100 pages

    The Canon PIXMA G1200 is terribly slow at printing both black-only text documents and color documents. Also, it can't automatically print double-sided, so you need to manually flip each page.

    7.2
    Printing
    Color Accuracy
    Average Color dE
    9.75

    The Canon PIXMA G1200 has decent color accuracy and should be more than fine for casual color prints and photos. However, it won't be good enough for tasks that require exact color reproduction.

    7.2
    Printing
    Photo Printing Quality
    Borderless Printing
    Yes

    The photo printing quality is decent, with a bit of banding in some areas. Unfortunately, there's a lot of graininess that's especially noticeable in faces. Also, there's a warm tint that alters many colors, making some black areas look brown.

    We base these results 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) No
    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

    The Canon PIXMA G1200's rear input tray can hold 100 sheets of plain paper, 20 sheets of 4" x 6" photos, or 10 sheets of 5" x 7" photo paper.

    Mobile App And Connectivity
    1.0
    Mobile App And Connectivity
    Connectivity
    Ethernet
    No
    USB Input To Computer
    Yes
    Bluetooth
    No
    Wi-Fi via Router
    No
    Wi-Fi Direct
    No
    External Storage Support
    No
    Apple AirPrint
    No
    Mopria Print Service
    No

    Like the Canon PIXMA G1220 and the Canon PIXMA G2260, the Canon G1200 has no wireless connection options. It can print via a USB-A to USB-B cable only, but oddly, the cable doesn't come with the printer despite being its only connection option.

    0
    Mobile App And Connectivity
    Mobile App For Home Use
    Mobile App No
    App Name No App
    iOS No
    Android No
    Photo (JPEG, PNG)
    No
    PDF
    No
    Microsoft Office Files
    No
    Text Files (TXT)
    No
    Webpages (HTML)
    No

    Differences Between Sizes And Variants

    The Canon PIXMA G1200 is only available in black and has no variants. You can see our unit's label here.

    Compared To Other Printers

    The Canon PIXMA G1200 can print an incredible number of pages at a very low cost-per-print. However, it's missing many features that other supertank printers have. Not only does it lack a scanner, but it can't automatically print double-sided pages, meaning you need to manually flip each page. You can't use it wirelessly, and while connecting it directly to your computer via a USB-A to USB-B cable is the only way to print, it doesn't come with the cable in the box, so you need to buy it separately before you can use the printer.

    See our lists of the best home printers, the best wireless printers, and the best printers with cheap ink.

    Canon PIXMA G3260

    The Canon PIXMA G3260 and the Canon PIXMA G1200 are very similar, but the G3260 offers more features. The G3260 yields more pages, and it has a flatbed scanner, which the G1200 lacks. Also, you can print to the G3260 wirelessly via Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Apple AirPrint, and Mopria Print Service, while you can only use the G1200 through a direct connection to your computer. Otherwise, neither can print double-sided pages automatically, and they take a long time to print documents.

    Canon PIXMA G2260

    The Canon PIXMA G2260 and the Canon PIXMA G1200 are similar supertank printers, but the G2260 is better overall. The G2260 yields more color and black pages, it can print A6 sheets, and it has a flatbed scanner, which the G1200 lacks. Otherwise, both models have very slow printing speeds, no wireless connection options, and no automatic duplex printing. Note that neither of the printers comes with the USB-A to USB-B needed to print.

    Epson EcoTank ET-2720

    The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 and the Canon PIXMA G1200 are both supertank printers. The Epson has a flatbed scanner and a slightly faster document printing speed, and you can print to it wirelessly via Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Apple AirPrint, or Mopria Print Service. On the other hand, the Canon has a higher page yield, a lower cost-per-print for photos, and better color accuracy. However, it can only print via a USB-A to USB-B cable, which isn't in the box. While neither printer can automatically print double-sided, the Canon prompts you when to turn the page over, while the Epson doesn't at all.

    Canon PIXMA G1220

    The Canon PIXMA G1220 and the Canon PIXMA G1200 are very similar supertank printers. Neither have a scanner, a display screen, or wireless connection options, automatic duplex printing. Both can only be used with a USB-A to USB-B cable, which neither comes with. Otherwise, the biggest difference is that the G1220 has more physical buttons, and it yields more pages than the G1200.

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