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Canon Pixma G3060 Review

The Canon Pixma G3060 is a wireless all-in-one printer catering to home and small office use. Canon recently launched seven new Ink Tank printers under its PIXMA G series, which includes PIXMA G3060, PIXMA G3021, PIXMA G3020, PIXMA G2060, PIXMA G2021, PIXMA G2020, and PIXMA G1020. The G3060 we got here is the top of the line in the 3000 series available currently in India now. With printer, scanner and copier combo, this would come ideal for people more than ever now with study from home and work at home the new norm.

At home, I use Canon G3000 which lacked a display and wireless functionality. Later models in the 3000 series did add these missing features. The G3060 has a two line display and Canon says the printing speed is a bit better on this, well let’s find out how faster it is in my real test.

Box contents:

  • The G3060 printer
  • Black and Color heads
  • Black Original Ink Bottle x 1
  • Cyan Original Ink Bottle x 1
  • Magenta Original Ink Bottle x 1
  • Yellow Original Ink Bottle x 1
  • Power cord
  • USB to printer cable
  • CD with drivers
  • Documents

Setting up the Canon G3060

The setup is fairly easy but if you are doing it for the first time, it might overwhelm you but trust me it is an easy job. The Canon documentation gives you pictorial guide to walk through the setup. You can also watch my video if that makes it easier.

Compared to how I had to squeeze the ink bottles of my Canon Pixma 3000 to get the ink flow into the smart tank, the new design of the bottle makes it very easy and smooth. You just pop the bottle into the nozzle. The spill free design does the job neat without any ink dripping outside plus no squeezing either. As usual with most printers these days, installing the print heads is no-brainer, simple plus and shut job.

Of course the display would let you know if there is any error happened.

Canon G3060 Design

The printer weighs approximately 6.4 kg. If you would want to know the dimension to see if it fits wherever you are going to place it, out of the box it measures 445 x 330 x 167 mm. With the tray extended it measures 445 x 555 x 238 mm.

The display and buttons are all laid out on the top for easy access. It has got a 5.08 cm LCD display for easy navigation and confirmation of print settings. It’s a monochrome display supporting two lines. Underneath the display is the navigation buttons. You also find power button, menu, scanner copier, WiFi etc in an array of assortments.

The ink maintenance cartridge can be easily accessed from behind in case of any issues. It is easily replaceable. The paper tray is tucked in at the rear. When closed, there is a lid that makes sure dust doesn’t go inside through that gap. On top, we have the Scan bed.

Connectivity & Features

Apart from the USB wired connectivity, the G3060 is WiFi-enabled and provide smart wireless connectivity for printing. There is no dual-band support and works on 2.4Ghz. It also supports remote printing via Canon Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY. This feature is very handy both at work and home, where multiple users or family members can print without having to login to a connected computer. The G3060 does not have the automatic two-sided printing option. It allows for duplex printing but you need to do reverse feeding.

The copy mode offers many features like enlarge, reduce, print intensity etc. The display offers many useful features to access right on the printer.

How to connect the Canon G3060 to Wifi?

The printer can be connected to your Wifi router via the cableless connect button or by WPS push method or by manually. I got it done easily via the cableless connect button option.

  • Press and hold the cableless connect button for 3 second
  • You will get a prompt in the display
  • Then go to your mobile Wifi settings, choose the Canon Wifi temporary Wifi that would be visible, select it and connect to that Wifi
  • Open the Canon Printer App, it will detect the Canon printer and would prompt you to add the device. Add it.
  • After adding the screen would prompt you to add the home Wifi network, add it back.
  • The printer would show it connecting and finally press the OK button to complete the setup

Canon G3060 Specs, Speed and Cost per print

The G3060 is compatible with both Windows machine as well as Mac system. The G3060 is a Thermal Inkjet and Canon’s product page states it has a duty cycle of Up to 3,000 pages/month. This makes it ideal for home and small office. If you have page volumes more than these monthly numbers, you should be ideally looking at different models. For those not sure what duty cycle means printer duty cycle also called the monthly duty cycle, is the absolute number of pages that can be printed per month at the rated print quality of a machine and without errors/jams.

The maximum support document size is A4 / LTR. The supported paper quality are Plain Paper, Photo Paper Plus Glossy II (PP-201/PP-208), Photo Paper Pro Luster (LU-101), Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss (SG-201), Matte Photo Paper (MP-101), Glossy Photo Paper(GP-508)

Let’s see the claimed IPM values. IPM is Images Per Minute. Canon uses IPM instead of PPM, IMP values are comprehensive with a mix of word, excel and pdf print averages. For G3060 Canon claims 10.8 IPM or prints per minute in black and 6 IPM or prints per minute in colour. Canon says you can take 6000 black and white prints and 7700 prints with the refill bottles. The cost of each subsequent refill bottles would be around Rs 400 in India, so the print cost would be very affordable in this printer.

The print quality including photos come real good. The print speed in my real practical test varied a bit a color print of 4*6 size took close to a minute, an A4 color document print took around 34 seconds. For a home use this should be manageable.

Verdict:

Canon G3060 offers lots of features including wireless easy printing for home needs. This would be an ideal printer for home use and for small business with less than 3000 pages printing requirements.

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