Canon rates the i-SENSYS LBP7110Cw at up to 14ppm in both black and colour modes. Our five-page, black text document took 40s to complete, giving a real-world speed of 7.5ppm, only just over half the claimed figure. On the longer, 20-page test, though, the speed increased to 11.5ppm, over two thirds of the claimed speed.
The five-page black text and colour graphics pages took 41s, or 7.3ppm, so the company is correct in rating colour and black print at the same speeds. A 15 x 10cm photo printed on A4 took 22s in vivid photo mode, though this didn't give the best result in terms of print quality.
Our main photo test print is a landscape view and this came out with deep blue sky, overly red escarpment and unnaturally green trees. Setting the printer to general purpose prints gave more subtle colours, though still not particularly accurate to the original. Darker tones tended to black, too.
In contrast, business graphics came out bright and smooth, with areas of solid fill looking attractive and professional. There was some haloing around black text on colour backgrounds, but it was only a small displacement and not too distracting.
Black text is very clean and sharp, with the printer's 600 dpi resolution (a maximum of 1,200dpi is available) enough to remove any signs of jagged edges to curves and diagonals. Reverse text is also clean, with no signs of thin character elements disappearing.
Only the black drum and toner cartridge is available in high yield and standard yield variants, with a maximum capacity of 2,400 pages. The colour cartridges should each give 1,500 pages and, at the best prices we could find, page costs come out at 3.4p for black and 10.2 pence for colour, both including 0.7p for paper.
These are good prices for a colour laser printer costing under £200. Compared with, for example, machines from Dell and Xerox, where colour costs in particular can soar to over 20p per page, the Canon results are impressive. When you compare them with an inkjet printer costing a third of the price, though, such as Canon's own PIXMA iP4950, it doesn't look so good. The PIXMA has a colour page cost of 8.0p.
Canon’s i-SENSYS LBP7110Cw is a good, inexpensive colour laser printer, which produces quality black text and colour graphic pages. Not so good on reproducing photos, and with a couple of shortcomings, such as its small paper tray and lack of front panel USB socket or direct print from mobile devices, it’s still a better bet than several of its rivals.