Canon ImageClass MF3010 Review


The Canon ImageClass MF3010 doesn't have many extra features, but is as cheap a multifunction (no fax, though) laser printer as you'll find -- and it performs admirably. It has 32MB of memory and connectivity is limited to a USB 2.0 port.

A cheap multifunction laser printer for one user is what you get with the Canon ImageClass MF3010 (starting at $89, Amazon), according to reviews. The lack of networking features is a drawback, an expert review by CNET asserts, but the ease of use, fast print speeds (clocked by CNET at 17ppm for text), and crisp and clear text printout (even with small fonts) are definite strong points. Tests conducted by PC Mag for a review involving a battery of business applications measured output at 10.3ppm, which the expert says exceeds that of most multifunction laser printers. On the down side, the review continues, text and graphics quality is merely average and the relatively high per page cost of 4.1 cents might be a turn-off to users with heavy print needs. Nonetheless, users hold this printer in high regard. Canon ImageClass MF3010 reviews at Walmart and Amazon cite attributes such as quality scans and prints, rapid printout (three times as fast as an inkjet, says one post), small size, and budget price.

The ImageClass MF3010 is a multifunction device that prints, copies, and scans but doesn't fax. It offers a maximum print speed of 19ppm and features a 600 x 600 dpi maximum resolution (up to 9600 dpi, interpolated, for color scans) and 64MB of memory. The MF3010 connects via USB 2.0 only -- no wireless or Ethernet support, so no networking possibilities. The input tray accommodates 150 sheets of many types of paper (e.g., plain, heavy, bond, envelopes, labels) and the output tray holds up to 100 sheets. The MF3010 measures 14.7 x 10.9 x 10 inches, and weighs 16.8 pounds without the toner cartridge. It supports Windows (including Windows 8) and Mac OS X 10.4.9 and up.

If you need a multifunction laser printer with network capabilities at home or in the office, you'll need to look elsewhere. But for single user purposes, this inexpensive multifunction printer is a solid choice.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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