Canon ImageClass LBP6000 Review

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Near the bottom of the laser printer price ladder, the Canon ImageClass LBP6000 (starting at $77, Amazon) earns affirming reviews -- especially from consumers. This is a small and fast laser printer designed for one-person use, and for the most part, performance is more than adequate. A review at Top Ten Reviews commends the fast printing, user friendliness, and small size, but pans the measly 2MB of installed memory. The expert at PC Mag notes that the ImageClass LBP6000 is short on features, which isn't surprising given the very low price, and says text quality is high (good enough for most business documents), and photo prints hold their own on downloads from the web or personal files. Graphics printout is a struggle, however, the Canon ImageClass LBP6000 review continues, showing some "dithering" in images and dot patterns in solid sections. These experts tested speed using a variety of business applications and recorded a very respectable 10.6ppm. Users find a lot to like about this monochrome laser printer. Comments posted at Amazon reveal their appreciation for its print quality and speed, quiet operation, small footprint, and simple setup.

The Canon ImageClass LBP6000 features resolution of 600 x 600 dpi and print speed for black text up to 19ppm. It comes with a 150-sheet input tray and 100-sheet output tray and handles several types of paper and media, including transparencies, labels, envelopes, and heavy and plain paper. With just 2MB of memory and a lone USB 2.0 port (no Ethernet port or support for wireless networks), this model is clearly designed to accommodate the needs of a single user at home. It's compatible with Windows (up to Windows 7), Linux, and Mac OS X 10.4.9 (and higher) operating systems. It measures 9.9 x 14.2 x 7.8 inches and weighs 11.1 pounds without the cartridge.

If you're looking for a simple, entry-level laser printer that doesn't have any networking responsibilities, the ImageClass LBP6000 may be the best deal you'll find. It's small and fast and prints text well.

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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