Some people don’t have the need to print fancy photographs and other colorful pages. In that case, a wise decision might be to choose a monochrome printer. Exclusively for black and white prints, they offer affordable running costs and fast printing speeds. Canon imageCLASS MF227DW is such a monochrome laser, to which we’ll take a closer look in the review below.
As usually, Canon imageCLASS MF227DW is an All-in-One device. In addition to printing, it scans, copies and faxes. A device like this comes handy when you don’t want to purchase things separately but want to have them in one package, giving savings in space and probably acquisition costs.
The Canon can be operated by a 6-line touch display. To me, it looks professional enough, and the touch feature is always a plus for printer displays. A screen like this resembles those big office workhorses that cost much more than this rather simple Canon.
Wireless printing is enabled, and somebody left a comment it was easy to set up – which is not always the case with printer WiFi. If you prefer the conventional way, there’s also one USB 2.0 and 10/100Mbps RJ-45 port serving your needs.
Input tray allows for 250 sheet capacity. In addition, a 35-sheet automatic document feeder is installed. Maximum paper size is legal (8.5 x 14 inches). These should be easily adequate for requirements of a smallish business.
Good for saving paper, duplex printing is supported. However, for scan and fax only one-sided functionality is available.
Canon imageCLASS MF227DW dimensions are 15.4″ x 14.6″ x 14.2″ (W x D x H). Officially, supported operating systems are all Windowses from XP and up, plus Mac OS X 10.5.8 and later versions. Also drivers for Ubuntu Linux should be available, courtesy of Canon.
The speed of this printer is rather typical 28 ppm. That is of course for B&W prints only. In my opinion, most offices – not even mentioning private users – should be content with almost 30 pages per minute speed. For duplex printing, the rate drops to 16ppm which I still consider acceptable. First print should come out in less than 6 seconds.
Up to 10,000 pages per month is the duty cycle of this printer. It’s a common amount, and in theory allows for printing more than 300 pages every single day. The recommended volume is of course much smaller, but should accommodate the needs of small offices well. The same can be said about the 256MB internal memory: It should suffice as long as you’re not printing extremely heavy graphics – which, on a monochrome printer, you’re most probably not.
Canon imageCLASS MF227DW price hovers around 200 bucks. A starter cartridge is included. When you run out of toner, getting a new Canon 137 cartridge should cost ~90 bucks with a yield of 2400 pages. That makes cost per page 3.7 cents. Lower than a basic inkjet has, but higher than large business workhorses.
Feature-wise, I don’t think Canon imageCLASS MF227DW is a bad printer. It should do its job well, which is to print black and white pages fast and somewhat cheap. The page cost doesn’t hurt, especially if you only print couple of dozen documents a day. For the price, I would recommend this Canon for home or small business users who don’t have color print support in their requirements list.