THE JACK OF ALL TRADES
Canon imageCLASS MF628Cw
The Canon imageCLASS MF628Cw is a color laser printer with additional scan, copy, and fax capabilities. A wired network-ready printer, it also has built-in support for Wi-Fi and WPS for easy setup. Mobile printing can be easily done via methods such as Apple’s AirPrint as well as through Canon’s new Print Business app (available on both iOS and Android) that also supports mobile scanning. If you allow the printer to connect to the Internet, you can literally print from anywhere using Google Cloud Print.
With its generous 3.5-inch color touchscreen and the ability to add favorite settings as shortcut buttons, the MF628Cw is easy to use, even for walk-up jobs. I also like that I can directly print from and scan to a USB key, and send scanned documents via email and to shared folders. One gripe during setup: while the all-in-one toner cartridge is environmentally friendly and fairly compact, the printer is still big and heavy (26kg when loaded).
Equipped with a modest 150-sheet cassette tray and a 1-sheet manual feed slot, the MF628Cw’s spec sheet lists a print speed of 14ppm (both mono and color). A Canon printer, it’s no surprise that it uses the host-based UFR (Ultra Fast Rendering) II LT print language to speed up the communication between computer and printer. And indeed, we recorded a print speed of 13.8ppm, a number that matches Canon’s claims. That said, that’s still slower than the 18ppm speed that we got from the Fuji Xerox CM225 fw. Like Fuji Xerox’s S-LED model, the Canon MF628Cw also doesn’t support automatic duplex for two-sided printing. The 50-sheet ADF’s scanner doesn’t do single-pass scanning for two-sided documents, too.
That said, we’ve few complaints with regards to the print quality. While still a bit off from what one’d expect from a RM1,660 laser printer, overall the MF628Cw produces sharp text and renders intricate details convincingly, and that’s despite its 600 x 600 dpi native resolution. Color accuracy isn’t its strongest suit though.
Ultimately, the MF628Cw is just that: a well-rounded laser all-in-one for users with modest needs. If you can do without the fax, ADF, and wireless functions, there’s an MF621Cn that costs RM1,350. If a laser printer isn’t a musthave, I’ll actually suggest going for Canon’s MAXIFY MB5370. This 23ipm (mono) and 15ipm (color) inkjet all-in-one costs RM1,264, supports single-pass doubled-sided scan, and has two trays that accept up to 500 sheets of paper.
You can scan to or print directly from a USB key via the front port.