Canon i-SENSYS MF724Cdw

What the marketing blurb says

The Canon i-SENSYS MF724Cdw is a colour laser multifunction peripheral (MFP), aimed at the home or small office. It’s a bit more expensive than an entry level device, but the extra outlay buys a better specification: the MF724Cdw has a 50-page automatic document feeder (ADF) and can print and scan automatically on both sides of a page (duplex printing and scanning). You can connect it wired or wireless on the network as standard or via local USB port.

What Rethink Printing says

Pros

  • The print engine is quiet, however the cooling fan is exactly the same as in the older models and can be noisy
  • Print resolution is 600×600 dpi but printing images are very close match on colour reproduction
  • The scanning feature is more complicated than on the HP printers but the scanning is much faster and easier to set up on the network comparing with the older Canon i-SENSYS models which were a nightmare to set up
  • The print quality is very good although the black sometimes can look a bit lighter comparing with other brands
  • The machine has a lower print speed but the processing power is faster due to the 1GB memory compared with 512Mb on the HP M477 machine, so in theory it should handle larger and more complex documents faster
  • A free added extra is the document editing software Presto!Page manager worth £60 which will allow you to convert scanned PDFs into editable word documents

Cons

  • It’s very heavy and at over 30kg it still needs two people to move it around
  • The MF724Cdw isn’t especially fast: Canon quotes a modest 20 pages-per-minute (ppm) print speed so around 7 pages slower than the HP equivalent
  • The printer is very much the same as the older models the only new features being a touch screen and wireless connectivity as standard
  • With this model Canon has removed the drivers for Windows XP and any MAC OS X version older than 10.5.8 are no longer supported so if you are still running a machine with Windows XP, an HP printer might be the only option (although note that not all HP machines will have Windows XP drivers)

What our printer engineer Marius says

The reason I chosen Canon is to see how they compete on the market against HP. Canon has decided to be more conservative, using older engines with lower print speeds compared with the HP LaserJet printers. An older print engine in my opinion is a well tested engine where all the problems or the major problems have already been solved so it will be more reliable. Canon has decided to opt for a touch screen, duplex scan/print, fax, network and wireless as standard, making them better value for money. Also the toner cartridges are much cheaper compared with the new HP toners and you can use our own brand toner to lower the cost per page even more. I personally think as long as you don’t require print speeds greater than 20 pages per minute and scanning is not a particularly important feature to you, this Canon MFP is the one to go for.

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