Canon ImageClass MF3010 review: Canon ImageClass MF3010

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.

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)
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Oki B431dn
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Brother HL-2270DW
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Canon ImageClass MF3010

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.

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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