Laser printer test: Entry-level work horses

Four cheap laser all-in-one's on the test bench

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Canon i-Sensys MF232W

If we had a Hardware.Info Design Award, we'd immediately hand it over to Canon based on this comparison test. The black cube-like Canon i-Sensys MF232W looks completely different from its competition. The panel with the control elements can be folded out, which means that it can be used a bit easier. It's worth noting that the design does become less sleek if you start using the device, since some covers have to be opened to store the paper. A phenomenon that users of the age-old Pixma inkjet printers will be all but familiar with. The tray offers space for up to 250 sheets of A4 paper. This is unfortunately not enough for an entire pack of paper, however it generally suffices for a good while.

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Despite the fact that it does not come with a built-in fax, Canon has included quite a lot of buttons. We find two special buttons, namely two scan buttons that allow you to scan directly to PC1 or PC2. The Canon printer is quite fast, as one page takes about 7.4 seconds to print. When printing ten pages, the printer is also one of the fastest tested models. This could be due to the relatively large amount of memory. The Canon has no less than 256 MB on board, which is enormous compared to the 32MB of the Brother printer. This doesn't necessarily mean that the Canon printer always performs the best. When copying ten pages the Canon printer slightly lags behind the Brother printer, even though it features much more memory. Just like the Brother and HP printer, the i-Sensys can be connected in three ways: via USB, a wired network or wirelessly over WiFi. This makes the device really flexible. The Canon printer is definitely not the most expensive printer of this test if we look at the price per print, that honour goes to Samsung. However one print from this Canon printer will set you back 2.7 pence and that is not quite cheap. Just like with the HP and Brother printers, you can easily print from mobile devices, as Airprint and Cloudprint are also supported by this printer.

 Canon i-Sensys MF232W

  • Canon i-Sensys MF232W
  • Canon i-Sensys MF232W
  • Canon i-Sensys MF232W
  • Canon i-Sensys MF232W
  • Canon i-Sensys MF232W
  • Canon i-Sensys MF232W
  • Canon i-Sensys MF232W
  • Canon i-Sensys MF232W
  • Canon i-Sensys MF232W
  • Canon i-Sensys MF232W
  • Canon i-Sensys MF232W
  • Canon i-Sensys MF232W
  • Canon i-Sensys MF232W
  • Canon i-Sensys MF232W
  • Canon i-Sensys MF232W
  • Canon i-Sensys MF232W


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