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Canon PIXMA G2260 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Feb 02, 2021 at 10:18 am
Canon PIXMA G2260 Picture
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Color Yes
SuperTank
Yes
Wireless No

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 flatbed scanner with high resolution and color depth, which is great if you want to digitize photos. 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

N/A 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.
N/A 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.
N/A 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 color depth. 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.
N/A 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.
N/A 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".
  • N/A Family
  • N/A Small/Home Office
  • N/A Student
  • N/A Black & White
  • N/A Casual Photo
  1. Updated Dec 07, 2021: Color depth test result wasn't changed in the update. We fixed the error.
  2. Updated Sep 02, 2021: Fixed an error with the color depth value and updated text in the Scanner box.
  3. Updated Feb 02, 2021: Review published.
  4. Updated Jan 29, 2021: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Canon PIXMA 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 PIXMA 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, unlike the similar Canon PIXMA G1200 and Canon PIXMA G1220. 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.

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 EcoTank ET-2720

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 and the Canon PIXMA G2260 are both all-in-one printers with supertank systems. The Canon is better suited for color document or photo printing since it yields more pages and costs less per print for color documents and photos. Also, it has significantly faster print speeds for photos. However, the Epson has better wireless connectivity options, and it has a companion app, so you can use the printer directly with your mobile device.

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-2760

The Epson EcoTank ET-2760 and the Canon PIXMA G2260 are both all-in-one color inkjet printers with supertank ink systems for a fantastic cost-per-print and page yields. However, the Epson is better for families and students, with a faster black-only document printing speed and automatic double-sided printing. Also, it offers many wireless printing options, unlike the Canon that can only connect to a computer directly via USB.

Canon PIXMA G1200

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-3760

The Epson EcoTank ET-3760 is a much better printer overall compared to the Canon PIXMA G2260. The Epson has a better page yield and cheaper cost-per-print, and faster print speed for black-only documents. It also has an automatic document feeder, numerous connectivity options, companion app support, and a much better screen. However, the Canon is better for casual photo printing, with a better page yield, cost-per-print, and print speed for photos. It also has much better photo quality than the Epson, but it can only connect via USB to a computer.

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.

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Test Results

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Design
N/A
Design
Build & Design Quality
Type All in One

The Canon PIXMA 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 Lock" (Lock cm)
Width Lock" (Lock cm)
Depth Lock" (Lock cm)
Weight
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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.

N/A
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Locked
Display Screen Size
Lock" (Lock cm)
Touchscreen Locked

The Canon PIXMA 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

N/A
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
Locked
Technology Inkjet
Number Of Color Cartridges
Lock
Black Cartridge Model
Locked
Color Yes
Tested Black Page Yield
Lock prints
SuperTank
Yes
Estimated Black Page Yield
Lock prints
Color Cartridge Model
Locked
Tested Color Page Yield
Lock prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
Lock prints
Third Party Cartridge
Locked
High Yield Cartridge
Locked
Drum Unit
Locked

The Canon PIXMA 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.

N/A
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Locked
Scan Flatbed
Locked
Scan Sheetfed
Locked
Automatic Document Feeder
Locked
Duplex Scanning
Locked
Scan Resolution
Lock DPI
Scan Color Depth
Lock Bit
Flatbed Scan Size
Locked
Fax
Locked
Copy
Locked

Update 12/07/2021: We didn't change the color depth result during the last update, so we fixed the error. The value in the review is now correct at 24 bits.

Update 09/02/2021: This printer can scan at 48 bit on the flatbed scanner, but when the data is transmitted to the computer, it's transferred to 24 bits. We consider the value the computer receives after the scan is processed for our review, so the correct color depth test result should be 24-bit. We updated the review accordingly. We also added text to clarify details about the scan resolution.

The Canon PIXMA 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. The printer scans at 600 DPI by default, but you can change the settings to achieve a high resolution. When using the Canon IJ Scan Utility software, select Scan Gear, then Advanced Mode, and change the Output Resolution to 1200 DPI.

Printing
N/A
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
Lock US$
Color Cartridge Price
Lock US$
Black Only Printing
Lock US$/print
Color Printing
Lock US$/print
Photo Printing
Lock US$/print
Ink Subscription
Locked

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.

N/A
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
Lock PPM
Color Document
Lock PPM
Photo Printing Time
Lock s
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
Lock s
Duplex Printing
Locked
Input Tray Capacity
Lock 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. If you want a supertank that automatically prints on both sides, check out the Epson EcoTank ET-2850.

N/A
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
Lock

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.

N/A
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Locked

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") Locked
Legal (8.5" x 14") Locked
Tabloid (11" x 17") Locked
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Locked
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Locked
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Locked
Photo (2" x 3") Locked
Photo (4" x 6") Locked
Photo (5" x 7") Locked

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

Mobile App And Connectivity
N/A
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Locked
USB Input To Computer
Locked
Wireless No
Bluetooth
Locked
Wi-Fi via Router
Locked
Wi-Fi Direct
Locked
External Storage Support
Locked
Apple AirPrint
Locked
Mopria Print Service
Locked

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.

N/A
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App For Home Use
Mobile App Locked
App Name Locked
iOS Locked
Android Locked
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Locked
PDF
Locked
Microsoft Office Files
Locked
Text Files (TXT)
Locked
Webpages (HTML)
Locked

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

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