Saturday, August 31, 2013

Canon Copier ImageClass MF4150

Multifunction devices are ideal if space is limited or you work from home. You can have all the features of four devices in one compact chassis at less than the four devices would cost separately.

The Canon Copier ImageClass MF4150 is aimed at this home office market and should appeal with its wide range of features and the benefits of a multifunction from Canon. The actual size is small, even for a multifunction device, measuring 17.7 inches wide, 15.5 wide and 16.8 high and weighting in at 29 pounds.

Despite the size, the MF4150 has a 250 sheet paper tray, 35 sheet automatic document feeder, built in duplexer, scanner and a decent fax to boot. All you have to do is unpack it, plug in the cartridges, connect the phone cable plug it in and off you go. If you want a standalone copier, scanner and fax, this is all the machine you need. If you want to use it in conjunction with a computer, you just have to install the drivers, connect the MF4150 to the computer via USB, and it’s all done.

Print quality is exactly what you would expect from a Canon. Everything appears clear, crisp, with clean edges and good levels of detail. Image printing and copying pushes the grayscale engine a bit but not with anything that would spoil the end result. There was slight dithering on photo printing, but this is a laser device after all. At 21 pages per minute, it’s a speedy device too.

The control panel is easy to use, with different button sets for each function as with most other multifunctions. The small LCD screen is clear enough to read the small lines of text, and there is enough space between each button for larger fingers.

Scanning and faxing are pretty much standard, the 600 dpi color scanner is quick and efficient while the Super G3 fax can handle just about anything, transmitting a letter sized page in a little over 3 seconds.

Overall, the MF4150 is a pretty good multifunction device for the most smaller office environments. It’s a reliable performer as you would expect from Canon, that won’t let you down. Running costs are reasonable and the consumables won’t break the bank like with some other manufacturers.