Reviews and Problems with Canon imageCLASS MF4880dw
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Some parts not included; not a painless Mac set up
4 October 2013
Summary: I am a grad student, and was looking for a not-too-expensive utility all-in-one that I could use for scanning and for printing from multiple computers. I choose this one based on overall positive reviews, and I would say if you work on a Windows platform and use MSWord and mostly want a printer that might do something else with some cajoling, this isn't a bad choice, with one caveat, which I'll get to in a moment.
Summary: Has been working good. Was dissapointed when I found out it didn't make 2 sided to 2 sided copies, just 2 sided to 1 sided. Re-reading the info on it, it does mentioned this very vaguely, so buyer beware. Also it doesn't handle paper well with texture like resume paper, it actually picks up the background to well and the copy is usually messy looking. Have to turn the density down a couple notches to make it clean, but that sometimes makes the print to light.
Summary: This is my second canon printer. The rollers on the first one failed. The only reason I bought a canon again is because it was cheap and I wanted to add wireless. The latter was a confusing operation. Plus, these printers are only as good as the cartridge you put in them. HP cartridges are head a shoulders above the Canons. For personal use, the Canon is fine - but for an active home office or a business, I'd spend the extra money and go with an HP.
Summary: While Canon products are usually the best, this one caused some problems and had to be returned. First, it was difficult to hook up to my wireless system, but I prevailed. The killer was it does not have "Air Print", which is the ability to print from your iPhone, iPad, or laptop. Such a bummer but fortunately I had purchased it from Costco and their usual great customer service accepted the return.
Pros: canon and costco are great companies
Cons: difficult to set up and no "air print" functional
Summary: The specs clearly say this is a 600 dpi printer, but it only does 300 dpi. I hate it when I am lied to. The only other issue is that small toner cartridge they give you with the printer so you will soon be forced to buy one at an inflated price. The cartridge costs almost as much as the printer did. This is unethical and should be illegal. Other than that I have no complaints. It was easy to install and works well.
Summary: First, amazon.com should get a 5 star. It arrives within 24 hours from ordering. The description does not say the allowed original size which was one of my concerns. The max size is the letter size, so if you have legal original or other larger format original, this won't work. The wireless printer setup was relatively smooth. But this printer is relatively dumb that you have to press the "scan" button every time you need to scan.
Summary: Too slow and prints too light, on board menu is a little confusing at times. I purchased this to replace my mf4300 which was not wireless. The non-wireless version does not have the large lcd that this does, but it was quicker on startup time. Print speeds seem to be the same. Quality is too light not as good as mf4300.
Summary: Scanning quality is especially weak. I cannot get 600dpi scanning resolution on OSX, only 300dpi when scan into PDF (or PNG, no matter). And even then, colors are pale in compare to the original. When I use built-in tools on OSX to tweak colors of PNG, it makes colors more-less good, but I don't want to do this manually each time and cannot do this for PDF files. I like batch scanning. Printing quality is OK.