There are printers and so it is printers. We are all familiar with the small cube-shaped laser printers that spit out some bake-sale flyers or a textbook report designed to sit on a shelf near your desk at home. Then there are behemots like Canons ImageClass MF743Cdw, a printer that hovers right between the average home laser printer and the huge all-in-one machine in the office.
Although this printer will not sort and staple your projects, it will do almost everything else. It has a built-in scanner – just lift the cover on top, drop the page and use the built-in LCD screen to send the file to a mobile device, PC or, if you are in 1996, a fax machine —And a couple of paper trays, a for different sizes and one for letters / legal.
This guy is great. It weighs 64 pounds and is 43 inches high with a footprint of 21 x 29 inches. It takes up a lot of space. Please note this before dedicating a place on your desktop to it.
The printer comes in duplex or black and white and supports wifi and Ethernet connectivity. You can also connect it to a computer via USB. A generous 5-inch screen allows you to select various features and settings, and you can also use the built-in NFC feature to connect phones to the printer with a single touch. There is also a USB port on the front of the device for fast printing of documents and photos.
The speed was above average in my testing with about three seconds per black and white print seven seconds for color printing. The latter number was definitely affected by a system in which the printer spit out three color pages at a time and then heated the color toner for the next three pages. Canon estimates about 3,000 prints from the supplied black toner cartridge and about 2,000 for the color cartridge, although your mileage may vary.
As a standard printer, it works perfectly. It is one of the few printers I have recently tested, which seamlessly connects to the home network and was available to all devices in the house, including telephones and laptops. This was surprisingly refreshing, because I have definitely experienced frustration at getting different printers to connect to my local network. MF743 found my network and kept in touch consistently.
The speed, as mentioned above, is about average, and I managed to make some pretty hefty prints – 50 pages or more – in minutes.
The screen on the device is large enough to access the basic functions of the printer. Setup is best performed in the remote management system, which essentially turns the printer into a web server, which then allows you to enter scanner e-mail and fax address book entries, update user profiles, and change settings. Unless you have the task of configuring this printer for a small office, you will be able to use it right away and you can easily ignore the more complex settings.
Canon does not recommend photo paper in this printer, so I tested all of these prints on letter-size plain paper. Black and white reproduction was perfect, and you will find no errors in this model for text documents. Color test prints were surprisingly bright and clear, and I thought the color accuracy was acceptable. Again, this is not a photo printer, but photos sent from an iPhone directly to the printer came bright and clear.
The copy function was a bit of a letdown. I placed a printout of a color test page I had printed earlier and ran it back through the copier. The result, as you can see, is quite ragged. Each color had an orange hue, and there were many objects caused by the light shining through the print. I also tested the ID copier on a standard driver card and a few other cards. The copied results were secondary but readable, and if you are not picky, you can use them to keep a journal. The printer scans at 600 DPI, which should be more than enough, but it looks like the on-board scanning and printing system is not working as well as it could.
Scanning was a completely different story. The scanned images came out great on the computer, and Canon includes the MF Scan Utility for scanning on Windows or macOS. Because it is networked, you can start scanning anywhere and the results are amazing. In fact, scanning and printing from a computer may be the only viable method of copying color documents using this printer.
But look: The best place for this printer is in a small office. There is too much firepower for home use – the paper tray has 300 sheets, which is certainly much more than a family with children needs. For example, if you are scanning paperwork at a doctor’s office or in another professional situation, it is the perfect printer. Because it costs $ 400, with black-and-white and color replacements coming in at just under $ 100 each, you’ll spend less than you would on a more powerful copier / printer combination, and this does almost everything you need for a small office. ID and passport scanning are nice additions (as long as you scan and do not copy), and the fax function is, as they say, the icing on the cake in the 1990s Pudding Pop.
There are some features that standalone devices can probably do better. For example, if you purchased this for the ID scanner and plan to print the IDs right away, a separate ID scanner may be the best solution. Or if you plan to copy many color documents and photos, there are certain limitations for this printer. But if you are able to transfer scans to your computer and then save them or print them as needed, you are definitely in good hands.
Canon makes great photo printers. This is not one of them. This is a heavy workhorse for a printer aimed at small and medium-sized offices. The print quality is fast, economical and solid, and a clear upgrade to other multifunction printers I have seen in this price range.
- High print speed.
- Heavy-duty paper tray and design.
- Color copies are not good.
- Perfect for a small office.