Canon’s i-SENSYS MF9170 was created for smaller businesses or even medium-sized workgroups and offers colour copying as well as faxing to its colour print features. It can also print, scan and also copy in duplex form, giving possible expenses savings by using each side of each and every sheet of paper.
It is a large unit, but nevertheless mountable upon a counter or stand. It also sits quite high, at 632mm, due to the fact the colour print engine happens to be fitted vertically within the case. Paper feeds through a regular 250-sheet paper tray, or through the fold-down 100-sheet multi-purpose tray above, to the top area of the print portion of the appliance. There exists an optionally available 500-sheet tray, which fits underneath the device if you need much more paper storage space than this.
The control panel sits as a self-contained system, having a 89mm colour LCD panel placed in to its front. It is utilized to show settings and also menu options and it is controlled with a series of switches as well as one of Canon’s click-wheels, that many of the company’s inkjet clients will certainly identify from its PIXMA all-in-ones. The particular wheel on the MF9170 is a bit too sensitive and it’s all too easy to overshoot the actual preference you’re trying to choose.
Uncommonly for a colour laser multifunction, the actual control panel module has sockets down the two its sides, together with twin USB sockets for USB drives down the right as well as camera memory card slots with regard to CompactFlash, SD as well as MemoryStick cards. The appliance recognises TIF and also JPG files and will exhibit thumbnails, in order to choose and print directly, and not having to do the job from a Computer. Pages may also be scanned directly to memory cards in lots of formats, which includes Canon’s compressed PDF.
The scanner comes including a 50-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), which, much like the printer, can easily flip each page over. Scans, at as much as 600dpi resolution, are usually OK for OCR and scanning photograph prints.
The Super G3 fax features support colour and duplex faxing and there is enough internal memory for as many as 1,000 received pages.
Cartridge upkeep is simple, as the integrated drum and Canon i-SENSYS MF9170 toner cartridges slip in one above another in moments, once you have pulled down the front cover. Software support consists of remote user interface and also departmental ID management, as well as the driver, that’s furnished pertaining to Windows and OSX and is obtainable as a web download for various Linux distributions.
Canon specs the i-SENSYS MF9170 at 21ppm, however we did not observe more than 16.0ppm under test. That had been for a 20-page single-sided print, whereas a five-page document only managed 9.1ppm.
On the majority of duplex printers, you may expect each double-sided page to take more time than two single sides, however we were amazed to observe a speed of 13.8 sides per minute on our 20-page document, whenever printed in this way. Duplex copying isn’t as quick, however, with the 20-side document taking 2:53 to complete, a speed of just 6.9spm.
Print quality is very good. Even though default resolution of the unit is a quite standard 600dpi, text characters seem razor-sharp and practically letter-pressed. There’s no sign of any jagged edges to curves and diagonals as well as characters are smooth right down to small point sizes. Colour graphics are vibrant and thick plus registration of black text over solid colour is nearly flawless.
Even the test photo print looked a lot better than numerous colour laser prints achieve. Colour changes are usually smooth plus there is better than common depth within more dark, shadowed areas, which often cause problems. There is a moderate yellow cast noticeable, but except if you happen to be extremely particular, it won’t cause you any difficulties.