Canon i-SENSYS LBP7660Cdn Review

Sections

Pros

  • Easy to install
  • PostScript upgrade option
  • Low noise engine

Cons

  • Colour print is half claimed speed
  • Above average running costs
  • No high-yield cartridge option

Key Specifications

  • 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.

Canon i-SENSYS LBP7660Cdn
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.

Canon i-SENSYS LBP7660Cdn - Cartridges

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.

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