Canon PIXMA G6020 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Jun 16, 2020 at 09:25 am
Canon PIXMA G6020 Picture
7.7
Family
6.6
Small/Home Office
8.6
Student
7.5
Black & White
7.5
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
Yes

The Canon PIXMA G6020 is a good all-in-one printer that performs well for a variety of uses. It features a supertank ink system that yields an incredible amount of pages, and its replacement ink is very cheap, making it very inexpensive to print in bulk. Unfortunately, it's slow at printing both black and color documents, and the scanner is as basic as it comes. That said, it feels well-built, the tanks are easy to refill, and it has large input trays that can hold a good amount of paper. Its color accuracy is questionable, but it prints good-looking photos nonetheless. It's compatible with Canon's exceptional mobile app, which is a convenient tool for getting work done quickly.

Our Verdict

7.7 Family

The Canon PIXMA G6020 is a good family printer. It has an outstanding ink tank system that can yield a lot of black and color pages, and the ink bottles are very cheap, making it extremely cost-effective in the long run. Its color accuracy is sub-par, but printed photos look good in general. The scanner lacks an automatic document feeder, so scanning multi-page documents can take a while.

Pros
  • Superb cost-per-print.
  • Good photo printing quality.
  • Exceptional mobile app.
Cons
  • Sub-par printing speed.
  • Sub-par color accuracy.
  • No support for external storage devices.
6.6 Small/Home Office

The Canon G6020 is an okay printer for small or home offices. The supertank ink system is great for printing in bulk and replacement ink is inexpensive, but it's very slow at printing, whether it's black or color documents. That said, it's a very well-built printer, and the ink tanks are easily accessible for a quick refill. Unfortunately, the scanner is mediocre, as it lacks an automatic document feeder.

Pros
  • Superb cost-per-print.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Sub-par printing speed.
  • Lacks automatic document feeder.
8.6 Student

The Canon G6020 is an excellent printer for students. A full ink tank lasts a very long time and the ink bottles are very cheap, which is great for students on a budget. It's a pretty slow printer, though, so it may not be the best for printing a long essay at the last minute. Thankfully, it has great connectivity options, and it comes with a superb mobile app, so you can perform most tasks from your smartphone when you're in a hurry.

Pros
  • Superb cost-per-print.
  • Exceptional mobile app.
Cons
  • Sub-par printing speed.
  • No support for external storage devices.
7.5 Black & White

The Canon G6020 is a good printer for printing black and white documents. While this printer's exceptional supertank system can yield an incredible amount of black pages, it's not the fastest printer if you have a large print job. However, its input trays can hold a good amount of paper, and its great design lets you check on the paper level without having to open the input tray. The ink tanks are easily accessible and replacement ink is very cheap.

Pros
  • Superb cost-per-print.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Sub-par printing speed.
7.5 Casual Photo

The Canon PIXMA G6020 is a good printer for printing photos. Printed photos look good overall, but the colors look a bit muted and there's some graininess in the pictures. The printer's exceptional ink system helps keep costs down, and it's well-designed to make refilling the tanks a walk in the park. Most photo paper sizes are supported, except for 2" x 3".

Pros
  • Superb cost-per-print.
  • Good photo printing quality.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Sub-par color accuracy.
  • 7.7 Family
  • 6.6 Small/Home Office
  • 8.6 Student
  • 7.5 Black & White
  • 7.5 Casual Photo

Test Results

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Design
8.0
Design
Build & Design Quality

The Canon PIXMA G6020 has a great build and design. Although it's fully plastic, the printer feels sturdy and well-built. The scanner's lid can stay open without aid, which keeps it from falling while you refill the ink tanks, and it can extend to accommodate thicker documents or books. The front input tray has a small window where you can check how much paper is left, so you don't have to open the tray and potentially interrupt a print job. The only part of the printer that feels of lesser quality is the rear input tray, as it exhibits quite a bit of flex. One thing that's worth mentioning is that the printheads are removable, making it much easier to replace them should they get damaged or clogged.

Design
Dimensions
Height 7.7" (19.5 cm)
Width 15.9" (40.4 cm)
Depth 14.6" (37.0 cm)
Weight
17.9 lbs (8.1 kg)

The Canon G6020 is pretty compact and suitable for small spaces. It has the same width as the PIXMA G7020, but it's not as tall due to the lack of an automatic document feeder.

4.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
1.8" (4.5 cm)
Touchscreen No

The Canon G6020 has a poor display console. It's small and it's a monochrome, 2-Line Full-Dot Matrix Display. Visibility is okay whether you're standing or sitting, and the display can be tilted upwards to make it easier to see. It isn't a touchscreen, so navigating the menus can only be done with the surrounding buttons, which makes typing in Wi-Fi passwords and such a very tedious task.

Design
In The Box

  • User guide
  • Setup CD
  • Power cable
  • 1 x Black print head
  • 1 x Color print head
  • Canon GI-20 ink bottles
    • 3 x GI-20 PGBK
    • 1 x GI-20 Cyan
    • 1 x GI-20 Yellow
    • 1 x GI-20 Magenta

9.5
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
GI-20 PGBK
Tested Black Page Yield
243.85 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
4633 prints
Color Cartridge Model
GI-20 CMY
Tested Color Page Yield
233.34 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
5348 prints
Third Party Cartridge
No
High Yield Cartridge
No Cartridge
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The Canon PIXMA G6020 has an exceptional supertank system. Instead of cartridges, there are four large-capacity tanks that you refill yourself with bottles of ink. These tanks can yield an incredible amount of pages, so you rarely have to refill them unless you print at very large scale.

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
24 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes

The Canon G6020 has mediocre scanning features. It doesn't have an automatic document feeder, which makes scanning long documents quite labor-intensive. On the upside, the scanner's lid can extend a bit if you need to scan thick documents or books.

Note that when scanning with Canon's IJ software, the default scanning resolution is set to 600 DPI. If you want to scan at a higher resolution, you must access the 'Advanced Mode' tab in the settings menus and change the output resolution manually.

Printing
10
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
17.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
35.97 US$
Black Only Printing
0.004 US$/print
Color Printing
0.007 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.014 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

The Canon PIXMA G6020's cost-per-print is superb. Due to its large ink tanks, you don't have to refill them as often, and even then, the ink bottles are very cheap. You can purchase each color separately and Canon also sells them as a bundle.

Keep in mind that even if you print only in black, most inkjet printers continue using the color cartridge for servicing tasks, so you'll likely still need to replace it eventually.

5.8
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
6 PPM
Color Document
3 PPM
Photo Printing Time
55.3 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
16.0 sec
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
350 pages

The Canon PIXMA G6020 has a sub-par printing speed. When printing black-only documents, it takes a while to print the first page, and it doesn't get much faster for subsequent pages. Color documents are even slower, but it performs well when it comes to photo printing. Thankfully, it has two trays that can hold up to 350 sheets of paper combined, so you can leave it running while you work on other things.

If you need faster printing speed, then check out a laser color printer such as the HP Color LaserJet Pro M255dw.

5.7
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
11.04

The Canon PIXMA G6020 has sub-par color accuracy. It should be fine if you're just using just a bit of color in a document, such as a chart, but it's not recommended for professionals who need accurate color reproduction.

7.7
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The Canon PIXMA G6020 has good photo printing quality. Colors are well-defined, but they look a bit flat and lack vibrancy. There's also some graininess in the pictures.

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.

If you're looking for a printer with better photo printing quality, check out the Brother MFC-J995DW.

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 G6020 has two input trays that support most paper sizes, up to the standard legal size. The front tray can hold up to 250 sheets of paper, while the rear tray can hold up to 100 sheets.

Mobile App and Connectivity
8.0
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
No
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

The Canon PIXMA G6020 has great connectivity options. It supports most wireless connections, including printing from mobile devices using AirPrint or Mopria. However, it doesn't support Bluetooth or external storage devices like USB thumb drives and SD cards.

9.5
Mobile App and Connectivity
Mobile App Print
Mobile App Yes
App Name Canon Print Inkjet/Selphy
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes
PDF
Yes
Microsoft Office Files
Yes
Text Files (TXT)
No
Webpages (HTML)
Yes

The Canon PIXMA G6020 is compatible with the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY mobile app. It allows you to do most tasks, such as printing, scanning, and copying. Scanned images can be viewed directly on your smartphone, and you can also print from social media and photo sharing sites. The only thing it can't do is print text files.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the Canon PIXMA G6020 and there are no other variants of this printer. It's very closely related to its bigger brother, the PIXMA G7020, but with fewer features. In Europe, this printer is known as the PIXMA G6050.

Compared to other printers

The Canon PIXMA G6020 is a good family printer. It stands out for its incredible high yield and is one of the most cost-effective printers we've reviewed so far. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best photo printers, the best home printers, and the best printers for college students.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015

For most uses, the HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 is much better than the Canon PIXMA G6020. The HP has a better display screen, a full-feature scanner, and more connectivity options. It also prints significantly faster and it prints higher quality photos with better color accuracy. However, the Canon's supertank ink system yields a lot more pages and is more cost-effective over time.

Brother MFC-J995DW

The Brother MFC-J995DW is much better than the Canon PIXMA G6020 for most uses. The Brother has a better display console, a sheetfed scanner, it prints faster overall, and it prints higher quality photos. That said, the Canon has a significantly higher page yield due to its supertank ink system, making it the better choice for high-volume printing.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3720

Overall, the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3720 is slightly better than the Canon PIXMA G6020. The Epson has a significantly better display screen, its scanner has an automatic document feeder, and it prints a lot faster. On the other hand, the Canon has a refillable ink tank system that can yield many more pages, making its cost-per-print significantly lower. The Canon's color accuracy isn't as good as the Epson's; however, it prints higher quality photos.

HP OfficeJet Pro 7740

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 is much better than the Canon PIXMA G6020. The HP has an automatic document feeder with duplex scanning capability, it prints faster, and it has better color accuracy. However, if you often print in bulk, the Canon is a better choice due to its significantly higher page yield, which leads to a lower cost-per-print.

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