Canon Brings ‘MegaTank’ Refillable Ink-Tank Inkjets to U.S.

Each of the PIXMA G-series MegaTank printers feature a front-facing, built-in refillable ink tank system that makes it easy for users to monitor ink levels and refill when needed. Paired with the ink bottle’s spill-resistant tops, the system is designed to said to provide “seamless and clean usability at home and in the office.” Canon says this new hybrid integrated system of replenishing ink is cost-effective and offers higher page yield than the prior generation of PIXMA printers. The black ink provides up to 6,000 pages per bottle and the total color ink combination provides up to 7,000 pages. The PIXMA G-series printers’ refillable ink bottles offer substantial ink capacity with 135 ml in the black bottle and 70 ml in each color ink bottle. Another feature for the new PIXMA G-series printers is that due to its use of a fairly typical ink cartridge system (black/tri-color), ink installation is fast, clocking in at approximately six minutes because the print heads do not require priming.

Wirth Consulting tested a basic PIXMA G-series All-in-One (the G2000) several months ago and it features an identical inking system. For an in-depth look and a comparison with similar products from Brother, Epson and HP Inc., refer to our Hands-On Test Report.

“Our PIXMA G-series printer models offer smart design inside and out,” commented Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A. “Expanding the line of PIXMA printers with the added benefit of a built-in refillable ink tank system highlights Canon’s commitment to continuing to enhance the printing experience in businesses and in the home with genuine Canon print reliability.”

These aren’t the first inkjets that Canon has introduced: in November 2015, Canon introduced the PIXMA G series with refillable ink tanks (see story here), but they were only available in India.

Customized Printing

Canon says one of the key features of the PIXMA G-series MegaTank printers is their compact size. Rather than having “bulky side-mounted refillable tanks” all of the printers feature an integrated front-facing refillable ink tank system, allowing users to check ink levels and to refill as needed.

The PIXMA G2200 MegaTank All-In-One Printer also provides users with the option to print and scan while the PIXMA G3200 and PIXMA G4200 printers have similar functionality, with the PIXMA G4200 model offering an LCD screen and fax option. The PIXMA G4200 printer also features an automatic document feeder for copying and scanning multiple documents without having to load them one page at a time.

Using new pigment- and dye-based “hybrid” inks, the PIXMA G-series printers print “crisp and pronounced black text and vibrant colors.” Each of the G-series models offers print speeds of up to 8.8 (black)/5.0 (color) ppm and can produce a borderless 4 x 6-inch photo in approximately 60 seconds.  In addition, the printers offer a maximum color resolution of 4,800 x 1,200 dpi.

Enhanced Usability

With Wi-Fi wireless connectivity, both the PIXMA G4200 and G3200 Wireless MegaTank All-In-One Printers can help users increase their productivity by allowing users to print from almost anywhere. By  using a smartphone and the Canon PRINT app, users can access PIXMA Cloud Link to print photos and documents from popular online social platforms and services, such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Photobucket, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, and Microsoft® OneDrive, as well as from Canon Creative Park. The PIXMA G4200 and G3200 printers also support Google Cloud Print for printing from Gmail and Google Docs on a compatible mobile device, and from the Google Chrome browser for Apple Mac, Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Chrome computers.

The PIXMA G-series printers are available today with the PIXMA G1200 MegaTank Single Function Printer available for $249.99, the PIXMA G2200 MegaTank All-In-One Printer available for $269.99, the PIXMA G3200 Wireless MegaTank All-In-One Printer available for $299.99 and the PIXMA G4200 Wireless MegaTank All-In-One Printer available for $399.99.

For more information and a detailed listing of all product features, visit Canon  here.

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