Canon PIXMA G7020 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed May 12, 2020 at 08:55 am
Canon PIXMA G7020 Picture
8.1
Family
7.3
Small/Home Office
8.6
Student
7.1
Black & White
7.6
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
Yes

The Canon PIXMA G7020 is a great printer for family use. It has an outstanding cost-to-print ratio and its high black and color yield means you can print off a lot of pages before having to change the cartridge, making it an affordable choice. It also has both a sheetfed and flatbed scanner, which is useful for scanning multiple documents or more fragile items like photos. On the downside, it prints black text and color documents very slowly and it uses a 2 Line Full-Dot Matrix Display that some may find limiting.

Our Verdict

8.1 Family

The Canon PIXMA G7020 is good as a family printer. It prints good quality photos which is great when you want to physically save your memories. It also has a sheetfed and flatbed scanner, making it easy to copy, fax, or scan your documents. It has an outstanding cost-to-print ratio for black, colored, and photo items so you won't need to constantly change the ink cartridges.

Pros
  • Outstanding cost-per-page performance.
  • High page yield for black and color documents.
  • Sturdy, solid build.
Cons
  • Can't print on 2" x 3".
  • Mediocre color accuracy.
7.3 Small/Home Office

The Canon PIXMA G7020 is okay for home office use. It has an outstanding cost-to-print ratio for black text and color documents while also yielding a lot of pages before you have to change the cartridge. It's really slow to print off the first page of a black text document, and following pages aren't much faster. While this printer has a flatbed scanner, it also has a sheetfed scanner that has automatic document feeding, making it easy to copy, fax, or scan documents with a lot of pages. However, this printer doesn't have duplex scanning so if you're scanning double-sided documents, you need to scan them one side at a time.

Pros
  • Outstanding cost-per-page performance.
  • High page yield for black and color documents.
  • Sturdy, solid build.
Cons
  • Very slow printing speed for black and colored documents.
  • Limited two line screen interface.
  • Lacks duplex scanning.
8.6 Student

The Canon PIXMA G7020 is great for student use. This printer yields a lot of pages for both black text and color documents before you need to replace the cartridges. 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, that first black text page is quite slow to print and subsequent pages aren't much faster either. Still, this printer can connect to your Wi-Fi via a router or by Wi-Fi Direct. You can also print from your mobile device using Apple AirPrint or Mopria Print Services.

Pros
  • Outstanding cost-per-page performance.
  • High page yield for black and color documents.
  • Sturdy, solid build.
Cons
  • Very slow printing speed for black and colored documents.
7.1 Black & White

The Canon PIXMA G7020 is alright for black and white printing. While it has an outstanding cost-to-print ratio for black ink and it yields a lot of pages before the cartridge needs to be changed, it prints very slowly. The first page takes just under 20 seconds to print while subsequent pages aren't much faster. There's also no high-yield cartridge available if you only print in black and white.

Pros
  • Outstanding cost-per-page performance.
  • High page yield for black and color documents.
  • Sturdy, solid build.
Cons
  • Very slow printing speed for black and colored documents.
  • Limited two line screen interface.
7.6 Casual Photo

The Canon PIXMA G7020 is good for casual photos. It has good photo printing quality, and it produces images with good detail. Colors are a little over-saturated, though, and there's some banding present in darker areas of the image. Its color accuracy is mediocre, but it should still be suitable for printing photos for home use.

Pros
  • Outstanding cost-per-page performance.
  • High page yield for black and color documents.
  • Sturdy, solid build.
Cons
  • Can't print on 2" x 3".
  • Mediocre color accuracy.
  • 8.1 Family
  • 7.3 Small/Home Office
  • 8.6 Student
  • 7.1 Black & White
  • 7.6 Casual Photo
  1. Update 6/8/2020: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

Test Results

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Design
8.0
Design
Build & Design Quality

The Canon PIXMA G7020 has a great, solid plastic build. There's good access to the ink cartridges, as they're below the scanner, and while you're refilling ink or dealing with paper jams, the scanner lid doesn't fall. You can access paper jams from the printer's back or by lifting the entire scanner. The front and rear paper trays both have a slider to adjust for different page sizes. However, the rear input tray can get stuck while taking it off the printer or putting it back.

Design
Dimensions
Height 9.1" (23.1 cm)
Width 15.9" (40.4 cm)
Depth 14.5" (36.9 cm)
Weight
21.0 lbs (9.5 kg)

The Canon PIXMA G7020 is a somewhat compact printer. It's heavier than the Canon PIXMA TR8520 and it's slightly taller, but it shouldn't be a problem for most spaces.

4.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
1.8" (4.4 cm)
Touchscreen No

The Canon PIXMA G7020 has a poor display screen. It's a monochrome 2 Line Full-Dot Matrix Display which gives it a vintage, calculator-like feel. However, some may find it restricting since it can only display a limited amount of text at a time. There are also physical buttons that surround the screen and while you can tilt the screen cover, the display screen has poor viewing angles.

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

9.0
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
GI-20 PGBK
Tested Black Page Yield
258.00 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
4902 prints
Color Cartridge Model
GI-20 CMY
Tested Color Page Yield
209.00 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
4790 prints
Third Party Cartridge
No
High Yield Cartridge
No
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The Canon PIXMA G7020 has an outstanding inkjet cartridge system. It yields a high amount of black and colored pages so you can print out stacks of documents before these cartridges need to be refilled.

This printer will accept third-party cartridges, but this could void its warranty.

8.1
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
Yes
Automatic Document Feeder
Yes
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
1200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes

Update 05/28/2020: We originally reported that this printer’s software limits its max resolution to 600 DPI. However, you can raise it to 1200 DPI depending on which Canon software you’re using. The review has been updated to reflect this.

The Canon PIXMA G7020 has great scanning features. It has a flatbed for scanning thicker documents or more fragile items like old family photos. You can also easily scan several documents at once using the sheetfed scanner; however, double-sided documents need to be manually scanned on each side as this printer doesn't have a duplex scanning feature. This printer has an integrated fax, so you can easily scan your documents and send them to others. While the DPI limit may seem to be 600 at first glance, if you look under the "drivers" tab, you can do an advance scan with Canon’s My Image Garden software at a higher resolution. If you’re using the Canon IJ Scan Utility app, these settings can be found under the “scangear” tab. Note, if the document you’re scanning exceeds over 100mb then you need to turn off “thumbnail preview mode” (located on the left top corner of “scan advanced” settings page) to reach 1200 DPI.

If you don't need an automatic document feeder and you want to save some money, check out the Canon PIXMA G6020, which is basically the same printer without an ADF and it's cheaper.

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

The Canon G7020 has a superb cost-per-print ratio. It's very affordable to print in black, color, or photo, especially when compared to the cost of the cartridges, as each cartridge can yield a lot of pages before needing to be replaced. While you can buy each cartridge on their own, Canon also sells a bundle pack that could save more money down the line.

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.

5.5
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
5 PPM
Color Document
3 PPM
Photo Printing Time
54.4 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
18.8 sec
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
250 pages

The Canon PIXMA G7020 has a disappointing printing speed. The first page of a black text document from this printer takes a while. Its next pages are also very slow and colored documents can take even longer, which can be stressful when you're in a rush. It also takes just under a minute for it to print one 4" x 6" photo. If printing speed is important to you, check out the HP OfficeJet Pro 9015.

6.1
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
10.71

The Canon G7020 has mediocre color accuracy. While it should do the job adding a splash of color on office reports or school assignments, those looking for accurate colors may find its color reproduction disappointing, especially in comparison to the original source file.

7.8
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The Canon PIXMA G7020 has good photo printing quality. There's a bit of banding on the darker areas of the photos and slight over-saturation, but this printer still produces good detail.

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) 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 G7020 has two adjustable paper trays with sliders to fit different paper dimensions. The rear paper tray can also extend to support longer sizes such as legal paper.

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 G7020 has great connectivity options. You can wirelessly connect to this printer using Wi-Fi via your router or by Wi-Fi Direct. You can also print from your mobile device by using Apple AirPrint if you're using an iOS device, or Mopria Print Service if you have it installed on your Android device. For a wired connection, this printer can use an ethernet cable or you can directly plug it into your computer via a USB input. Unlike the Canon PIXMA TS9120, there isn't any Bluetooth support and there's no place to plug in external storage either.

9.5
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App For Home Use
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 G7020 uses Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY which is available on Android and iOS. This app allows you to print, scan, and copy directly from your mobile device. You can also order new ink, see what you scan directly on the app, and directly print pages from the internet.

Compared To Other Printers

The Canon PIXMA G7020 is a supertank inkjet printer from Canon's photo printing lineup. It's well-suited to casual photo printing like the Canon PIXMA TR4520 or Canon PIXMA TS8220, and it can reproduce vivid and detailed images. However, while it has an affordable cost-per-print, it can take longer to print off black and color documents than many other Canon PIXMA printers. That being said, if you don't mind the slow print time, it can yield an excellent amount of pages before its tanks need to be refilled. Check out our recommendations for the best photo printers, the best home printers, and the best printers for college students.

Epson EcoTank ET-15000

The Canon PIXMA G7020 is a bit better than the Epson EcoTank ET-15000. The Canon has slightly better color accuracy, better photo printing quality, and feels better-built. However, the Epson has a higher page yield and prints pages much faster.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9025

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9025 is a better overall printer for black and white printing as well as small/home offices than the Canon PIXMA G7020. The HP is quicker at printing all kinds of documents, it can duplex scan, and it has external storage support, which is handy if you need to print off of a USB thumb drive. On the other hand, the Canon uses a supertank system, so it can yield more pages per cartridge, and its cost-per-print is more affordable too.

Brother MFC-J995DW

The Brother MFC-J995DW is a better overall 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 it. It has slightly better color accuracy and photo printing quality too. However, the Canon's cost-per-print is slightly lower, and you can connect to it via Mopria Print Service.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 is a better printer for black and white printing as well as small/home offices than the Canon PIXMA G7020. The HP can duplex scan, and it's pretty quick at printing all documents too. It also has a better display screen, and it has external storage support too, which is nice. The Canon, in comparison, uses a supertank system, so it's able to yield more pages before its cartridge needs to be refilled, and it has a lower cost-per-print, which some users may prefer. Its companion app is better too.

Canon PIXMA TS9120

The Canon PIXMA G7020 is a better overall 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.

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