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6 reasons why you need a MegaTank printer

Is it time you stepped up to a MegaTank printer? Discover the benefits of the Canon range.
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Canon's PIXMA G Series MegaTank printers use built-in, refillable ink tanks with exceptionally high-yield bottles rather than conventional cartridges. Capable of printing thousands of pages from a set of ink bottles, they will keep you printing for months or even years to come. Cheaper to run than traditional printers and very user friendly, they are perfect for busy home, office and student users.

With a range of MegaTank printer models available, you can choose one that fits your needs and your budget. Each printer offers high levels of efficiency, but if printing speed is your priority then the fastest PIXMA G3460 and PIXMA G2460 MegaTank models can save you time. The PIXMA G3460 comes with built-in Wi-Fi, as does the Cloud-ready PIXMA G3420, enabling you to print remotely from smart devices.

The PIXMA G2420, PIXMA G2460, PIXMA G3420 and PIXMA G3460 are multifunction 3-in-1 printers, enabling you to print, copy and scan. But if you're just looking to benefit from the long-term cost savings afforded by a MegaTank printer, the streamlined PIXMA G1420 gives you a standalone printer without the scanning and copying facility.

Whether you're looking for an easy-to-use all-round printer for your family, a reliable device that can keep pace with your college deadlines, or a high-volume, low-cost printing option for your business, here are six reasons why a MegaTank printer will work for you.

A top view of the Canon PIXMA G3420 printer with papercraft sheets on the tabletop around it.

The Canon MegaTank range benefits from rich colours and produces exceptionally sharp prints, reproducing the smallest of details.

1. High-quality, low-cost prints

The entry-level MegaTank Printer range (PIXMA G3460, G2460, G3420, G2420, G1420) are all capable of delivering up to 7,6001,2 pages from a single black ink bottle when used in economy mode, or up to 7,7001 pages from the colour set. These MegaTank printers also offer a rear-feed paper capacity of 100 sheets, so you can spend more time working and less time restocking the printer.

If you regularly need high-volume printing, then stepping up to a Canon PIXMA G5040, G6040, or G7040 printer gives you an output of up to 8,3003 pages in economy mode from the black ink, as well as auto two-sided printing and a high-capacity front and rear paper feed totalling 350 sheets of plain paper for those really productive environments.

The significant cost savings and productivity gains delivered by Canon's MegaTank printers are not at the expense of print quality. MegaTank printers offer rich colours from the dye-based colour inks, and exceptionally sharp document printing is achieved with the dedicated pigment black ink. Even very small text and white characters on coloured backgrounds will maintain a high degree of clarity.

A woman pinning photo prints to a noticeboard. A Canon PIXMA G3420 printer is on the desk below.

Canon MegaTank printers use refillable ink tanks that are capable of printing thousands of pages, freeing you up to focus on other things.

2. Easily refillable ink tanks

Refilling the ink tanks of the MegaTank printers is a straightforward process that anyone can do at home or in an office. The integrated ink tanks are clearly visible at the front of the printer, so it's easy to keep track of ink levels. When they need topping up, you simply lift the easy-to-open colour coded caps and insert the ink bottles to inject the ink.

With their squeeze-free design, Canon's ink bottles make the refilling process clean and quick. MegaTank printers also benefit from uniquely shaped ink tank inlets. These inlets match the key-type nozzles on the newly designed ink bottles, eliminating the risk of injecting the wrong ink into the wrong tank by mistake. The specially designed bottles also automatically stop emptying when the tanks are full.

Refillable ink bottles for Canon MegaTank printers.

Don't worry about spilling any ink – the bottles automatically stop filling when the tank is full.

A Canon PIXMA G3420 printer being refilled with ink.

You can easily keep track of your ink levels as the ink tanks are visible on the front of the printer.

3. Fast printing speeds

The Canon PIXMA G3460 and PIXMA G2460 both achieve a printing speed of 10.84 ipm (images per minute) for monochrome documents, and 6.04 ipm for colour prints. They make a great option when you have to hit tight deadlines.

For even more urgent jobs, the 4-in-1 PIXMA G7040 offers up to 134 ipm for black ink printing and 6.84 ipm for colour prints, and also features a 35-sheet Auto Document Feeder for users who need to copy and scan multi-page documents with ease.

For day-to-day printing, the PIXMA G3420, PIXMA G2420 and PIXMA G1420, with their 9.14 ipm black ink print speeds and 54 ipm for colour, enable quick document turnaround.

The entry level MegaTank printers have also been designed with reduced downtime in mind. They come with an easy-to-replace maintenance cartridge, which makes it less likely that you'll have to send your printer away for servicing. You can track the maintenance cartridge usage via your PC or laptop printer driver, or via the Canon PRINT app (PIXMA G3420 and PIXMA G3460) or the printer screen (all except PIXMA G1420). The printer will notify you if there is a maintenance issue, so any errors are simple to resolve.

A Canon PIXMA G3420 printer on a desk next to a smartphone.

With the Canon PIXMA G3420 and PIXMA G3460, among others in the MegaTank range, you can wirelessly print from your smartphone or tablet, making it simple and time efficient when you're on a deadline.

4. Hassle-free wireless print technology

Both the Canon PIXMA G3420 and PIXMA G3460, along with a number of other models from the MegaTank range, feature built-in Wi-Fi. The Wireless Direct button makes it easy to get connected and start printing from a computer or mobile device at the touch of a button. The PIXMA G5040, G6040, G7040, GM4040 and GM2040 also have Ethernet for networked environments that need a high-speed, stable and secure connection.

If you're working remotely and need to share documents with colleagues in the office, or if you need a hard copy of study materials for an online course, then you can access a Wi-Fi enabled PIXMA printer over the internet from a computer or a smart device, and print directly from popular Cloud services such as Google Drive, Google Classroom, Dropbox, Evernote and more.

Controlling all your printing and maintenance needs from your smartphone couldn't be easier with the help of the Canon PRINT app, and there are other Canon apps that offer multiple ways to get creative at home. The Creative Park app5 has everything from paper art and customisable greeting card designs to party decorations and 3D models, while the Easy-PhotoPrint Editor app enables you to turn your favourite photos into stylish prints or unique gifts, with templates for calendars, cards, posters and more.

Don't want to download an app? MegaTank printers are compatible with Apple AirPrint and Mopria for Android, so users on the same network as their printer can simply connect and print via their smart device's in-built printing protocol.

A woman using a tablet to wirelessly print on a MegaTank printer.

Canon MegaTank printers work with a range of papers, including restickable photo paper, iron-on transfers, and many can even print banners over a metre long.

5. Support for a wide range of media

MegaTank printers can deliver high-quality documents and beautiful borderless photo prints6 in sizes up to A4 day in, day out – but they're much more versatile than that. The range supports a diverse selection of media sizes and types, ideal for business admin and much more, such as creating stickers for filing and making business cards with matte and double-sided matte paper. The PIXMA G3460, G2460, G3420, G2420 and G1420 can even produce 1.2-metre promotional banners. For home printing, MegaTank printers can make homework fun and provide hours of family entertainment with Restickable Photo Paper and Magnetic Photo Paper. You can print your photos on a range of glossy and semi-gloss photo papers and even create Iron-on transfers.

6. User-friendly design

Most of Canon's MegaTank printers7 feature a two-line LCD, which provides a greater level of detail about the printer settings. Not only does the screen make it easy to check the status of your printer and wireless settings as well as adjust print options directly on the printer, you can also check any maintenance requirements such as print head cleans. The screen also makes clearing errors simple by giving you clear instructions or codes that refer to the user manual for easy troubleshooting.

MegaTank printers have an automatic power off function to save energy when they're not being used and an Auto Power On option that enables you to start printing without having to press the power button first. This adds to their convenience, particularly if you need to print documents remotely to a Wi-Fi & Cloud-enabled model.

Written by Marcus Hawkins

  1. Page yield is the estimated value based on Canon individual test method using the ISO/IEC 24712 chart and continuous printing simulation with the replacement ink bottles after initial setup.
  2. The economy mode reduces the black ink consumption by lowering the density; 26% more pages than the standard mode can be printed.
  3. The economy mode reduces the black ink consumption by lowering the density; 38% more pages than the standard mode can be printed.
  4. A4 document print speed on plain paper is measured based on average of ESAT in Office Category Test of ISO/IEC 24734 standard.
  5. For supported models, visit https://ugp01.c-ij.com/ij/webmanual/WebPortal/PTA/pta_app_models.html?lng=en&type=non&app=cp. If your printer is not supported, check the Creative Park website.
  6. Except for the Canon PIXMA GM2040 and GM4040.
  7. The Canon PIXMA G1420, and GM2040 printers do not have an LCD.

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