Review of Canon MegaTank Pixma G3270: The Perfect Home Printer

Canon's MegaTank Pixma G3270 is easy to setup and use.

Canon MegaTank Pixma G3270

MSRP $229.99

“Canon’s MegaTank Pixma G3270 is priced right, has low ink costs, and produces great photo prints.”

Pros

  • Excellent borderless photo prints
  • Accurate colors and good detail
  • Large ink cartridges last a long time
  • Great value
  • Minimal ink expenses

Cons

  • Slow document scanning and printing
  • Display panel isn’t adjustable

Canon supplied its MegaTank Pixma G3270 with the features you desire from a home printer at a remarkably low cost. It’s, in fact, the least expensive tank printer I’ve evaluated.

While cost is excellent, one might assume there are some trade-offs in terms of trustworthiness, quality, or velocity. However, this model equilibrates those features remarkably well. It might not be flawless, but as a home printer solution, the Pixma G3270 ranks among the best printers you can purchase.

Design

The Canon MegaTank Pixma G3270 looks good in black.
The Canon MegaTank Pixma G3270 looks good in black. Alan Truly / Digital Trends

Canon’s MegaTank Pixma G3270 is a compact printer that is available in black or white, offering a nice option for a home printer. I tested the black color and it complements my off-white printer stand perfectly.

It has a width of 16.4 inches and depth of 13.3 inches, standing at a height of just 7 inches with all trays closed. After adding paper, a loaded rear paper tray increases the height to 12 inches. With pages in the output bin, I needed approximately 22 inches of depth. The MegaTank Pixma G3270 is easy to move around, weighing only 13.2 pounds. The paper tray can accommodate up to 100 sheets or 20 4×6 photo cards.

Canon paid attention to details and most adjustments are clearly labeled. There are some cost-cutting details visible in the control panel. The 1.4-inch monochrome display isn’t adjustable and is angled for seated viewing. I usually stand in front of the printer, so I had to bend to see the screen. It isn’t a touchscreen, but the large color-coded and labeled buttons make operation easy.

Since this is a tank printer, ink levels are visible at a glance. The black tank is on the left, with cyan, magenta, and yellow on the right. The ink color doesn’t show through, but the ink appears darker than the empty tank.

Printing performance

MegaTank Pixma G3270 photo prints on glossy paper look great.
MegaTank Pixma G3270 photo prints on glossy paper look great. Photo by Tracey Truly / Digital Trends

Despite the low price of the MegaTank Pixma G3270, Canon didn’t compromise on print quality. Most photo prints on glossy paper look great without any tweaking. Photo matte paper also produces good results. In a few instances, pictures require a bit more contrast, but the colors are accurate with a mild leaning toward warmth.

A full-page borderless print takes around a minute to print, surprisingly fast for a relatively slow document printer. Canon’s estimate of 11 black and six color pages per minute matches my experience.

Documents appear crisp and well-defined on plain paper. Printing pictures on standard paper results in washed-out images, but if I deceive the printer by selecting photo matte paper, it does a respectable job, even on plain paper. I’ve attempted this workaround with other printers, but it can lead to smearing from excessive ink, whereas it worked well on the MegaTank Pixma G3270.

For the best plain paper pictures, I’d suggest Canon’s more expensive MegaTank Maxify GX2020. For maximum photo quality, you should consider a printer designed specifically for this purpose, like the six-color Epson EcoTank ET-8500.

Special features

The Canon MegaTank Pixma G3270's scanner is slow but has good quality.
The Canon MegaTank Pixma G3270’s scanner is slow, but has good quality. Photo by Tracey Truly / Digital Trends

The Canon MegaTank Pixma G3270 isn’t intended to be a business printer. It lacks duplex scanning or an automatic document feeder. It cannot handle double-sided copies or duplex printing to minimize paper usage when printing long reports. if such features are important to you, you should consider our guide to the best all-in-one printers, which are optimized for that type of workflow.

The MegaTank Pixma G3270 includes a good-quality, albeit slow, flatbed scanner. I lift the lid, put in a page or several photos, and get the convenience of scanning or making copies at home, saving a trip to the local library or office store.

Scans and copies look good, with true color and dynamic range. Three large buttons on the control panel make the process simple. A single tap on OK selects the default copy option, and a second tap starts a Black or Color copy.

The MegaTank Pixma G3270 scans at up to 600 dpi from a computer, but only offers 300 dpi from the mobile app. That’s a common complaint among most printer brands. If mobile scanning is important, check out Epson’s EcoTank ET-2800, an inkjet tank that supports 600 dpi scanning from your phone.

Software and compatibility

Using the MegaTank Pixma G3270's link button to connect to my iPhone.
I used the MegaTank Pixma G3270’s link button to connect to my iPhone. Photo by Tracey Truly / Digital Trends

The MegaTank Pixma G3270 is compatible with Windows, macOS, iPhone, Android, and ChromeOS. Installation is easy using a three-step quick start guide.

After inserting one black and one tri-color printhead, I filled the tanks with the included full ink bottles. That took only a couple of minutes and the printer’s display guided me through the process.

The printer needed six minutes to charge the system, so I downloaded the Canon Print mobile app and tidied my unboxing area while I waited. The next step is connecting to Wi-Fi, and the MegaTank Pixma G3270’s convenient link button connected my phone to the printer with no issue.

Everything works as expected using a computer. If you need to scan, it’s best to download Canon’s software for the best quality. The Canon Print mobile app is available for iPhone and Android and suits most needs well.

The only issue was printing envelopes from the mobile app. An easy workaround is to use AirPrint from the iPhone’s Files app.

The price is right

Canon's MegaTank Pixma G3270 includes enough ink for thousands of documents and photos.
Canon’s MegaTank Pixma G3270 includes enough ink for thousands of documents and photos. Alan Truly / Digital Trends

The Canon MegaTank Pixma G3270 is a top-quality inkjet tank printer that retails for $230. It’s often on sale for $150, which is an incredible bargain.

Like other tank printers, ink costs are minimal and ink supplies are generous. Canon estimates the MegaTank Pixma G3270 can print 6,000 black and 7,700 color documents with full tanks. It ships with full bottles of black, cyan, magenta, and yellow, so you won’t need to worry about ink for well over a year.

When ink eventually runs low, color ink costs $13 per bottle and black ink is $18 per bottle. The cost per page works out to three-tenths of a cent for black-and-white and five-tenths of a cent for each color document.

Paper cost is the only consideration when printing large batches of photos or long documents.

Is this the printer for you?

The Canon MegaTank Pixma G3270 is an excellent printer for home use. There were no major issues during setup or operation. I used AirPrint to bypass the only software issue, which concerned mobile printing of envelopes.

The only real concerns might relate to productivity. The MegaTank Pixma G3270 isn’t fast, so if you need to significantly cut through long documents, you may want to browse the best laser printers that offer high speed for office purposes.

There’s no duplex scanning, another feature that some businesses require. This might not be missed if you’re thinking of purchasing the MegaTank Pixma G3270 as a home printer. It’s an excellent solution for casual use and can serve home office needs if speedy printing is not a priority.

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