Ordinance Pixma G Wireless MegaTank AllinOne Printer PC Magazine public statement

“The Canon Pixma G3200 Wireless MegaTank All-in-One Printer ($299.99) is a low-volume all-in-one printer (AIO) intended for small or home-based offices. Like the recently reviewed Pixma G1200, a standalone model, the G3200 is one of Canon’s MegaTank G-Series machines designed to compete directly with Epson’s EcoTank and Brother’s INKvestment printers, such as the Expression ET-2550 EcoTank All-in-One Printer and the MFC-J985DW XL, respectively.
Like the G1200, the G3200 prints exceptionally well, especially photographs, and its ru
ing costs are highly competitive. It comes without an automatic document feeder (ADF) for sending multipage originals to the sca
eru2014a feature that any $300 inkjet AIO should come with. That and a missing mobile co
ectivity feature or two, and its lack of fax capabilities, are just enough to keep it from replacing the Brother model as Editors’ Choice as an inkjet AIO for use in a small, home, or micro office.
Design and Features
Like Epson’s EcoTank all-in-one printers, G-series printers eschew ink cartridges for bottles of ink, which you use to fill reservoirs that hold enough ink to print thousands of pages (depending on what you print, of course). But unlike competing EcoTank printers, the tanks on G-series printers are integrated into the front of a completely new chassis design, not attached to the side of an existing design. There’s a large black ink reservoir on the left side, and the other three (cyan, magenta, and yellow) containers reside on the right. Even though both the EcoTank and MegaTank methods work well, the front-facing built-in reservoirs make the G-Series machines a little better-looking, and make it more convenient to check ink levels. In either case, though, glancing at the machines themselves is the only way to gauge remaining ink levels, although the G-Series machines do warn you when one or more inks are critically low.
At 6.5 by 17.6 by 13 inches (HWD) with its trays closed, and weighing 12.7 pounds, the G3200 is compact and light. It’s about the same size as both the Epson ET-2550 and the Brother MFC-J985DW, and a couple of pounds heavier than the former and about 6 pounds lighter than the latter. All three models are small enough to fit on the average desktop. Unlike the standalone Pixma G1200, which comes with only USB co
ectivity, the G3200 supports Wi-Fi and USB, as well as a few mobile and cloud co
ection options through Canon’s Pixma Print and Pixma Cloud Link apps for both iOS and Android devices. You don’t get Wi-Fi Direct or near field communication (NFC), though. Both of the Brother and Epson models discussed here come with Wi-Fi Direct; the MFC-J985DW also supports NFC, and has Ethernet, making it better suited for offices with wired networks.
Like the Pixma G1200 and other G-series models, the G3200’s sole paper source is a tray that extends upward from the back of the machine and holds 100 sheets (or 20 sheets of photo paper); the output tray pulls out from the front. With both trays extended, the footprint is somewhat larger, but not enough to matter for most desktops. As mentioned, the G3200 doesn’t have an ADF, meaning that you’ll have to scan multipage documents one page at a time. To get an ADF from a MegaTank model you’ll have to step up to the G4200. Also like the G1200, Canon publishes neither a maximum monthly duty cycle nor a recommended monthly page volume for the G3200. The control panel, compared with what you’ll find on several competing models, is meager, consisting of only five buttonsu2014Power, WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup), Stop, Black, and Coloru2014and four status LEDs: On (power), Wi-Fi, Alarm, and Ink. (Most $300 AIOs nowadays come with color touch screens for configuring and operating the machine.) In addition, no flash memory devices are supported. Also worth pointing out is that all G-series printers support Instagram’s 5-by-5-inch photo format.
Setup and Software”

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