The Canon PC430 laser copier is designed for the home or small office user. Its ultra-compact and portable design allows it to travel with a user. It produces good quality copies, though its speed is a bit slow. Toner is also very affordable, making it a more economical choice than a model that uses Konica-Minolta 1710587-005 toner.
This unit fills an interesting, but necessary niche, as an extremely compact, portable personal copy machine. Its small size and foldable trays allow the user to take it to a location for copying. It also works as a small office copy machine, but for the same price, more robust options are available. Its Canon PC430 toner cartridges also have a capacity of only 4,000 pages, so for more prints the Dell 3115cn that features Dell 310-8092 toner is a better choice.
Setting up the machine is dead simple, consisting of opening the cover, plugging in power, and loading paper. One impressive feature is that the unit requires virtually no warmup time, unlike larger machines, which often require many minutes before use. Paper capacity is 50 sheets, and both the input and output paper trays fold up to make the unit more compact for portability.
The Canon PC430 laser copier would also make a good choice for an inexperienced user, as its controls are simple and intuitive. Users not familiar with copy machines should have no trouble using it.
The unit uses a single cartridge system, unlike the color Samsung CLP-510 and its four needed cartridges of Samsung CLP-510D5C toner. The PC430 also includes the toner and drum both in a single toner cartridge, which is very convenient.
Copy speed is a bit disappointing, at 4 pages per minute, but given its portability and very compact size, tradeoffs had to be made. Copy quality is generally good, and it has both automatic and manual exposure settings, although the automatic exposure tends to make dark copies.
Overall, users who choose portability over speed and advanced options will be happy with the Canon PC430. Users who want more from their copy machine can find it in competing models for a similar price.