Although it comes at a premium price, the Canon LASER CLASS 830i is a robust laser fax machine with copy, scan, and print capabilities as well. Its output speeds of 23 pages per minute are pretty slow for the price, and Canon 830i printer toner supplies are a bit more expensive than those of its competition. Faxing speeds are fast, however, and its scanning features can reduce the need for faxing over time.
Even with a fairly compact design, the 830i doesn't skimp on paper handling. It includes both a 500-sheet main tray and a 100-sheet multipurpose tray, supporting two types or sizes of media at once. It can also be expanded to support up to 1,100 sheets, so it is ready for use in a larger office space, or it can grow with an expanding small office.
The unit itself measures 17.7x20.5x19 inches, and even with the LASER CLASS 830 toner installed it weighs only 56.2 pounds. This helps make it easy to set up or to move around. The Super G3 fax modem can transmit or receive faxes in around 3 seconds per page, and it can store around 1,500 pages in memory for when the paper or toners run out, so that important faxes won't be missed.
While Canon 830i toner cartridges aren't the priciest in its class, they are far from the most affordable. With a yield of 4,500 pages for each LASER CLASS 830i toner cartridge, users won't have to replace them often, but the overall cost of Canon 830i toner may end up being more than a small office budget can handle.
Buyers are likely to be drawn to the 830i's faxing capabilities first and foremost, but they may eventually be won over by the high-quality, cost-effective scanning and sharing methods it provides. Despite its high operating costs, it could still be a good choice for small offices.
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