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Canon Color ImageClass MF8350Cdn Review


The ‘Canon Color ImageClass MF8350Cdn’ is a printer that performs various functions or can be called an all-in-one printer. The printer produces output of high quality at very high speeds. The printer is available at a price of $699, including a warranty of 1 year on-site. It has minor issues regarding usability, but the performance offered by the printer makes it an excellent fit for small or medium-size offices.

The printer is great in its looks and is attractive in every sense. The printer can scan, fax and print over a network. It can operate as a stand-alone copier and fax machine, complete with an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) of 50 pages to allow it to scan multi-page, single-sided documents to legal size. The paper handling of the printer is its strong aspect.

The drawer of 250 sheets will be enough for most of the small offices. The printer consists of a multi-purpose tray of 50 sheets so that you may load a second paper and also change the sheet without requiring the process of switching the paper from the drawer. A ‘print duplexer’ for automatic printing which is standard, is present which will print both the sides of the paper.

If you require extra input capacity, then you may add another drawer of capacity 250 sheets for the total, 550 sheets. You can set up the printer quite easily and its one of the places precisely where the printer lacks some issues of usability. The toughest part is to find a place to keep this device and then move it to another location. The printer has its measurements, 18.9*17.0*19.1 inches and is compact but is slightly large.

The printer weighs 64.2 pounds when the toner cartridges are not loaded. Setting up the printer to a network is not difficult. You have to just remove the materials of package, install the cartridges, insert paper, connect the cables and then finally run the installation routine which is automated from the disc. Canon has stated that it has provided a complete set of software for Windows 2000, Server 2008, Windows XP, Windows 7 and Server 2003 and drivers along with the printer.

Also, you are offered a complete set of printer and software drivers with scan drivers for Mac OS X ver 10.4.9 via 10.6 and for USB connections. All drivers are available in the Company’s website. Canon provides a fax driver so that you may fax from any computer on the network by hitting on the command, ‘Print’ from inside a program and then select the fax driver.

But the driver fails to install by default and you have to accept the option, ‘Easy Installation’ for installing it. For installing the driver, you have to examine the option, ‘Custom Installation’ and then command the program for installing it. Once you obtain the printer setup, you will be immensely surprised by looking at the speed of the printer which prints 21 pages in a minute for both mono-chrome and color sheets.

The printer can be easily called as the fastest color laser printer which acts as an all-in-one device also, for its price. The output quality of the printer is not excellent as its speed but is good. The quality of text is less. The graphics output is considerably nice for every business need, which includes PowerPoint handouts. It is also quite good for materials of marketing such as tri-fold brochures and one-page mailers.

You may notice tiny, white gaps between the color blocks which includes the color surrounding the text. The photos appeared great. The snaps can be utilized in advertising handouts or to pin on the bulletin board of an office or client newsletters. For using the command, ‘Scan’, from a program, you have to move to the device, set it for ‘remote scanning’ and then get back to the device for retrieving the document you had put for scan. Otherwise, the process proves very difficult.

This process sounds simple if your printer is somewhere close-by, otherwise it becomes troublesome for you to walk, now and then. As an alternative, you have 2 choices. First, you may send the scan to the hard drive of your PC directly from the front panel of the printer, by saving in PDF, TIFF, compressed PDF or JPEG formats. Second, you may scan to a memory key of USB which allows you to go to the printer, scan and get the document and file back to your seat, once for all.

The installation program of the printer does not conceal the option of fax driver. The graphics and text quality may be improved slightly. Also, the fax driver does not pose serious problems if you know the method of its installation. Over all, the printer is one among the best color laser all-in-one device, for a small workgroup or office.

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