Canon is a reputed name in the imaging industry and they have been making good quality equipment for decades. They are also known for making excellent quality printers as well. But the advent of ink tank printers has changed the printing habits of people all around the world.

 

Inkjet printers have been around for a while and have made printing cheaper and affordable. These are cheaper than laser printers and provide better quality than the older dot matrix ones. Earlier, printing solutions for the home were quite expensive and cumbersome. They were expensive to buy as well as maintain and took up a lot of space on the desk. The cartridges used to refill these printers were also quite expensive and there was always a fear of the ink drying out if the printer was not used for some time. But thanks to the advancements in technology, the world was introduced to ink tank printers. These printers are cost-effective and take up less space too. They are built on a unique ink reservoir plus cartridge which is different from the conventional cartridge-only printers. The ink in these printers does not dry out even after any use for over 15 days. So, utilizing this similar technology, Canon has built some top-of-the-line ink tank printers. The PIXMA G2012 is one such machine that we are going to review today.

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Canon Pixma G2012 All-in-One Ink Tank Colour Printer (Black)
  • Printer Type - Ink Tank; Functionality - All-in-One (Print, Scan, Copy); Printer Output - Colour
  • Connectivity - USB ; Display - LCD (1.2 inch segment mono) ; Compatibility - Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 SP1. Note:Mac OS is not supported
  • 1.2 inch LCD diplay on printer(mono)
  • Pages per minute - 8.8 ipm (Black), 5 ipm (Colour), Cost per page - 9 paise (Black & White), 32 paise (Colour) - As per ISO standards
  • Ideal usage - Home and Small office, Regular / Heavy usage (more than 300 pages per month)

The Printer

The PIXMA G Ink Tank series of printers was launched in India in January 2018. These are multi-functional printers which means that they can print, scan and copy as well. These printers utilize the ink tank technology which eliminates the older cartridge-only technology which had become obsolete. The manufacturer has put special attention to ensure that these printers provide the best user experience to the end consumer. The printer comes with a visible ink level system thanks to its transparent ink tanks. These small additions make the user experience even better. This makes tracking your ink levels easy and helps you plan your ink refills. This printer also comes with a one-year warranty or 15000 pages, whichever is earlier. As Canon is a reputed brand, the after-sales service is also excellent, and spares or replacement parts won’t be an issue as well.

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The following sizes are supported in the G2012.

  • Letter (8.5″ x 11″) Yes
  • Legal (8.5″ x 14″) Yes
  • Tabloid (11″ x 17″) No
  • A6 (105mm x 148mm) No
  • A5 (148mm x 210mm) Yes
  • A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
  • Photo (2″ x 3″) No
  • Photo (4″ x 6″) Yes
  • Photo (5″ x 7″) Yes

 

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Canon Pixma G2012 All-in-One Ink Tank Colour Printer (Black)
  • Printer Type - Ink Tank; Functionality - All-in-One (Print, Scan, Copy); Printer Output - Colour
  • Connectivity - USB ; Display - LCD (1.2 inch segment mono) ; Compatibility - Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 SP1. Note:Mac OS is not supported
  • 1.2 inch LCD diplay on printer(mono)
  • Pages per minute - 8.8 ipm (Black), 5 ipm (Colour), Cost per page - 9 paise (Black & White), 32 paise (Colour) - As per ISO standards
  • Ideal usage - Home and Small office, Regular / Heavy usage (more than 300 pages per month)

Design

The G2012 comes with an attractive design and a compact size. The dimensions are 33 x 44.5 x 16.3 centimeters. The printer weighs a mere 6 kg dry (Without the ink). This ensures that the printer is easy to move and does not take up a lot of space on your desk. The compact size and ergonomic design are also very attractive and blend well in an office space or your home. For better ease of use, the printer also comes with a small 1.2 inch LCD display unit. You can find the entire set of buttons required to operate it alongside the display screen. This display unit is bright and easy to read. The vitals of the printer is displayed on this screen which makes using this printer a breeze. The plastic used is also of decent quality and has a robust feel to it. The front and the back of the printer have paper input plates. These plates come with sliders that can be adjusted according to the size of the paper. The USB panel hub is located on the front of the printer.

Features

As we have mentioned earlier, the G2012 is a multifunctional printer that can print, scan and copy. The printing quality provided by this printer is excellent. A4, A5, B5, Letter, and Legal paper sizes are supported in this printer. As specified by the ISO standards, the printer can print at a rate of 8.8 pages per minute. To be specific, it can print 8.8 black and white pages and 5 color pages per minute. Thanks to the 4800 x 1200 dpi, you get good quality, crisp prints that are non-pixelated. The printer can also produce excellent quality borderless flyers on A4 pages. The device is capable of processing up to 250 GSM paper. The menu of the printer is also user-friendly and the instructions are clear and precise. This menu can be customized according to the user’s preferences. The printer also consumes less power and can also run on a back up inverter.

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The printer also comes equipped with a CSI flatbed scanner that has an optical resolution of 600 x 1200 DPI. When printing thicker documents or old photos, this flatbed scanner proves very useful. The scan color depth is 24 bits. However, the scanner does not provide a duplex scanning feature which saves a lot of time and effort. Overall, this scanner is enough for your day-to-day scanning tasks. The InkJet eye features provide good quality text and graphic outputs which also come with an automatic image correction feature.

 

  • Scanner: Yes
  • Scan Flatbed: Yes
  • Duplex Scanning: No
  • Scan Resolution: 1200DPI
  • Scan Colour Depth: 24 bit
  • Copy Feature: Yes

 

The printer is compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. Surprisingly, the printer also supports older generations of Windows like Vista and XP. However, it must be noted that the G2012 does not support the Apple ecosystem and any of its operating systems. So, if you have an iPhone or a MacBook, this thing might be a deal-breaker for you. There is also a memory card slot that will satisfy your storage needs. There is also an Ethernet port for internet connectivity. The printer comes void with the Wi-Fi connectivity feature.

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Canon Pixma G2012 All-in-One Ink Tank Colour Printer (Black)
  • Printer Type - Ink Tank; Functionality - All-in-One (Print, Scan, Copy); Printer Output - Colour
  • Connectivity - USB ; Display - LCD (1.2 inch segment mono) ; Compatibility - Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 SP1. Note:Mac OS is not supported
  • 1.2 inch LCD diplay on printer(mono)
  • Pages per minute - 8.8 ipm (Black), 5 ipm (Colour), Cost per page - 9 paise (Black & White), 32 paise (Colour) - As per ISO standards
  • Ideal usage - Home and Small office, Regular / Heavy usage (more than 300 pages per month)

Cartridge

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The printer is built on the latest generation ink tank technology. The ink does not dry up after not using for 15 – 20 weeks. This is one of the major features of ink tank printers. This allows it to give excellent output while consuming less ink. Also, the cost ink cartridges are comparatively cheaper now. It also has 3 color cartridges. The estimated black page yield is approximately 6000 pages and for color pages, it comes down to 5000. The yield output is decent and you won’t need to refill the cartridges often.

 

  • Photo Cartridge: No
  • The number Of Colour Cartridges: 3
  • Third-Party Cartridge: No
  • Drum Unit: No
  • Estimated Black Page Yield: 6,000
  • Estimated Colour Page Yield: 7,000

 

Printing Speed and Cost

The printer provides decent printing speed which is also cost-effective. It must also be noted that the first page takes a while to print after which the speed increases. Black and white pages cost about 9 paisa per print and the coloring pages cost around 32 paise per print. This makes it one of the most cost-effective printers in the market.

 

In The Box

There are some things that are provided in the box which will make your first startup easier and a good experience. The following color ink bottles are included in the box as well: 1 GI-790 (BK), GI-790 (1 Cyan, 1 Magenta, 1 Yellow)

 

  • User manual
  • Installation CD
  • 1 Power cord
  • 4 ink bottles
  • 1 USB Cable

The following color ink bottles are included in the box as well.

1 GI-790 (BK),GI-790 (1 Cyan, 1 Magenta, 1 Yellow)

 

Cons

Although the G2012 is an excellent printer, there are some things you should consider before buying one. The printer does not support any type of Apple device. If you have iPhone or a MacBook, this printer cannot be connected with it. This might be a huge deal-breaker for some. This is also its major drawback. The second most missed feature is the addition of a WIFI connectivity feature. This feature makes it easier for us to operate the printer wirelessly. Apart from this, the addition of a duplex scanner would also help the user save more time and effort. The final complaint is that the noise levels of this printer can be bothering at times. It is around 38~53dB.

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Canon Pixma G2012 All-in-One Ink Tank Colour Printer (Black)
  • Printer Type - Ink Tank; Functionality - All-in-One (Print, Scan, Copy); Printer Output - Colour
  • Connectivity - USB ; Display - LCD (1.2 inch segment mono) ; Compatibility - Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 SP1. Note:Mac OS is not supported
  • 1.2 inch LCD diplay on printer(mono)
  • Pages per minute - 8.8 ipm (Black), 5 ipm (Colour), Cost per page - 9 paise (Black & White), 32 paise (Colour) - As per ISO standards
  • Ideal usage - Home and Small office, Regular / Heavy usage (more than 300 pages per month)

Our Verdict

Inkjet printers have made home printing affordable and easy. These printers are quite popular in small businesses and workspaces due to their affordability, cheap maintenance, and compact size. The addition of the ink tank technology has made these printers some of the best options around.

 

If you are in the market for a good budget-friendly printing machine, the Canon G2012 can be one of the best options for you. Its unique features like a transparent ink tank and LCD display make it one of the most user-friendly options around. If you can live without the features like wireless connectivity and Apple connectivity, this device is the best multipurpose printer in the market. The quality of prints is excellent and the cost to print ratio is also quite good. Overall, this is one of the best printers for small business owners, students, and home use as well.