Canon imageCLASS LBP246dw Driver– The Canon ImageClass LBP246dw, priced at $299.99, closely resembles its predecessor, the LBP236dw, our current Editor’s Choice for mono laser printers in busy offices. Although it boasts a marginal speed increase to 42 ppm and a higher resolution, its elevated running costs prevent it from usurping the LBP236dw. However, for users prioritizing enhanced resolution for small fonts and intricate details, the LBP246dw emerges as the preferred choice.
Design: Lightweight and Effortless Setup
Weighing a mere 19.2 pounds and measuring 9.8 x 15.7 x 14.7 inches (HWD), the LBP246dw is easily movable and compact, fitting seamlessly onto desks. The front-mounted 100-sheet multi-purpose tray, though, expands the depth. Setup is a breeze, involving minimal tape removal and a power cord connection. The pre-installed toner cartridge streamlines the process.
Efficient Software Installation
The supplied disc’s setup program simplifies software installation, offering network or USB connection options and various drivers, including Canon’s proprietary, PCL6, and PS3. Opting for the proprietary driver and network connection, the program efficiently handles the rest. Mobile printing is facilitated through the Canon Print Business app for iOS and Android devices.
Paper Handling and Optional Capacity
Typical of mono lasers, the LBP246dw includes a 250-sheet drawer, a 100-sheet multi-purpose tray, and automatic duplexing. Users requiring higher capacity can opt for the additional 550-sheet drawer ($199). Canon recommends a duty cycle of 750 to 4,000 pages, making it suitable for moderate to heavy use.
Secure Printing and Convenience
Featuring private printing (Secure Print), the LBP246dw enhances security by requiring a PIN at the front panel before printing sensitive documents. This feature proves beneficial when the printer is not near the user’s desk, reducing the risk of unauthorized access to sensitive information. See Also: Canon imageCLASS X LBP1440 Driver
Running Costs and Total Ownership Considerations
While the LBP246dw offers a higher resolution, its running cost is 2.44 cents per page, slightly more than the LBP236dw. Considering a monthly print volume of 750 pages, this results in an additional $17 per year. For heavy users at 4,000 pages per month, the annual difference rises to $90. It’s essential to evaluate total ownership costs, factoring in initial prices and running expenses.
In summary, the Canon ImageClass LBP246dw presents an upgraded resolution option for users with specific print quality needs. Despite slightly higher running costs, its efficient design, secure printing features, and enhanced resolution make it a compelling choice for offices requiring precision in their printed output.
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