Interestingly, the five-page colour text and graphics tests completed in 21 seconds, giving 14.3ppm, quite a bit faster. Since the printer comes with a duplex function built-in, we also tested this with our 20-side duplex document, which took 1:17. This is over 15 sides per minute and getting quite close to the 21ppm Canon quotes. All in all, this is quite a quick a colour laser and the short time to first page out is a useful feature when printing many, short-run jobs.
The LBP5360 also prints high-quality pages. Black text is very sharp and clear with virtually no visible spatter and well-formed characters, down to small point sizes. Colour graphics print, while being a bit too light, is clean and smooth, with very little banding of any kind.
The photo print was remarkably well reproduced, with smooth gradations in the sky and natural-looking colours, compared with the oversaturated prints we often see from colour lasers. While the colour gamut of a laser is consistently smaller than from an inkjet, the colours produced by this machine are well up to general business use.
The LBP5360 uses four separate toner and drum cartridges, one for each of the primary colours. The black cartridge costs around £75, while each of the colour ones come out at about £95. Since each is designed to produce 6,000 pages at 5 per cent cover, this gives a black page print cost of 1.7p per page and a 20 per cent colour page cost of 6.46p. Both these print costs are good in comparison with their main rivals and are helped by the large capacity of the toner cartridges, which should also mean less frequent maintenance. Canon has a recycling program, with prepaid labels supplied in the replacement cartridge box.
Canon’s i-SENSYS LBP5360 ticks all the boxes in the evaluation of a colour laser printer for a small office or large workgroup. It’s cheap to run, easy to maintain, prints at good speed with a fast first page out and produces good quality text, graphics and photo prints. The asking price is a bit on the high side, but the convenience and quick printer response are probably worth this.