Canon LBP870 Printer Review
The Canon LBP-870 looks like a fairly basic laser printer for the home and small office, but it has some versatility with its upgrade options. While its output speed is just average for its class, it will be a good fit for light-duty use. Even more important to an office's bottom line will be the savings on Canon LBP-870 printer toner over the life of the machine, compared to its more expensive competition.
The LBP-870 can support a maximum paper size of A3 media, and can hold up to 250 sheets in its main paper tray, with a bypass tray that can hold up to 100 sheets. This can be expanded with a 250-sheet or a 500-sheet tray, or both, up to a maximum capacity of 1,100 sheets. This allows quite a bit of room for growth, and could keep it useful in a small office as the workload expands.
The LBP-870 has a maximum speed of 16 pages per minute, which is a bit on the slow side, but it requires virtually no warm-up time, and its sleep mode uses very little power. This makes it an excellent choice for the eco-conscious user, and multiple quality settings can prioritize the highest 1200-dpi output quality or using less Canon LBP-870 toner.
On the subject of replacement toners, the cost of Canon LBP-870 toner cartridges is quite reasonable. Not only does each supply have an estimated yield of around 10,000 pages, but users can find compatible Canon LBP-870 toner cartridges from third-party vendors for less than OEM prices, helping them save even more.
Some buyers may be instantly turned away by the Canon LBP-870's limited speeds and small capacities, but its fast warm-up and expandability make it worthy of a second look. Its compact design and ease of use make it a good choice for personal use or for smaller spaces.