Canon L4500 Printer Review
The Canon L4500 is a fax machine and laser printer designed for the home or small office user. Its compact size and affordable price are appealing, but slow faxing and printing speeds are below average.
For the office that needs a dedicated fax machine, the Canon CFX L4500 will fit the bill. Along with its faxing capabilities, it also functions as a copy machine and laser printer. Unfortunately, its performance is lackluster for every function.
Faxing options abound on the Canon CFX L4500, as its focus is on the faxing. It has a page memory of up to 42 pages for storing incoming faxes when the unit is out of paper. It has speed dialing and a built-in handset, and a robust control panel. However, it only supports G3 transmission speeds of 14.4 kbps, which is well-below the standard speed for modern fax machines.
While the Canon L4500 includes the ability to make copies, it is limited by the lack of a flatbed scanner, meaning users can only scan documents that will fit in its automatic document feeder. Further, copies don't have the sharpness of a higher-quality copy machine. Users who need something heavy duty will need to look elsewhere.
The Canon L4500 is a very economical machine, as the Canon L4500 toner cartridges are very affordable. Each Canon L4500 toner cartridge has a capacity of 2,700 pages, and this toner is much more affordable than similar ones on the market. Users can save more money by using third-party compatible printer cartridges instead of the more expensive OEM Canon laser toner cartridges.
Printing on the Canon L4500 is best used occasionally, as print quality is below average for a laser printer. Print speed is slow, at only 6 pages per minute. This might be enough speed for a very light user, but even moderate users will want a more robust laser printer.
Overall, the Canon L4500 is a well-designed machine that has a good feature set, but its slow faxing and printing speeds make it a poor value in comparison to competing units. Copying seems like an afterthought, and is not particularly usable.