Mon, 06 Jun 2011 Canon i-Sensys LBP7750Cdn review
The upfront cost of the Canon may be high, but its cheap ongoing printing costs make this model the best of the bunch
- Manufacturer: Canon
- Pros: Good set of specifications; low running costs; realistic colour palette; strong print speeds, particularly in duplex mode. Excellent colour laser printer for the office
- Cons: Somewhat bulky and expensive
- Min specs: Colour laser network printer; max printer resolution 9600x600dpi; 10/100Base-TX wired ethernet; standard paper input 250 + 100 sheets; paper output 200 sheets; standard memory 256MB; max memory 768MB; processor speed 400MHz + 533MHz; duty cycle 75,000 pages per month; toner prices £140 (black) £190 x 3 (colour); toner life 10,000 pages (black) 8,500 pages (colour); cost per page 1.4p (mono) 6.7p (colour); 1-year warranty; 517x530x374mm; 35kg
- Price: 479
- Star rating:
Fast, capably specified and offering a clutch of useful features, the £479 Canon is the priciest model on test but ticks almost every box. And despite its large footprint, it even looks quite attractive.
A robust 250-sheet paper tray is offered at the front, and there’s a 100-sheet multipurpose tray at the side. An additional 500-sheet A4 tray is available. The Canon’s duty cycle of 75,000 sheets per month will prove adequate for most businesses.
The five-line LCD screen is more comprehensive than most, providing useful information such as toner levels. The control panel lets you configure most settings on the printer itself, but we found the many menus confusing. The Canon also comes with strong remote monitoring features, and you can set different IDs for each department or restrict access to certain users.
The 256MB memory allocation can be boosted to 768MB – only the Kyocera and Xerox allow more. Ethernet facilities are provided, but there’s no wireless option as standard. The Canon supports PCL6 and the proprietary UFRII printer languages, although PostScript requires an additional ROM (around £40). Windows Server 2003, 2008 and recent versions of Windows and Mac are catered for; Linux is not.
No printer here is faster at producing text-only pages, and our tests saw prints appear at 20.7ppm. The duplexing feature is very impressive at 16.2ppm, and matches the Konica Minolta’s standard mode. Its text output is well-formed and reasonably sharp, but it doesn’t excel in either department.
Of all the printers here, the Canon has the most realistic colour palette. Skintones look authentic, and green grass and blue skies are vivid. The detailing is less impressive, and colour gradients are more capably handled by some of its rivals. However, colour reproduction is good, at 11.5ppm. The Canon printed our two-page PDF in a very reasonable 15 seconds.