Canon ImageCLASS LBP6230W Review

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January 27, 2015
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You want a good printer, eh? Canon ImageCLASS LBP6230W could definitely be one, if you don’t mind something else than an industry-leading Brother. The Canon is a low-cost wireless printer with speeds up to 26ppm. Looks good indeed, but let’s see if it bears a closer examination.

Features

One thing must be cleared up. Despite being called “ImageCLASS”, tThis Canon is actually a monochrome printer. Black and white pages is all you get out of it. But this is sufficient for many people, for example offices printing only documents without need for colorful photos.

Canon ImageCLASS LBP6230W excels at one task: printing. It’s not a multifunctional device, so there’s no scanner, copier and fax that can be found in some competitors with similar price tag. This may be discouraging for some businesses where all of the aforementioned functions are desired. Then again, users at home might not find that much use for an All-in-One device.

There’s no fancy LCD screen on this model. Because it’s debatable if a monochrome printer wit no All-in-One support needs one. You should be able to operate the Canon with buttons and LED indicators without problems.

The input tray takes up to 250 sheets, rather regular amount for a low-cost printer. Output paper capacity is 100 pages. Media sizes are up to legal (8.5″ x 14″).

Automatic duplex printing is supported so you can print on two sides of the paper. That’s surprisingly good idea for less important documents to save some money.

Connectivity is solid with USB 2.0 (cable included), 100Mbps Ethernet RJ-45 port and a WiFi adapter. The wireless works directly from your laptop or with iOS, Android and Windows RT phones. The WiFi setup should be painless, at least many customers commented so.

The Canon weighs 16.7 pounds with cartridge. Dimensions are 14.9″ x 11.5″ x 9.6″ (WxDxH). It leaves a very small footprint, thanks to the missing scan, copy and fax functions.

Basically all operating systems are supported: Windows up to 8.1, Mac OS X 10.6 and up & Linux.

Performance

The best part of monochrome printers is usually speed. Canon ImageCLASS LBP6230W prints up to 26ppm on normal sheets and up to 16ppm on duplex printing. First print out is ~6 seconds. These rates are typical for a low-cost monochrome, and at least to me, would certainly suffice.

Text quality should be high if user reports are to be believed. Photos are of course another thing: to start with, there are no colors, and laser printers tend to give subpar quality for images in comparison to inkjets.

The monthly duty cycle is a 8000 pages. In absolute terms, that’s around 260 pages every day – a lot more than most will ever print. However, the recommended volume is usually much lower, and I’d estimate you’re good to print maximum 50 sheets a day. That is still quite healthy amount for most homes and home offices. The same can be said about the memory: there’s 64MB RAM in the printer that suffices for one man setups or small user groups.

Costs

Besides the acquisition price, Canon ImageCLASS LBP6230W will also generate operating costs. If you use the official Canon 126 toner, with the current price one page would cost around 4.5 cents. That’s not much compared what color sheets on other printers would cost, while many other monochromes (with heftier price tag) have lower cost per page. But if you don’t print much, this Canon won’t break your bank. And if you dare, you can always use third-party toner which brings cost per page down.

There’s a starter toner included, but I don’t know if it yields full 2100 pages as the regular toner does.

Summary

Canon ImageCLASS LBP6230W is a simple, space-saving device for people who want to print black and white sheets fast. All-in-One printer might be more useful choice for businesses, but the good sides of this monochrome include small size, making it desirable if you don’t have much space. Cost per page isn’t too high if you print only dozen or two sheets a day. So if you only require an apparatus that spits B&W pages of sharp quality out quickly, I can recommend this Canon to you.

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