The Canon i-Sensys MF4380dn is a reasonably light and compact all-in-one mono laser printer for SMB or home use from Canon.

It offers above-average performance but skimps on the features front although it comes with network support and auto-duplexer. Running cost is on the lower side but the sales price for the Canon i-Sensys MF4380dn is a bit expensive.

The Canon i-Sensys MF4380dn is an all-in-one mono laser SMB printer. The first thing that caught our eye was the size - it is quite 'slim' for a laser printer with a height of 36cm.

The front panel includes three large backlit buttons for copy, fax, and scan, flanked by fax settings and copy settings and a small LCD menu in the middle. The big quick-buttons for starting and stopping/resseting copy and scan tasks is very convenient for quickly starting or stopping a scan/copy job. But on the down side we felt the built quality was not up to the mark - feeling a little plasticky and not that sturdy.

On the performance front, the Canon i-Sensys MF4380dn fared reasonably well speedwise on all three functions - printing, scanning, and copying. It printed text document quickly, at 16 pages per minute (surprisingly the speed for both the normal and draft mode were the same). It scanned a colour image in 28 seconds (average fora laser printer), and it copied a page of text in 13 seconds (a little slow here).

The Canon i-Sensys MF4380dn's print quality, though not stellar, was reasonably good. Like most other models here, it produced sharp, dark text that was legible even at 2-point type size. A series of narrow parallel lines looked straight and even, with virtually no banding. A grayscale photo printed at default settings appeared too light and a bit washed out, though it was smooth and clean.

Copy quality was reasonably good, with straight black letters in a copied page of text. Printed colour scans had a smooth texture and reproduced colour accurately. On-screen, however, the Canon i-Sensys MF4380dn's scans looked a bit dull.

Feature-wise, the Canon i-Sensys MF4380dn comes with usual options you normally find in an all-in-one laser printer and apart from the familiar offerings you will not find anything extra. It comes with network support, automatic duplexer (printing on both sides without manual intervention) though it supports only A4 and LTR paper size - not a big deal if you are using it mainly for home use. The main paper tray holds 100 sheets, and comes with a automatic document feeder capacity of 50 sheets.

Canon's MF Toolbox scan software lets you scan via the PC and save the image to an email message or graphics file. You can configure two custom buttons to choose the scanner and to designate where to put the scan; thereafter, clicking a button will save the scan to the preconfigured place. Other than a fairly extensive driver, MF Toolbox is the only software Canon bundles with the MF 5750.

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Canon i-Sensys MF4380dn: Specs

  • Mono laser fax/copier/printer/scanner
  • digital copier
  • plain paper fax
  • Monthly Duty Cycle (max): 10,000 impressions
  • Display: 2 lines x 16 characters
  • 390x440x455mm
  • 16kg
  • 32MB
  • Max Copying Resolution: Up to 600x600dpi
  • Grey Scale Half-Tones: 256
  • Max Document Enlargement: 200%
  • Max Document Reduction: 50%
  • Maximum Copies: 99
  • Exposure Modes: Text, photo, text and photo
  • Automatic Duplexing
  • Max Printing Resolution: Up to 1200x600dpi
  • Printer Drivers/Emulations: UFRII LT
  • Optical Scanning Resolution: 600x1200dpi, Interpolated Resolution: 9600x9600dpi
  • Colour Depth: 24-bit
  • Super G3 fax machine
  • Max Transmission Speed: 33.6Kbps
  • Standard Media Capacity: 250 sheets
  • Output Trays Capacity: 100 sheets
  • Mono laser fax/copier/printer/scanner
  • digital copier
  • plain paper fax
  • Monthly Duty Cycle (max): 10,000 impressions
  • Display: 2 lines x 16 characters
  • 390x440x455mm
  • 16kg
  • 32MB
  • Max Copying Resolution: Up to 600x600dpi
  • Grey Scale Half-Tones: 256
  • Max Document Enlargement: 200%
  • Max Document Reduction: 50%
  • Maximum Copies: 99
  • Exposure Modes: Text, photo, text and photo
  • Automatic Duplexing
  • Max Printing Resolution: Up to 1200x600dpi
  • Printer Drivers/Emulations: UFRII LT
  • Optical Scanning Resolution: 600x1200dpi, Interpolated Resolution: 9600x9600dpi
  • Colour Depth: 24-bit
  • Super G3 fax machine
  • Max Transmission Speed: 33.6Kbps
  • Standard Media Capacity: 250 sheets
  • Output Trays Capacity: 100 sheets

OUR VERDICT

The compact Canon i-Sensys MF4380dn all-in-one laser printer with network and auto-duplexer support offers reasonable performance and also has a low running cost but doesn't offer much in terms of features and is a little on the higher side regarding the printer price.

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