A low-cost mono MFP that combines
fast print speeds with a useful array of features
Sitting at the top of Canon’s family of
small-office mono MFPs, the MF4890dw allies 25ppm print speeds with useful
features such as Canon’s 50-page duplex automatic document feeder (DADF), which
can scan both sides of a page for copy, fax and scan operations.
Network installation is easy, and the setup
routine also loads Presto’s PageManager 7, and Canon’s Toolbox and network scan
utilities. The Toolbox’s floating menu allows for quick scans to OCR, PDF and
email, while the network scan utility registers the host PC with the MFP for
direct scanning to the desktop.
Wireless setup must be run from the Canon’s
operator panel, but it’s quick: a WPS-assisted connection to our Netgear router
was created in seconds. Wired and wireless components can’t be active
For fax operations, you can manually add address
book entries from the printer’s basic web interface. Canon’s import/export
software tool is handy for larger address books, but this only works with a
local USB connection. Scanning to a PC is easy, since all PCs that have the
network utility installed appear in the LCD panel for selection.
duplex ADF makes light work of scans and copies
The MF4890dw matched its claimed print
speeds. A 25-page A4 Word document took one minute, and duplex prints emerged
at 16ppm. Our challenging 24-page DTP document printed in 56 seconds, but
copying a ten-page double-sided document using the DADF averaged at a sluggish
4ppm. Speed remained constant across both the printer driver’s General and
Publication quality settings, and there were no significant differences in
output. Text remained pin-sharp, and, while photos lost detail in darker areas,
there was minimal banding.
The MF4890dw is packed with features and
delivers nippy print speeds - and the DADF is a boon. For only $313, Canon has
put together a solid package at an appealing price.
fax operations, you can manually add address book entries from the printer’s
basic web interface
1,200 x 600dpi A4 mono laser
600dpi color scanner
2x RJ11 Ethernet
802.11 bgn Wi-Fi
single-sheet manual slot
monthly duty cycle 10,000 pages
1 yr RTB warranty
390 x 445 x 360mm (WDH)