Canon manufactures a lot of laser printer engines, not just for itself, and the i-SENSYS LBP7200Cdn relies on a fresh in-line design that reduces the overall length of the machine, whilst still giving it a fairly low profile.
That is not to say that is a very discreet machine; it is fairly large for an A4 device rated at 20ppm, even if it does contain duplex printing as standard. Coloured in cream and light grey, its design is actually fairly unexceptional, having a curved front edge along with two separate handles for pulling down covers.
A drawer on the base of the front panel supports as much as 250 sheets of ordinary paper and another tray, of the identical volume, may be added as an option. The printer claims to be for small workgroups, therefore we’d still want to see a greater capacity tray included. There’s a 50-sheet multi-purpose tray lurking behind the fold-down front panel, though, thus an all round default potential of 300 sheets isn’t really too bad.
The control panel is not special, devoid of an LCD screen and merely eight signal lights for consumables’ status in addition to error conditions. There is a solitary button to cancel an ongoing print job, though in our tests the machine was pretty willing to keep on churning out pages despite the fact the cancel light was flashing.
At the rear there are sockets intended for USB as well as Ethernet, each standard, yet there is not a wireless selection. You might, nevertheless, make use of a third-party wireless print server without having much trouble.
The Canon i-SENSYS LBP7200Cdn toner cartridges are actually supplied within a pullout tray, which is accessible once you have folded down the entirety of the machine’s front panel. They are four small-scale neat units, having capacities of 3,400 pages with respect to mono along with 2,900 pages with regard to each individual colour. Yields are reasonable although, as is so widespread, Canon includes 1,400 and 1,200 page ‘starter’ cartridges with the machine.
You’ll find that there’s not really very much in the way of software programs, apart from a driver along with a consumables monitor. Drivers are offered for Windows 2000, XP and Vista, and for versions of OS X above 10.4.1. No Linux support is mentioned.
The five-page evaluation jobs resulted in speeds of 10ppm, which means merely half what’s stated, however for longer documents of 20 pages the pace goes up to 15.6ppm, in excess of three quarters of the claimed rate.
This appliance comes with an internal duplexer. The identical 20-page document, when printed duplex, resulted in a rate of 8.6spm, or 4.3ppm, that’s disappointingly poor.
Mono text is certainly well-defined and tidy, if not quite as black as from other lasers we’ve looked over.
Colour graphics are vibrant and also eye-catching, along with hardly any indication of fill patterns and outstanding registration of black text above coloured backgrounds. Colours are full-blown and radiant therefore you wouldn’t be ashamed to give full-colour documents printed with this device to customers.
The test photo print is also nicely reproduced for a laser printer. There is very little sign of banding and additionally sleek colour fills are in evidence all through. Foreground fine detail is razor-sharp and also clear and also shows nicely within shadowed areas of the pictures well as in vibrantly lit ones.
The i-SENSYS LBP7200Cdn is an effective mid-range colour laser printer, which is straightforward to maintain and creates high quality print with regard to text, graphics and photographs. Speed is reasonable. This is a nice all-round colour device.