Canon Shows First Inkjet Printers with Refillable Ink Tanks, the Pixma G Series

Canon Pixma G SeriesThe Indian Express reports that on November 2nd, Canon joined Epson and Brother with its first color inkjet printers, the Pixma G Series, which are equipped with ink tanks that can be refilled with bottles of ink.

The printers consist of four models – the G1000, G2000, G2002, and G3000 – and will reportedly be available in India this month.

The Pixma G Series starts with a basic model, the Pixma G1000. The Pixma G2000 includes two additional bottles of black ink. The flagship Pixma G3000 has 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity and print, copy, and scan, and also supports Google Cloud Print mobile printing.

Canon says that the blank ink tank (shown on the left in the photo above) can hold enough black ink to print up to 6,000 pages, while each cyan, magenta, and yellow ink tank (shown on the right in the photo above) can hold enough ink to print up to 7,000 color pages, and that the printers are equipped with enough ink out-of-the-box to print these page yields.
The company says cost per page is as low as 8-paise for black and 21-paise for color. The target market is small offices and home offices, as well as copy shops. Replacement ink bottles are priced at Rs 499 (approximately $8 U.S.).

Kazutada Kobayashi, president and CEO of Canon India commented, “We are honored to host the global launch of the G series of PIXMA printers here in India today. Canon keeps customer experience at the center of all its innovation. So we are happy to give a firsthand experience to our Indian customers. Canon is a new entrant into the category but we are excited and bullish about capturing approximately 30 percent of the CISS (continuous ink supply system) market by the end of December 2016.”

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  1. I purchased online a Canon MP237 with vendor installed CISS 08 November 2015 from a very creditable vendor I’ve done business with before.

    On 08 November 2015 I began printing on my newly acquired Canon MP237 vendor installed CISS. Before packing up the unit on 27 November 2015, to return for evaluation and hopefully repair under warranty, a few problems developed.

    The black ink cartridge went through two stages of blinking warning modes and a message the cartridge should be replaced if it does not respond to several corrective measures. It did not. Also, there was a leaking of yellow ink from the cable tubing midway between the ink tanks the first curve toward the printer housing. Yellow ink dripped on the edge of the work table and on the floor beneath where you could observe droplets of ink forming while the printer was active. Obviously there has to be a minute hole in the cable at the point of ink discharge. Presently the printer has been returned to the vendor.

    A extremely knowledgeable associate told me of this website, and boy have I learned a thing or two. It is my belief, vendor installed CISS, as installed on the machine I purchased, with the ink tanks sitting on the work surface next to the printer, should not be shipped by any delivery system. None. My unit had to go by air to reach me. The vendor filled the ink tanks, and shipped the additional bottles of ink I ordered. The CISS installed is one without an ink flow cut off, and no waste reservoir collection bottle as I’ve seen in adds now by the same vendor. The third feature now displayed in adds, the ink tanks are in a housing and the ink supply cable tube hugs the body of the printer and not a wide loop that rest on the work surface. I repeat myself. In all of what I’ve shared, a CISS without the three added features I mentioned above, should not be shipped by any common carrier and certainly not by air.

    • That is excellent information but I am skeptical that they should not be shipped before the ink is installed unless the tank is rattling around because of poorly-designed packaging.

      To be sure, it is very difficult to transport an already-filled CISS systems as the first-gen Epson L series printers that we tested included as much instructions for transporting the unit as using it. As far as the L series goes, we kept a few of them to see how they perform for long-term very light-duty use. We have not even had to refill them yet and not looking forward to it. Otherwise, the L101 has required several head cleanings while the L210 has not–and they use virtually identical CISS systems.

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