The Pixma G6020 MegaTank ($270) from Canon is an excellent bargain and a reliable performer. The G6020 is designed for a demanding workload and has a 3,300-page monthly duty cycle that is recommended. Although it can print, scan, and copy, it cannot fax.
The Pixma G6020, which has four refillable ink tanks, employs a pigment black in addition to three dye-based colors: cyan, magenta, and yellow. The re-fillable ink tanks significantly reduce printing expenses. You receive two additional bottles of black ink in the box. They cost $18 per and can print over 12,000 pages altogether. This significantly increases the value of this all-in-one given the already low buying price. Since we loved it so much, we named it both one of the finest all-in-one printers and one of the best printers overall in our 2021 Tom’s Guide Awards.
Review of the Canon Pixma G6020 MegaTank: Design
The G6020 is ideal for a home office because of its small form. Although it lacks an automated document feeder (ADF) for multi-page copying and scanning, it does include a duplexer for printing on both sides of a page.
The control panel features a few physical buttons for solo operation that are used for menu navigation and operation selection. For example, there are specific buttons for copying and scanning in both black and white and color. The panel has a tiny monochrome LCD in the middle. Without backlighting, the two-line display can be challenging to read in dimly lit environments or when reflected light is present. The control panel has a 90-degree upward tilt.
The G6020 is rather small for a printer with ink tanks, measuring 15.9 x 14.6 x 7.7 inches. It is a few inches shorter than the comparably sized Epson ET-4760 with its ADF folded out for usage since there is no ADF on top of the scanner lid. The G6020 is 17.8 pounds in weight.
Two paper trays with a combined capacity of 350 sheets are present. While the back paper tray can store 100 sheets, the main paper cassette can carry 250 pages.
Review of the Canon Pixma G6020 MegaTank: Printing speed
The G6020 produced a five-page text document at 9 ppm in 33.5 seconds, which is around average speed. 9.1 ppm is the category average. The G6020 printed a six-page PDF with color graphics and mixed text in 2 minutes, 46 seconds, or 2.2 ppm, a bit less quickly than the industry standard of 2.6 ppm. In contrast, the more costly Epson EcoTank ET-4760 printed papers more quickly in both tests, producing documents in color at 3.9 ppm and text documents at 11.1 ppm. The HP SmartTank Plus 651 moved at 8.5 ppm and 1.7 ppm, respectively, which is a little slower.
The G6020’s two-sided text document print speed was comparable to its one-sided color document print performance. It produced two-sided text pages at a speed of 2.3 ppm, stopping for around 14 seconds before beginning to print each sheet’s reverse side. At 1.8 ppm, it produced two-sided color pages with an 18-second break in between each side. Once more, the Epson ET-4760 printed two-sided pages in color at 3.2 ppm and two-sided text documents at a quick 6.5 mp.
The G6020 produced a copy in black and white in 11.3 seconds and a copy in color in 31.2 seconds. The Epson ET-4760 produced a facsimile of a page of text significantly more slowly, in 12.8 seconds, than it did of a page of color, in 30.1 seconds. Contrarily, the HP SmartTank 651 was excruciatingly sluggish in copying, taking over three minutes for a color page and 2 minutes and 12 seconds for a page of text.
It scans swiftly with the G6020. It produced a 300 dpi black-and-white PDF in 8.4 seconds, which is significantly quicker than the industry standard of 11.6 seconds. The Epson ET-4760, in comparison, needed 12.4 seconds to complete the same scan. In this test, the HP Smart Tank performed the identical black-and-white scan in 8.3 seconds.
At 1 minute and 5 seconds, the G6020 completed a 600 dpi color scan to JPEG format. That took 4 seconds less time than usual. In contrast, the Epson ET-4760 completed the same scan in 1 minute, 49 seconds. Even more slowly—at 2 minutes and 16 seconds—was the HP Smart Tank.
Review of the Canon Pixma G6020 MegaTank: Print quality
The G6020 produces text documents that are appealing. In our experiments, letterforms had dark backgrounds and pointed edges. Only a little stray spray and a few uneven edges were present. Text seemed equally as black and crisp in duplex printouts as it did in one-sided reproductions. The letterforms produced by the HP Smart Tank 651 were somewhat more streamlined and had marginally sharper edges.
The G6020 produced color graphics with plenty of fine details, appealing textures all around, and colors that appeared natural and well-saturated. On closer inspection, however, some faint banding and faint pixelation in otherwise smooth-looking textures were apparent. In contrast to the Epson ET-4760, which produced two-sided prints that seemed lighter and less crisp than single-sided prints, two-sided printouts with color graphics were equally stunning. While only producing single-sided prints, the HP Smart Tank created color graphics with comparable quality to the Canon G6020 without the annoying banding.
Glossy picture prints with plenty of fine detail and vibrant colors were really appealing. Warm reds and yellows that seemed somewhat deeper and richer than in the prints from the Canon made the glossy picture prints from the Epson ET-4760 stand out from the competition. The Epson’s shadows, on the other hand, were also deeper, which made certain minute features difficult to see amid the heightened contrast. The glossy prints from the HP SmartTank were likewise extremely lovely and detailed, with somewhat less red and yellow brightness, which is perhaps more natural-looking but provides less “pop” than the prints from the Canon and Epson.
The copies made by the Canon G6020 have good text reproduction and accurate color and detail reproduction in graphics. Nonetheless, copies of both color and grayscale drawings did have some very little banding, albeit it was not particularly noticeable. The HP SmartTank’s color copies, in contrast, lacked the brightness and mid-tone details of the G6020’s stronger color copies, and thus seemed somewhat muddy.
Moreover, scans have shown to be accurate copies. In both the grayscale and color scans, there were fine details and realistic textures. In picture scans, colors seemed true to color, while shadow regions preserved features (something the Epson ET-4760 had difficulty with, producing blocked-up shadows lacking details).
Review of the setup and software for the Canon Pixma G6020 MegaTank
You can follow the setup instructions online using graphics and videos, as directed by the starting guide. You attach the two printheads and fill the ink tanks after removing some packing tape. There is practically little chance of ink spillage throughout this simple method. I’ve never spilled a drop of ink using the G6020 or any of the other refillable ink tank printers we’ve evaluated. When you let gravity do its work, the ink bottle nozzles fit snugly into the ink tank valve.
The printhead alignment is next done. The G6020 pulls each printed page back into the device after printing a page of patterns. As with the Epson ET-4760, you are not required to decide which block of closely spaced lines is the most accurately aligned.
Wireless network setup was simple. You may choose the WPS method on the G6020 from the on-screen menu. My wireless router’s WPS button was then pressed to complete the connection.
From a Windows Computer, printing and scanning go smoothly. Moreover, solitary copying is straightforward thanks to the control panel’s specific buttons for black-and-white and color. The G6020 is not good at modifying settings in solo mode, though. The two-line monochrome LCD is not nearly as attractive for menu navigation as a big, responsive touchscreen. Nevertheless, it’s also not nearly as annoying as a clumsy, unresponsive touchscreen or one that’s too tiny for easy navigation.
The G6020 was simple to set up and easy to use. My iPhone identified the G6020 after installing the Canon Print app, and a wireless connection was established.
The G6020 supports interaction with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and IFTTT and is compatible with digital assistants (If This Then That).
The startup process is quick. Within three seconds, the G6020 presented its menu screen. The G6020 made a black-and-white copy in just 30 seconds after pressing the power button when selecting to make one right away.
Review of the Canon Pixma G6020 MegaTank: Conclusion
With its incredibly low ink costs, appealing two-sided prints, and high duty cycle for producing plenty of prints, the Canon Pixma G6020 MegaTank delivers a lot for the money. This office-worthy device features a cheap starting cost of $269 and a ton of additional black ink in the box. It also has two paper trays and good picture quality throughout.
Nevertheless, the G6020 does not provide all office features. For instance, you might wish the G6020 had an ADF to feed multipage documents if that capability is essential to you (like the Epson EcoTank ET-4760 does). Moreover, two-sided printing is somewhat sluggish and might not be sufficient for a busy workgroup that has to routinely produce duplex prints. While the HP SmartTank 651 only supports single-sided printing, the Epson ET-4760 is clearly quicker at duplex printing. Like the ET-4760, the G6020 cannot transmit faxes.
Yet, this cheap price for an all-in-one with refillable ink tanks is too good to pass up if you don’t want an ADF and need two-sided printing to be done quickly. The Canon Pixma G6020 MegaTank’s extremely cheap ink prices and top-notch print, copy, and scan quality give a ton of value for the money, and two extra bottles of black ink are included in the package.