Canon adds the single-function GX5070 to its MAXIFY line-up

It lacks an auto document feeder scanner, but the GX5070 is dangling the promise of high volume and high quality prints with easy maintenance and low cost.

by Justin Choo

Canon has just added the MAXIFY GX5070 to the MAXIFY lineup, joining the GX6070 and GX7070.

The GX5070 is the single-function (i.e. no scanner) member of the family, designed for home offices and small businesses that need high-volume and high-quality colour printing. It also has a small footprint (399 x 416 mm, with a height of 238 mm), which makes it feasible even on the most compact of desks and shelves.

Canon highlights the low cost of colour printing as a key feature. At the heart of the GX5070 is the refillable ink tank system that offers up to 14,000 pages in colour or 6,000 pages in grayscale (black ink only), and can be stretched to 21,000 and 9,000 pages respectively in economy mode. Because the system uses pigment inks only, prints are water-resistant on plain paper and stand up to accidental spills and highlighter pens without smudging.

Canon says cost per page is roughly $0.002 for colour and $0.005 for black and white prints. To underscore its low cost and low maintenance nature, the GX5070 uses a user-replaceable maintenance cartridge ($15) to minimise downtime from sending in the printer for servicing.

While the GX5070 is basic as printers go, it does offer automatic 2-sided printing and fast print speeds (Document ISO approximately 24.0 ipm for B&W and 15.5 ipm for colour) for high volume printing (tray feeds up to 350 sheets of paper), as well as compatibility with a wide range of media. It also supports banner paper up to 1.2 metres long.

In addition, the GX5070 has all the modern amenities needed for a modern setup – ethernet and wireless connectivity with cloud printing capabilities, along with WPA-Enterprise security. Setup and operation can be done conveniently via a free Canon PRINT Inkjet/ SELPHY mobile app. And as with Canon printers, there’s a full suite of useful applications such as PosterArtist to help users who aren’t proficient with graphics software create signage, posters or menus without fuss.

The Canon MAXIFY GX5070 retails for $599 and is now available at Canon authorised dealers.