Canon imageCLASS MF8050cn Review
The Canon imageCLASS MF8050Cn is a full-color multifunction laser unit with print, copy, fax, and scanning functionality, as well as a number of features that may set it apart for some users. It trades print speeds to be able to deliver high equivalent-resolution images for a laser printer, and despite its small paper capacity it may serve home office users well.
The unit measures 17" by 19.1" by 16.9" and weighs approximately 52 lbs before consumables are installed, giving it a fairly average footprint as far as home office multifunction units go. It will likely fit alongside other equipment, on its own table, or on a credenza without much trouble.
The unit has an input capacity of 150 sheets and a 1 sheet multipurpose tray.
The copier produces copies at the standard resolution of 600 by 600 dpi and at speeds of up to 12 copies per minute in black and 8 copies per minute in color, well below the now-standard 20 pages per minute (and occasionally well over 20 pages per minute) offered by higher-grade equipment. It can reduce and enlargements with a 25-400% zoom that moves in 1% increments and supports 256 levels of halftones. It includes a 50-sheet document feeder and supports copies as large as 8.5" by 11" on its platen and between 5.5" by 5" and 8.5" by 14" through the automatic document feeder.
The copier features Frame Erase, Memory Sort, 2 on 1, 4 on 1, ID Card Copy, Sharpness, and Auto Size Select functions.
The scanner functions by using a color contact image sensor and supports a maximum resolution of 600 by 600 dpi via optical scanning and a maximum resolution of 9600 by 9600 dpi via interpolated scanning. It supports scan to PC, pull scan, scan to USB, negative/positive reversal, mirror image, and color/mono scan distinction, as well as 24-bit color depth. It can process documents as large as 8.5" by 11" on its platen and from 5.5" by 5" to 8.5" by 14" through the automatic document feeder. Images can be saved as PDF, JPEG, TIFF, BMP, compressed PDF, and searchable PDFs.
The fax machine transmits documents at a maximum speed of 33.6 Kbps and at a maximum resolution of 406 by 391 dpi. It has enough memory to store up to 512 pages and speed dials up to 19 numbers, as well as 181 coded dials. It can group dial up to 199 destinations and supports fax only, manual, answering, and fax/tel auto switch receive modes. Its features include PC fax sending, forwarding, a 5-minute memory backup, and remote RX, dual access, ring pattern detection, error correction, auto redial, and fax activity reports.
The unit's 150 sheet paper cassette is well under the amount of paper that most offices use in a day. Many environments process at least half a ream, if not a ream, of paper daily, and this printer will be unable to meet that kind of demand without constant refilling and downtime.
The MF8050Cn has extremely slow print speeds, comparable with inkjet printers and laser printers made in the late 1990s and consumer printers from a decade ago. Many consumer laser printers offer much greater speeds than this model and almost any actual office-ready printer is designed for a much greater paper throughput than what this device is suited to handle.