Canon i-SENSYS LBP6000 and Laser Printer : A fast and compact printer

A decent, if unspectacular offering. Things got off to a bad start, when a bout of cursing and swearing ensued. You see, this £100 printer lacks one small thing. It doesn’t come with a usb connection lead. Cue another 4 days while i ordered one before i could use it. Once i could actually use the printer, i was pleased with it. Although, the claims of ‘space saving design’ don’t really live up to the reality, as the front paper feed takes up so much desk space. It’s also not the quickest laser printer around. However, the whole point of this is printing costs, and it does ok. Set up was easy, and it’s a lot quieter than some laser printers i’ve used. Canon claim that it’s also energy efficient, and i’ll take their word for it. I’m not sure about the all-in-one cartridge, as it means you’re replacing drum and cartridge at the same time. Why would they need simulataneous replacement?there’s a lot of competition in the entry level laser market, and this one is a decent, if unspectacular offering.

Another canon product ordered through amazon that was easily installed and running without a hitch. This was bought as a surprise for my wife who is pleased with the performance. Between ordering and delivery seemed to take forever (3 weeks) but then i opted for not paying extra for rapid delivery. It is similar to the old lbp2900 (6 years old) which i have in my study. It seems to be slightly more noisy, appears faster and produces beautiful printing, even for very fine small details on spread sheets.

The goods things are very good. No usb connection lead is supplied. It is not a network printer so this is the only way of connecting it so why not supply one instead of supplying two mains leads one with a continental plug. It is described as space saving and the depth is indeed much less than comparable black and white laser printers but the space is not really saved as you need to lower the paper feed from the front so nothing can be stored in front of it anyway. If positioned at the front of a desk this would be very vulnerable to damage. The unused paper after a print job cant be left in the paper tray as it needs to fold up after use so it will probably always be left down and charged with paper by the majority of users. In comparison with a similarly priced black and white laser printer such as the brother hl-2035, which i am used to, the performance as regards quality and speed was somewhat better on the canon lbp6000. The quality was determined using a greyscale linearisation gray gamma 2. The steps were resolved slightly better on the canon than my brother hl-2035 using the highest quality settings. On the standard default settings they were identical in quality on printed words, greyscale pictures and test charts. The printer unlike the brother needs the power switch on the front switching on if the printer is powered off something i do not need to do with the brother printer. That aside it is ready and goes to sleeep quicker and almost silently. Also compared to the brother hl-2035 changing the cartridge on the canon lbp6000 also changes the drum. Here are the specifications for the Canon i-SENSYS LBP6000 and Laser Printer:

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  • Space-saving design
  • 18 ppm, 7.8 seconds First Print Out Time
  • Energy efficient
  • Quiet operation
  • All-in-One cartridge for maintenance free operation

After taking some time to research what printer would best suit my needs, i settled on the canon i-sensys lbp6000. I had originally set aside a larger budget and toyed with the idea of a full colour laser printer. I did not want to spend more than £150, which meant that buying a decent colour laser printer was out of the question. After looking at mono printers in the £150 price range, i was disappointing to still reading bad reviews. When i came across the canon, i was amazed at the reviews considering the very reasonable price. I took a chance and bought it. It arrived today, so it is still early days but my initial feels are positive. Compact and attractive design, yes the paper tray does pull out of the front and take up more room, but i still have plenty of space to play with. The printer is fairly noisy, but not usually so.

There’ll probably be nothing wrong with the printer at all; the dog was getting the driver to work – took three and a half hours. Canon usa was a waste of time if you have the same problem download the driver from canon-europe. + you’ll need a printer lead.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Fast, quiet and efficient!
  • The goods things are very good
  • A fast and compact printer

I find that this laser printer saves you a lot of money compared to an inkjet if you only need to print in black and white. It is ideal for students who have to create a lot of course work, newsletter writers, authors and for general office use. The speed which the printer offers is excellent, and the text is sharp, clear and well defined. Canon is a well established and reliable name and i would recommend this printer as it functions perfectly as a laser printer should and at a reasonable cost. Canon i-sensys lbp6000 laser printer.

Only replaced the toner once in its 3 years. This is better then the cheap ink jet printer. To run an ink jet printer will cost more than £120 per year.

One comment on “Canon i-SENSYS LBP6000 and Laser Printer : A fast and compact printer

  1. It is fast and spend few toner. The only inconvenient is that does not have a wireless connection. However, it is perfect for a desktop computer.
  2. This review is from : Canon i-SENSYS LBP6000 Black and White Laser Printer

    It is fast and spend few toner. The only inconvenient is that does not have a wireless connection. However, it is perfect for a desktop computer.
    1. Don’t buy an inkjet – buy this. Simple b/w printer, no colour, no scanner. Canon customer support / installation instruction for mac could be clearer, but we managed with the help of some very useful posts we found via google. Starts and warms-up quickly, prints quickly, doesn’t drink ink like an ink-jet. We had an hp ink-jet before this which was as thirsty as a camel, spat like a camel and was about as effective at printing as one. Every time we installed a new cartridge, it felt like we wasted half the ink in a stupid loop of printing and scanning alignment pages. No such problems with this printer. Plug-in, turn-on, print, turn-off, get on with your life.
      1. Don’t buy an inkjet – buy this. Simple b/w printer, no colour, no scanner. Canon customer support / installation instruction for mac could be clearer, but we managed with the help of some very useful posts we found via google. Starts and warms-up quickly, prints quickly, doesn’t drink ink like an ink-jet. We had an hp ink-jet before this which was as thirsty as a camel, spat like a camel and was about as effective at printing as one. Every time we installed a new cartridge, it felt like we wasted half the ink in a stupid loop of printing and scanning alignment pages. No such problems with this printer. Plug-in, turn-on, print, turn-off, get on with your life.
  3. This review is from : Canon i-SENSYS LBP6000 Black and White Laser Printer

    Fantastic printer, the best i’ve owned. I don’t normally feel compelled to write a review of a printer i’ve bought, but this is outstanding. I have one for my business and it’s gets a lot of use. Very fast printing with no warm up timelow cost per pageit’s never played upthe design is great – compact and little thing like the fact that for printing a single sheet you don’t need to have the printer out tray extended. Very impressed and exactly what i was looking for.
  4. This review is from : Canon i-SENSYS LBP6000 Black and White Laser Printer

    Fantastic printer, the best i’ve owned. I don’t normally feel compelled to write a review of a printer i’ve bought, but this is outstanding. I have one for my business and it’s gets a lot of use. Very fast printing with no warm up timelow cost per pageit’s never played upthe design is great – compact and little thing like the fact that for printing a single sheet you don’t need to have the printer out tray extended. Very impressed and exactly what i was looking for.
  5. This review is from : Canon i-SENSYS LBP6000 Black and White Laser Printer

    I have had a variety of home printers including an epson (quite good) and two hp versions (rubbish). In fact the last printer was a fully functioning hp with wireless printing (can’t remember model) but i found the wireless function didn’t work and the printer decided to run out of ink on a fairly regular basis. The ink was soooo expensive. I decided that most of my printing was black & white and went for this canon printer. Just superb and similar to those larger office versions that print rapidly and in very good quality. The replacement cartridge was £14 on amazon and i think it’s good for 1500 sheets so now i don’t have to think twice about printing. The hp was dumped as a bad mistake and have not looked back. . It’s only black & white but in reality, that is what most people require. I also invested in a scansnap s300 scanner (very good) which can scan all paperwork onto your pc and find the two are just great.
  6. This review is from : Canon i-SENSYS LBP6000 Black and White Laser Printer

    I have had a variety of home printers including an epson (quite good) and two hp versions (rubbish). In fact the last printer was a fully functioning hp with wireless printing (can’t remember model) but i found the wireless function didn’t work and the printer decided to run out of ink on a fairly regular basis. The ink was soooo expensive. I decided that most of my printing was black & white and went for this canon printer. Just superb and similar to those larger office versions that print rapidly and in very good quality. The replacement cartridge was £14 on amazon and i think it’s good for 1500 sheets so now i don’t have to think twice about printing. The hp was dumped as a bad mistake and have not looked back. . It’s only black & white but in reality, that is what most people require. I also invested in a scansnap s300 scanner (very good) which can scan all paperwork onto your pc and find the two are just great.
  7. This review is from : Canon i-SENSYS LBP6000 Black and White Laser Printer

    Not the best but excellent value. Picked this up as i needed an extra printer and it works very well within the limitations of its spec. At approx £40 it is a steal. Point of note which i hope is useful – the canon 725 toner cartridge it uses (and which is relatively difficult to source) is identical to the hp ce285a which is much more readily available and often much cheaper.
  8. This review is from : Canon i-SENSYS LBP6000 Black and White Laser Printer

    Not the best but excellent value. Picked this up as i needed an extra printer and it works very well within the limitations of its spec. At approx £40 it is a steal. Point of note which i hope is useful – the canon 725 toner cartridge it uses (and which is relatively difficult to source) is identical to the hp ce285a which is much more readily available and often much cheaper.
    1. I at uni, i have using this printer intensely since 2 months ago and it still has plenty of ink. However, it was quite difficult to install the software needed for the printer to work on my mac.
  9. This review is from : Canon i-SENSYS LBP6000 Black and White Laser Printer

    I at uni, i have using this printer intensely since 2 months ago and it still has plenty of ink. However, it was quite difficult to install the software needed for the printer to work on my mac.
    1. I’m very pleased with this printer, it’s very fast and compact (if you don’t need to have paper stored in it all the time you can have the front hatch closed). I don’t print that often, so i can take the trouble to load some paper in it before printing. I had some trouble finding a driver for mac osx lion at first though and had to scroll some forums to find one. There was only driver for windows shipped with it. I had a canon ip1500 inkjet before and this is a great upgrade since i don’t really need color prints, and i don’t have to worry about cartridges dried out or almost emptied. I think the starter toner that came with the printer will last a long time for me, at least i hope so.
  10. This review is from : Canon i-SENSYS LBP6000 Black and White Laser Printer

    I’m very pleased with this printer, it’s very fast and compact (if you don’t need to have paper stored in it all the time you can have the front hatch closed). I don’t print that often, so i can take the trouble to load some paper in it before printing. I had some trouble finding a driver for mac osx lion at first though and had to scroll some forums to find one. There was only driver for windows shipped with it. I had a canon ip1500 inkjet before and this is a great upgrade since i don’t really need color prints, and i don’t have to worry about cartridges dried out or almost emptied. I think the starter toner that came with the printer will last a long time for me, at least i hope so.
  11. This review is from : Canon i-SENSYS LBP6000 Black and White Laser Printer

    For £45 i could not fault this printer. Very easy to set up, worked first time. It is reasonably fast, adequate for dometic use. Probably wouldn’t publish war and peace on it but how often do you have very lengthy documents to print?. Same price as the authentic canon toner cartridge, recommended.
  12. This review is from : Canon i-SENSYS LBP6000 Black and White Laser Printer

    For £45 i could not fault this printer. Very easy to set up, worked first time. It is reasonably fast, adequate for dometic use. Probably wouldn’t publish war and peace on it but how often do you have very lengthy documents to print?. Same price as the authentic canon toner cartridge, recommended.
    1. Canon- i-sensys lbp 6000 review. This canon i-sensys lbp 6000 comes with a installation disk but it is completely useless for people using mac. It took me about an hour to get it to work. Basically i have go on internet to search for a driver from canon website (it didn’t help when they listed an outdated version upfront) and after second attempt and browsing through fellow mac user comments.
  13. This review is from : Canon i-SENSYS LBP6000 Black and White Laser Printer

    Canon- i-sensys lbp 6000 review. This canon i-sensys lbp 6000 comes with a installation disk but it is completely useless for people using mac. It took me about an hour to get it to work. Basically i have go on internet to search for a driver from canon website (it didn’t help when they listed an outdated version upfront) and after second attempt and browsing through fellow mac user comments.
    1. This is a great printer for a technophobe. Having said that, i’m so bad, i had to get my brother in law to set it up for me. However, it is fast, easy to use and, so far, very economical. My family were so impressed with the speed at which it prints, they ordered one as well.
  14. This review is from : Canon i-SENSYS LBP6000 Black and White Laser Printer

    This is a great printer for a technophobe. Having said that, i’m so bad, i had to get my brother in law to set it up for me. However, it is fast, easy to use and, so far, very economical. My family were so impressed with the speed at which it prints, they ordered one as well.
  15. This review is from : Canon i-SENSYS LBP6000 Black and White Laser Printer

    Bought this printer to use for black and white only because the colour one uses the ink up quickly and is expensive. It works really well, very quick to print and good quality.
    1. Bought this printer to use for black and white only because the colour one uses the ink up quickly and is expensive. It works really well, very quick to print and good quality.
      1. I tried and it looks good except they did not send cable(but i had a cable to my scanner what is fit to this). Another problem was it is very big, but i understand. I was very happy because i printed card paper (210 gsm) and it is working and i hope this does not harm this printer. And a little noisy, but fast. This printer can print plain paper (60 to 89 g/m²) or heavy paper (90 to 163 g/m²) of the following sizes. Standard sizea4, b5, a5, legal, letter, executive, and 16kcustom paper sizeswidth 76.
  16. I tried and it looks good except they did not send cable(but i had a cable to my scanner what is fit to this). Another problem was it is very big, but i understand. I was very happy because i printed card paper (210 gsm) and it is working and i hope this does not harm this printer. And a little noisy, but fast. This printer can print plain paper (60 to 89 g/m²) or heavy paper (90 to 163 g/m²) of the following sizes. Standard sizea4, b5, a5, legal, letter, executive, and 16kcustom paper sizeswidth 76.
    1. Excellent printer – great value. I needed a compact mono laser printer to handle 350 pages at a time that would work well with a mac. The set up was easy and it worked well immediatly and has continued to do so. The only draw back with printers of this type is thst every 1500 pages or so ylu have to spend 30-60 percent of the initial cost to buy a new cartridge. But given that 15 years ago the printer would have cost seven times as much – it a very good buy. An unexpected bonus is that the printer is virtually dust free unlike many laser printers.
  17. This review is from : Canon i-SENSYS LBP6000 Black and White Laser Printer

    Excellent printer – great value. I needed a compact mono laser printer to handle 350 pages at a time that would work well with a mac. The set up was easy and it worked well immediatly and has continued to do so. The only draw back with printers of this type is thst every 1500 pages or so ylu have to spend 30-60 percent of the initial cost to buy a new cartridge. But given that 15 years ago the printer would have cost seven times as much – it a very good buy. An unexpected bonus is that the printer is virtually dust free unlike many laser printers.

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