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Canon Maxify GX6020 Review | PCMag

The $799.99 Canon Maxify GX6020 inkjet all-in-one printer is a no-frills version of the Canon Maxify GX7020 ($899.99), lacking faxing, one-pass duplexing for the scanner ADF, and some paper capacity. If there’s even the slightest chance you’ll ever need one or more of those features, the $100 savings over its sibling is hardly worth considering. But if you want a smaller, lighter AIO that can fit better in a tight space, the GX6020 could be just what you’re looking for.


Compact, But Still Very Capable

As with the GX7020, the GX6020 uses bottles of ink poured into tanks in the printer instead of cartridges, an approach that gives it a claimed cost per page of less than 2 cents for printing in either black or color. The savings compared to printers that use cartridges can be substantial. The GX7020, the Editors’ Choice–winning Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 ($849.99), and the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5880 ($899.99) also use ink bottles and tanks and have the essentially the same rated cost per page.

The big advantages for the GX6020 over these competitors are its light weight (25.6 pounds) and diminutive size (10.0 by 16.2 by 15.8 inches, HWD). It’s 3 pounds lighter than the GX7020, which makes it a little easier for one person to unpack and set up, and 2.4 inches shorter, so it won’t tower over you if you put it on or next to your desk.

The core AIO functions of the GX6020 are printing, scanning, and copying, including printing from and scanning to a USB memory key. Connection choices are the same as for the GX7020: Ethernet, USB, Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi Direct. Note that it disables Wi-Fi Direct if you connect it to your network by Ethernet, so if you want to print from a phone or tablet when using the Ethernet connection, the mobile device has to be on the same network.

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The main reason for the GX6020’s smaller size is a lower paper capacity. But the 250-sheet letter-size drawer and 100-sheet rear tray are still enough for moderate to heavy-duty printing in a small office or for personal use. It can also print in duplex (two-sided printing), and the rear tray makes it easy to swap in envelopes, labels, legal-size paper, or letterhead. The duty cycle is the same as for the GX7020, with a recommended monthly maximum of 3,300 pages, and a maximum of 45,000.

Using a phone to print to the GX6020

For scanning and copying, the GX6020 has a letter-size flatbed and an automatic document feeder (ADF) that can hold 50 letter-size sheets or 10 legal-size sheets. Unlike the GX7020’s duplexing ADF, the GX6020 doesn’t automatically flip the paper to copy the other side, and there’s no way to scan a two-sided original to a file with all the pages in the right order. For copying, however, you can set the menu to copy either simplex or duplex documents to your choice of simplex or duplex output. When copying duplex pages, the AIO will scan one side, use the LCD to show you how to reinsert the originals in the right orientation, and scan the second side before printing. It will then automatically interfile the pages in the right order and make sure each page is on the right side of the sheet.

A copy in progress, with some pages still in the ADF input tray

The GX6020 shares the GX7020’s ability to print from and scan to the cloud using the printer’s 2.7-inch LCD touchscreen, as well as its (currently limited) support for Alexa and Google Assistant. Both are covered in our GX7020 review.


Easy Setup and Satisfying Speed

As noted above, the GX6020 is a little easier to find room for than the slightly larger GX7020, and easier for one person to handle. Setup is straightforward and identical for both. Refilling the ink tanks is easy, and the ink is unlikely to wind up on your hands or desktop. Replacement bottles of black are $27.99 and rated at 6,000 images (with one image on each side of a duplex page). Cyan, yellow, and magenta are $32.99 for each bottle; each set of the three colors is rated at 14,000 color images. According to Canon, the bottles that ship with the printer will print fewer pages due to initial setup requirements.

The back of the GX7020, showing the maintanence tray pulled part way out

I ran into one minor problem with the GX6020’s software installation, a snag I also encountered with the GX7020. After installing the software from Canon’s website, I saw onscreen instructions to click on a link for more applications, which actually took me to a page for subscribing to ink. Canon says this was due to a combination of a misleading instruction and a broken link, both of which it expects to fix quickly. For more details on the installation and setup, see the GX7020 review.

I connected the GX6020 to a network by Ethernet for our performance tests and ran them on our standard Windows 10 Pro printer testbed. Not surprisingly, since the GX6020 and GX7020 use the same printer engine, they delivered matching speeds on most individual tests, differing by only 1 second in one case and 2 seconds in another, which is well within the error range for the tests. Canon rates both printers at 24 pages per minute (ppm) for simplex printing in black and 15.5ppm for color. This is on the slow side for printers in this price range; the Epson ET-5850 and ET-5880 are rated at 25ppm for both monochrome and color printing.

The GX6020 came in at 20.6ppm for text output, using our 12-page Microsoft Word text document and not including the first page out. On our full business document suite, which includes a number of charts and other graphics, it managed only 7ppm. Both of these results are a few tenths of a ppm faster than the GX7020’s results, but only because of the 1- and 2-second differences already mentioned in two tests. They should be read as tied.

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For 4 by 6 photos, the GX6020 matched the GX7020’s time at 48 seconds using Canon’s recommended Photo Printer Plus Semi Gloss paper. The two also matched for duplex speed when printing the Word text document, at 12.2 images per minute (with one image on each side of the duplex page) and not including the first-page-out time.

The GX6020 can print on paper up to 5 inches by 47 inches

The GX6020’s output quality falls at the high end of the range for inkjet AIOs for text, graphics, and photos. Even 4-point text on plain paper was highly readable, differing from laser output only in having a tendency to smudge slightly after I dripped a little water on it. Full-page graphics left the paper feeling damp coming out of the printer; after it fully dried, the color ink resisted smudging from wet fingers better than the black ink did. Photos on the recommended paper were higher quality than generally needed for business use, and also resisted smudging when wet. All three kinds of output should be suitable for any business need, including trifold brochures and the like.


Fits Wherever You Need It

The strongest argument for considering the GX6020 is its combination of small size, low cost per page, and reasonable capacity. It’s suitable for offices of any size that need to print up to about 30 pages per day on average, and it can handle more, depending on how often you’re willing to reload the paper. The three-year, 80,000-page warranty is also a nice extra.

If you need an AIO that can also fax, has a duplexing ADF, or holds more paper, take a look instead at the Canon GX7020. If you need faster speed, consider spending a little more on Epson’s ET-5850 (our Editors’ Choice for a midrange color AIO) or ET-5880. If you don’t have any use for those additional features, however, and particularly if size and weight are key concerns, the Canon Maxify GX6020 can easily be the right choice for your home or small business.

Pros

  • Compact size and low weight

  • Supports Ethernet, USB, Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi Direct connections

  • Duplex printing

  • Buying ink by the bottle keeps running costs low

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The Bottom Line

The Canon Maxify GX6020 inkjet AIO doesn’t fax, and it cuts some corners on scanning, but it’s surprisingly compact for a small-office AIO and reliably turns out nice-looking prints.

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