IN cases where you are runing a small business you almost definitely require a printer, and Canon’s i-Sensys MF633Cdw most likely seems like a fine bet. It’s a colour laser MFP that can scan, copy and print, and send and receive faxes – entirely TWENTY years after most people discovered e-mail. You can easily hook it up to a wired or wi-fi network, instantly make duplex (double-sided) prints, and control almost everything with a 12.7cm touchscreen that even the technologically dunder-headed can work out. In simple fact, depending on your business, there could be a few points. While there is an onsite warranty, it’s just a year long, which isn’t perfect.
The printer’s typical paper input tray holds only 150 sheets and there is no after-sales
upgrade: you could spend quite a bit of time restocking it. It ships with colour ink cartridges (cyan, magenta and yellow) each one rated for a meagre 690 pages, and even their high-yield replacements will last just around 2,200 pages, so you could also spend quite a bit of time changing its consumables.
Specs aside, this is a smart and comparatively lightweight MFP that’s easy to set
up. During the first start it asks if you want to adjust its colour output, furnishing you with
a reference page that you scan on the platen.We left the printer turned oﬀ for a couple of days,after which it had leased a new IP address;none the print nor check drivers missed a beat.
Canon states the MF633Cdw takes no time to warm up, and our tests verified this.Whether printing instantly after another job or after an hour sitting idle, the first page
of text appeared in just 14 seconds, and our 25-page test completed at 16.3 pages per
minute. Even though you can pick a 1,200dpi mode, the printer’s true resolution is 600dpi, and it printed six 6x4in photos on three A4 pages in 28 secs.
Scans were quick up to the optimum resolution – again an adequate 600dpi – with a 300dpi A4 scan requiring 15 seconds. The Canon MF633Cdw’s auto document feeder was sprightly, impatiently pulling through our 10-page photocopy test while the printer itself struggled
to keep up: the job needed 43 seconds in black,and 57 seconds in colour. While the screen
helpfully shows the scanned page count, it doesn’t notify you how far along the printer is.We were generally pleased with the quality of our test final results. Scans were outstanding, and prints were sharp, with excellent shading control.
Sadly, photos and colour graphics had a a little bit dull colour bias, which even
the Vivid Photo setting couldn’t fix totally.Colour photo-copies had a very similar problem,
despite the calibration part during setup.
The Canon MF633Cdw has some advantages, but it tiny paper cassette and lightweight supplies mean it’s not perfect for a active business office. A lot more fundamentally, its operating costs work out at a huge 16.3p per A4 page. While consumables for new printers often fall in cost, that’s a very high starting price level; we’d expect a laser in this class to come in at under 12p, and an equivalent inkjet to be closer to 6p. As such, it’s difficult to recommend the i-Sensys MF633Cdw.
Canon MF633Cdw SPECIFICATIONS:
Mono page cost
Colour page cost
0% -50 Reference +50 +100
See page 72 for performance details
TECHNOLOGY Colour laser • MAXIMUM PRINT
RESOLUTION 600x600dpi • MAXIMUM OPTICAL SCAN
RESOLUTION (OUTPUT BIT DEPTH) 600x600dpi (24-bit) •
DIMENSIONS 400x451x460mm • WEIGHT 22kg •
MAXIMUM PAPER SIZE A4/legal • WARRANTY One year
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