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Canon ImageClass MF5980dw Performance Review, Tough and Fast

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Overall, the paper capacities of this device reaches 850 sheets. It is powered On Demand Fixing technology to accelerate printing process. Not wrong if MF5980dw imageCLASS series fit into Workhorse category (hard worker) Plus the range of printing devices presented by Canon.

This category is intended for multi-functional device variants with robust performance. This category claimed to be able to print up thousands of pages without a hitch. But of course this will not be a big impact if not supported by hurried print time.

In terms of print speed, the performance is pretty good. Seeing print time (see table), looks this device is one of the fastest in its class. Besides the time of printing, photocopying and scanning processes also hurried.

The front panel of this device has a specific function that is quite interesting, for example, Copy and Direct Print. In the Direct Print function, you can use USB port on the front for printing from flashdisk. Unfortunately, just image file that can be printed only from this port. Text-based documents such as RTF, PDF, and TXT just can not.

You’ll also find the Secure Print button that lets you enter a PIN before printing. In addition, also features scanning and storing scan results. With SEND technology, users will be able to save scanned files to various media, such as the flashdisk, into folder on a computer connected to your network, or even directly to your email address.

Another feature embedded diverse, including ADF. This allows the device supports two-sided printing (duplex) when scanning and printing copies. Wi-Fi is also provided for connecting this device to a network. Configuration can be done manually via control panel.

Canon imageCLASS MG5908dw offering print, scan, copy and fax function. This device has a complete feature for activity print all-in-one at the office. Support wired and wireless connections are also provided for easy sharing connection on the network. The resulting performance does not disappoint and is one attractiveness of this multi-functional device.

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Testing Results

print speed 5 sheets FPOT (1 sheet)
Mono text (rtf) 15 seconds 8 seconds
Text + graphic (pdf) 15 seconds 8 seconds
A4 image 19 seconds 11 seconds
copy speed
Mono text (rtf) 12 seconds 5 seconds
Text + graphic (pdf) 13 seconds 6 seconds
Images (jpg) 13 seconds 6 seconds
scan speed mono color
Photo A4 (100dpi) 4 seconds 11 seconds
Photo A4 (300dpi) 5 seconds 10 seconds


printing technology laser monochrome
resolution 600×600/1200×600 dpi (standard/interpolation)
memory 256 MB
paper capacity 250/50/50/500 sheets (cassette/multipurpose/ADF/optional)
Paper output capacity 150 sheets (Manual Duplex)
technology Color CIS Flatbed
resolution 600×600 dpi (optical)
color depth 24 bit
as FAX
modem speed 33.6 Kbps
Resolution (max.) 400×400 dpi
Fax Facilities PC faxing, duplex fax, remote RX, dual access
Zoom-In / Zoom-out 25-400%
resolution 600×600 dpi
copy facility Memory sort, 4 in 1, ID Card Copy
work cycle 15,000 pages/month
connection USB 2.0, Ethernet 10/100, wireless
operating system 2000/XP/Vista/Server Windows 2003/Server 2008/7, Mac OS X 10.3 – 10.6, Linux OS variants
weight 18.3 kg
Dimensions (lwh) 39 x 47.3 x 43.1 cm
electricity consumption Until 1200/550/9/2, 3 watt (max/active/standby/sleep)
Website http://www.canon.com
guarantee 1 year
Price (range*) U.S. $ 895
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Two toner types
This device uses Canon Toner Cartridge Type 319 which is claimed able to print up to 2100 sheets. Can also be used Canon Cartridge 319 II that can print up to 6400 sheets.

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Only 300 dpi
Resolution options to scan either color or BW only have a maximum of 300 dpi option only.

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Scan to PC
Scan button to PC1 and Scan to PC2 useful for scan and send scan results files to a computer.


Plus: solid print quality, fast print time; duplex printing and ADF; wired and wireless connections to the network; secure print facility; lots of paper capacity.

Minus: Direct Print JPG format only; huge electrical power; choice only 300 dpi scan resolution.

Score Assessment
 - Performance: 4
 - Facilities: 4.25
 - Ease: 3.75
 - Price: 3.75
 - Total Score: 3.97

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