Canon MAXIFY GX4020/GX4050/GX4060 review

The Canon MAXIFY GX4020/GX4050/GX4060 all-in-one printer is pricey to buy but a real money-spinner in the long run

Canon MAXIFY GX4020/GX4050/GX4060
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Ideally suited to the busy home office, family or club with lots of printing on the agenda, this printer slots into Canon’s MegaTank range, favoring ink reservoirs with relatively cheap replenishment bottles over pricey ink cartridges to keep running costs to a minimum. It’s pretty chunky but comes complete with USB, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and direct fax connectivity, along with auto duplex printing and an ADF scanner, all tied together by a handy touchscreen. It’s not massively fast but great for mono and color document printing, scanning, copying and faxing.

Pros

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    Cheap running costs

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    High capacity ink tanks

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    Good mono/color document quality

Cons

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    Fairly steep initial purchase price

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    Slower than some MegaTank printers

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    Lackluster photo print quality

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The Canon MAXIFY GX4020/GX4050/GX4060 solves a problem. Notoriously expensive ink cartridges that often need replacing are the scourge of cost-effective printing. Pitching its place in Canon’s MegaTank range of inkjet printers, this one does away with cartridges altogether, in favor of relatively large ink tanks that are replenished by high-capacity ink bottles, at a fraction of the price. Sure, it’s more expensive to buy initially but drives down the total cost of ownership by around 85 percent for voluminous printing habits.

The printer isn’t as fast as the more business-focused Canon MAXIFY GX5020/GX5050/GX5060 and GX7020/GX7050/GX7060 models but boasts a good range of features to suit the home office, families with kids that have endless homework assignments, clubs and just about anyone who needs printing, copying, scanning and fax functions, all in one place.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 


His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 


In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.