The G6070, G5070, and GM2070 are the new Pixma Ink Efficient G models meant to make refilling ink easier; for one thing, you don't have to squeeze the refill bottle to fill the ink and when the tank is full it will stop automatically. All in all, it helps make printing a lot easier while also being cost efficient, which we will talk about later.
In terms of what they offer, the GM2070 is meant primarily for black and white printing while the G5070 lacks scanning and copying functions. It's the G6070 that's meant to be the highest-end model of the trio; and as we had the opportunity to review this particular model, we tested out the printer to see if it lives up to that high standard.
Looks and build
There’s just something about visually seeing and knowing how much ink you actually have that gives some level of comfort. I think it’s due to the fact that it makes you feel more confident as you know how much ink you use. There’s also the fact that when the printer says it’s out of ink, you can see if it’s true for yourself.
As such in terms of looks, the G6070 has a more practical look on top of being compact, which makes it the perfect printer to have at home or home office. With that said though, it’s still a hefty printer that has some weight to it, so do be careful when carrying it.
There are some downsides, of course. Compared to other printers that have large colour touchscreen, the new G series has only a two-line mono LCD in its tilting control panel. This means needing to take a bit of time to read what the printer needs or the errors as it scrolls past at a pace.
It's likely Canon did this to keep the cost down and make the printer affordable as it uses ink tanks. Another downside is that it lacks an SD card slot, and the USB port and is placed behind the printer instead. Probably another sacrifice done by Canon to keep the printer affordable. Ah well.
Setup seems easy enough; plug it in, turn it on, and get it connected to your preferred devices. But even before that, there were some issues in which I had faced a number of errors, which required me to search up on the error on Google and maneuver around the printer to make some changes, which included opening the printer at one point.
After that, it’s all about connecting to your preferred devices. It was a simple setup on mobile for sure, as I think the Canon PRINT app is well designed and easy to use. PC was okay, even if it took a little more time. I used the app mostly, and got the printer connected to the Wi-Fi through the app but alas, every other setting has to be done on the printer itself.
This means needing to state the type of paper you want to print on, the type of paper, as well as accessing certain features like cloud printing. The slow scroll and figuring out which buttons to press as I went through the different options didn’t help, and there was also not understanding how to set the printer together to get it started that delayed printing even further.
Despite the rocky start, you can be assured that once the setup process is done, you don’t have to worry about it anymore (unless you need to make changes to the print settings) and can print a lot faster after that, especially through the app.
Probably the constant frustrating aspect is that the printer will still ask to choose the paper type when you load new printing papers in the trays, be it at the rear or the cassette. Be sure to have your preferred printing slot set up by then!
The printing process
While the first print takes a little too long, considering that it’s warming up, it does get faster after that and does it at a decent speed too. It takes a little longer when you print colours of course, but it’s not that bad.
In terms of colour, well, considering you’re getting only yellow, cyan and magenta, the outcome is decent at best. There are better printers for more vibrant colours of course, which is why it’s a little disappointing to see the colour results come out lackluster. It still does a decent job, but I would not recommend this printer if you’re looking for vibrant colours.
While you can refill the ink yourself and it will stop when it’s full, always make sure that you’re putting the right colours in the right tank. Don’t worry too much about spilling, as the refills have special nozzles that fit the inlet of the tank well too.
It definitely does well in black colours, and when you’re printing in economy mode you can print up to 8000 pages or more, depending on how much ink had been used. The refills for the ink costs MYR43 for the black and MYR32 for the other colours, which definitely makes printing a lot more affordable and cost effective to boot.
Scan and copy
The G6070 has a three in one function so you can not only print, but scan and copy too. Overall, this feature is also pretty good with 1200 x 2400 dpi, so you are able to scan and capture most of the details too, even though in some cases the colours look a little saturated. There’s some level of setup needed for the copying aspect which can be a pain again, but overall scanning and copying is simple and decent.
The Canon G6070 is a great printer to consider overall if you’re hoping to do more economical printing while also being able to scan and copy as well. Its best and attractive feature is undoubtedly the refill tanks which you can see, and how cost effective printing becomes with refillable inks. But in terms of quality output all I can say is don’t expect a lot out of it. This is mainly a printer for basic home use and if you’re looking to do more than that, like print detailed photos, it’s best to look elsewhere.