Canon PIXMA G3000

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - Peter Chu

cre­at­ing a rain­bow-col­ored mess in the process.

Ac­cord­ing to Canon, the PIXMA G3000 is able to churn out up to 6,000 B&W doc­u­ments, or 7,000 color doc­u­ments be­fore need­ing a re­fill. While we won't be able to put their claim to the test – due to time con­straints and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns – we did, how­ever, no­tice that its ink lev­els hasn't vis­i­bly gone down de­spite hav­ing used it to print at least a hun­dred pages' worth of A4-sized doc­u­ments, and a hand­ful of color pho­tos, which is some­what as­sur­ing.

To gauge the per­for­mance of the PIXMA G3000, we as­signed it a cou­ple of print jobs and timed how long it took to com­plete them. The first task in­volved print­ing a one-page Word doc­u­ment, which the PIXMA G3000 man­aged to com­plete in a rather brisk 6.32 sec­onds. The sub­se­quent print job in­volved an eight-page PDF doc­u­ment that con­tained a smat­ter­ing of graphs and charts, which the PIXMA G3000 dis­patched in one minute and 28 sec­onds. Fi­nally, we upped the ante by throw­ing it a 25-page Word doc­u­ment that was packed with a healthy amount of graph­ics, which took all but five min­utes and 25 sec­onds to com­plete.

But print speeds only tell half the story, which is why we de­cided to ex­am­ine the print­outs of the PIXMA G3000 in closer de­tail to de­ter­mine their qual­ity. We could see that text was slightly ragged around the edges, though we were only able to per­ceive them when we held the print­outs a cou­ple of inches away from our face. While the col­ors in pho­tos could cer­tainly make do with a lit­tle more con­trast, the good news is that there are no no­tice­able traces of im­age band­ing to speak of.


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