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Canon ImageCLASS MF4350d Review
Like the MF3240, Canon’s ImageCLASS MF4350D offers everything an office needs, all in a single desktop package. A true 4-in-1, the MF4350D offers laser printing, copying, scanning, and a built-in fax. Designed for the personal and small office that needs duplexing and an Automatic Document Feeder, the multi-function can print in 1200 x 600 dpi resolution at speeds up to 23 single-sided pages per minute, 11 two-sided pages per minute.
The Canon ImageCLASS MF4350D weighs in at under 30 pounds with a square 18” footprint. The Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) raises its overall height to almost 16 inches and may still be placed atop any desk. However, standing over the unit to make multiple copies and faxes may prove uncomfortable for taller people.
Canon’s ImageCLASS has some impressively fast warm-up times. Printing can start as fast as 9 seconds, with print speeds up to 23 ppm. Printing resolutions for the MF4350D range from the optical 600 x 600 to the digitally-enhanced 1200 x 600 dpi. At maximum resolution, the multifunction keeps text sharp--even at 6-point font sizes--and does a decent job with printing graphics in B&W. A USB 2.0 port allows the MF4350D to connect directly to any PC.
The MF4350D gives you the option of using its 8½” x 11.7” glass platen for scanning and copying letter-sized singles, or using its 35-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) that can accept letter and the longer legal-size originals. Copies and prints come out below the control panel in a recessed area.
This multi-function has a cassette paper tray, capable of holding up to 250 legal-size sheets up to 34 pound bond weights. Heavier papers up to 43#, envelopes, and transparencies can be inserted through the flip-down multi-purpose tray.
As a copier, the 35-sheet ADF and the duplex features allow you to save on paper by having creating two-sided copies out of single-sided originals. The ImageCLASS multifunction has three different copy exposure modes to handle from text to photo reproductions. The magnification can be automatically or manually changed from 25% to 500% in 1% increments, or in 5 pre-set “jumps”. Up to 99 single-sided copies can be made at speeds up to 23 pages per minute.
Although a monochrome printer/copier, the MF4350D scans in 24-bit at resolutions up to 9600 x 9600 dpi. The scanner can use traditional TWAIN or Microsoft’s WIA drivers.
Having a 33.6Kbps modem, the fax function can send up to 20 pages per minute. The control panel has 8 programmable buttons for 1-touch speed dialing and 2-button dialing for up to 100 more phone numbers. Up to 256 incoming and outgoing faxes can be stored in the MF4350D’s memory. Fax resolutions can be set from the Standard to Photo to Super Fine. A pass-through phone jack allows for a telephone or answering machine to be connected to the MF4350d.
For the MF4350d, Canon has opened their software package to Macs as well as Windows machines. The Optical Character Recognition software and document manager are great tools to have, and it’s nice to see that Mac users don’t have to look elsewhere. However since there are no drivers for Windows Server, IT administrators may have a challenge adding the ImageCLASS to be shared across a network via a print server.
Canon should have made the glass scanning larger for supporting 8.5” x 14” legal-size printing. Instead, they left the platen at 8.5” x 11.7”, but designed the ADF to accept legal-size paper. So this means you have to remember if you have a single legal-size sheet you can’t directly place it on the platen. This can cause a lot of confusion at the workplace. Also, ADFs have a tendacy to jam when only feeding a single page.
While fine for home use, the 250-sheet paper tray is woefully undersized for office use. Even a small office can go through a ream of paper in a single day. It’s also common for offices to buy paper in 500-sheet reams, if not a 10-ream boxes. Here's a questions for all you office-folk out there: How many times have you taken a ream of paper from the supply cabinet to fill an empty printer, only to find the printer’s tray only has the capacity to hold half that amount? Now here’s the $24,000 Question: What usually happens to the rest of that ream? By the end of the day you’ll see the remaining ream somewhere near the printer, sheets pulled haphazardly by people who needed just a couple of blank sheets. By the time the printer needs to be refilled again, the state of that paper is now so uneven and disheveled it’s likely to jam in the printer. A second add-on tray is available as an optional purchase, but it’s still limited to a 250-sheet capacity. Having a tray that you can dump an entire ream of paper into would be an option any office would invest in.
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