Colour laser printers are pretty thick on the ground, but a new, mid-range machine from Canon is always worth consideration. Canon makes a lot of laser printer engines, not just for itself, and the i-SENSYS LBP7200Cdn uses a new in-line design which reduces the overall length of the machine, while still leaving it a reasonably low profile.
That's not to say this is a discreet printer; it's pretty big for an A4 machine rated at 20ppm, even if it does include duplex print as standard. Coloured in cream and light grey, its design is pretty unexceptional, with a rounded front edge and two separate handles for pulling down covers.
A drawer at the bottom of the front panel holds up to 250 sheets of plain paper and a second tray (shown in the picture above), of the same capacity, can be added as an option. The printer claims to be for small workgroups, so we'd still like to see a higher capacity tray as standard. There is a 50-sheet multi-purpose tray behind the fold-down front panel, though, so an overall default capacity of 300 sheets isn't too bad.
The control panel is nothing special, with no LCD panel and just eight indicator lights for consumables' status and error conditions. There's a single button to cancel a current print job, though in our tests the printer was quite happy to continue turning out pages while the cancel light was flashing.
At the back are sockets for USB and Ethernet, both standard, but there's no wireless option. You could, however, use a third-party wireless print server without much difficulty.
Consumables comprise four combined drum and toner cartridges and are supplied in a pull-out rack, which is accessible once you've folded down the whole of the printer's front panel. These are small neat units, with capacities of 3,400 pages for black and 2,900 pages for each colour. Yields are reasonable though, as is so typical, Canon supplies 1,400 and 1,200 page ‘starter' cartridges with the machine.
There's not much in the way of software, apart from a driver and a consumables monitor. Drivers are provided for Windows 2000, XP and Vista, and for versions of OS X above 10.4.1. No Linux support is mentioned.