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Canon i-SENSYS MF6180dw - Performance and Verdict

By Simon Williams



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Canon i-SENSYS MF6180dw


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Canon i-SENSYS MF6180dw - Print Speeds

Canon rates the i-SENSYS MF6180dw at 33ppm and, although this is a sheet-to-sheet speed, we saw something not too far off under our real-world tests. The five-page text print gave 18.8ppm, only slightly faster than half the rated speed, but on the 20-page print this increased to 26.1ppm, a very healthy throughput.

Duplex print is standard on the machine, and the 20-page test printed as 10 duplex pages giving 14.8 sides per minute, again a good result. The five-page text and graphics print, which we would normally expect to be slightly quicker than the text print, was marginally slower here at 16.7ppm.

Canon i-SENSYS MF6180dw - Open

A single page copy from the flatbed took 7s and a five page copy from the ADF was also quick at 18s. A 10 side duplex copy was comparatively slow, though, at 1:06, because of the three-pass duplex scanning. A 15 x 10cm photo took just 7s and full A4 prints from a USB drive and an iPad took 11s and 9s, respectively.

Canon i-SENSYS MF6180dw - Print Quality and Costs

Text print is light and sharp, giving a very professional finish to pages. Greyscale graphics, however, are hindered by a poor range of shades, so different colours in an original can all come out the same grey shade, making them more difficult to distinguish.

Greyscale copies are also pretty blotchy, not giving a good or smooth feel to graphics. Photo prints, though, are smooth and well textured, though some darker areas can tend to black.

Canon i-SENSYS MF6180dw - Cartridge

Using the high yield cartridge gives a cost per page of 2.1p, which is low in comparison with many of its competitors. The high capacity of this cartridge also means maintenance costs are low, giving a better than average total cost of ownership.

Should I buy a Canon i-SENSYS MF6180dw?

There’s a lot to be said for this machine, which is quick, versatile and generally easy to use. It compares well with the Kyocera ECOSYS M2030dn and supports wireless connection, which the Kyocera doesn’t.


This is a good, workhorse, small-office multifunction printer. It’s quick, inexpensive to run and offers useful extras, like duplex scan and copy and wireless connection. Greyscale copies could be better, but in general printing and office duties are smoothly handled and we recommend putting the Canon i-SENSYS MF6180dw on your shortlist.

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Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Features 9
  • Print Quality 8
  • Print Speed 9
  • Value 8

Prem Desai

June 27, 2014, 11:18 am

Looks interesting.

However, there is a H-U-G-E minus that you have not covered.

The Canon software does NOT support scanning over the network for 64-bit Windows.

This is a major restriction. Network scanning would be used a lot within a typical home/office and almost every PC sold in the last 12 months will be running 64-bit Windows.

Rod Keen

February 13, 2016, 7:43 pm

Shame as this was on my shortlist until I saw this comment about 64 bit Windows. As the comment was 2 years ago is it still true today or has the firmware been updated?

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