The Canon image Class MF452dw is a powerful all-in-one mono laser printer that can handle heavy-duty printing, scanning, copying, and faxing with adequate speed and paper capacity. It also boasts top-tier output quality.
The middle model of Canon’s three new image Class MF450 series printers is the image Class MF452dw ($329). This variation often fills the smallest gap, but in this instance, the Goldilocks model is the only one in the group to include faxing in addition to the standard printing, scanning, and copying capabilities. The MF451dw costs a little less but is essentially identical, thus all the criticisms in this review should also apply to it if you don’t need to fax. The Canon MF453dw Printer, the top-tier model, boasts a faster print speed at the cost of a higher price. However, the MF452dw is our favorite in the group and our new Editors’ Choice mono laser all-in-one pick for a small office or workgroup because of the additional fax capability.
A Compact and Easy-Setup Laser AIO
The MF452dw is quite small at 15.4 by 17.9 by 18.3 inches (HWD), making it simple to find a place for it in your office. However, you might need some assistance carrying it there due to its 35.7-pound weight. Once everything is set up physically, all that is left to do is take off the packing tape, connect the cords, and load the paper. There is no need for setup because the toner cartridge is already loaded in the printer.
Easy setup is also provided via the automated installation application on the included CD. In my experiments, installing the Canon printer drivers for printing, faxing, and a scan tool went smoothly. It installs the proprietary driver from Canon by default, but it also offers those options for businesses that need PCL6 or PostScript drivers. You can also choose between using a USB, Ethernet, or Wi-Fi connection.
It is only slightly more difficult to set up the printer for mobile printing and scanning over your network or a Wi-Fi Direct connection. By simply navigating the menus on the 5-inch color touch-screen control panel. I was able to find the majority of the Wi-Fi Direct choices I needed. Including the instruction to display a QR code for quick connection. Both printings from my phone and scanning files using Canon’s print app went smoothly. Keep in mind that you can use touch-screen commands to print from or scan to a USB disc.
A small office or workgroup can employ paper handling with ease and reliability. A 100-sheet multi-purpose tray is added to the single 250-sheet paper drawer for printing, and a $199 extra 550-sheet drawer can increase the capacity to 900 sheets. The 8.5 by 11.7-inch flatbed can handle books and other originals that you can’t feed through an ADF. While the 50-sheet ADF can scan up to legal-size material.
The MF452dw enables automatic print duplexing, as do the majority of modern printers. It also provides duplex scanning, unlike most AIOs in its price range. Even better, compared to reversing ADFs, which must first scan one side, turn the page over, and then scan the other, the ADF scans both sides simultaneously, more than double the scan speed.
You can copy both single- and double-sided originals to your preferred single- or double-sided copies because the ADF duplexing works for both scanning and copying. Canon claims that it does not support duplex scanning for faxing due to security concerns. However, there is a simple workaround: scan duplex documents to a file, then use a print command to transmit the file to Canon’s driver.
Although it may be overly optimistic, Canon recommends the MF452dw for printing a maximum of 750-4,000 pages each month. Else, an average of around 37 to 200 pages per business day. Even with the 550-sheet optional drawer, you’d need to replace paper at the high end of the spectrum a little more frequently than once every week on average. At the low end, though, only the standard 350-page capacity will be available, with refills spaced around two weeks apart.
Checking the Image Class MF452dw: Top-Tier Laser Speed and Quality
For our performance tests, I connected both the Canon MF452dw and our standard testbed PC to the same network via Ethernet. The Printer’s top speed is measured using our 12-page Word text file. It was 34.7ppm (19 seconds total print time) not including the first page-a smidge faster than. But within the error range for, the 34ppm rating. In comparison, the Lexmark MB2236i, the Pantum BM5100ADN, and the Canon MF453w were all faster. Ranging from 36.7ppm to 44ppm (15 to 18 seconds), but all have faster ratings as well. In each case, the speed was consistent with the rating.
Obviously, the 4-second difference between the fastest and slowest of these printers is too small to matter when printing 11 pages. But if you are printing a lot of long documents, it might matter, as the seconds add up. Also, keep in mind that the first page out (FPO) time is not included in these figures. Thus, even printing just a few pages per file has a significant impact on overall speed. However, the impact is minimal for lengthier papers. Both the MF452dw and the MF453dw had an FPO time of 7 seconds, according to my measurement. The BM5100ADN and MB2236i finished at 10 seconds. using the complete Word document to compare these printers. With the first page included, the range of speeds is substantially narrower, between 25.7 and 30 pages per minute. Additionally, it moves the Canon MF452dw Printer up to the third place from last, to 27.7ppm.
The fast FPO time for the two Canon printers gives them an advantage in our business applications test suite. Which includes several files of four or fewer pages each and also adds graphics and color to each. At 1 minute and 12 seconds, the MF452dw and MF453dw tied for top place in this group (20.8ppm). The MB2236i was the slowest, finishing in last place at 1:23 (18.1ppm), followed by the BM5100ADN (16.9ppm). The MF452dw averaged 9 seconds for a 4-by-6-inch photo on our photo software. At 6 places, one of two thick-stroked, stylistic fonts was also readable. which even for a laser printer is unique. At 8 points, the other, which is more difficult to portray adequately, was easily readable.