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Canon i-SENSYS LBP6650dn review

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  • Canon i-SENSYS LBP6650dn
  • i-SENSYS 6650DN Laser Printer - Monochrome - Plain Paper Print - Desktop (33 ppm Mono - 2400 x 600 dpi - 64 MB - 300 sheets Input Capacity - USB - Fast Ethernet - PC)

Summary

Our Score:

9

Speed is one of the prime differentiators between mono laser printers, particularly when you're considering price. Anything above 20ppm normally attracts a premium and when you get to 30ppm you’re normally looking at a purchase price of several hundred pounds. Canon's i-SENSYS LBP6650dn might break this mould, though, as it's available for well under £200 and, at least on paper, breaks the 30ppm barrier.

This is a neatly styled and unimposing laser printer, which can be positioned on the desk without hogging the whole desktop, or sat on a separate stand, if you want to share it easily among several people.

The flat top of the machine supports a reasonable control panel, with a four-way navigation ring and three separate buttons, including direct selection of the three possible paper sources. There's a black-on-white, backlit, 16-character LCD cocked up at an angle behind these, so it's easily readable.

The three paper sources are a 500-sheet main tray, a 50-sheet, fold-down, multi-purpose tray above this and an optional, second 250-sheet one which can sit underneath. This is about what you'd expect for a workgroup printer.

At the back are sockets for USB and Ethernet, the two data connections provided on the printer, and the power switch is at the bottom front of the right-hand side panel, making it convenient to use.

Physical setup is very easy, as Canon provides a single, integrated drum and toner cartridge, which slots in from the front, once you've dropped down the front panel. Software includes a Canon native driver and one for PCL 5/6, and supports both Windows and OS X, though there's no mention of drivers for Linux.

AOD

February 26, 2011, 2:39 pm

One small point, the review claims the printer ships with a 500-sheet main tray and an optional 250-sheet tray. It's actually the other way around, it comes with the 250-sheet tray as standard and the 500-sheet tray (PF-44) is an optional extra.





I bought one of these last year (before the awards :-) and couldn't be happier with it. It's fast which the other half appreciates as she frequently has to print sizable documents and although it's not especially quiet, the hall cupboard where it's installed means that this isn't an issue.





The control menus via the front panel are a little fiddly but the printer also offers a full blown web interface where you can control pretty much anything that the menus allow you to change from the comfort of your browser, including how deep a sleep mode to go into, whether to default to duplex print, automatically converting paper size (e.g. Letter to A4) and a whole heap more. The build quality is excellent and the whole thing feels well engineered.





The icing on the cake was the 3 year warranty promotion being offered (at the time of writing I believe this is still available) and if you're concerned about green issues, Canon will pay for posting your old toner cartridges back to them for recycling.





Overall I'm very pleased with it and if anyone is considering buying one, some retailers have it for around £100 which I think is an absolute steal.

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