Canon i-SENSYS MF212w Wi-Fi Multifunction Mono Laser Printer – Good quality b/W printer

A fine home/small office printer. . Comes in a surprisingly large box, and weighs more than i expected – at least when compared to my old, now tiny looking samsung m2022. Once out the box it looks the part, in a monolithic sort of way. It’s not all been plain sailing though. First there was no uk power cable in the box (i’m assuming i had a very early model), no usb cable (not unusual, but a little disappointing), and the driver cd refused to install on my imac – making a trip to canon support website necessary. Not the end of the world, but not a great first impression. With everything installed (two parts – drivers and toolbox for the scanner), things improved. Print speeds are quick, just a couple of seconds from clicking print to it producing the sheet. Print quality is good, with even very small text being readable and vector graphics are sharp. Photo’s are decent enough for a b&w printer, but large flat areas of mid-tones can exhibit some slight banding.

A fine home/small office printer. . Comes in a surprisingly large box, and weighs more than i expected – at least when compared to my old, now tiny looking samsung m2022. Once out the box it looks the part, in a monolithic sort of way. It’s not all been plain sailing though. First there was no uk power cable in the box (i’m assuming i had a very early model), no usb cable (not unusual, but a little disappointing), and the driver cd refused to install on my imac – making a trip to canon support website necessary. Not the end of the world, but not a great first impression. With everything installed (two parts – drivers and toolbox for the scanner), things improved. Print speeds are quick, just a couple of seconds from clicking print to it producing the sheet. Print quality is good, with even very small text being readable and vector graphics are sharp. Photo’s are decent enough for a b&w printer, but large flat areas of mid-tones can exhibit some slight banding.

Lovely to be able to print wirelessly. 4/5 because the lid on top of machine could be more robust. Instructions for set up relatively straight forward as were the instructions for scanning. Obviously need a good router signal [router had to be updatedcopying function is easy. Prints reports quickly [home use not an office]. ]

  • Good quality for it.s price
  • Great printer, hard to use scanner,
  • Good multifunction printer, copier, scanner

Better functionality and longer cartridge life for a marginally higher price than other camparible multifunctional mono lazer printers. Securely packaged and an average ease of set up.

Positives=========nice lookingfastgood quality printed outputfairly quietsleep modetilt-able control panelwired or wirelesscompactnegatives=========not the easiest to operate from front paneldrivers complicatedgenuine canon toner expensivepaper tray sticks out slightly from front when filledscanner is only 600×600 opticalthis is my first experience with a caon made laser printer (my previous one’s have been hp made) and i’m pretty impressed. Width and depth wise it is smaller than my mfd inkjet but is about 2 and a bit times as tall, however as it’s the base surface area that is important it is great and will not take up a lot of room on a desk or filing cabinet. It was a little tricky and annoying to set up the wireless network connection via the front panel as it is not a touchscreen and involved a lot of fiddling about with multiple buttons to enter information. Overall the setup wasn’t very intuitive or easy and could do with refinement by canon. The canon made toner cartridges are expensive, however there are a much cheaper generic makes available. Printing wise, from the moment you hit print in word to the printer starting to push out the page takes only a second or two, even when printing drawings or photos. Quality wise text is perfect, sharp and clear, photos are obviously half-tone and are not really what a laser printer like this is designed for. However, as long as you understand the limits then photos are what you’d expect and as good as you can get at this resolution. When it comes to scanning and copying, the scanner is only 600 x 600 optically so is very low quality when compared to even my mfd inkjet’s built-in one (4800 x 4800 optical).

Time to first page print is fast and scanner good.

Time to first page print is fast and scanner good.

One comment on “Canon i-SENSYS MF212w Wi-Fi Multifunction Mono Laser Printer – Good quality b/W printer

  1. Good quality for it. S price. Cons : very difficult to set up and install drivers if you buy a laser pronter for the first time. . Also quite big take a lot of spacepros : good quality material nice design easy to print and scan so far does the job after one month.
    1. Good quality for it. S price. Cons : very difficult to set up and install drivers if you buy a laser pronter for the first time. . Also quite big take a lot of spacepros : good quality material nice design easy to print and scan so far does the job after one month.
  2. This review is from : Canon i-SENSYS MF212w Wi-Fi Multifunction Mono Laser Printer

    Good multifunction printer, copier, scanner. Firstly, i’ve knocked a star off as the printer arrived without a uk mains lead and it took 10 days, one email and two phone calls before i received one. This is obviously completely unacceptable service for an item that is as likely as not to be used by a small business or home office worker. Also not included is usb a to b connection cable to connect it to your pc, although you won’t need this if you connect wirelessly. I used the one i had to buy for my old printer, which also came without a cableset up took around half an hour from unboxing, downloading drivers and online manual and toolbox, to printing my first sample page. The printer generally feels sturdily made and good quality, although it is almost twice the size of my regular laserjet printer. Print quality is very good and it printed up 10 pages of text in about twenty seconds. Photocopies are not bad, but depending on the source can be noticeably poorer quality than the original. Scanning i found was quick and easy. All functions are quite noisy and i wouldn’t want to have to use this for a long time.
  3. This review is from : Canon i-SENSYS MF212w Wi-Fi Multifunction Mono Laser Printer

    Good multifunction printer, copier, scanner. Firstly, i’ve knocked a star off as the printer arrived without a uk mains lead and it took 10 days, one email and two phone calls before i received one. This is obviously completely unacceptable service for an item that is as likely as not to be used by a small business or home office worker. Also not included is usb a to b connection cable to connect it to your pc, although you won’t need this if you connect wirelessly. I used the one i had to buy for my old printer, which also came without a cableset up took around half an hour from unboxing, downloading drivers and online manual and toolbox, to printing my first sample page. The printer generally feels sturdily made and good quality, although it is almost twice the size of my regular laserjet printer. Print quality is very good and it printed up 10 pages of text in about twenty seconds. Photocopies are not bad, but depending on the source can be noticeably poorer quality than the original. Scanning i found was quick and easy. All functions are quite noisy and i wouldn’t want to have to use this for a long time.
    1. Great printer, hard to use scanner,. As a printer this is an excellent device less so as a scanner. As printer/scanners go it is on the large size. It starts up quickly, print speedily both over wifi and usb and it has excellent cloud connections and i use it to print from various chromebooks with no problems. Print quality is good and changing toner cartridges is not the difficult and messy job it can be with some laser printers. The black and white control panel offers a host of options and can be quite hard to navigate but this can also be done from a computer connected to the lan address of the device. I get the feeling that this is more of a low end business device than a domestic printer as many of the option available seemed orientated to the enterprise market. As a scanner i found it less appealing. The software supplied seems dated and non intuitive and did not make me feel inclined to switch from my exiting scanner. To be honest i can’t say much more than that as the poor interface does not make me want to bether with it.
  4. This review is from : Canon i-SENSYS MF212w Wi-Fi Multifunction Mono Laser Printer

    Great printer, hard to use scanner,. As a printer this is an excellent device less so as a scanner. As printer/scanners go it is on the large size. It starts up quickly, print speedily both over wifi and usb and it has excellent cloud connections and i use it to print from various chromebooks with no problems. Print quality is good and changing toner cartridges is not the difficult and messy job it can be with some laser printers. The black and white control panel offers a host of options and can be quite hard to navigate but this can also be done from a computer connected to the lan address of the device. I get the feeling that this is more of a low end business device than a domestic printer as many of the option available seemed orientated to the enterprise market. As a scanner i found it less appealing. The software supplied seems dated and non intuitive and did not make me feel inclined to switch from my exiting scanner. To be honest i can’t say much more than that as the poor interface does not make me want to bether with it.
    1. Lovely to be able to print wirelessly. 4/5 because the lid on top of machine could be more robust. Instructions for set up relatively straight forward as were the instructions for scanning. Obviously need a good router signal [router had to be updated]copying function is easy. Prints reports quickly [home use not an office].
  5. This review is from : Canon i-SENSYS MF212w Wi-Fi Multifunction Mono Laser Printer

    Lovely to be able to print wirelessly. 4/5 because the lid on top of machine could be more robust. Instructions for set up relatively straight forward as were the instructions for scanning. Obviously need a good router signal [router had to be updated]copying function is easy. Prints reports quickly [home use not an office].
    1. Excellent printedvery fast 1st pagenot too noisywifi set up easy, printed is cleaver and can go connect to canon server to download and install latest firmwareonly 4 stars because lack of 2 sides printing.
      1. Excellent printedvery fast 1st pagenot too noisywifi set up easy, printed is cleaver and can go connect to canon server to download and install latest firmwareonly 4 stars because lack of 2 sides printing.

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