Canon D861 Printer Review
The Canon D861 laser printer is designed for the home or small office user. Large paper capacity, fast printing speed, and great standalone copier functionality combine into one affordable and compact package.
While the Canon imageCLASS D861 is advertised as a personal digital copier, it is really so much more. Besides being a fantastic laser printer, it has the ability to support a small office of multiple users as a copy machine, not just one user. Its toner and paper capacity is larger than most in its class, and holding a 500-sheet main tray and a 100-sheet multipurpose tray that handles alternate media types and sizes. This is a very convenient option that is often overlooked, as it means not having to empty the main tray when using alternate paper types.
The unit does not include the ability to scan or fax, which many users might expect given the popularity of all-in-one machines on the market. This can actually be a benefit, however, as users who don't need those functions won't have to pay extra for features they don't need.
Along with its other features, it is also a very economical choice for multiple reasons. First, it is Energy Star certified, using very little power, especially when not in use. Second, its toner save mode can help users get even more from each Canon imageCLASS D861 toner cartridge. Lastly, its laser toner cartridges are very affordably-priced. Canon D861 toner cartridges have a capacity of 5,000 pages.
Print speed is impressive, especially for its price, at around 18 pages per minute. Copies print at the same rate, minus scanning time. Print quality is excellent, with sharp, dark text, and above average graphics and photo quality.
Overall, the Canon imageCLASS D861 laser printer combines excellent functionality and fast speeds into a compact machine that is more than the sum of its parts.