Canon’s new Pixma and Maxify printers are designed to stretch your dollar

The mix of high print volume and minimised maintenance sound good... on paper.

by Justin Choo

With Work From Home protocols seemingly the primary working arrangement for many companies, having a printer at home might make sense for some of us. With this in mind, Canon has released a couple of new printers for home and the home office. The PIXMA G570 and G670 are six-colour photo printers, while the MAXIFY GX7070 and MAXIFY GX6070 are small office printers.

PIXMA G570/G670

The two machines are identical, performance-wise, but the G670 has the scanner to scan and photocopy and an additional paper tray. These printers have a 6-ink cartridge system – CMYK plus red and grey – for more vivid colours. The red ink adds more intensity while grey ink makes monochromatic colours more defined and accurate.

The printers come with a full set of inks, which can yield up to 3,800 sheets on 4×6” photo papers. Canon also says that the new ink and photo paper pairing produces photos that can resist fading for up to 200 years under the right storage conditions.

The printers, which are also compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, integrate easily into your home environment and you can access the printer and its features through the accompanying PRINT Inkjet app. This includes direct printing, scan to mobile devices, as well as controlling printer settings and notifications management. PIXMA Cloud Link service adds connectivity to social networks and cloud storage. Other free software-based features include Canon PosterArtist Lite (Windows only), which lets you create flyers and posters from a wide selection of 1,300 templates, photos and clipart.

MAXIFY GX6070/7070

These refillable ink tank printers are intended for small and mid-size offices. Designed as an affordable high volume colour printing solution, they boast a host of features such as high-speed water-resistant printing and flexible paper handling.

The MAXIFY GX7070 and GX6070 use large ink tanks and high-volume ink bottles to significantly reduce ink costs. The pigment inks are water-resistant on plain paper, which means you don’t have to worry about smudging when there’s a coffee accident, rain, or even highlighters.

They also have an Economy mode setting that can squeeze up to 9,000 and 21,000 pages of grayscale and colour respectively from a set of full inks. Canon says that the idea was to make it affordable enough that you don’t have to penny-pinch and print in black and white just to save money. The printers can also print on a variety of textures and print surfaces so you don’t need additional machines to print on specific materials.

Productivity features include large paper cassettes (GX7070 600 sheets, GX6070 350 sheets) and duplex (automatic two-sided) printing, which help you save time by not having to constantly replenish paper. The automatic document feeder (ADF) can hold up to 50 sheets and there’s a USB port on the front for convenient storage. Scanning is quicker on the GX7070, thanks to the single paper-pass duplex scanning feature.

Both models feature a user-replaceable maintenance cartridge (to store waste ink from cleaning operations) that you can buy from retail outlets. This is an operation that traditionally required servicing – and downtime.

And like the PIXMA printers above, they can be operated through the free Canon PRINT Inkjet/ SELPHY mobile app and support cloud printing as well.

The PIXMA G670 ($499), PIXMA G570 ($399), MAXIFY GX7070 ($889) and MAXIFY GX6070 ($769) are now available from Canon authorised dealers.