Canon PIXMA G3000
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.