Canon imageCLASS MF4890dw All-In-One Printer

I love Canon’s multi-function printers, though I must be honest also I am a huge fan of the company. So with this little bias, consider me introducing this new MFP of the company that is an evolution to the late MF4880 of the imageCLASS series, the new MF4890dw. As a black-and-white laser printer, the newer MF4890dw of Canon has a price of $250 on retail, which is actually a lot much than the predecessor’s $180 tag price; luckily it is offered now for only $190 at a very limited number of stores around the globe. The question now is: would such a pricey upgrade be worth the price?

Bodied in a strong plastic body, the Canon imageCLASS MF4890dw has a body weight of 38.8lbs in its dimensions of 15.4×14.5×14.2”. This said, you will be just right to say this is not something you’d love to pull along and transfer between beds. Canon says this printer is more for office use, so practically speaking, the Canon imageCLASS MF4890dw is a strong contender for a desk space. No worries about the lines because like its predecessor it is capable of performing its jobs wirelessly over a Wi-Fi network. Better than this, just in case your office does not get the right wireless feature, you can opt for the built-in Ethernet port for that network-style printing across multiple computers within the same room.

The Canon imageCLASS MF4890dw features a tilting control panel with a 5-row backlit LCD screen on it. Unlike some in the competition, adding such a versatile feature adds a factor of comfort to the users since viewing angles can be more controlled. Buttons are also well laid on this minimalist panel, making it easy to go to the right item without lacking in the right feature. As a MFP, the MF4890dw does the jobs expected of it: printing, copying, faxing, scanning, but without a built-in phone for picking up wired calls.

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About the upgrades or changes occurred in this new imageCLASS model, the MF4890dw now supports an auto-duplexing feature that does not only cover scanning and copying, but also on printing as well. Instead of the predecessor’s 25-sheet tray for copying, the Canon imageCLASS MF4890dw is now capable of holding 50 sheets on top, not to mention the 250-sheet paper tray on the lower end. Expected also to its size and weight, the MF4890dw caters to paper sizes of up to legal size (8.5×14”), but the height can be trimmed down to 5inches. All these seem well already for the usual office trend except for one thing: the scanbed can only copy letter-size papers (8.5×11”).

The Canon imageCLASS MF4890dw prints in a company-claimed speed of 26ppm for single-page printing and 16ppm for duplex printing. However, as per my own testing, first testing took a little longer like 5-8 seconds on the first page, and the next pages followed with ease. Counting the pages, I have collected around 11-14 pages under a minute, and that’s only single-paged. Nevertheless I am pleased with the quality of the prints, making the black-and-white clean and industrial in grade, not to mention the very fine details and a high range of grayscale steps the machine can put into gradient. I do not recommend it though for monochromatic photo printing since it will really kill the toner and put some heat on it, but basic printing like web pages and slides should be acceptable.

Other specs of the Canon imageCLASS MF4890dw are: max print resolution of 600dpi, shared memory of 128MB (which I suppose is high enough), 256-level halftones, 99 copies max printing, on-screen image rescaling, Super G3 feature for fax and Ethernet at 33.6kbps transfer speed, 24-bit scan color depth, and output formats of PDF, JPEG, TIFF, BMP, and PNG.

The Canon imageCLASS MF4890dw is worth enough if we consider the valuable upgrades it has over its predecessor, but generally looking at the set of features, the MF4890dw is still pricey. If only it had a touch-screen panel and some additional support for remote printing, the MF4890dw should be more than enough making it the best class for office use.

Canon imageCLASS MF4890dw All-In-One Printer Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 11,500.00

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