Canon i-Sensys LBP7750Cdn review

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.

OUR VERDICT

The Canon may be expensive, but at 1.4p and 6.7p for each mono and colour page respectively, it offers the lowest running costs here.

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