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Canon ImageCLASS MF9150c Review
For mid-size businesses that print 65,000 pages a month, the 96-pound Canon imageCLASS MF9150c 4-in-one is a prime choice for a middle-weight multi-function printer. It can copy, scan, fax, and print 11” x 14” sheets at speeds up to 22 single-sided pages per minute, 11 ppm using the duplexer. USB and Memory card sockets on the front allows for direct printing and scanning from a USB flash drive without the need for a computer. Sockets in the front allow direct printing from Memory Cards and USB Flash drives.
One of the nice features of this multifunction is it can multitask. A person can scan or copy directly on the multi-function, while other functions are being done via the network. There are two USB access ports on the one side of the control panel allows copies or scans directly from a USB Flash drive eliminating the need to connect to a computer. SD, CF, and Memory Stick cards can be inserted on the other side of the control panel.
The 250-sheet paper tray is capable of supporting up to 32 pound paper weights and sizes up to 11” x 14”. The 100-sheet by-pass tray can support paper weights from 16 to 47 pounds. An optional 500-sheet tray can be attached to increase paper capacity to 850 sheets.
The control panels for Canon’s multi-functions are simple and intuitive, so you don’t need to resort to the manual to figure things out. The MF9150c has a 3½” color touch-screen display to give immediate access to the more common operations, with additional sub-menus give access all of the multi-function’s advanced features. Unique for a printer control is a scroll wheel. This gives the operator the choice to enter alphanumeric information or rapidly access menus without using the traditional cursor keys.
The multi-function comes with both a USB 2.0 interface and Ethernet 10/100BaseTX for network printing, faxing, and scanning.
Using single-pass color printing, the MF9150c can print as fast in color as it can in B&W--at speeds up to 22 single-sided pages per minute. After a minute to warm-up, each print or copy job only takes around 13 seconds to start. The optical image resolution of 600 x 600 dpi can be digitally enhanced to produce 2400 x 600 dpi resolution quality. The maximum resolution is great with photographic images, does a decent job with letters and but may appear a little course for finer CAD drawings. The duplexer comes standard, giving you the choice of 2-sided printing. Also standard is the Reversing Automatic Document Feeder (RADF). The RADF can scan images on both sides of a paper.
The Canon provides the industry standard PCL5c and PCL6 print emulation, as well as Canon’s UFRII LT emulation to shorten print processing time.
Color or monochrome copies up to 11” x 14” can be made directly on the glass platen, or by using the 50-page RADF. Zoom ranges from 50% to 400% with a choice of 1% increments, automatic resizing, or using 5 pre-set “jumps”. Up to 99 copies can be reproduced.
Scanner resolution ranges from 300 dpi for color up to 600 dpi for B&W scanning. Images can be saved as JPEG, PDF or TIFF formats. The scanned images can be exported to a network directory or USB drive.
Using a 33.6Kbps modem (Super G3), the fax function can send up to 20 pages per minute, in color or in B&W. The control panel can store up to 200 phone numbers for 1-touch speed dialing and group dialing for up to 300 more. Up to 1,000 incoming and outgoing faxes can be stored in the MF9150c memory. Fax resolutions can be set from the Course 200 x 100 dpi to Super Fine 400 x 400. If networked, faxes can be sent directly to your PC or Mac in PDF, JPEG, or TIFF formats.
The MF9150c has one of the longest delay times between prints for a color laser printer. From a cold start it takes a minute before it’s ready to go. Time between print jobs is almost as long as it takes for the Canon to wake up from sleep. If you’re printing a lot of single-page jobs, the 13-second delay between prints defeats having a fast 22 ppm print speed.
A printer of this caliber will no doubt be used by people using Adobe products. With no PostScript emulation offered, printouts from Illustrator or Photoshop may not turn out the way they appear on the computer screen.
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