Canon PIXMA G2260 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Feb 02, 2021 at 10:18 am
Canon PIXMA G2260 Picture
7.4
Family
5.3
Small/Home Office
7.1
Student
7.1
Black & White
7.4
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless No
Color Yes
SuperTank
Yes

The Canon PIXMA G2260 MegaTank All-In-One printer is decent for family use. It uses four ink tanks which yield an exceptionally high number of pages for both black and color documents, resulting in an incredible cost-per-print. It's equipped with a high-resolution flatbed scanner with a very high color depth, which is great if you want to digitize photos and maintain their true colors. When it comes to prints, color accuracy and image quality are only decent and aren't recommended for professional use, but they should be good enough for casual photos. While it prints pictures quickly, documents take significantly longer. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any wireless connectivity options or even an Ethernet port; oddly, it doesn't come with the USB cable required for printing.

Our Verdict

7.4 Family

The Canon G2260 is satisfactory for family use. It has a high-resolution flatbed scanner with high color depth, which is great for digitizing photos. While its photo printing quality and color accuracy are only decent, they should be more than fine for hobbies and casual photos. It has an incredibly low cost-per-print for both black and color printing. Unfortunately, it doesn't support printing from a USB thumb drive or SD card, and it doesn't have a mobile app.

Pros
  • Outstandingly low cost-per-print.
  • Exceptionally high page yield.
  • Easy access to paper jams and ink tanks.
  • Decent color accuracy.
Cons
  • Images are grainy.
  • Very slow printing speed for documents.
  • No wireless connectivity.
5.3 Small/Home Office

The Canon G2260 is disappointing for a small or home office. While it yields an exceptionally high number of pages at a low cost, it's terribly slow at printing documents. It has a flatbed scanner, but it doesn't have an automatic document feeder and can't scan double-sided pages. It provides easy access to paper jams and ink tanks, but its build quality is only okay. You can't connect it to your router via Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable, and it doesn't come with the USB cable required for printing.

Pros
  • Outstandingly low cost-per-print.
  • Exceptionally high page yield.
  • Easy access to paper jams and ink tanks.
Cons
  • No sheetfed scanner.
  • Very slow printing speed for documents.
  • No duplex scanning.
  • No wireless connectivity.
7.1 Student

The Canon G2260 is decent for students. It yields an incredible number of pages and costs very little per print for both black and color documents. It has a flatbed scanner with high resolution and one of the highest color depths we've tested. However, it's slow at printing, which isn't ideal if you're in a rush. Also, it has no wireless connectivity options, so you can print only by connecting it to your computer via a USB cable; however, it isn't included, so you need to buy one yourself.

Pros
  • Outstandingly low cost-per-print.
  • Exceptionally high page yield.
  • Easy access to paper jams and ink tanks.
Cons
  • Very slow printing speed for documents.
  • No duplex scanning.
  • No wireless connectivity.
7.1 Black & White

The Canon G2260 is decent for black and white printing. The first page is slow to come out, and subsequent pages hardly get faster after that. Also, while it has a flatbed scanner, it doesn't have an automatic document feeder, and it can't scan double-sided sheets. On the plus side, it prints an exceptional number of pages with a very low cost-per-print. Although some of its parts feel flimsy, it provides easy access to ink tanks and paper jams.

Pros
  • Outstandingly low cost-per-print.
  • Exceptionally high page yield.
  • Easy access to paper jams and ink tanks.
Cons
  • Very slow printing speed for documents.
  • No duplex scanning.
  • No wireless connectivity.
7.4 Casual Photo

The Canon G2260 is satisfactory for casual photos. It's decently well-built and provides easy access to ink tanks and paper jams. While image quality and color accuracy are only decent, they should be more than good enough for casual photos. Images cost very little per print, and you don't have to wait long for them to print out. It can print both 4" x 6" and 5" x 7" sizes.

Pros
  • Outstandingly low cost-per-print.
  • Easy access to paper jams and ink tanks.
  • Decent color accuracy.
Cons
  • Images are grainy.
  • Can't print 2" x 3".
  • 7.4 Family
  • 5.3 Small/Home Office
  • 7.1 Student
  • 7.1 Black & White
  • 7.4 Casual Photo

Test Results

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Design
7.0
Design
Build & Design Quality

The Canon G2260 has decent build quality. Its plastic body and the output tray feel fairly solid, and it has a removable power cable which makes it easy to replace if needed. It provides good access to paper jams and ink tanks by lifting the top cover. While the scanner lid can stay open on its own, the lid dampener isn't great, so it could slam shut if you don't guide it down slowly. Unfortunately, the individual ink covers feel flimsy. Also, it only has a USB Type-B port, so you can't plug it into your router with an Ethernet cable or use it wirelessly. Oddly, the required USB cable isn't included in the box.

Design
Dimensions
Height 6.5" (16.5 cm)
Width 17.3" (44.0 cm)
Depth 13.0" (33.0 cm)
Weight
14.3 lbs (6.5 kg)

The Canon G2260 is fairly compact, so it shouldn't take up much space on a desk. It's slightly taller than the Canon PIXMA G1220 because of its scanner.

4.0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
1.9" (4.9 cm)
Touchscreen No

The Canon G2260 has a bad display screen. It's a two-line, mono LCD that's tilted vertically. It has good visibility if you're looking directly at it, but it's hard to see it from the side. There are 12 physical buttons on the panel to navigate the menu and perform other tasks.

Design
In The Box

  • User manual
  • Power cable
  • 1 x Black print head (not pictured)
  • 1 x Color print head (not pictured)
  • Canon GI-21 ink bottles
    • 3 x GI-21 PGBK
    • 1 x GI-21 Cyan
    • 1 x GI-21 Yellow
    • 1 x GI-21 Magenta

9.5
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
GI-21 PGBK
Tested Black Page Yield
259.00 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
4921 prints
Color Cartridge Model
GI-21 CMY
Tested Color Page Yield
282.00 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
6464 prints
Third Party Cartridge
No
High Yield Cartridge
No Cartridge
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The Canon G2260 has an incredible supertank system. Instead of using disposable cartridges, it uses four high-capacity tanks that you refill with bottles of ink. These tanks yield a remarkable number of pages, so you shouldn't need to refill them very often. Like the Canon PIXMA G1220, it comes with three large black ink bottles, which should last you a while. However, the printer doesn't allow you to keep printing in color if the black ink tank is empty.

6.2
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
No
Automatic Document Feeder
No
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
1200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
48 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes

The Canon G2260 has passable scanner features. While it doesn't have a sheetfed scanner, it has a high-resolution flatbed scanner with hinges that can raise to scan thick items. Also, it has one of the highest color depths we've tested.

Printing
10
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
17.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
38.97 US$
Black Only Printing
0.004 US$/print
Color Printing
0.006 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.015 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

The Canon G2260 has an outstandingly low cost-per-print. Thanks to its supertank's incredibly high yields, you shouldn't have to refill the tanks or even buy new bottles often, which keeps costs very low. You can also register for Canon's Auto Replenishment Service, which automatically orders and delivers ink bottles to you when you're running low.

4.7
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
5 PPM
Color Document
4 PPM
Photo Printing Time
46.9 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
12.6 sec
Duplex Printing
Manual
Input Tray Capacity
100 pages

The Canon G2260 has a poor printing speed. The first page of a black-only text document takes a while to print, and subsequent pages hardly get faster. Color documents are also very slow, but on the bright side, photos come out fairly quickly. It can't automatically print double-sided, so you need to manually flip over each page when prompted.

7.1
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
9.81

The Canon G2260 has decent color accuracy. It should be fine for casual photos or adding color to a report, but it isn't recommended for tasks that require exact color reproduction.

7.3
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

It produces decently-detailed photos. Its photo quality is similar to that of the Canon PIXMA G1220, but the G2260 produces less banding.

These results are based on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not be representative of 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

The rear input tray has width sliders to fit most common paper formats.

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

The Canon G2260 has awful connectivity options. Like the Canon PIXMA G1220, it can only print by plugging it directly into your computer via a USB-A to USB-B cable. Oddly, the cable isn't included with the printer. If you want to print wirelessly, check out its variant, the Canon PIXMA G3260.

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

The Canon G2260 isn't compatible with any mobile app.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Canon G2260 has a few variants, like the Canon PIXMA G1220, which doesn't have a scanner, and the Canon PIXMA G3260, which also has a flatbed scanner but includes wireless connectivity options. The model number changes slightly depending on the region. You can see the label of our unit here.

Compared To Other Printers

The Canon G2260 is decent for family use, but it lacks the wireless connection options that other supertank printers have. However, it has a high-resolution flatbed scanner with one of the highest color depths we've tested. It also yields an outstanding number of both black and color pages, and its cost-per-print for color documents and photos is among the lowest we've seen. For other options, see our recommendations for the best home printers, the best office printers, and the best printers with cheap ink.

Canon PIXMA G3260

The Canon PIXMA G3260 and the Canon PIXMA G2260 are both supertank printers with nearly identical costs-per-print, but the G3260 offers wireless printing. The G3260 has a higher color page yield and slightly better photo quality, but its color accuracy is marginally worse, and it prints significantly slower than the G2260. Also, neither printer comes with the USB-A to USB-B cable required for wired printing.

Epson EcoTank ET-2720

The Canon PIXMA G2260 is slightly better than the Epson EcoTank ET-2720, especially if you intend to print photos. The Canon yields more pages and costs less per print for color documents and photos, and it produces much more accurate-looking colors. It also prints photos significantly faster. However, the Epson is better if you value wireless printing and a mobile app to check ink levels, perform maintenance tasks, and print from.

HP Smart Tank Plus 551

The HP Smart Tank Plus 551 and the Canon PIXMA G2260 are both supertank printers with an exceptional cost-per-print, but the HP is better overall. The HP is better for color printing thanks to its significantly higher color page yield and much better color accuracy. It also has wireless connectivity options and a mobile app. The Canon has a higher black page yield, but it isn't enough to make the cost-per-print lower.

Epson Expression ET-2750

The Canon PIXMA G2260 and the Epson Expression ET-2750 are both supertank printers with an exceptional cost-per-print. If you intend to print in color, the Canon has a higher color page yield, a lower cost-per-print for photos and color printing, and significantly better color accuracy. However, if you plan on mostly printing black-only documents, the Epson is better due to its higher black page yield at a slightly lower cost and its faster printing speed. Also, the Epson has wireless connectivity options and a mobile app.

Canon PIXMA G1220

The Canon PIXMA G2260 is better than the Canon PIXMA G1220. While the G1220 yields slightly more color pages, both printers have the same cost-per-print. The G2260 has a flatbed scanner, better color accuracy, and it prints photos with less banding. Otherwise, both printers have no wireless connectivity options, and neither come with the USB cable required for printing.

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