More appropriately, the Canon MF4150 offers excellent paper handling, having a 250-sheet paper tray more than most personal printers and built-in duplexing (printing on each side of the page ). It even includes a 35-page automatic document feeder (ADF ) to handle multipage documents for faxing, copying, and scanning. And it also scores well upon the core printer issues of speed and output quality, particularly speed.
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Setup is straightforward. Install the toner cartridge, load paper, plug inside the phone cable and power cord, and you are ready for standalone copying and faxing. Run the automated installation routine and plug inside a USB cable, and you may print and scan, too.
Canon imageClass MF4150 is rated at 21 pages per minute, and that is a fairly good clip for a little laser. More important, it lives as much as its promise. It is the fastest AIO I have seen in its price range, taking 7 minutes 55 seconds on our business applications suite (timed with QualityLogic’s hardware and software, www. quality logic. com ). Subsequent fastest monochrome AIO inside the MF4150’s price range, the Canon imageClass MF3240, took 8: 36. The somewhat more costly Konica Minolta PagePro 1390 MF took 9: 16.
Although the Canon MF4150 output quality is not as impressive as its speed, it is good enough for almost any office use. Text quality is merely a touch below the very best available. Over fifty percent of the fonts in your quality test—including all of the typical business fonts—were easily readable. Characters were fairly well formed at 4 points, and just one highly stylized font with thick strokes needed greater than 8 points to pass the test. Unfortunately, even text which was easily readable at 4 points did not have quite the crisp, clean edges the best lasers offer. This helps make the Canon MF4150 usable for text at small sizes, but slightly lower than ideal. Larger-size fonts are suitably crisp.
Canon MF4150 graphics and photo quality are both typical for monochrome lasers, a half step below the very best available. Graphics are great enough for just about any internal business use. Graphics quality, though, suffers from a few factors. Thin lines tended to disappear (a common issue with printers ). Dithering was easily visible as repeating patterns at various gray levels. Just like most monochrome laser graphics, I’d hesitate to hand the output over to a crucial client I wanted to impress with professionalism.
Photos also suffer from visible dithering, along with aliasing—jagged edges on diagonal lines such as the spokes of the wheel. However, the Canon MF4150 photos are of better quality than some lasers can manage. They are easily good sufficient to copy a page having a photo onto it or to print photos from Web pages as well as client newsletters. (Those will be the presumable reasons for printing photos on the monochrome laser. )
Taking a look at it one feature at any given time, the Canon imageClass MF4150’s capabilities vary from good to excellent. Combined, its balance of functionality, speed, output quality, as well as its small size add as much as a seriously impressive package. These strengths are enough in order to make the MF4150 our new Editors’ Choice for personal monochrome laser AIOs.