New Canon Continuous Ink Supply All-in-One for High-Volume Printing

Designed with high-volume printing in mind, on December 3rd, Canon U.S.A. announced its new PIXMA G7020 Wireless MegaTank All-In-One Printer ($299.00 on the Canon website). Canon says this is a cost-effective color-inkjet All-in-One capable of producing high print volumes at a lower cost per page.

The new PIXMA G7020 is equipped with a continuous ink supply system (CISS). CISS is an inking system for printers and All-in-Ones, and features a large external refillable ink supply. Its attraction is the large ink supply, coupled with inexpensive bottled inks, with CISS vendors claiming that users can save up to 95 percent (20-30 times less) in printing costs when compared to traditional OEM ink cartridges.

For users, what this means is that instead of inserting ink cartridges when replacing depleted ink, they instead fill ink-tank reservoirs with ink from ink bottles. The challenge for printer makers is making this ink-replacement an easy and clean process. Canon U.S.A. first introduced its CISS printers in the United States in June of this year (see here).

For its part, Canon says the PIXMA G7020 printer provides an ink savings of $1,175 from the full set of included ink bottles, plus it comes with two bonus black ink bottles. These included ink bottles are said to yield up to 6,000 black text pages and up to 7,700  color pages, and 8,300 black pages per each full ink bottle set in economy mode. The PIXMA G7020 printer uses both pigment-based and dye-based inks. Each cyan, magenta, and yellow ink bottles is priced at $11.99, while the black ink bottle is priced at $17.99.

Other features include:

  • Automatic document feeder (ADF) to scan, copy and fax multi-page documents.
  • 350-sheet paper capacity when using both the front and rear trays to print large multi-page document.
  • Designed to provide seamless and clean usability thanks to squeeze-free and spill-resistant ink bottles.
  • Auto-duplex printing.
  • Improved ink charging time for a faster initial setup as compared to previous models such as the PIXMA G1200, PIXMA G2200, PIXMA G3200 and PIXMA G4210 printers.
  • Cassette Paper Window to quickly assess how much paper is loaded.
  • B2B functionality such as MIB (Management Information Base) for remotely managing printer fleets.

The PIXMA G7020 features wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi and, for users of compatible mobile devices, there’s the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app, which enables easy setup and basic operations on compatible smartphone devices. Through 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

The PIXMA G7020 printer also supports Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print for printing from the Gmail email service and the Google Docs web-based word-processing program on a compatible mobile device and from the Google Chrome browser for Apple Mac, Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Google Chrome OS operating systems.

For more information and complete specifications, visit Canon here.

Our Take

As with other inkjet printers and All-in-Ones with high-volume ink supplies, the new Canon PIXMA model is priced much higher than comparable models in this class. That’s because Canon is essentially eliminating the traditional “razors-and-blades” inkjet business model, and the higher price reflects the much greater standard ink capacity and lower-priced ink supplies. For users, the key is making sure their print volume is high enough to justify the higher cost – or else they will be paying for over-capacity.

HP Inc. also offers higher-priced models but with greater ink capacity, as does Epson. Interestingly, HP Inc. is also saying it will shortly take on a new inkjet business model with a bit of a twist. In its case, HP has said it will offer higher-priced models that can be used with third-party ink cartridges, as well as lower-priced inkjet printers that can only be used with HP cartridges. These new models will likely be available next year.

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