Canon Pixma G4270 is a MegaTank all-in-one inkjet printer.

Canon Pixma G4270 Review: A Long Lasting Home Office Printer | Digital Trends

Canon Pixma G4270 is a MegaTank all-in-one inkjet printer.

Canon Pixma G4270 MegaTank

Advised price $250.00

The Canon Pixma G4270 is a MegaTank all-in-one inkjet printer with fax that, despite a few issues, offers good long-term value.

Professionals

  • MegaTank offers low cost ink

  • The ink lasts a long time and eliminates waste

  • Print speed is good for a budget office printer

  • Simple setup

  • Good value

Against

  • Warm tint for photographic prints

  • The document feeder stops prematurely

  • Copy fails with narrow margins

The Canon Pixma G4270 MegaTank Inkjet Printer is an affordable all-in-one, including fax functionality, that will keep printing for a long time. It is built for a heavy workload, making it a good option for home office use.

The best test of a tank printer is a huge number of prints. I flipped through a lot of paper to see how the included ink supply held up before replacing, and tested the setup, scan, copy, and print quality experience.

The bottom line is price, long-term costs, and a guarantee of value for money. Let’s take a look at the Canon Pixma G4270 all-in-one MegaTank.

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Canons Pixma G4270 is an attractive home office printer.

The Canon Pixma G4270 is all black with nice curved edges and a subtle dot pattern on the bottom half that looks nice. It blends well with office equipment and looks great with your computer and other tech that tends to be black.

The front panel has functional buttons clearly labeled with white labels that stand out even in a shaded corner. A green start button prints and copies in color, while the white start button starts operations in black and white. The stop button is red. Color coding is always helpful.

With a footprint of 16 x 22 inches and a height of 10.25 inches, the Canon Pixma G4270 is a compact all-in-one.

The paper tray is in the back, but the right side of the automatic document feeder (ADF) is low enough that the paper guides can be easily seen even on a counter-height printer stand. If your stand is at desk height, the tilt of the control panels is slight enough that you have to bend over to see the display well.

The monochrome display is a bit small at 1.4 inches, but the menu options are well designed. Ultimately, the mobile app is a better choice for most operations.

Print performance

Print speed is better than average for an entry-level home office printer. Canon estimates an average of 11 pages per minute (ppm) for black and white documents and six ppm for color documents.

The Canon Pixma G4270 can’t compete with a high-output laser or inkjet printer, but it’s nice to have a little extra speed when printing a sizable stack of reports or letters.

The print quality of documents is sharp and reliable. Color documents look good and there are no bands in the color blocks.

Photo print quality is good but could be better. Most photo prints from the Pixma G4270 have a warm tint. While leaning to cool or warm is somewhat common in budget printers, a few touch-ups usually help. I tried playing around with various settings but couldn’t find a solution beyond adjusting the photo on my computer or phone before printing.

The Canon Pixma G4270 MegaTank Inkjet can print borderless photos in various sizes and is relatively fast. This works well for documents that include images, but you may prefer a dedicated photo printer if images are a common need.

The printer detects paper changes and an on-screen prompt asks for the matching size and type. Overall, operating the printer is simple, with one exception, as I’ll explain below.

Special features

The Pixma G4270 is an all-in-one printer that also includes fax capabilities. I don’t have a physical phone line to test that feature; however, as a fax maker, Canon understands the technology well. It should work as expected.

I’ve been having some problems with the copy function. With the ADF, it kept stopping after 10 pages. I do not understand why. Capacity is 35 sheets, but I only hit 13 pages once before stalling with an error message, Unable to communicate with scanner.

The Pixma G4270s document feeder stopped before scanning was completed.

While the flatbed scanner worked more reliably, copies still clipped the edges, leaving a quarter-inch margin, even when I selected borderless copy from the menu. I double-checked that I aligned the document well in the back left corner. Sure, it had thin margins, but no borders should be just that.

Despite these problems, copying was acceptable in most cases. With standard documents with margins of a quarter inch or greater, this is no problem. For color copies printed on glossy photo paper, borderless jobs.

Canons Pixma G4270 can copy and print a huge number of pages before needing a refill.

The Canon Pixma G4270 can scan to my smartphone with the mobile app. You can also scan to a computer running system software or Canon software. The optical resolution is 600 x 1200 dots per inch, which is good enough for most uses. If you need higher resolution or optical character recognition, you would need a dedicated scanner.

Software and Compatibility

Setting up the Canon Pixma G4270 was quick and easy with the Canon Print app. Although this is a tank printer that uses bottled ink for refills, the printer also comes with two cartridges. These cartridges contain printheads for black and color ink.

One strange detail is the instruction that tells me to squeeze the ink bottle. The plastic is stiff enough and would not move. It turned out that this wasn’t necessary because the ink quickly drained into the tanks simply by gravity.

The instructions say to squeeze the Pixma G4270 ink bottles, but you can’t.

The Pixma G4270 MegaTank includes four ink bottles for cyan, magenta, yellow and black – all the colors you need for color printing. Canon estimates that the supply provides 6,000 black and 7,700 color pages.

This is an order of magnitude greater than what you will get from most inkjet cartridge printers. Tank printers have a huge advantage in this regard, offering higher capacity, lower cost ink supplies and eliminating waste.

Setting up the Canon Pixma G4270 is easy with the mobile app.

I used my iPhone for setup and there is also a mobile app for Android. I tested printing and scanning with each device and had no issues with the software.

Support for Windows and macOS is also painless. The Pixma G4270 appeared in the settings, making printing and scanning possible immediately. While a direct USB cable connection is possible, Wi-Fi is just as fast and gives you the freedom to place the printer wherever you like.

Good long term value

As a MegaTank inkjet, the Canon Pixma G4270 offers good value for money.

At $250, the Canon Pixma G4270 all-in-one offers a low cost of entry and good long-term value. With integrated printing, scanning, copying and faxing, it replaces multiple devices while maintaining a compact size.

When the ink needs to be replaced, individual bottles can be ordered. That’s great if you find yourself printing more magenta and black than yellow and cyan, for example.

Even if you need a full set of ink, it costs $13 per bottle of color and $18 for black. That’s three-tenths of a cent in ink for each black-and-white page and five-tenths for a color page. Ink cost is no longer a consideration.

Is this the right printer for you?

Canon Pixma G4270 all-in-one MegaTank is a workhorse with a monthly duty cycle of 3,000 pages. This long-lasting inkjet printer lets you forget about ink cartridges and focus on your work.

Print speed isn’t super high, but the Canon Pixma G4270 delivers black and color documents noticeably faster than most budget tank printers. Also, the scan was reliable and offered good quality.

Color tints in photographic prints and some quirks with the copy were annoying, but overall, the Pixma G4270 is a good value for use in a home office where you need an all-around device that can fill in the gaps without taking up much space.

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