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Canon PIXMA G7020 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Review updated Apr 12, 2024 at 04:15 pm
Canon PIXMA G7020 Picture
8.1
Family
8.0
Small/Home Office
8.4
Student
7.8
Black & White
7.9
Photo
6.8
Color Quality
8.0
Document Quality
7.0
Scanner
6.0
Speed

The Canon PIXMA G7020 is an all-in-one supertank inkjet printer that uses Canon GI-20 ink. It has a two-line LCD, an ADF scanner capable of simplex scanning up to 8.5" x 14.0" paper, an 8.5" x 11.7" flatbed scanner capable of simplex scanning, and fax and copy capabilities. Its connectivity options include USB, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi direct, and Ethernet, and it also supports Apple AirPrint, Mopria Print Service, Google Cloud Print, and Canon's mobile PRINT app.

Our Verdict

8.1 Family

The Canon G7020 is very good as a family printer. It offers great connectivity, making it convenient for the whole family. It also has an outstanding cost-to-print ratio with a high print yield, so you won't need to refill the ink tanks very often. It offers both an ADF and flatbed scanner, making it easy to copy, fax, or scan your documents. This printer does a great job reproducing small details and can produce a good array of colors, making it suitable for printing photos at home.

Pros
  • Very low cost-per-print.
  • High page yield for black and color documents.
  • Sturdy, solid build.
Cons
  • Very slow printing speed for black and color documents.
  • Limited two line screen interface.
8.0 Small/Home Office

The Canon G7020 is good for home office use. It has an outstanding cost-to-print ratio for black text and color documents while yielding many pages before you have to refill the ink tanks. It's capable of duplex printing for double-sided documents. This printer has both a flatbed and an ADF scanner, making it easy to copy, fax, or scan documents with many pages. However, this printer doesn't have duplex scanning, so you need to manually flip the page if you're scanning double-sided documents. It's also very slow at printing both black and color documents, which is something to consider if you need to print a lot.

Pros
  • Very low cost-per-print.
  • High page yield for black and color documents.
  • Sturdy, solid build.
Cons
  • Very slow printing speed for black and color documents.
  • Lacks duplex scanning.
8.4 Student

The Canon G7020 is great for student use. This printer yields a lot of pages for both black text and color documents before you need to refill the ink tanks. It also has an outstanding cost-to-print ratio and both a sheetfed and flatbed scanner, making it an affordable choice for students. On the downside, it's very slow at printing black and color documents. This printer has great connectivity options. You can connect to your printer with Wi-Fi via a router or by Wi-Fi Direct. You can also print from your mobile device using Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria Print Services, or Canon's mobile PRINT app.

Pros
  • Very low cost-per-print.
  • High page yield for black and color documents.
  • Sturdy, solid build.
Cons
  • Very slow printing speed for black and color documents.
  • Lacks duplex scanning.
7.8 Black & White

The Canon PIXMA G7020 is good for black & white printing. It has an outstanding cost-to-print ratio for black ink, and it yields a lot of pages before the ink tanks need refilling. However, it prints very slowly, and banding in black-only documents can appear in the standard print mode. It is also important to note that you require color ink even if you're only printing black & white documents, as lacking color ink can introduce air into the printer's ink system.

Pros
  • Very low cost-per-print.
  • High yield for black documents.
Cons
  • Banding appears in black only printing in standard print mode.
  • Very slow printing speed for black documents.
7.9 Photo

The Canon G7020 is good for casual photos. It has good photo printing quality and produces images with good detail. Its color accuracy is acceptable, and this model is suitable for printing photos at home. That said, some colors are a little over-saturated, and some banding is present in darker areas of the image.

Pros
  • Very low cost-per-print.
  • Can reproduce a good color gamut with saturated colors.
  • Great at reproducing fine details.
Cons
  • Can't print on 2" x 3" paper.
6.8 Color Quality
8.0 Document Quality
10 Recurring Costs
  • 8.1 Family
  • 8.0 Small/Home Office
  • 8.4 Student
  • 7.8 Black & White
  • 7.9 Photo

Performance Usages

  • 6.8 Color Quality
  • 8.0 Document Quality
  • 7.0 Scanner
  • 6.0 Speed
  • 10 Recurring Costs
  1. Updated Apr 12, 2024: We've updated the review for clarity.
  2. Updated Sep 15, 2023: We added a link to the Canon PIXMA G3270 in the Cartridge section of the review to provide an alternative with a larger color page yield.
  3. Updated Mar 09, 2023: Added mention of the Epson EcoTank ET-4850 as an alternative with a better display in the Display Screen section.
  4. Updated Sep 08, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  5. Updated Aug 25, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  6. Updated Apr 21, 2022: We've updated the In Use Picture under the 'Dimensions' test for this printer to ensure greater consistency with other reviews.
  7. Updated Feb 07, 2022: Fixed an error with the Input Tray Capacity test result.
  8. Updated Feb 03, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  9. Updated Jun 15, 2021: Updated Cartridge box to be consistent between similar models.
  10. Updated Jun 08, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.
  11. Updated May 12, 2020: Review published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Canon PIXMA G7020; there are no other variants of this printer.

Compared To Other Printers

The Canon PIXMA G7020 is a supertank inkjet printer from Canon's refillable ink tank lineup. It's well-suited to casual photo printing like the Canon PIXMA TR4520 or Canon PIXMA TS8220, and it can reproduce detailed images with acceptable color accuracy. However, printing black and color documents takes longer than many other Canon PIXMA printers. If you don't mind the slow print time, it offers affordable cost-per-print and yields a large number of pages before its tanks need refilling.

Check out our recommendations for the best photo printers, the best home printers, and the best printers for college students.

Epson EcoTank ET-3850

The Canon PIXMA G7020 and the Epson EcoTank ET-3850 are both supertank printers that offer outstanding page yields and a low cost-per-print. The only differences are that the Epson prints faster and produces higher-quality scans. The Canon has better color accuracy, but not significantly.

Canon MAXIFY GX6020

The Canon MAXIFY GX6020 and the Canon PIXMA G7020 are similar all-in-one color inkjet printers with supertank ink systems that give them incredibly high page yields. However, the MAXIFY is newer and performs better overall, with a significantly higher color page yield and faster printing speed. It can also print directly from USB flash drives. On the other hand, the PIXMA has faxing capabilities, produces better-detailed photos, and has a better overall cost-per-print.

Canon PIXMA G6020

The Canon PIXMA G6020 and the Canon PIXMA G7020 are both supertank inkjet printers. The biggest difference between the two is that the G7020 has an automatic document feeder and fax capabilities, whereas the G6020 only has a flatbed scanner. The G7020 also has better color accuracy and photo printing quality, so it's a better choice for photos.

Canon MegaTank MAXIFY GX2020/GX1020

The Canon MegaTank MAXIFY GX2020/GX1020 and the Canon PIXMA G7020 are similar supertank all-in-one color inkjet printers. If your workflow predominately involves office tasks, then the MAXIFY is better. The GX2020 offers faster printing speed, prints better quality black and color documents, scans faster, and features a significantly better display. On the other hand, if you tend to print more photos, you should go with the PIXMA. The G7020 produces more detailed photos, offers borderless printing, and has a significantly higher color page yield, so you won't need to refill the ink as often.

Epson EcoTank ET-4800/ET-4810

The Canon PIXMA G7020 and the Epson EcoTank ET-4800 are both supertank printers, but the Canon is better overall. It prints significantly more pages and a lower cost-per-print (meaning you'll save more money in the long run). Also, it can duplex print automatically and prints much nicer-looking photos.

Canon MAXIFY GX7020

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 is the newer, office-redesigned version of the Canon PIXMA G7020. Both are all-in-one color inkjet printers with supertank ink systems with incredible page yields, but the MAXIFY is a much better printer overall. It has a significantly higher color page yield and a much faster printing speed. It also has a much better screen, its automatic document feeder can duplex scan, and it can print directly from USB flash drives. The PIXMA has a better overall cost-per-print and also produces photos with much better quality.

Epson EcoTank ET-2800/ET-2803

The Canon PIXMA G7020 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2800/ET-2803 are similar supertank inkjet printers. However, Canon is the better choice for most uses. If you need to scan often, the Canon has an automatic document feeder and an adjustable hinge, allowing you to scan thicker items like textbooks. Also, it prints faster, yields many more pages, and offers a lower cost-per-print, making it the ideal choice if you have a large print load. Where the Epson edges out the Canon is with photos; the ET-2800 offers superior color accuracy, so there are only a few noticeable differences when comparing prints with originals. While it's not accurate enough for professional use, if you print a lot of photos at home, then the Epson is better for your usage.

Canon PIXMA G3270

The Canon PIXMA G7020 is slightly more versatile than the Canon PIXMA G3270. The G7020 has a flatbed scanner with an ADF, enabling it to process documents much faster, an integrated fax, an input tray with a much greater overall capacity, and an Ethernet port. Unlike the G3270, it also supports duplex printing, so you won't need to flip pages manually when printing double-sided. However, the G3270 has a slightly greater color page yield.

Epson EcoTank ET-2850

The Canon PIXMA G7020 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2850 are both supertank inkjet printers, but the Canon performs better overall. The Canon is a better choice if you need to scan often since it has an automatic document feeder. Also, it prints much more accurate colors, making your photos look better than they would on the Epson. While the Canon doesn't print as many black pages as the Epson, the slightly lower ink bottle costs help keep its black cost-per-print identical to the Epson's, meaning you won't save more with one or the other if you mostly print in monochrome.

Canon PIXMA G4270

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.

Epson EcoTank ET-4760

The Epson EcoTank ET-4760 and the Canon PIXMA G7020 are both very good supertank printers. The Epson is better for office use thanks to its higher black page yield, lower black document cost-per-print, and faster printing speed. The Canon is better for photos because of its higher color page yield, lower cost-per-print for photos, and nicer image printing quality.

Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850

The Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 and the Canon PIXMA G7020 are all-in-one color inkjet printers with supertanks, but the Epson is a better printer overall. The Epson prints significantly faster, its automatic document feeder can duplex scan, and it can print directly from USB flash drives. On the other hand, the Canon has almost double the color page yield and has a much better cost-per-print for color documents and photos.

Canon PIXMA G3260/G3262

The Canon PIXMA G7020 and the Canon PIXMA G3260 are both all-in-one color inkjet printers with supertanks. As a result, they both have an incredibly high page yield and superbly low cost-per-print. However, the G7020 is better for small or home offices, with an ADF, larger paper tray capacity, automatic double-sided printing, and an Ethernet port. It also produces better-quality photos. On the other hand, the G3260 has much better color page yields, so you need to refill the tanks a lot less often.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e and the Canon PIXMA G7020 are both all-in-one color inkjet printers. While the Canon uses a supertank ink system for far superior page yields and a much lower cost-per-print, the HP performs better overall for office use. The HP prints much faster, can print directly from USB flash drives, and its automatic document feeder can do duplex scans. It also comes with six free months of HP's Instant Ink subscription.

Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5180

The Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5180 is better than the Canon PIXMA G7020 for most uses. The Epson has better page yields, duplex scanning capability (manual), and faster printing speed. However, the Canon's build feels sturdier, and it prints higher-quality photos.

Epson EcoTank ET-2760

The Epson EcoTank ET-2760 and Canon PIXMA G7020 are both all-in-one color inkjet printers with supertank ink systems. The Canon is better for family use and home offices, as it has an ADF, an Ethernet port, and much better color accuracy and photo printing quality. It also prints photos much faster. On the other hand, the Epson has a significantly better page yield and cost-per-print, prints black and color documents faster, and supports printing directly from an SD card.

Epson Expression Premium ET-7750 EcoTank

The Canon PIXMA G7020 and the Epson Expression Premium ET-7750 EcoTank are both great family printers with supertanks. The Canon is much better built, and it has an automatic document feeder and a larger paper tray capacity. It also yields more color pages and has a lower cost-per-print for color documents and photos. On the other hand, the Epson has a higher yield for black pages, it prints faster, and you can print directly from an SD card or USB key.

Epson EcoTank ET-15000

The Canon PIXMA G7020 and the Epson EcoTank ET-15000 are very similar overall. The Canon has slightly better print quality, but it's slower to print, and unlike the Epson, it only supports up to 8.5" x 11" paper, whereas the Epson can print on paper up to 13" x 19". The Epson yields more black prints, while the Canon yields more color prints.

Epson EcoTank ET-4700

The Epson EcoTank ET-4700 and the Canon PIXMA G7020 are all-in-one color inkjet printers with supertank ink systems for outstanding cost-per-print and page yields. However, the Canon is better for casual photos, with a better cost-per-print and higher page yields, faster photo printing speed, and much better image quality. On the other hand, the Epson prints documents more quickly, so it might be better for students and small or home offices.

Epson EcoTank ET-3760

The Epson EcoTank ET-3760 and the Canon PIXMA G7020 are both supertank inkjet printers, but the Canon has better photo printing performance. The Canon feels better built, yields more color pages at a lower cost-per-print, and prints better-looking photos. It also holds more paper in its input tray, and it has a fax feature. On the other hand, the Epson yields significantly more black pages and prints documents much faster, so it may be a better choice if you print long documents more often.

Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank

The Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank and the Canon PIXMA G7020 are both very good all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the Canon uses a supertank ink system for a superior cost-per-print and page yields. The Canon also prints photos more quickly and has an Ethernet port. On the other hand, the Brother does print documents a bit faster.

Canon PIXMA TR8620

The Canon PIXMA G7020 and the Canon PIXMA TR8620 are all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the TR8620 is better for families and casual photo printing. The TR8620 produces higher-quality photos with good detail and vibrant colors. It prints faster overall and can also print directly off of SD cards. On the other hand, the G7020's supertank ink system gives it a far superior page yield and cost-per-print.

Brother MFC-J6945DW

The Brother MFC-J6945DW is better for small or home offices, while the Canon PIXMA G7020 uses a supertank and is better for casual photo printing. The Brother prints single pages much quicker, and it prints longer documents much faster, too. Also, it can print 11" x 17" sheets and scan them using both its flatbed scanner and duplex-scanning automatic document feeder and can print directly from USB flash drives. On the other hand, the Canon has much better page yields at a cheaper cost-per-print, and it prints photos more quickly.

Canon PIXMA TS9120

The Canon PIXMA G7020 is a better inkjet printer than the Canon PIXMA TS9120. The G7020 is a well-built supertank printer, so its ink tanks can yield more pages before they need to be refilled, and its cost-per-print is much lower. It also has an integrated fax feature and it can duplex scan too. However, the TS9120 has a much better display screen, its printing speed is quicker for all documents, and it even has Bluetooth and external storage support.

Brother MFC-J995DW

The Brother MFC-J995DW is a better inkjet printer than the Canon PIXMA G7020. While the Brother may not yield as many pages as the Canon per cartridge, you can buy even higher-yielding cartridges if you need them. However, the Canon's cost-per-print is slightly lower, and you can connect to it via Mopria Print Service.

Canon PIXMA TR8520

The Canon PIXMA TR8520 and the Canon PIXMA G7020 are both great printers for family use, but the G7020 uses ink tanks instead of disposable cartridges like the TR8520. If you intend to print many photos, the TR8520 has much better color accuracy and better photo printing quality. If you frequently print a variety of different types of documents, the G7020 may be a better choice since it yields significantly more pages at a much lower cost-per-print.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
8.0
Design
Build Quality
Type All in One

The Canon PIXMA G7020 has a great, solid plastic build. There's good access to the ink tanks, which are below the scanner. The scanner bed has a stopper so it doesn't fall when refilling the ink or dealing with paper jams. You can access paper jams from the printer's back or by lifting the scanner bed. The front and rear paper trays have a slider for different page sizes. However, the rear input tray can get stuck while taking it off the printer or putting it back. The power cord is also detachable, making it easy to replace in case of damage.

Design
Dimensions
Height 9.1" (23.1 cm)
Width 15.9" (40.4 cm)
Depth 14.5" (36.9 cm)
Height When In Use
11.2" (28.4 cm)
Width When In Use
15.9" (40.4 cm)
Depth When In Use
28.0" (71.0 cm)
Weight
21.0 lbs (9.5 kg)
7.0
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Expected
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

Like all inkjet printers, the printheads can clog on the Canon PIXMA G7020. Thankfully, this printer has many built-in maintenance features, including Nozzle Check, Cleaning, Deep Cleaning, Head Alignment, Ink Flush, and more.

Due to its high page yield, you only have to refill the ink tanks periodically. The tanks are easy to fill, and the ink bottles have keyed nozzle shapes, so there is no way you could mistakenly fill a tank with the wrong color. Despite the ease of use, filling the tanks can still be messy. You will only need to refill the paper trays occasionally, as the front and rear trays can hold 350 sheets of plain paper combined. You can easily access paper jams by opening a door in the back of the printer to access sheet rollers or by completely removing the rear input tray. Sheet rollers for the ADF are also easily accessible by lifting the top left section of the ADF.

See the user manual here.

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

This printer has a poor display. It uses a 2-line LCD advertised as a "2 Line Full-Dot Matrix Display" by Canon. Some might find it restricting since it can only display a limited amount of text at a time. While you can tilt the screen cover, the display has poor viewing angles. If you want a similar printer with a better display, check out the Epson EcoTank ET-4850.

10
Design
Cartridge
Technology Inkjet
SuperTank
Yes
Photo Cartridge
No
Color Yes
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
GI-20 PGBK
Tested Black Page Yield
285 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
5,415 prints
Color Cartridge Model
GI-20 CMY
Tested Color Page Yield
209 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
4,790 prints
Third Party Cartridge
No Cartridges
Ink Type
Dye And Pigment
High Yield Cartridge
No Cartridge

This printer has an ink tank system instead of traditional disposable cartridges. It yields a high amount of black and colored pages before needing a refill.

7.4
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
ADF + Flatbed
ADF Capacity
30 pages
Scan Speed
4 PPM
Duplex Scanning
No
Max Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Max ADF Scan Size
8.5" x 14"
Flatbed Hinge Adjustability
0.76" (19 mm)
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Built-in
6.5
Design
Scan Quality
Max Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
24Bit

Scanning is okay on this printer. Text is clear, but there is noticeable graining in scanned documents. Colors appear washed out, and finer details can be hard to see.

Achieving the flatbed scanner's 1200 DPI requires some tweaking, as it's set to 600 DPI by default. There are several ways to change the scan resolution to 1200 DPI. First, look under the "Drivers" tab and do an advanced scan with Canon's My Image Garden software at a higher resolution. Second, if you're using the Canon IJ Scan Utility app, you can find these settings under the "Scan Gear" tab. Finally, to reach 1200 DPI, turn off "thumbnail preview mode" if the document you are scanning exceeds 100 MB. This is located on the left top corner of the "Scan Advanced" settings page.

Design
In The Box

  • User manual
  • Installation CD
  • 4"x 6" Photo Paper Plus Glossy II sample pack (3 sheets)
  • Fax cable
  • Canon GI-20 ink bottles
    • 3x GI-20 PGBK
    • 1x GI-20 Cyan
    • 1x GI-20 Magenta
    • 1x GI-20 Yellow
  • Power cable

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A
Document
8.0
Document
Black & White Documents
Color Ink Needed For Black & White
Yes

Printing black & white documents is great on this printer. Text is clear and easy to read, and the printer is good at producing fine details and thin lines. However, it struggles with banding when printing in the standard print quality. Printing in high quality eliminates banding, as you can see here.

7.5
Document
Color Documents

The Canon G7020 is good at printing color documents. Colors appear saturated, while text appears sharp. However, thin lines and fine details look faint. There's also some banding in grays.

10
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
17.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
35.95 US$
Black-Only Printing Cost
0.003 US$/print
Color Printing Cost
0.008 US$/print
Photo Printing Cost
0.015 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

This printer has a superb cost-per-print ratio. Its ink tank yields many pages before needing to be refilled. While you can buy each bottle on its own, Canon also sells a bundle pack that can offer a cheaper per-bottle price.

6.0
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
8 PPM
Color Document
3 PPM
Photo Printing Time
54.4 s
Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
18.8 s
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
350 pages

The printer trays hold 350 pages, 250 pages in the front cassette, and 100 additional pages from the manual feeder in the rear.

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) No
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Yes
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Max Paper Weight
300 g/m²

This printer has front and rear paper trays with adjustable sliders that accommodate many paper dimensions. You can extend the rear paper tray to support larger sizes, like Legal paper.

Photo
7.5
Photo
Color Gamut

This printer has a good color gamut. It can produce bright, saturated blues and yellows but struggles with darker shades of green and red. There is also some noticeable graining in the purple and blues.

6.0
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
8.25

The Canon G7020 has acceptable color accuracy. Some colors are visibly off, and in general, colors are a bit muted. This printer is fine for home or personal use but isn't accurate enough for enthusiasts or professionals.

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

The Canon G7020 is great at producing small details in pictures. Fine details look clear, if a bit smooth. Details in the distance are harder to see due to half-tones (dot-effect).

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
8.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
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
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

The Canon PIXMA G7020 uses the Canon PRINT app, which is available on Android and iOS. This app lets you print, scan, and copy directly from your mobile device. You can also order new ink, see what you scan directly on the app, and print pages directly from the internet.

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

Drivers are required to access this printer's full range of settings on Windows devices. You can get the drivers here.