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Canon PIXMA G4270 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Sep 27, 2023 at 10:55 am
Latest change: Writing modified Oct 18, 2023 at 02:39 pm
Canon PIXMA G4270 Picture
8.3
Family
7.9
Small/Home Office
8.3
Student
7.8
Black & White
7.8
Photo
6.4
Color Quality
8.5
Document Quality
7.2
Scanner
5.1
Speed

The Canon PIXMA G4270 is an all-in-one inkjet supertank printer. It's very similar to the Canon PIXMA G3270 but has an automatic document feeder and an upgraded control panel. It uses the same Canon GI-21 ink as the G3270. Connectivity options include USB and Wi-Fi, and there's support for Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service. It only supports manual duplex scanning and printing, meaning you need to flip the pages manually when scanning or printing double-sided sheets. It's compatible with the Canon Print Inkjet/Selphy mobile app, which lets you print, scan, copy, and perform maintenance tasks from your smartphone.

The Canon PIXMA G4270 is part of the Canon PIXMA G4070 series of all-in-one printers. The variants in this series are identical in specifications and performance, as they're only regional variants. You can see them in the Differences Between Variants section.

Our Verdict

8.3 Family

The Canon PIXMA G4270 is great for family use. It has Wi-Fi connectivity and is compatible with Canon's mobile app, making it easy for every household member to access. It produces high-quality documents and detailed photos, although it isn't very fast, so you may have to wait a while when printing long documents. You won't have to worry about maintenance costs, as this is a supertank printer that yields a large number of prints. Plus, replacement ink is cheap. Unfortunately, the scanner has trouble capturing fine details, so it isn't the best for digitizing photos.

Pros
  • Produces sharp documents.
  • Produces detailed photos.
  • Exceptionally high page yield, low cost per print.
  • Decent connectivity options.
  • Low maintenance.
Cons
  • Mediocre color accuracy.
  • Pictures look slightly grainy.
7.9 Small/Home Office

The Canon PIXMA G4270 is good for office use. It produces high-quality documents and yields thousands of prints from a full tank, making it easy and cheap to maintain. However, it's slow to initialize, prints slowly at nine black or three color pages per minute, and doesn't support automatic duplex printing, so you'll have to flip the pages manually when printing double-sided. The scanner also lacks automatic duplex scanning even though it has an automatic feeder.

Pros
  • Produces sharp documents.
  • Exceptionally high page yield, low cost per print.
  • Decent connectivity options.
  • Automatic feeder.
  • Low maintenance.
Cons
  • Slow printing speed.
  • No automatic duplex printing.
  • No automatic duplex scanning.
8.3 Student

The Canon G4270 is great for student use. It produces sharp documents and doesn't cost much to maintain, as it yields thousands of prints from a full ink tank, and replacement ink is cheap. The scanner's lid has extendable hinges to accommodate thicker books and an automatic feeder to process long documents. You can also convert the scans into text files or PDFs for quick keyword searches. The only downside is that it's slow to print, so it isn't the best to print out a long essay at the last minute.

Pros
  • Produces sharp documents.
  • Exceptionally high page yield, low cost per print.
  • Decent connectivity options.
  • Low maintenance.
  • Feature-rich mobile app.
Cons
  • Slow printing speed.
  • No automatic duplex printing.
7.8 Black & White

The Canon G4270 is good for printing black-and-white documents. It produces sharp documents, and thanks to its incredibly high page yield, it's easy and cheap to maintain. The downside is that it prints slowly at nine pages per minute. Also, it doesn't support automatic duplex printing, so you'll have to flip the pages manually when printing double-sided. Its ADF-equipped scanner processes up to seven pages per minute but lacks automatic duplex scanning.

Pros
  • Produces sharp documents.
  • Exceptionally high page yield, low cost per print.
  • Automatic feeder.
  • Low maintenance.
Cons
  • Slow printing speed.
  • No automatic duplex printing.
  • No automatic duplex scanning.
7.8 Photo

The Canon G4270 is good for photo printing, especially if you print a lot, because its ink tank yields a large number of prints, and replacement ink is cheap. Printed pictures look detailed but slightly dull due to the printer's limited color range. They also look a tad grainy. It takes a little less than a minute to print a 4" x 6" photo, which is pretty fast compared to most inkjet printers.

Pros
  • Produces detailed photos.
  • Exceptionally high page yield, low cost per print.
  • Low maintenance.
Cons
  • Mediocre color accuracy.
  • Pictures look slightly grainy.
6.4 Color Quality

Pros
  • Exceptionally high page yield, low cost per print.
  • Low maintenance.
Cons
8.5 Document Quality

Pros
  • Exceptionally high page yield, low cost per print.
  • Low maintenance.
Cons
7.2 Scanner

Pros
  • Exceptionally high page yield, low cost per print.
  • Low maintenance.
Cons
5.1 Speed

Pros
  • Exceptionally high page yield, low cost per print.
  • Low maintenance.
Cons
10 Recurring Costs

Pros
  • Exceptionally high page yield, low cost per print.
  • Low maintenance.
Cons
  • 8.3 Family
  • 7.9 Small/Home Office
  • 8.3 Student
  • 7.8 Black & White
  • 7.8 Photo

Performance Usages

  • 6.4 Color Quality
  • 8.5 Document Quality
  • 7.2 Scanner
  • 5.1 Speed
  • 10 Recurring Costs
  1. Updated Oct 18, 2023: Added mention of the Epson EcoTank ET-2840 Special Edition as an alternative with better scan quality in the Scan Quality section.
  2. Updated Sep 27, 2023: Review published.
  3. Updated Sep 21, 2023: Early access published.
  4. Updated Sep 15, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  5. Updated Sep 06, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  6. Updated Aug 16, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Canon PIXMA G4270 in black. The other models in the G4070 series only differ in model number and region of sale; they have identical specifications and performance.

Model  Region of Sale
PIXMA G4170 India, Latin America
PIXMA G4270 North America
PIXMA G4470 Europe
PIXMA G4570 Middle East
PIXMA G4670 Autralia
PIXMA G4770 Asia
PIXMA G4870 Southeast Asia
PIXMA G4970 Korea

You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The Canon PIXMA G4270 is a good printer overall. It stands out for its incredibly high page yield, sturdy build, and excellent document printing quality. However, its printing speed is slow, and its scanner has trouble capturing fine details.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best inkjet printers, the best photo printers, and the best printers with cheap ink.

Canon PIXMA G3270

The Canon PIXMA G4270 is essentially an upgraded version of the Canon PIXMA G3270 with an automatic document feeder, better color accuracy, and a slightly higher color page yield. It also has more buttons on the front panel to make navigating the interface easier.

Canon MegaTank MAXIFY GX2020/GX1020

The Canon PIXMA G4270 and Canon MegaTank MAXIFY GX2020/GX1020 are both all-in-one inkjet supertank printers. As such, they both offer fantastic page yields and cost-per-print. The difference between them comes down to their ideal usages. The GX2020 is slightly better for office use, as it prints faster and offers automatic duplex printing. By contrast, the G4270 is better if you print a lot of photos; although the GX2020 has better color accuracy and color gamut, it has a visible printing pattern that makes photos appear blurry. Neither printer produces great-looking scans, but both have ADF-equipped scanners.

Epson EcoTank ET-2800/ET-2803

The Canon PIXMA G4270 is slightly better than the Epson EcoTank ET-2800/ET-2803 for most uses. The Canon feels more sturdily built, produces higher quality documents, and yields significantly more prints. It also has an automatic document feeder and fax functionality. However, the Epson produces better photos, and its scanner captures finer details, making it a better choice for digitizing pictures and graphics.

Canon PIXMA G7020

The Canon PIXMA G4270 and the Canon PIXMA G7020 are very similar overall. The G4270 has a higher color page yield, produces higher quality documents, and scans faster. However, the G7020 has a much wider color gamut to produce more colorful photos and supports automatic duplex printing.

HP Smart Tank 7301 [6001, 7001]

The Canon PIXMA G4270 and the HP Smart Tank 7301 are very similar all-in-one supertank printers. The Canon produces higher-quality documents and pictures and has an automatic document feeder to scan long documents. On the other hand, the HP has an Ethernet port, prints faster, and yields significantly more color prints.

HP Smart Tank 5101

The Canon PIXMA G4270 is much better than the HP Smart Tank 5101. The Canon produces higher-quality documents and photos, and it yields significantly more prints. It also has more features, like an automatic feeder, fax functionality, and duplex scanning (manual). The HP requires more maintenance, as its printheads clog more easily.

Epson EcoTank ET-2840 Special Edition

The Epson EcoTank ET-2840 Special Edition and the Canon PIXMA G4270 are both great all-in-one supertank inkjet printers. The Canon feels more sturdily built, and it has a scanner with an automatic feeder and fax functionality, whereas the ET-2840 only has a basic flatbed scanner. It produces higher-quality color documents and yields significantly more prints. On the other hand, the Epson has faster printing speeds, a wider color range, and better color accuracy.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
7.5
Design
Build Quality
Type All in One

The Canon G4270 feels well-built. It's entirely plastic but feels sturdy, with no gaps in the construction. The power cable is removable, making it easy to replace if damaged; however, it feels like the connector doesn't go all the way into the power input and detaches rather easily. Design-wise, there are pros and cons. The ink tanks are accessible from the front, which is great for maintenance, and there are good dampers to prevent the top of the printer from slamming down when closing it. There's no damper for the scanner lid, though, so you'll have to lower it gently. Removing paper jams can be challenging, as you can only get to the sheet rollers through the printing bay on the front, and there's very little access to the automatic feeder's sheet rollers.

Design
Dimensions
Height 8.3" (21.0 cm)
Width 16.3" (41.5 cm)
Depth 13.6" (34.5 cm)
Height When In Use
10.4" (26.3 cm)
Width When In Use
16.3" (41.5 cm)
Depth When In Use
22.4" (57.0 cm)
Weight
16.0 lbs (7.2 kg)
7.5
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Expected
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

This printer only requires the typical maintenance procedures expected on most inkjet printers. It has many built-in functions, like Nozzle Check, Cleaning, Printhead Alignment, Roller Cleaning, Bottom Plate Cleaning, and Head Replacement. You may encounter some print quality issues when you use the printer for the first time. A printhead cleaning will likely resolve the issue.

Since this is a supertank printer that yields a large number of prints, you likely won't need to refill the tank often. Refilling is easy; the tanks are easily accessible, and the bottles have keyed nozzles that only fit the corresponding tank. As for paper, the input tray holds 100 sheets, so you might have to refill it frequently if you print in high volume. Unfortunately, the only way to remove paper jams is through the printing bay on the front. You must be careful when pulling on the jammed sheet and avoid touching the tubes. You can access the automatic feeder's rollers by opening the top panel.

You can see the user's manual here.

5.0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
1.4" (3.5 cm)
Touchscreen No

The display is bad. It's small, monochrome, and low resolution. It's hard to see, and there's no way to adjust the screen's tilt to improve visibility. Thankfully, the interface feels responsive, and navigating the menus is fairly straightforward. You can access the same functions via the Canon IJ Printer Assistant Tool application or the remote web UI.

10
Design
Cartridge
Technology Inkjet
SuperTank
Yes
Photo Cartridge
No
Color Yes
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
GI-21 PGBK
Tested Black Page Yield
275 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
5,225 prints
Color Cartridge Model
GI-21 CMY
Tested Color Page Yield
325 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
7,449 prints
Third Party Cartridge
No Cartridges
Ink Type
Dye And Pigment
High Yield Cartridge
No Cartridge

The Canon G4270 is a supertank printer with refillable ink tanks. A full tank yields an incredibly large number of prints, so you likely won't need to buy new ink often unless you print a lot. The printer warns you when the ink is low, but you can continue printing. It only stops printing when the ink reaches the lowest line on the tank.

8.4
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
ADF + Flatbed
ADF Capacity
35 pages
Scan Speed
7 PPM
Duplex Scanning
Manual
Max Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Max ADF Scan Size
8.5" x 14"
Flatbed Hinge Adjustability
0.83" (21 mm)
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Built-in

The scanner can scan double-sided sheets, but you need to flip the pages manually. The Canon IJ Scan Utility application has a step-by-step guide to help you do so; here's an example. To use the OCR (Optical Character Recognition) feature, you can either generate a TXT file with the text from the scan via the Canon IJ Scan Utility app or scan the document as a PDF directly from the printer.

6.0
Design
Scan Quality
Max Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
24Bit

The scan quality is mediocre. The scanner captures text well; however, it makes colored areas look grainy and has trouble picking up finer details, which isn't ideal for digitizing photos and graphics. If you want a similar all-in-one with better scan quality, check out the Epson EcoTank ET-2840 Special Edition.

Design
In The Box

  • Power cord
  • RJ11 Phone cord
  • Documentation
  • Set of Canon GI-21 ink:
    • 1x 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

The Canon G4270 prints black-and-white documents well. Text looks sharp, and fine details look clear. There's some banding, but it isn't overly distracting.

9.0
Document
Color Documents

The print quality of color documents is outstanding. Everything looks sharp and detailed; there are misalignments, but they're hard to spot and less of an issue when printing in portrait orientation.

10
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
17.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
38.97 US$
Black-Only Printing Cost
0.003 US$/print
Color Printing Cost
0.005 US$/print
Photo Printing Cost
0.013 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

The cost per print is superb because a full tank yields a large number of prints, and replacement ink is relatively cheap. This printer is eligible for Canon's Auto Replenishment Service, which sends you new ink bottles when the printer detects low ink levels.

5.1
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
9 PPM
Color Document
3 PPM
Photo Printing Time
54.0 s
Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
15.0 s
Duplex Printing
Manual
Input Tray Capacity
100 pages

The Canon PIXMA G4270 takes a while to initialize and get a single page out, and it's also slow to print longer multi-page documents. However, its photo printing speed is good and within the typical range of most inkjet printers. You can print double-sided, but you'll have to manually turn the pages when prompted. The rear input tray holds 100 sheets of paper.

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
670 g/m²
Photo
6.5
Photo
Color Gamut

The color gamut is okay. The printer has trouble reproducing bright, saturated colors, which causes some loss of fine details and makes pictures look somewhat dull. There isn't much banding, but color transitions look grainy.

6.3
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
7.58

This printer's color accuracy is mediocre. Grays, blues, and skin tones are noticeably off. The pictures still look pleasing; just don't expect them to look exactly like the original.

8.5
Photo
Small Details
Max Print Resolution (DPI)
4800 x 1200

The Canon G4270 reproduces small details well. Fine details look relatively clear; the halftones (dots) obscure some finer elements, and the contrast could be better.

9.5
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
Yes
Mobile App And Connectivity
7.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
No
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Wireless Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
No
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

You can see the power input more clearly here.

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

This printer is compatible with the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY mobile app. It lets you print, scan (using the printer or your smartphone's camera), copy, access the user manual, perform maintenance tasks, order ink, and manage your ink subscription. In addition to locally stored content, you can print from cloud services like iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox, and Instagram. The app doesn't support TXT and HTML files, so you'll have to print from the browser or whichever application you use to see TXT files.

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

You don't have to manually install drivers to use the printer on macOS and Chrome OS devices, but you do on Windows devices. You can download the drivers here. Though not mandatory, you can use the Canon Print Inkjet/Selphy app from the Google Play Store on Chromebooks; it gives you the same functionalities as on an Android device.