Print for Pennies with Canon’s Pixma G1220 MegaTank Single-Function Printer

High-quality home printing…while you wait

Canon Pixma G1220 Review at PCMag

Canon Pixma G1220 Review at PCMag


Canon’s Pixma G1220, though no speedster, prints in top quality and delivers some of the lowest running costs available. It’s a fine photo-printing value for families and home offices with modest output needs.

MSRP $179.99

    • Superb print quality, especially for photos
    • Decent software bundle
    • Low running costs
    • Up to 18,000 pages’ worth of black ink in the box
    • Last decade’s control panel
    • No wireless connectivity
    • No scanner function
    • Slow printing

Canon’s Pixma G1220 MegaTank Printer –
by William Harrel – November 9, 2021

A long-overdue upgrade to the Canon Pixma G1200 we reviewed four years ago, the Pixma G1220 MegaTank Inkjet Printer ($179.99) is an odd bird among single-function or print-only inkjets. Being a MegaTank bulk-ink model—a Canon printer that, like Epson’s EcoTank machines, gets its ink not from cartridges but reservoirs filled from bottles—makes it distinctive. What makes it attractive? Its running costs are among the lowest in the business, and its price is about a third lower than the 2017 version’s. Versus the avalanche of entry-level multifunction printers out there, the G1220 is short on features and a slow churner, so it’s not for everybody. But if all you need is to print lots of high-quality photos and the occasional business document or homework assignment, over time this Pixma is one of the least expensive ways to go.

Type Printer Only
Color or Monochrome Color
Connection Type USB
Maximum Standard Paper Size Legal
Number of Ink Colors 4
Number of Ink Cartridges/Tanks 4
Direct Printing From Media Cards No
Direct Printing From USB Thumb Drives No
Rated Speed at Default Settings (Color) 9.1 ppm
Rated Speed at Default Settings (Mono) 5 ppm
LCD Preview Screen No
Printer Input Capacity 100 sheets plain paper, 20 sheets photo paper
Cost Per Page (Monochrome) 0.3 cents
Cost Per Page (Color) 0.8 cents
Print Duplexing No

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