The Canon L3500 is a fax machine and laser printer designed for the home or small office user. It features excellent faxing, printing and copying features in a very compact package, but some users might prefer an all-in-one with scanning included.
The Canon CFX L3500 is perhaps attempting to fill a small niche of users who want to print, copy, and fax, but don't have a need for scanning. While this might seem to be a good cost-saving measure, all-in-one machines are available at the same price that include the option for scanning. Still, one thing the lack of a flatbed scanner affords, the Canon L3500 is a more compact design. It has a very small footprint, as its design takes up more vertical space than horizontal.
As a fax machine, the Canon CFX L3500 has a robust feature set including Super G3 transmission speeds, a 512 page memory capacity, and a 50-sheet automatic document feeder for multi-page faxes. The Canon L3500 is also a very good copy machine, though it lacks a flatbed scanner for materials that won't fit in the feeder. It can copy at up to 22 pages per minute.
Canon L3500 toner cartridges have a capacity of 2,700 pages. The laser toner cartridge is easy to access and replace, and it is inexpensive. Users may wish to use third-party compatible printer cartridges instead of the more expensive OEM Canon L3500 toner cartridges, which will save considerable money over the lifetime of the machine.
As a printer, the Canon L3500 is excellent. It can print at up to 22 pages per minute. Text quality is very sharp and detailed, and readable even at small font sizes. Graphics quality is a little below average for a laser, but still usable for users who only do occasional graphics prints.
Overall, the Canon L3500 is a solid machine that has almost every feature an office would need. Users who don't need scanning might appreciate it, but most would probably prefer the option.