Canon i-Sensys LBP7200Cdn review

For an office laser printer, the Canon has surprisingly breezy looks, with a smart cream finish and comparatively elegant curves. And the i-Sensys LBP7200Cdn offers more than a pleasant exterior, with solid specifications and upgrade potential. The sizeable casing makes for a sturdy output tray, and we had no qualms about subjecting this printer to extreme workloads.

The 250-sheet input tray is robust, and paper handling can be doubled with the addition of a second 250-sheet tray – a 50-sheet multipurpose tray is also provided. Less pleasingly, the i-Sensys’s spartan control panel is limited to a single button and a string of lights. There are arcane icons that aren’t easy to decipher, and we wish Canon had replaced these with captions.

Ethernet connectivity is provided alongside USB, and the printer has good remote monitoring features. There’s no wireless network support, although few office printers offer WiFi or Bluetooth functionality.

The maximum resolution is 9,600 x 600dpi, although optical resolution is actually a more modest 600 x 600dpi. There’s little modesty about the quality of the output, however. The Canon’s colour prints are vibrant and eyecatching. Text is professional looking and understated, with smooth definition that bears up well under close examination.

The i-Sensys isn’t as fast as others in its class, with speed figures below those of the excellent Kyocera FS-C5100DN, for example. Canon has made some boasts about its fast startup, but we found that it took a surprisingly long time to get going. Once into its stride, however, it can churn out text at a respectable rate.

Automatic duplexing reduces the text rate from 14.3ppm to 8ppm (pages per minute). With less than half the performance lost, this is actually quite a decent showing for the feature.

Unfortunately, toner cartridges costs are high given the relatively low yield. At a cost of 3.1p per page for text, this will prove a pricey printer to operate.

OUR VERDICT

The Canon works well and its quality of output is admirable. Speed is decent and improves further as you increase print job demands. However, running costs are significant – until they drop dramatically, this is a hard printer to recommend.

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