Canon MF5530 Printer Review
The Canon MF5530 is a multifunction monochrome laser printer designed for the home or small office user. Its wide array of features and fast print speeds are impressive, and its single-cartridge design is very convenient. It doesn't offer color capabilities, so for that, look at a model that features Xerox 106R01280 toner.
The Canon MF5530 can print, scan, and copy. Copying can be done in standalone mode, without being connected to a computer. In fact, setup is so easy that users can take it out of the box and be copying in minutes. For scanning and copying, the MF5530 has a flatbed scanning surface as well as an automatic document feeder with a capacity of 50 sheets. This is very convenient for scanning many pages at once quickly and easily. The printer also comes with OCR (optical character recognition) software for converting paper documents to digital archives. The scanner is capable of color scanning, despite the printer being monochrome-only.
Paper capacity is quite good, holding 250 sheets in its single front tray. It would have been nice to have a multipurpose tray for alternate media sizes or types, but this likely would have raised the price of the unit significantly.
Canon MF5530 toner cartridges utilize Canon's single-cartridge system. This system combines the toner and drum into one unit, meaning that the Canon MF5530 toner cartridge is the only consumable to ever need replacing. The MF5530 has a TonerSave feature as well, which helps users get up to 40% more out of each imageClass MF5530 toner cartridge. Each Canon MF5530 toner cartridge has a capacity of 2,500 pages, much like Konica-Minolta A0V301F toner, and both have a very low cost per page.
Print quality is mixed. Text is very sharp and detailed, even at small font sizes. Graphics are a little lackluster, though good enough for occasional use. Better graphics can be found in the Dell 3010n, which uses Dell 341-3568 toner. Print speed is good, though, at around 19 pages per minute.
Overall, the Canon MF5530 is a solid multifunction laser printer for the home or small office. It leaves out costly features to give users what they are likely to need at an affordable price.