Canon LC8500 Printer Review
The Canon imageCLASS LC8500 laser fax is designed for the home or small office user. It is a fast, efficient fax machine with solid paper handling and low toner costs. Its printing capabilities are a bit limited, and there is no color printing.
The Canon LC8500 laser fax is a relatively compact machine, but may be too large for the smallest offices. Adding to its extra size is its large paper capacity, which most users will likely consider a good tradeoff. It has a 500-sheet main paper drawer, and a 100-sheet multipurpose tray. The multipurpose tray is particularly convenient for users who frequently use more than one type of paper, as it does not require emptying the entire tray before loading a second type of paper.
Super G3 faxing transmission speeds of up to 33.6 kbps are supported, but the unit can also slow down transmission to accommodate slower machines. Security features are included for keeping sensitive faxes secure. The unit has a 592-page memory, which saves incoming faxes in memory when the paper tray is empty, and a 12-hour battery backup is also included, ensuring that users won't miss faxes, even in the event of a power outage.
Canon LC8500 toner cartridges are very economical, and the Canon imageCLASS LC8500 toner cartridges are also very easy to replace. The empty toner cartridges can also be recycled for free by mailing them to us. Each black laser toner cartridge has a capacity of 4,000 pages, and users can get more pages from each printer toner cartridge by using the toner save mode, which can even be enabled as the default option.
As a printer, it is not as impressive as a dedicated laser printer, but still does an adequate job. Print quality is generally good, but below average compared to dedicated units.
Overall, the Canon LC8500 is a solid fax machine with a number of convenient features to increase productivity. Users who also want a robust laser printer may be a bit disappointed.