Whether the use case is printing work documents or simply printing out your child’s assignments, the need to have a good printer in the house has emerged. However, getting a printer that suits all your needs isn’t an easy task. This is why we have taken the liberty to do the homework for you and found the Canon PIXMA G3411 and it seems to tick all the boxes for a perfect home printer.
Canon PIXMA G-series – Perfect For Kenyan Homes
Retailing at between KES 25,000 and KES 30,000, depending on where you buy one, the Canon PIXMA G3411 is a 3-in-1 compact printer that will meet the needs of a good number of households.
Inside the box of the printer, you will find
- The Printer
- A power cable
- Setup CD for those that need it
- 2 print heads
- 5 cartridges (cyan, magenta, yellow and two black)
- An instruction manual that you will need to pay attention to.
Setting up the printer is pretty straightforward. In a nutshell, all you have to do is attach the print heads, fill up the ink tanks and then connect the printer to a network since it’s a wireless printer. If you are still having problems, consult the instruction manual.
The Impressive Stuff
The PIXMA G-Series printer does its job pretty well from our short usage. The print quality is really good for a printer at this price point. We have used other printers and the difference is very much noticeable. This is especially true when printing images on glossy paper with the borderless option enabled, as this ensures your image reaches the edges of the paper without any disturbing white borders.
It’s not super fast but it’s fast enough not to be annoying. While printers in this price range tend to take their sweet time delivering your prints, we found the PIXMA G3411 to be quite fast. From our tests, the printer would deliver a single black and white page in about 10 seconds, while coloured pages would be delivered in about 30 seconds. However, photos and images printed on harder papers like the glossy paper that we tested on took two and a half minutes to complete.
While most printers nowadays support wireless connectivity, the Canon PIXMA G-Series has taken it a notch higher by including a companion app for your smartphone. We found the app to be especially useful as it had more features than the desktop companion on PC.
For instance, the mobile app has more image templates for printing your photos, interesting templates include collages, printing your image as a calendar and even printing business cards, party invites, stickers, posters and more all from your phone.
Doesn’t Work on Mac
If you are a Mac user, then there’s bad news for you, the PIXMA G-series doesn’t work on Many Mac product. It works perfectly on Windows and works even better on iPhones and Android devices but that’s where Canon draws the line. There’s no reason given for this deduction, but it’s something worth knowing as you step out to buy this printer.
A bit of colour inconsistency
Remember when we mentioned that the printing quality was impressive? It is, that doesn’t change but we did notice that depending on how you choose to print a document, the colours may be washed out. For example, if you choose to print directly by right-clicking the menu on your PC, you might get blacks that look grey and reds that look more like orange, however, opening the document and printing through an app, say Microsoft Word, the colours appear true as they should be.
Should You Buy One? Yes.
The Canon PIXMA G3411 is a great 3-in-1 printer that’s suitable for most homes. We found the printer to be ink friendly, with a rating of 6000 black and white pages and 7000 coloured pages per full tank of ink. The printer is available in Kenya at multiple outlets, with the ink cartridges also readily available.
|Functions||Wi-Fi, Print, Copy, Scan, Cloud Link
|Print Resolution||Up to 48001 x 1200 dpi
2 FINE Cartridges (Black and Colour)
Refillable ink tank printer
|Borderless Printing||Yes (A4, Letter, 20x25cm, 13x18cm, 13x13cm, 10x15cm)
|Standard Ink Cartridges||GI-490|
|Supported Paper Types||Plain Paper
High Resolution Paper (HR-101N)
Photo Paper Plus Glossy II (PP-201)
Photo Paper Pro Luster (LU-101)
Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss (SG-201)
Glossy Photo Paper "Everyday Use" (GP-501)
Matte Photo Paper (MP-101)
|Maximum Paper Input||Rear tray: Max. 100 sheets (plain paper)
|Supported Paper Sizes||A4, A5, B5, 10x15cm, 13x18cm, 20x25cm, Envelopes (DL, COM10), Letter, Legal|
|Scanner Resolution (Optical)||600 x 1200 dpi|
|Maximum Copies Made At a Time||20|