- Easy to install
- PostScript upgrade option
- Low noise engine
- Colour print is half claimed speed
- Above average running costs
- No high-yield cartridge option
- Review Price: £282.00
- Duplex print as standard
- Easy to maintain, inline print engine
- Gigabit Ethernet link as standard
- 5-line, backlit LCD display
- 250-sheet main plus 50-sheet MP trays
Canon’s i-SENSYS LBP7660Cdn sits between entry-level colour laser printers in the £100-£200 price range and workgroup machines costing £800-£1,000. Most of this group of small business devices cost between £300 and £400, but this machine scrapes in at around £280. So does this mean cut corners?
Well, it certainly looks the part, as a big, cuboid white and dark slate box. It’s a deep machine, because of the in-line colour laser engine within, and has wide gaps between panels, which make it look like something from a 1980s SF TV series.
A substantial looking control panel sits to the right of the paper exit slot and this includes a five-line, backlit LCD display, with a rather antiquated display font, and a well laid out set of controls, including an illuminated button to select paper source.
The machine comes with a 250-sheet drawer and a 50-sheet multipurpose tray, which folds down from the front panel above it. A second, 250-sheet tray is available as an option. You can quickly switch between them by tapping the control panel button.
Also an option is a Postscript driver, as by default only PCL is supported. Since this machine is aimed at office use, rather than at graphics professionals, this is a sensible omission from the core feature set.
Hinge down the whole of the front of the case and you have access to the combined drum and toner cartridges, which slide out on a tray, similar to a filing cabinet drawer. By having combined cartridges, you only have one set of consumables to consider and replacing used cartridges is a cinch. Maintenance is the work of seconds.