The Good The Canon ImageClass MF3010 is a competent imaging device with quick output, simple controls, and a wallet-friendly price tag for budget-minded students and small offices.
The Bad The printer lacks common features like wireless networking and an autodocument feeder.
The Bottom Line Though it's lacking Wi-Fi and an autodocument feeder, the Canon ImageClass MF3010 laser printer's strong performance and versatile features have appeal for students and home offices on a budget.
Canon ImageClass MF3010
The Canon ImageClass MF3010 multifunction monolaser printer is best suited for dorm rooms and small offices that require a simple laser printer for outputting e-mails, Web articles, recipes, and other print jobs that don't require full-color output. Priced at $150, it's one of the least expensive overall values for an all-in-one laser (print, scan, copy), but the trade-off is that you don't get extra features like an autodocument feeder for hands-free scans, or the benefit of multiuser networking. Instead, the MF3010's best feature is its speed--it sailed through our performance tests with no pauses or jams, and we recommend it to anyone looking for a straightforward, dependable laser printer for personal use.
Design and features
The ImageClass MF3010 employs a new chassis shape for Canon, designed to take up the least amount of space on crowded desktops. It measures 14.7 inches wide, 10.9 inches deep, and 10 inches tall but saves extra room in dormancy with a collapsible paper output tray and a thin plastic door that unfolds to reveal the paper routing for the 150-sheet input drawer. The printer is also relatively lightweight at a little less than 17 pounds, but Canon also eases the load with two ridged inlets on the bottom that help with transportation and storage. The new modular design is easy to use and gets the printer out of the way until you need to use it.
Though it may be hard to decipher at first, the operation panel just below the scanner lid is intuitive to use once you understand the meaning of the different icons. To reduce its environmental footprint, Canon omits a physical manual in the box in favor of an online e-manual, where you can view a comprehensive breakdown of every icon in the panel, including indicators for paper jams, keys to reduce and add the number of copies, and a small 1-digit LED display that indicates the copy setting or status of the machine.
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