Canon Copier ImageCLASS MF6530 Review
The Canon Copier ImageCLASS MF6530 may be compact, but this versatile piece of hardware conceals a built in duplexer and a full line of copying and scanning functions along with high quality printing capabilities.
The Canon Copier ImageCLASS MF6530’s 50 page automatic document feeder supports extra large copy and scan projects and makes loading heavy volumes of material into the machine virtually effortless. This ADF also supports continuous loading so if a project bigger than 50 pages is required, users can stack pages on top as the process moves along.
While the unit’s print quality defaults to the standard 600 x 600 dots per inch, the Canon Copier ImageCLASS MF6530 is capable of printing at 1200 x 600 dots per inch which, though not super high quality, will add that extra polish to imagery, graphs, and charts. Unfortunately the unit’s scan and copy resolution are only of average quality.
The copy memory of 64 MBs is shared and seems quite limited, but it somehow is sufficient enough to keep the machine running efficiently. Though its print speed is only average, it maintains a first copy out time of 8 seconds which is not bad. When left in Energy Saver mode, it also takes a mere 1 second to warm up which can be a huge time saver if the printer is not in constant use.
The output tray of the printer holds up to 100 sheets, which is respectable, but its 500 sheet paper storage cassette is quite impressive. It also comes complete with a 100 sheet multipurpose tray that can be used for special media types up to 34 lb in thickness whereas the standard tray is not compatible with anything over 20 lbs.
As a copy machine, the Canon Copier ImageCLASS MF6530 holds its own with its basic reduction and enlargement functions that can zoom to degrees of 50 – 200%. This allows for both 2 on 1 printing as well as 1 on 2 printing for blown up material. The copy speed, unfortunately, matches that of printing with 23 copies per minute. Luckily the first copy out time is only 8 seconds.
The optical scan resolution of the Canon Copier ImageCLASS MF6530 is a mere 600 x 600 dots per inch. While interpolated scans can be done at a full 9600 x 9600 dots per inch, these enhanced scans take considerably longer to process. Scanning can be done in black and white or color at 24 bits which is a big plus, but the low optical resolution means low copy resolution as well, making the scanner fall short of its competitors.
While the Canon Copier ImageCLASS MF6530’s 23 page per minute print speed is not completely atrocious, it does pose a problem to those who require heavy volume printing at top speeds. Brands like Lexmark offer affordable laser printers that can crank out 35 pages per minute at the same cost per page as this device, making it better suited for those who care not for lightning fast overall print speed.