The WFH device you never knew you needed

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What do you miss the most about going to the office?

Is it seeing your colleagues, the personal interactions and those “married moments” over coffee? Is it in-person meetings and work collaborations? Or maybe you miss the routine and even the often long and awful journeys?

But there’s one thing people won’t admit to missing the most: the desktop printer.

Despite paper jams, we all miss the printer, just as we are guilty of using it to print personal documents: emails, travel itinerary/plane tickets, photos, your child’s school project, can -even be your CV for this next application. . And why not you ? The desktop printer is fast, the prints are amazing, and most importantly, it’s free.

For years people anticipated the death of printers, and before the pandemic hit most of us never thought of buying one because you could always print at the office or go to the grocery store. nearest computer.

But when we all went into lockdown and started working/studying from home, that’s when we realized we really needed to do a lot of paperwork and get it printed. Although I do most of my writing on my laptop, I still prefer hard copy editing. It’s also easier to take notes on a business report using a pen or pencil rather than a keyboard, and unless you have multiple screens, it’s much easier to compare graphs and tables when printed.

If you’re a parent, having a printer at home means you don’t have to go out every time to print your kids’ modules and workbooks. If they have assignments that require color pictures, you can simply download them from the internet and print them out instead of having to cut out pictures from your magazines and books.

Speaking of images, you probably have thousands of them stored on your hard drive. Printing your favorites makes them easily accessible, and you can show them off without risking including some of the more annoying ones in your digital scrapbook.

Having your own printer makes even more sense if you’re starting a home business, as it can save you time and money by not having to go to the computer store. You can create your own business cards, shipping labels, print invoices, reports or other documents for official purposes. You can even make it a separate business if you have the creative skills.

Whatever the reason, if you need a printer, the good news is that there are plenty of options to suit your needs and budget. If cost is your primary concern, ink tank printers may be the best choice as they offer the most suitable combination of affordability and print quality.

The one I’ll be reviewing this week is the Canon Pixma G3010, and after using it for the past month, it’s easy to see why it’s become one of the most popular and popular wireless all-in-one printers. sold in its price range. . Just as we review our smartphones, let’s start with the build quality and design. The Pixma G3010 might not be the most compact all-in-one, but it’s one of the most stylish with its beautiful matte black finish that just looks classy, ​​and like the tanks of ink are integrated, you can simply close the trays and it would look great on any desk or shelf.

Setting up the Pixma G3010 is pretty straightforward, but it’s best to read the manual and follow the steps in the correct order, especially before pouring the ink.

A few things to consider: remove all those orange ribbons first, including the orange plastic covering the printheads, otherwise you won’t be able to fully open the locking cover. Take note of the labels on the “C” and “B” printhead cartridges before inserting them into their respective slots and be sure to fully depress both common buttons at the same time. After the printheads are installed, you must first turn on the printer before filling the ink tanks. Do not connect any other cables. Press the Power button and confirm that the ink icon and “0” are displayed on the screen. Only then can you start filling the individual ink tanks. Each ink bottle and reservoir is clearly labeled and the nibs fit snugly, so you should have no problem spilling.

Once you have filled the ink tanks and completed setup, you can connect the printer to your PC and/or smartphone using a wired or wireless connection. Download the drivers to set it up and make it available on your internet so all your local devices can access it wirelessly for easy print jobs. This is useful when sharing the printer with other family members. Note that it does not support macOS. It also has a feature called Direct Connect which allows you to print wirelessly without connecting to your WiFi router.

To connect your smartphone, download the Canon PRINT app (Android or iOS). The app lets you print photos and documents, scan items directly into your phone’s memory, copy and even click images from your smartphone’s camera and print them directly with Pixma G3010.

Now let’s get to the most important part of the review: printing performance. Well, I have to say that I didn’t expect it to be so good because it exceeded my expectations. The very first thing I printed was an A4 photo of me and my partner and it was even better than the one I had printed out at a copy shop. I was also able to print text files, PDFs, web pages with black and color images, and photos I had just taken with my smartphone. I was even able to easily create and print photo collages, calendars, business cards, stickers and labels by simply downloading another app, called Easy-Photo Print Editor App.

The G3010 supports borderless printing and you can use different paper sizes (A4, A5, B5, Letter, Legal, 4 x 6″, 5 x 7″, 8x 10″ — envelopes (DL, COM10), square (5 x 5”), business card, as well as various types of paper including High Resolution Paper, Photo Paper Plus Glossy II, Photo Matte Paper, Photo Stickers and more.

Unlike other printers I’ve used, I noticed that prints from the G3010 don’t smudge even if you touch or rub them immediately after printing. Just be sure to choose the correct type of paper you are using before printing.

Like I said, for most consumers, the print speed is fast enough and comparable to other printers. It only takes a few seconds for it to start printing once you send the document or photo to be printed wired or wirelessly.

The Pixma G3010 also functions as a copier and scanner. I know there are many apps that can turn your phone into a scanner, but the quality you can expect from G3010 is better. You don’t have to worry about annoying shadows or blurs spoiling the picture, so you can make clear digital backups of important documents or restore old photos. It’s also fairly easy to use, and you can either start a copy function by pressing the ‘Black’ or ‘Colour’ button on the printer, or start a copy job via the Canon PRINT app. If you use the Canon PRINT app to scan, you can save the scanned copy directly to your smartphone.

The Canon Pixma G3010 is the device you never thought you’d need to complete your work-from-home setup. It functions as a printer, scanner and copier which can be shared with your whole family as it supports wireless connectivity. The print speed is fast and the quality, even for photos, is better than those used in some computer stores.

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