Personal laser printers are exemplified by being slow and inexpensive, while workgroup machines are fast and pricey. In between is a netherworld of devices which are often neither one thing nor the other. Designed for the small office or workgroup of three to five people, the Canon i-SENSYS LBP6300dn aims to split the difference, offering speed and economy at the same time.
The printer has simple, clean lines and is coloured in white and dark grey, with a blue highlight on the front panel handle. Pull the panel down and you have a 100-sheet multi-purpose tray for special media, but there's also a 250-sheet main paper tray and a 500-sheet auxiliary tray is available as an option.
The control panel is supremely simple, with four indicator LEDs for power and various error conditions, and an illuminated button to cancel a job. At the back are sockets for USB and Ethernet, but there's no wireless option on this machine without employing a third-party print server.
Pull down the front, top cover and you have access to the single-piece drum and toner cartridge, which slides down into the heart of the printer and can easily be fitted and removed with one hand.
There’s been a trend towards two-part drum and toner cartridges, which allow for longer lasting drums and can take several replacement toners before needing to be replaced themselves. Canon has chosen not to follow this route, which could mean more expensive running costs, though this remains a function of pricing policy, not the physical design itself.
The cartridges are available in two capacities, of 2,100 and 6,400 pages and the higher-yield version can cover more pages than most consumables in this category of printer.
Canon provides minimal support software with the i-SENSYS LBP6300dn, comprising a remote user interface and the driver itself, which is available for Windows, OS X and Linux. The driver offers support for multiple pages per sheet, watermarks and duplex print, which is standard on this machine.