Canon's workgroup colour laser printers now carry the i-SENSYS brand which is, according to the company, designed to save time, minimise energy use and be space efficient. The LBP5360 isn't the smallest colour laser printer we've seen, but it's steeply raked front panel and well-designed controls make it quite good-looking. It falls into sleep mode when unattended, but can still wake almost instantly when it receives a print job.
Styled in light grey and cream, the printer is conventionally designed with a 250-sheet paper tray at the bottom. A fold-down, 100-sheet multipurpose tray is positioned above that, with an access panel for the four drum and toner cartridges above and, right at the top, a neat control panel. This incorporates a single-line, backlit LCD display, seven control buttons and seven assorted indicators.
Paper feeds from either paper source, or from an optional, second paper tray underneath the printer, to an output tray on top. In doing so, it passes a colour print mechanism which applies all four colours in a single pass, with no intermediate transfer belt. This means colour prints run at the same speed as black. Canon rates both at 21ppm.
Canon provides three different connections for the LBP5360 as standard: USB 2.0, parallel and Ethernet.
The printer arrives with all four toner and drum cartridges pre-installed, but you have to slide each one out of its slot to remove pull-out protective tapes and spacers before you can use it. This is very simple, as they're all easy to get at, once you've pulled down the printer's front cover.
Unusually, the software set up tries to install two sets of drivers: a PCL5e/6 driver and one for Canon's proprietary printer language, UFR II. The review sample refused to recognise the USB connection when trying to install the PCL driver, though saw it without problem, when installing the UFR one. We tried several times and unplugged and switched the printer off and on, as the trouble-shooter suggested, but with no change. Our test results are therefore all from using the UFR II driver – Canon claims this is faster, anyway.
The software driver is well provisioned, and provides support for poster prints, multiple pages per sheet, watermarks and collation. Duplex printing is available as standard and the driver includes controls for printing booklets.
One of the claims Canon makes for this machine is that the first page of a print job comes through in 10 seconds. From our tests this was closer to 15 seconds, but it still means there's very little warm-up time involved. Our five-page black text print finished in 26 seconds, giving a page rate of 11.5ppm.