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A step up from the Editors’ Choice-winning Pixma G6020 MegaTank, Canon’s Pixma G7020 Wireless MegaTank All-in-One ($329.99) is a cartridge-less (bulk-ink) multifunction inkjet designed for printing and copying a few hundred pages per month in a home or small office. Like most lower-end bulk-ink models (Including Canon’s MegaTank, Epson’s EcoTank, and HP’s Smart Tank Plus brands), this one prints well, if a little slowly. And it churns out both black and color pages for under 1 cent each, making it a terrific value for those with moderate print and copy needs (say, between 300 and 500 pages a month). For the few extra bucks between the G6020’s and G7020’s purchase prices, the latter comes with an automatic document feeder (ADF) for sending multipage documents to the scanner without manual flipping, as well as a few other less notable features. They’re just enough to nudge the G6020 out and the G7020 in as our latest favorite entry-level color AIO printer for home offices.

A Mega-Beefy MegaTank

As Epson (and later HP) did with its first few bulk-ink models, Canon designed its first MegaTank machines with somewhat effete feature sets, too-modest paper input capacities, and paltry volume ratings. In other words, while these printers delivered terrific low running costs, they were also dismally slow, low on productivity and convenience features, and not really suited for printing and copying more than 100 or so pages each month. And that, when you think about it, kind of defeats the purpose of purchasing a printer with very low per-page operating costs.

But just as Epson has done with its EcoTank brand, Canon’s latest round of MegaTank models, while they still deliver the same low per-page costs, are much beefier and more robust than their predecessors. Take, say, the Pixma G4210, which, for about the same price as today’s G7020, holds less than half the amount of paper and comes with markedly fewer features.

But we’ll get to that. Let’s start with the basics. Measuring 9.4 by 14.7 by 16 inches (HWD) and weighing 17.8 pounds, the G7020 is almost, sans the ADF mentioned earlier, identical in size and girth to the G6020 and slightly smaller than the G4210. Smaller and lighter still is HP’s Smart Tank Plus 651 Wireless All-in-One, that company’s sole bulk-ink AIO. Then, too, there’s Brother’s MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank All-in-One, a cartridge-based bulk-ink printer with specs similar to those of the Pixma G7020.

Making copies, scanning, sending faxes, making configuration changes, and all other walk-up tasks are handled from the G7020’s somewhat busy control panel. It consists of several navigation buttons for getting around in the drill-down menu system via a two-line monochrome LCD. In addition to the navigation buttons, you’ll find the typical Black, Color, Stop, Start, and other buttons for making copies, as well as a 10-key number pad for dialing fax numbers and other functions.

Canon Pixma G7020 control panel

As for paper handling, the G7020 holds up to 350 plain paper sheets, split between a 250-sheet cassette up front and a 100-sheet tray that pulls up from the back of the chassis. Inside the main drawer, you’ll find a small insert for loading up to 20 snapshot-size sheets of premium photo paper or 10 number 10 envelopes, as well as several other paper types and sizes. These include (as with most Pixma-brand printers) Instagram’s square media formats in sizes ranging from 3.5 by 3.5 inches up to 5 by 5 inches. (The wide-format Pixma TS9520 and TS9521C models take square paper up to 12 by 12 inches.)

Canon Pixma G7020 input

The Pixma G6020 offers an identical paper input configuration, while Epson’s WorkForce ST-4000 EcoTank Color MFP Supertank, a similarly configured bulk-ink AIO, holds only 250 sheets from one input source; the HP Smart Tank Plus 651 holds only 100 sheets and the Brother MFC-J805DW holds 150 sheets with a one-sheet override slot.

The G7020’s maximum monthly duty cycle is 5,000 prints, the same as the G6020, the Epson ST-4000, and the MFC-J805DW, while the Smart Tank Plus 651 maxes out at 1,000 pages. As you can see, none of these little AIOs is a Clydesdale workhorse, though they should be more than adequate for most small offices with moderate print and copy needs.

Copious Connectivity, Deep Software

Out of the box, the Pixma G7020’s standard interfaces are Ethernet up to 100BaseT, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and USB 2.0. You also get the peer-to-peer networking protocol Wi-Fi Direct. Other mobile options include Canon Print App, with support for Android, iOS, Fire OS, and Windows 10 Mobile.

Some third-party mobile options include Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, and Mopria Print Service. Canon supplies Pixma Cloud Link, and, while you don’t get USB or SD card ports for printing from and scanning to memory drives, the G7020 does support PictBridge over its USB printer port and Wireless PictBridge for printing from Canon PictBridge-compliant cameras and video recorders.

Historically, Pixmas have always come with comprehensive software bundles containing several productivity solutions for both Windows and macOS. The bundle here includes PosterArtist Lite (a Windows poster layout and printing program) and Easy-PhotoPrint Editor (a cross-platform utility that allows you to apply special effects and other filters to your scanned photos, enhance them, and otherwise edit them). 

Also included are Scan Utility and Scan Utility Lite (for Windows and Mac, respectively), Master Setup, My Printer (Windows only), and Network Tool. The first two are obviously scanner interface utilities, and the others are a set of utilities for configuring the printer and its network connection. 

Hurry Up and Wait

Canon rates the Pixma G7020 at 13 pages per minute (ppm). That’s the same as the G6020, about 5.2ppm faster than the company’s 2018 MegaTank machines, 2ppm faster than HP’s Smart Tank Plus models, and 1ppm ahead of Brother’s MFC-J805DW. I tested it over an Ethernet connection from our standard Intel Core i5 testbed PC running Windows 10 Pro. (See how we test printers.)

For the first leg of our testing regimen, I clocked the G7020 as it churned out our standard 12-page Microsoft Word text document. Today’s Pixma fell short of its rating by 0.3ppm. Its score was 4.2ppm slower than the ST-4000, 2.6ppm faster than the MFC-J805DW, and 2.2ppm quicker than the Smart Tank Plus.

For the next leg of our tests, I timed the Canon as it printed our collection of colorful and complex business documents, which includes Adobe Acrobat PDFs containing business graphics and text in various fonts at different colors, weights, and sizes; Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, with accompanying charts and graphs; and PowerPoint handouts, also containing business graphics, various typefaces, and colorful charts and graphs. Then I combined these results with those from printing the 12-page text document.

Here, the G7020 turned in a somewhat unimpressive overall score of 4.4ppm. Though this is the slowest print speed among all the entry-level AIOs mentioned here, most of the others beat it by only a few tenths of a page per minute. (The Epson ST-4000 was quickest at 7.6ppm.)

Finally, since this is a printer aimed primarily at families, I also tested how quickly it churned out our colorful and highly detailed 4-by-6-inch test snapshots. Here, the printer averaged 32 seconds per image, which is right in line with what I’ve seen from most Pixmas over the years, and about what you should expect from a family-oriented AIO in this class. The good news is, as you’ll see coming up, that the overall print quality is well worth waiting for.

Dependable Pixma Print Quality

Like most Pixmas, the G7020’s overall output quality is, based on our testing, about average for a family-oriented inkjet. And nowadays, particularly with regard to text and photos, average output is quite good. Text is well-shaped and highly legible, and therefore should be good enough for any business use except those requiring tiny fonts.

With some of the more intricate business graphics, I saw a trace of banding (a regular pattern of faint striations) in a few gradients and dark fills, but hardly enough to render the output anything other than acceptable. Colors were generally well saturated, and intricate details, such as hairlines, were well-delineated, as was the differentiation between similar tones.

I did notice a slight tint on one monochrome print, but it was minimal and apparent only on close inspection.

Less Than a Penny Per Page

Print quality, capacity, and features are fine things, but this and the other bulk-ink models’ highest appeal is their exceptionally low running costs—about 0.3 cent for monochrome pages and 0.9 cent per color print. These are the same per-page costs delivered by the Epson and HP bulk-ink products, and, frankly, the lowest that I’m aware of.

Canon Pixma G7020 ink bottles

Brother’s INKvestment Tank machines, which haven’t actually done away with cartridges altogether (nor have HP’s Instant Ink printers), print monochrome pages for about 0.9 cent each and color pages for just under 5 cents each. And when you subscribe to HP’s $10 monthly subscription program (300 prints per month), each page—any page, whether it’s a monochrome text document with 5 percent ink coverage or a letter-size photo with 100 percent coverage—runs about 3.5 cents. 

Canon Pixma G7020 ink inserts

If you think about it, there are some scenarios, such as, say, printing several large photos or color-graphics-heavy documents each month, in which that 3.5-cent flat rate could save you plenty. Keep in mind, too, that the Brother INKvestment Tank and HP Instant Ink products don’t—and Canon’s MegaTank and Epson’s EcoTank models do—come at a premium price three to five times the cost of a comparable non-bulk-ink printer. Hence, choosing a bulk-ink product like the G7020 makes the most sense only when you plan to print several hundred pages each month, which will, in addition to saving you money over the life of the printer, help compensate for the additional few hundred dollars you paid for it.

In addition, I should add that as I write this and into the foreseeable future, Canon is including two additional 6,000-page bottles of black ink with the printer. In the box, you get enough ink to print up to 18,000 monochrome pages or 7,500 color pages, increasing what is an already powerful value proposition.

Docs and Photos in the Hundreds…Coming Right Up

If all you’re looking for is a machine for churning out, say, fewer than a hundred copies and prints, the Pixma G7020 is probably not right for you. It would take several months, perhaps even a couple of years, to make up the difference between the purchase price and what you would pay for a comparable non-bulk-ink machine.

If, however, your family or your home business needs to print and copy a few hundred pages (say, from 300 to 500), this little AIO might be a perfect fit—especially if you churn out a load of color documents and photos. And, since, for just a $30 increase in the list price, the Pixma G7020 comes with an automatic document feeder, it’s a logical replacement for the Pixma G6020 as our latest favorite entry-level color AIO for family or home-office use.

Canon Pixma G7020 MegaTank All-in-One Specs

Type All-in-one
Color or Monochrome Color
Connection Type Ethernet, USB, Wireless, PictBridge
Maximum Standard Paper Size Legal
Number of Ink Colors 4
Number of Ink Cartridges/Tanks 4
Direct Printing From Media Cards No
Direct Printing From USB Thumb Drives No
Rated Speed at Default Settings (Color) 14 ppm
Rated Speed at Default Settings (Mono) 9 ppm
Monthly Duty Cycle (Maximum) 5000 pages per month
LCD Preview Screen No
Printer Input Capacity 200
Cost Per Page (Color) 0.9 cents
Cost Per Page (Monochrome) 0.3 cents
Print Duplexing Yes
Automatic Document Feeder Yes
Duplexing Scans No
Standalone Copier and Fax Copier, Fax

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