Canon ImageClass MF3010 review: Canon ImageClass MF3010

MF Toolbox is a crucial download if you plan to use the scanner or copy functions. It acts as a shortcut tool to specify the scanning mode, edit the resolution of a scan, adjust the document size, and change the file type to ultimately save your scanned image. The MF3010 also takes advantage of Canon's new ID card copy feature that lets you make duplicates of both sides of an ID card using the 100 percent zoom ratio in the Toolbox.

Presto PageManager is a third-party document management program that helps you organize your PDFs, text documents, and work files in a central repository on your computer. It also helps with recognizing characters in scanned documents, aka Optical Character Recognition (OCR), but we should note that the version on the disc is only compatible with Windows operating systems.

Performance
The MF3010 appears to trail the competition in our monochrome-text throughput test, but the difference between the scores is so slight that you likely won't notice a speed difference unless you're consistently printing multipage (20-plus) documents at a time. The ImageClass MF3010 can't match the Oki B431dn's impressive 33.86-page-per-minute (PPM) text speed score, but it was still able to exceed the Lexmark E460dw in the 10-page presentation test by more than 8 PPM. Additionally, the Canon MF3010 is exceptionally good about outputting continuous pages without the breaks or pauses that normally bog down the overall speeds of competing lasers.

Printing speed (in pages per minute)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Presentation  
Black graphics  
Black text  
Oki B431dn
38.16 
33.3 
33.86 
Samsung ML-2525W
20 
20.19 
18.82 
Brother HL-2270DW
18.15 
19.03 
18.64 
Dell 1130n
17.05 
18.12 
17.37 
Canon ImageClass MF3010
17.17 
17.46 
14.91 

We were neither impressed nor surprised by the mediocre print quality of the Canon MF3010. Like most monochrome laser printers, it made excellent work of our text-based test documents--the various font sizes and typefaces all appear crisp with accurate clarity and legibility down to the smaller sizes, while blocks of color in the graphics-laden documents aren't quite as impressive. We noticed some degradation in the shading of some pictures, and while we don't expect amateur photographers to fall in love here, we wouldn't hesitate to use this printer for boardroom presentation handouts, college essays, or other professional documents.

Service and support
Canon backs the ImageClass MF3010 with a standard one-year warranty from the purchase date that includes repairs and replacement if the company deems your unit defective or necessary to rebuild. Canon also offers assistance with installation and operation of its printers by way of online troubleshooting and telephone support Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

Conclusion
The ImageClass MF3010 is easy to set up and use as a daily output device for students and office professionals, but its single-user connection and lack of extra features limit its usability for high-volume printing. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this unit for budget-minded consumers, but there are better options available if you need more functionality and you're willing to spend more money.

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Type Copier / printer / scanner
  • Printing Technology laser
  • Max Original Size Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in)
  • Optical Resolution 600 x 600 dpi
  • Functions printer