Apologies to Richard Griffin at Canon for not publishing this road test earlier. The truth is we have been using the Canon MF4660PL Mono All-in-One as our news hot desk printer and didn't want to give it back.
Whatever the file format and however sent, this plucky little printer would not fall over, overload or jam! No rotten paper size mis-alignment messages, just very fast, no warm up time instant prints. We saved loads of time in not having to interrupt our own print room; in fact it even stole some jobs including a 500 run half tone job it won on quality. The new fuser system is brilliant as it is so instant for printing the odd email and document to be circulate. Here follows the tec spec we know many of you ask CSN to publish, and of course a target price to please your bean counter, sub £300.
The MF4660PL combines Print, Copy, Scan capability, with built-in networking and a user-friendly, compact design. Easy Auto-Duplexing makes it quick and easy to produce efficient and professional double-sided prints and copies. The MF4690PL adds Super G3 faxing and SEND functionality for scanning to network, Email, and USB memory device. Both the MF4690PL and MF4660PL feature On-Demand Fixing Technology, bringing performance benefits including 20ppm printing and copying, increased energy efficiency and fast first print and copy out times. Advanced specifications make the i-SENSYS MF4600 series an ideal choice for networked workgroups or have one on each desk.
The MF4690PL and MF4660PL feature:
Print, Copy and Scan capability
Automatic duplex printing
Super G3 fax modem (MF4690PL only)
SEND functionality: scan documents direct to email, network or a USB
memory key (MF4690PL only)
Departmental ID security
Built-in Network Interface with RUI (Remote User Interface)
UFR II LT, PCL 5e and PCL 6 printer languages
1200 x 600dpi professional prints
8.5 second First Copy Out Time
Quick First-Print with virtually zero warm-up time
Compact and stylish design
With integrated networking as standard, Remote User Interface (RUI) and Canon's proprietary UFR II LT host-based printing technology, the MF4690PL and MF4660PL are the ideal tools for small networked workgroups. PCL 5e and PCL 6 capability allows the MF4690PL and MF4660PL to seamlessly integrate into existing PCL printing environments. Fast processing is ensured by 128MB of RAM as standard. The MF4690PL and MF4660PL offer Mac and Windows compatibility, including Windows Vista.
SEND and USB port functionality
The MF4690PL is the most versatile i-SENSYS All-in-One to date, with the newly added functionality of Canon's SEND technology - previously only available on Canon's high-end iR series multifunctionals. When connected to a network, SEND functions enable the scanning of documents direct to e-mail or network (SMB), enabling the simple, fuss-free distribution of documents via the network. Scanning direct to USB memory devices is also possible. SEND is capable of producing highly compressed files without compromising on quality.
Reduce paper costs and time spent with the printer with the i-SENSYS MF4690PL and MF4660PL's Auto-Duplexing facility. One-touch operation makes it more convenient than ever to create of professional double-sided prints and copies.
Productive, Efficient Design
The MF4690PL and MF4660PL are compact, stylish All-in-Ones. With an excellent print speed of 20ppm and virtually zero warm-up time due to On-Demand Fixing, documents are delivered quickly and conveniently. First Copy Out Time (FCOT) is just 8.5 seconds. Time-saving front operation, convenient Auto-Duplexing and minimised power consumption - approximately 3.5W in Energy Save Mode - make the MF4600 series efficient and cost-effective laser multifunctional printers.