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Canon i-SENSYS MF4780w
  • Canon i-SENSYS MF4780w
  • Canon i-SENSYS MF4780w - Controls
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  • Canon i-SENSYS MF4780w - Feature Table
  • Canon i-SENSYS MF4780w - Speeds and Costs


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User Score:


  • Clever, fold-away paper tray
  • Paper-save copy
  • Scan to two pre-set PCs


  • No duplex print
  • Noisy when copying

Key Features

  • Wireless as standard
  • Low first page out time
  • Fast print for class
  • Fax functions
  • 5-line LCD display
  • Manufacturer: Canon
  • Review Price: £159.00


Mono laser all-in-ones designed for the SOHO market have been slow to offer wireless connection, but Canon has taken up the banner with the i-SENSYS MF4780w. A compact, four-way multifunction machine, with fax facilities as well as print, copy and scan, it can connect flexibly via USB, 10/100 Ethernet and Wi-Fi.

Canon i-SENSYS MF4780w - Design

Although it’s quite a tall machine, it has a small footprint, thanks to its ability to fold in its control panel, paper tray and output paper stop. The intention is obviously to do this when not printing, though the feed tray has a cover to protect the paper from dust, if you want to leave it open.

The black and slate grey colour scheme and the machine’s angular lines give it a purposeful look and the 35-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) has a ‘fold-over and extend’ paper feed. The scanner lid is well counterbalanced and has extending hinges, making book and magazine scans easier.

Canon i-SENSYS MF4780w

The full-width control panel includes a five-line, backlit LCD display, which is bright and easy-to-use, together with a number pad and eight quick-dial fax numbers and interesting features such as quiet mode, paper-save copy and the facility to scan to either of two different PCs, via its network connection.

Canon i-SENSYS MF4780w - Controls

Canon i-SENSYS MF4780w - Features

Paper-save copy is a way of automatically scanning two or four pages and reproducing them shrunk onto a single page. This is quite useful, though not as paper saving as a two-up or four-up print facility, as you need the full A4 document to scan in the first place. Fortunately, the i-SENSYS MF4780w offers this too in its driver.

You can print wirelessly from a smartphone or tablet to this machine, using Canon’s new Mobile Printing App, which is a free download. This is a separate app from Easy Photo Print, used with PIXMA inkjets and it’s a shame Canon can’t provide a single utility to work with any of its printers.

The software bundle on CD includes Presto! PageManager, along with management and scanning software and a print driver. Fitting the one-piece drum and toner cartridge involves hinging the scanner section up and lifting the cover to the print engine. The cartridge slides down deep into the machine, but is the work of seconds to replace.


December 22, 2013, 6:32 pm

very good printer and fax i use it on hotel but its just very very noisy making peep sounds its scares me at night how i can turn off the peep sounds


February 17, 2014, 4:29 pm

Scanner simply will not work.

Juan Olivier

February 26, 2014, 6:07 am

It would be a lot better if you did not have to press anything on the scanner to scan something from your computer.

safvan Moh'd

November 4, 2014, 1:42 pm

how to enter a extention number when fax


June 12, 2015, 7:23 pm

Mine simply stopped working. LCD light is on but stuck on "current date and time". Won't budge. Tried everything.


September 15, 2016, 6:46 pm

Canon i-SENSYS MF4780w Review

Only my opinion: CANON all-in-one scanner is not for professional jobs. It scans only the entire page, without allowing to select the area to be scanned. Although it has many options and functions, they don't help much. My old HP scanner scans everything on its screen but then the software allows to select exactly what I want to scan by cutting out it from the entire page and its simple to use. Not the CANON. This one CANON does not seem to have that functionality. It only scans full page
documents, but if one wants to scan a business card one has to use PAINT or other software to cut the detail out of the entire scan. Also the scan quality is so bad even at 300 dpi I can see the coloured streaks and lines in many locations on the image and when image is reduced it looks horrible with CANON.

Just my opinion. This is why I want to keep on using my old scanner as long
as it works and if it breaks down, I will have to buy a scan-alone scanner. This CANON good as copier only and to scan some unimportant documents. Keep that in mind when your new customer asks for a professional high quality scanner. But it still is ok as a copier and probably a fax as well.

It also has problems restoring date and time settings after a thirdworldly power cut in Portugal. It never saves date and time. I have to re enter everything again and again. Yet after its been in the repairs, it suddenly saves the date and time, I think it does now! At least sometimes! PROGRESS!

Also, about 7 months after purchase my CANON just stopped working. PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE at work.

You know what I did last year? I bought an old typewriter for $20 and have been happy ever since. Never will buy any piece of electronics, battery etc. ever again. Not even a light bulb!

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