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Canon im­ageCLASS MF628Cw

HWM (Malaysia) - - SMB - ANALYSIS - NgChongSeng

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.

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You can scan to or print di­rectly from a USB key via the front port.

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