Canon Maxify GX7050 in the test: large printer
The Maxify GX7050 is a full-blown printer. It takes up a footprint of around 40×41 centimeters and is a good 30 centimeters high. It gets quite tight with him on many desks – he should therefore be assigned a separate place where he can sit down. Commissioning is child’s play: Maneuver the GX7050 out of the huge box and remove the transport locks.
Tanks instead of cartridges
Customers then have to pour the ink supplied in four bottles into the printer’s tanks, because the Maxify GX7050 has no classic ink cartridges. In the bottle with the black ink there are 170 milliliters, in the bottles with the colors cyan, magenta and yellow there are 135 milliliters each.
Great: Incorrect filling is hardly possible, as users can only put each bottle head on the right tank – the heads are shaped differently. In addition, the bottles have a drip stop, so nothing can go wrong. If the printer is filled, the user can switch it on. Good: The Maxify can be connected to the PC or notebook either via USB or network connection. And via WLAN, so that tablets or smartphones can also be connected. It’s a shame: the Canon doesn’t have Bluetooth.
No card reader
In addition, there is no card reader for direct photo printing from memory cards. The Maxify GX7050 has a USB socket to which external SSDs, USB sticks and cameras can be connected. Photos or documents stored there can be printed out directly without going through a PC or notebook. Practical: Scanned documents or images can also be stored on a USB stick or an external SSD without going through the PC.
Huge paper supply
Also great: There are two paper cassettes on the front, each holding 250 A4 sheets. At the back there is another feed that can take another 100 sheets. Here users can also place labels, photo paper or envelopes for printing.
Duplex printing and duplex scanning
The Canon Maxify GX7050 has a duplex unit. That means he can print on both sides of the paper. Not a matter of course: It is also possible to scan documents that are printed on both sides. That worked perfectly in the test. Handling was child’s play and reliable, for example when the testers wanted to print a document on a certain paper that was stored in one of the feeders.
High printing speed, good print quality
The Maxify GX7050 works really well. Five A4 pages with colored graphics are ejected after 19 seconds, ten pages of text after 30 seconds and three high-quality 10×15 centimeter photos after 40 seconds. The print quality of the Canon was also convincing, even if the color fidelity could happily turn out to be higher. The Canon, on the other hand, put grayscale on paper very neatly, and the high contrast was also convincing.
Really fast when scanning and copying
The Canon was also really nimble when it came to scanning. A color A4 page was done in under ten seconds, the preview only took half as long. So it is not surprising that the Canon also makes copies quickly. For a black-and-white copy he needed around ten seconds, for a color copy around 15 seconds. These are really good values!
Extremely low printing costs
Canon Maxify GX7050 in the test: conclusion
The Canon Maxify GX7050 is almost perfect for a small office or home office. The printing speed is fast, the print quality is good. The best: Those who really have to put a lot on paper will be happy about the extremely low printing costs. And the equipment is complete with the exception of the lack of Bluetooth and the non-existent memory card reader. The downside: It is anything but cheap – at the time of the test, it costs around 590 euros.