Canon MAXIFY GX7050 review

The Canon MAXIFY GX7050 really is the business, combining speed, stamina and versatility

5 Star Rating
Canon MAXIFY GX7020/50/60
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Sold as the GX7020 in the USA, the GX7050 in Europe and the GX7060 in Australia, this is Canon’s range-topping ‘MAXIFY’ inkjet printer, catering to small and home offices. Compared with most inkjets, it’s pretty pricey to buy but its large, bottle-refillable ‘MegaTanks’ can save 85 per cent of the total cost of ownership, compared with most competing inkjet and laser printers. Based on four pigment-based CMYK inks, it’s great for producing robust, crisp-looking mono and color documents. It’s not geared up for top-quality photo printing but a wealth of smartly implemented features makes it hugely versatile for business use.


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    Long-lasting ink tanks

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    Cheap running costs

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    Smart office-friendly features


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    High initial purchase price

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    Not great for photos

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When you’re buying a printer for business, it’s all about reliability, convenience and, of course, the bottom line. But you also want to look good on paper. This range-topping model from Canon’s MAXIFY range of inkjets fits the bill in all respects. It’s pretty pricey to buy, compared with conventional inkjet printers, but it can save you bigtime in the long run. Its inks are stored in ‘MegaTanks’, with massively more capacity than cartridges, and they’re quickly and easily replenished with inexpensive bottles.

The printer therefore saves a chunk of money in consumables, as well as the time involved in continually ordering and replacing cartridges. Indeed, a single set of ink bottles (as supplied with the printer) is sufficient for printing 6,000 mono pages and 9,000 color pages, or 9,000/21,000 pages in economy mode, for mono and color respectively. But that’s just the start of the story.

The design of the tanks and ink bottles makes refilling a quick, easy and completely mess-free process. Bottles are individually keyed to ensure you can’t pour any color of ink into the wrong tank. (Image credit: Matthew Richards)

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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.