News: “New” Printers From Canon, Pixma MG5220, MP495, MG5120, MP280, iP4820

Canon Announces “New” Inkjet Printers.

New and improved inkjet printers from Canon?  Not really - welcome to new-old cartridges.Canon has introduced a new set of Pixma Inkjet printers. The Canon Pixma MG5220, Pixma MP495, Pixma MG5120, Pixma MP280, and the Canon Pixma iP4820.  Rest easy, no “new” major printing technology has been developed in the past several years, so these printers represent nothing more than “new” model numbers.  Oh, and new ink cartridges too (cli-226, and pgi-225)*.  There are two wireless printers in this bunch, the MG5220, and the MP495 – we currently have a love/hate relationship with wireless printing.

CLI-221 chip cartridge chips.  All Canon cartridges include a page count and ientifier chip on the end of the cartridgeNew designs, new cartridges…

These five (5) printers (MG5220, MP495, MG5120, MP280, iP4820) have some new plastics and design changes, but they are functionally the same as their predecessors.  There is some software included with these printers to let users print single frames of HQ video, and pictures can be downloaded and printed from Flickr (we could already do that right?).  Nothing major here, just an excuse to introduce a new cartridge series (PGI-225, and CLI-226 series cartridges), and to expand on the existing market for their “HP like” PG-210, and CL-211 inks cartridge series.

“Meet The New Canons”

Canon PIXMA MG5220 *Wireless* AIO (All-In-One) Inkjet Printer:

Canon mg5220 inkjet printer - Canon pixma mg5220 inkjet print cartridges.

Canon Pixma MG 5220 printer. Wireless.

Suprise! These printers use a new cartridge from Canon, the PGI-225 pigment black (larger black cartridge), and the CLI-226 color ink cartridges (including individual photo black, cyan, magenta, and yellow cartridges).  These printers use 5 individual ink cartridges total.

Ink Tanks Used: PGI-225 Pigment Black CLI-226 (Cyan/Magenta/Yellow/Black)

We expect these cartridges to look exactly like the current CLI-221 ink, and PGI-220 ink cartridges.  You can bet the chips on the end of the cartridge are different. Wireless printing is a nice feature in a home or small office with wireless laptops or other devices.

Canon PIXMA MG5120 AIO (All-In-One) Inkjet Printer:

Canon MG5120 inkjet printer from Canon - uses the PGI-225, and CLI-226 inkjet printer cartridges.

Canon Pixma MG5120 Inkjet Printer

Suprise! These printers use a new cartridge from Canon, the PGI-225 pigment black (larger black cartridge), and the CLI-226 color cartridges (including individual photo black, cyan, magenta, and yellow cartridges).  These printers use 5 individual ink cartridges total. These “new” cartridges are the same physical size and shape as the previous cartridges used in this printer series [iP4200, iP4300, iP4500, iP4600, iP4700] the CLI-221, PGI-220] however now there are new chips to deal with, and your old cartridges will not work in this “new” printer.

Ink Tanks Used: PGI-225 Pigment Black CLI-226 (Cyan/Magenta/Yellow/Black)

We expect these cartridges to look exactly like the current CLI-221, and PGI-220 cartridges.  You can bet the chips on the end of the cartridge are different.

Canon PIXMA iP4820 Inkjet Printer:

Just a printer.  Probably a really good one, but the Canon Pixma iP4700, and iP4600 are identical inside.

canon pixma iP4280 inkjet printer from Canon 7-20-09

Canon Pixma iP4820 Inkjet Printer.

Suprise! These printers use a new cartridge from Canon, the PGI-225 pigment black (larger black cartridge), and the CLI-226 color cartridges (including individual photo black, cyan, magenta, and yellow cartridges).  These printers use 5 individual ink cartridges total. These “new” cartridges are the same physical size and shape as the previous cartridges used in this printer series [iP4200, iP4300, iP4500, iP4600, iP4700] the CLI-221, PGI-220, however now there are new chips to deal with, and your old cartridges will not work in this “new” printer.

Ink Tanks Used: PGI-225 Pigment Black CLI-226 (Cyan/Magenta/Yellow/Black)

We expect these cartridges to look exactly like the current CLI-221, and PGI-220 cartridges.  You can bet the chips on the end of the cartridge are different.

Canon Pixma MP 280 (All-In-One) – $69.99

Canon pixma mp280 inkjet printer.

Canon Pixma mp280 - $69.99 list.

Cartridges used in the Canon Pixma mp280 include the 210/211 cartridges – stick with the XL version (full) of these cartridges:

Or The Full XL Cartridges:

This printer “does not” use individual ink cartridges. The black and color cartridges for this printer come in two different ink volumes, the standard fill (half full_ and the XL version of the cartridge (full).  The color cartridge (CL-221) has all three primary colors (cyan, magenta, and yellow) all in the same cartridge.  If you want a printer with individual ink tanks, check out the other offerings from Canon.

We are not big fans of single black and color cartridges with printers. Using a CISS, or CI system with OEM cartridges is a hassle as they ultimately wear out and need replacing.  Not a very aesthetically pleasing look.  On the other hand, individual ink tanks offer the possibility of CISS, CIS use, and generally have cheaper ink cartridge costs.

Canon PIXMA MP495 *Wireless* Photo AIO Printer:

Canon Pixma MP495 inkjet printer - used dual cartridges, not individual ink cartridges.

Canon Pixma MP495 Printer Wireless.

Cartridges used in the Canon Pixma mp280 include the 210/211 cartridges – stick with the XL version (full) of these cartridges:

Or The Full XL Cartridges:

The MP495 “does not” use individual ink cartridges. The black and color cartridges for this printer come in two different ink volumes, the standard fill (half full_ and the XL version of the cartridge (full).  The color cartridge (CL-221) has all three primary colors (cyan, magenta, and yellow) all in the same cartridge.  If you want a printer with individual ink tanks, check out the other offerings from Canon.

We are not big fans of single black and color cartridges with printers. Using a CISS, or CI system with OEM cartridges is a hassle as they ultimately wear out and need replacing.  Not a very aesthetically pleasing look.  On the other hand, individual ink tanks offer the possibility of CISS, CIS use, and generally have cheaper ink cartridge costs.

Press release here:

Deal: Canon Pixma iP4700 $59.99 Delivered – Amazon

iP4700 – $59.99 at Amazon

Best price we have seen on the Canon Pixma iP4700 inkjet printer in quite a while.  Amazon offers the iP4700 inkjet printer for only $59.99 with FREE shipping in the US. This printer is consistently $99.99 or more at other retailers.  No clue how long this special price will last.

Canon Pixma iP4700 inkjet printer - special price from Amazon $60.00 delivered.

Canon Pixma iP4700 inkjet printer - special price from Amazon $60.00 delivered.

CIS, CISS works great with this printer:

Pick up a continuous inking system for this printer – they work great and are easy to install and use.  Ink quality is outstanding.

CI system for Canon iP4700 – iP4600

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Review: CIS For Canon Pixma iP4700, iP4600 (CISS) CI system

Canon Pixma iP4700 and iP4600 CI System (CIS, CISS) Review:

Hot off the truck – iP4600/iP4700 CI systems with Canon CLI-221, PGI-220 series auto resetting ink cartridges.

canon-cli-221-cis-ip4700-carts

When using a CI system, or CISS there are few important things to remember. Most important is to never, ever, ever put the external ink supply higher than the cartridges.  Keep the cartridges and CI system at the same level.  Setting the system next to the printer (on the same level) is the best, and recommended, way to ensure proper operation.

Read through the included directions, go slow.  Basic premise is that ink is fed from an external source to a set of cartridges that pass ink through the printer.  The cartridges must be there for the printer to function, so tubing is used to pipe-in-ink as needed.  No more needed cartridges, and no more refilling 5 cartridges at a time.

Quickly becoming a staff favorite.

iP4600 Pictured – Identical to iP4700:

iP4700 CIS Canon Pixma iP4600 Inkejt Printer Ink Solution

Been waiting for this one for a while.  This Canon “just a printer” series is awesome (no all-in-one features).  The Canon Pixma iP4200, iP4300, iP4500, iP4600, and iP4700 are basically the same printer from a print quality and technology perspective, and the differences are really just cosmetic – these are solid performers with either compatible ink, refills, or CI systems.

To top it off, all these printers include an auto duplexer feature so you can print on both sides of the page – all from a relatively compact printer.  Uses a standard power cord (unlike HP, pet peeve).

Step 1 – Set-Up:

Detailed instructions on this step are included with the system, and it is pretty self explanatory once you see the actual external ink tank.

First step is to equalize the ink levels in the external ink container, and then remove and replace the shipping plugs and included air breathers.  The system is shipped with the external tanks full of ink, so the system is sealed up for shipping as not to leak.  When removing the shipping plugs, make sure to watch the splatter – use a paper towel, tissue, or cloth to remove the shipping plugs and absorb any microscopic ink splatter.

Process:

To keep proper pressure, the external ink tank must be leveled off.  There is a chamber inside the chamber that has an opening at the bottom. Tilt the external ink tank forward, and the ink levels in the rear chambers will start to lower.  You will want to keep these levels low to ensure proper ink flow.  When you refill the external tank, you might have to repeat this process.

Tilt external tank forward - this will equalize the ink levels

For iP4700, iP4600 CISS tilt external tank forward - this will equalize the ink levels. Click for larger image.

Ink levels should be very low in chanbers at the back of the external ink supply.

iP4700 CIS, iP4600 CIS ink levels should be very low in chanbers at the back of the external ink supply. Click for larger image.

Again, this step is covered in greater detail in the included instructions, and we only mention it first because it is much easier to do with the shipping plugs installed.

Shipping plug – vs. Ink refill plugs.

The shipping plugs are the smaller plastic plugs located along the back of the external CISS tank.  The larger refill plugs are not to be removed until an ink refill is required.

Types of plugs on the outside ink tank for the Canon Pixma iP4700 CISS and iP4600 CISS

Types of plugs on the outside ink tank for the Canon Pixma iP4700 CISS and iP4600 CISS. Click for larger image.

System includes all necessary materials

  • External ink supply – no more refilling small cartridges
  • Dummy “pass through” cartridges, with auto reset chip
  • 5 individual gaskets – must be placed inside the print head (sounds harder than it actually is)
  • Tweezers for gasket placement
  • Metal tubing guide
All items included with iP4700, iP4600 CISS, CIS package

All items included with iP4700, iP4600 CISS, CIS package.

Gaskets, Step 2:

Hardware included with Canon CIS For iP4700, iP4600, iP4500, iP4300, iP4200

Hardware included with Canon CIS CISS For iP4700, iP4600, iP4500, iP4300, iP4200. Click for larger image.

Before the cartridges can be installed in the print head, a set of gaskets must be placed on the ink inlets.

This process (placing the gaskets) is the same for the Canon Pixma iP4200, iP4300, iP4500, iP4600, and iP4700 series.  After removing the installed cartridges (if present) simply place a rubber gasket over each of the five (5) ink inlets – this must be done before you install the new CIS, CISS cartridge set.

Gaskets have an obvious orientation with the wide side to the back, and the smaller rounded edge to the front.  The gaskets will prevent the ink from pouring through the printer, so they are a necessary part of the installation.

There are 5 cartridges for the Canon Pixma iP4300, iP4200, iP4500 printers, and each seal must be covered.

Installing Cartridges – Step 3:

Remove orange covers, install as normal…

Cartridge covers should be removed slowly – do not break cartridge locking tab, and watch out for ink spilling out once the covers are removed.  It is a good idea to hold the cartridges together in a bunch.  Also the orange covers detach from the cartridge in the front (non-chip side), and then just move off the locking tab.  You will know it when you see it.

Removing the orange clips from the CLI-8, PGI-5 cartridge set for  install into the Canon Pixma iP4300. iP4200, iP4500

Watch out here:

Be careful with this step.  Ink seems to run through the cartridges very easily – and we mean very easily, and we made a big mess on our first install attempt with this system.  You want to make sure you hold the cartridges up-side down when removing the orange cartridge covers –  it would not hurt to hold the cartridges above the external ink tank to keep ink from running out of the cartridges.  Try to hold the cartridges in one hand and install the cartridges in the print head as a bunch.  The quicker you can get the cartridge set in the printer, the better.

(pressure builds up during shipping, and the ink is just ready to pop out once the orange caps are removed, just be aware.)

Look out for “Error Number 6502”

Once you get the cartridges in the printer, look out for this error message:

“Error Number : 6502

A problem has occurred with the printer mechanism. Cancel printing and turn off the printer.  Wait a few moments, then turn the power back on.  If the problem persists, contact one of the service centers.”

This happens because there is an optical sensor inside the printer, and if there is to much light getting inside the printer (via the open or cracked lid) this error message will pop up:

Solution:

You can easily remedy this issue by modding the case, or by using a piece of cloth to cover the exposed area.  If the lights start flashing like crazy at you, the printer must be restarted with the excess light eliminated.  Do your best to get the lid to close at least partially.

Press down on the cartridges until you hear an audible “click” – or at least feel one.  All the red lights should be lit up showing a good connection.

Make sure you hear (or feel) an audible click when seating the cartridges for the Canon Pixma iP4700 and iP4600 CIS, CISS systems.

Make sure you hear (or feel) an audible click when seating the cartridges for the Canon Pixma iP4700 and iP4600 CIS, CISS.

Routing Tubing – Cartridge Cover Trick – (Final) Step 4:

Canon pixma iP4600, iP4700 CIS, CISS, Inking System Tubing

Now simply route the tubing out of the printer as you see fit – we think the natural fit is to the right of the printer, but you can experiment to see what works best for you.  You may have to mold the included metal bracket to suit your needs.  In this configuration the lid almost closes completely.

Making the printer think the cover is closed…

The “printer cover latch” needs to be fooled into thinking the printer cover is closed (since the lid cannot be closed with tubing coming out of it) – simply take one of the shipping plugs that was removed from the external ink tanks and insert it into the latch area with the included tweezers.  The printer will now think the printer cover is all-the-way closed, and your printer will function normally.  There is the added benefit –  a partially closed lid protects the under-side of the print head by keeping dust and particles out of the “print-track”.

Use an included shipping plug to press down the lid closed latch on the printer.

Use an included shipping plug to press down the lid closed latch on the printer.

Now start printing.  You might need to make some color adjustments in the printer driver software, and you might want to experiment with different print settings (like glossy setting for plain paper).  Print quality of both photos and text documents were solid.  Use good paper and photos will last forever.

Custom color adjustments can be set in the printer driver (Mac OS X)

Custom color adjustments can be set in the printer driver (Mac OS X)

We know that compatible cartridges are cheap for this print series ($5.00 each, $25 a set), and refilling is one way to go, but if you print more than a ream of paper in a 2 month period, a CI system is a great alternative to buying cartridges repeatedly, and dealing with refilling hassles are a thing of the past.  This system just sits there and works.

No more cartridges…

Suffering from “cartridge confusion?” Well, no more!

No more ink cartridges - CISS, CIS is the way to go with this printer series.

No more late night, or weekend trips to track down an ink cartridge (included chips auto reset) when one runs out. Canon makes it so the empty cartridge must be replaced before the printer will function (think of it as holding your printer hostage).  Gone are the days when you could print your report (that is due in 15 minutes) in simply blue ink.

Overall this system is an excellent value and will pay for itself quickly.  If you can follow directions, and are mildly proficient at problem solving,  installation can be done by anyone.

Get your Canon iP4700, iP4600 CIS here $85.00 shipped.

If you would rather use Canon brand ink cartridges, or compatible 3rd party alternatives, get your cartridges here.

Full video on installation:

Review: Canon Pixma iP4200, iP4300, iP4500 CI System (CIS, CISS)

Canon Pixma iP4300 With CIS (Continuous Ink System):

CIS - Cartridge Set Canon PGI-5, CLI-8 - Pixma iP4200, iP4300, iP4500 Continuous Inking System Pre-Filled

The Canon Pixma iP4300 is a great little printer (same as iP4200, iP4500).  Has a built-in duplexer so you can print to both sides of the page.  When used with a CI system, or continuous inking system (aka CIS, CISS, or bulk ink) cost per page is way below a penny per print, and there are no more hassles with refilling or cartridges at all.  Dual paper sources in the iP4300 (iP4200, iP4500) make it easy to print 4×6 photos, and simple letter documents all w/out changing the paper. Just a great little printer.

Canon CIS system contents:

This CIS, CISS, package includes pre-filled 5 chamber ink system (one chamber is left empty).  Dummy cartridges with auto-resetting chips, and an accessory kit with gaskets, air breathers, and a metal tubing guide.

Canon Pixma iP4300 Inkjet Printer With CIS, CISS, Continuous Inking System CLI-8, PGI-5

Hardware?

Hardware included with the CI system – breathers, gaskets, and a guide rail for the tubing.  Very easy to install, and a very logical process.  Cartridges snap in just like the originals.  If you can change a cartridge, you can install the parts in this package.

Hardware included with Canon CIS For iP4700, iP4600, iP4500, iP4300, iP4200

Hardware included with Canon CIS For iP4700, iP4600, iP4500, iP4300, iP4200

Removal of the old cartridges, and replacement with a CIS, CISS, or continuous ink system for the Canon Pixma iP4300.  Much of this process is the same for all of these printers – Canon Pixma iP4200, iP4300, iP4500, iP4600, iP4700.

Canon CI System for Pixma iP4200, iP4300, iP4500 Inkjet Printers - Save on ink!

Gasket install first:

Gaskets must be installed in the print head, which is easily accessable after the cartridges have been removed.  Installing the gaskets is easy – simply place over the ink supply seals with the supplied plastic tweezers:

There are 5 cartridges for the Canon Pixma iP4300, iP4200, iP4500 printers, and each seal must be covered.

Remove cartridge covers…

After the gaskets are installed, you can now remove the orange cartridge covers and install the cartridges into the system.

Removing the orange clips from the CLI-8, PGI-5 cartridge set for install into the Canon Pixma iP4300. iP4200, iP4500

Be careful, ink will start to flow shortly - get those cartridges into the printer.

Install cartridges like normal:

The internal optical sensors can get confused if to much light is getting into the “insides” of the printer.  We got this error message after our install:

Canon printer error number 6502 means close the lid!

Simply closing the cover slightly and turning off the lights correct the issue.  This is what prompted us to modify our case to accommodate the tubing with the lid fully closed.

Cartridges installed in the iP4300 inkjet printer - red light indicates we are good to go.

Cartridges installed in the iP4300 inkjet printer - red light indicates we are good to go.

Route the tubing.

We think this way works best (off to the right), but you can really route the tubing to the left or right.

Placing the bracket in the right place - pre-molded for Canon iP4200, iP4300, iP4500 inkjet printers.

Placing the Canon CIS guide bracket in the right place - pre-molded for Canon iP4200, iP4300, iP4500 inkjet printers.

The bracket and tubing do get in the way of the lid closing. If you look closely, there is a latch that needs to be “fooled” and forced into the down position to simulate the lid being closed.  Before and after pictures below – click for larger image.

Canon iP4300 lid closed latch needs to be forced down. We used a plug from the CI system to force the iP4300 lid open latch closed.

The finished product:

Canon iP4300 CIS, CISS, Bulk Ink System Installed.

More help please.

We have also prepared a quick installation guide video and posted to youtube.  You can watch below.  A reliable system can be had for $85.00 – $95.00 including shipping and is available now.  No need to refill cartridges, or buy expensive compatibles and OEM cartridges.  Installation has a few extra steps (as compared to the Epson Artisan series), however it is quite easy and the system performs flawlessly.  We actually like how this printer works with a CI system better than many Epson printers – the Canon CIS printing process, or movement of the print head is not as violent.

Overall this is a great system.  5 stars. Compatible with:

May also work with other printers that use the CLI-8, and PGI-5 cartridges in a 5 cartridge configuration.  We have only tested in the iP4200, iP4300, and iP4500 printer series so far.

CIS for Canon Inkjet Printers - The finished product, iP4300 pictured.

More info here.

Installation video here:

Case modification (mod) for Pixma iP4200, iP4300, iP4500 printers here:

Canon CI System (CIS) For Pixma iP4500, iP4300, iP4200

Canon CI System iP4200, iP4300, iP4500

(CLI-8, PGI-5 Cartridges)

Get one here.

These Canon printers work great with a CI System, and while the cover must be kept open partially, this is a small price to pay for an unlimited ink supply.  Compatible cartridges for these printers can be had for $5.00-$7.00 (original Canon cartridges are $15.00 each!), and refills are possible with special chips (or by turning off the Canon ink monitor), CI systems provide a hassle free way to print thousands of documents or photos for pennies on the dollar.  Here is a video we compiled of a complete install of a CI system into a Canon Pixma iP4200, iP4300, iP4500 (CLI-8, PGI-5BK) printer.

Main things to watch for:

  1. Equalize ink levels – easy as pie
  2. Gaskets must be used in order to prevent leakage – no problem
  3. Careful with those cartridges – they can make a mess on install

CIS – Canon Pixma iP4200:

New: Canon iP4600 – iP4700 CIS (CISS) CLI-221, PGI-220

Canon iP4600, iP4700 CI System:

Complete installation guide and review here.

The Canon CLI-221, and PGI-220 inkjet cartridges are much smaller than their predecessors, the CLI-8, PGI-5.  You can see a comparison here. With cartridges getting smaller, and cartridge prices going higher a (CIS, CISS) continuous inking system is an easy solution to your high cost ink problem.

Canon ip4600, ip4700, inkjet printer low cost ink solution, the CIS - continuous inking system.

Canon ip4600, ip4700, inkjet printer low cost ink solution, the CIS - continuous inking system. Ink fed directly to cartridges from an outside tank.

Easy installation:

This (CISS), CIS includes detailed instructions on how to install the system, and the tubing is easily routed out of the printer.  Cartridge set fully assembled, and ready for installation.  Chips on the cartridge will auto-reset once the printer thinks it is out of ink.

Low maintenance:

Install the system and forget ever needing to replace another cartridge.  When the printer says the printer is out of ink, simply tell the printer you have changed the cartridge, and the system is now reset, and the printer believes the cartridge is full again. Completely transparent.

Unlimited printing:

System comes pre-filled (50-60 cartridges worth) with ink.  Cartridge set, and resetting chips.  The external reservoir can be easily refilled with individual inks costing as little as $5.00 per color – about 15 cartridges per bottle.

Complete Review – Installation Guide:

You can see our complete installation guide, and review here:

http://freedomtoprint.com/2010/04/08/cis-ciss-review-canon-pixma-ip4700-ip4600/

Canon Pixma iP4600 Inkjet Printer.

Canon Pixma iP4600

Canon Pixma iP4700 CIS, CISS, Continuous Inking System Detailed Info

Canon Pixma iP4700

How To: Turn off the Canon Print Ink Monitor

Windows – Turning off the ink monitor for the CLI-8, PGI-5, and CLI-220, PGI-221 inkjet cartridges.

Printer Used: Canon Pixma iP4200

After removing the chip from the OEM cartridge and securing it to your compatible cartridge, it can be put back in the printer and you will get a series of dialog boxes from Canon.  You will also get these if you simply remove, and then reinsert a so called empty Canon cartridge.

Info box 1:

This will be your last warning.  You will not see these messages in the future if you reset the chip. The ink monitor is disabled, but that is really no big deal.  You can either look at the ink, or when a print is missing a color you will know for sure.

pc-step1-chip-reset

Info Box 2:

In our case, the ink tank was never empty; we have simply moved the chip to a compatible cartridge with no chip.  This is a message to you cartridge refillers.

pc-step2-chip-reset

Info Box 3: We will be watching you

Blah, blah, blah…this is exactly what we want.  Yes already.

pc-step3-chip-reset

Info Box 4: Instructions

Finally after three warning screens, we get the real info on how to reset the chip to not report its ink status.

pc-step4-chip-reset

Chip reset, cartridge installed, ready to go

From now on, the chip on the Yellow cartridge must be moved from the old cartridge to the new cartridge.  This can be done an unlimited number of times.  The ink monitor will not report te ink levels from this point on.  This has to be done for each cartridge one time only.