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IMAGECLASS MF5880DN PERFORMANCE
Setting up the MF5880dn
Like the other imageCLASS products we’ve reviewed, Canon provided a Starter Guide for simplifying the installation process. The Starter Guide is broken down into several steps: unpacking, loading paper, connecting power, connecting telephone cables and setting fax info, choosing a connection and installing drivers and software.
Once you get to the driver installation you’ll load the provided CD and choose between the Easy Installation and the Custom Installation. We usually take the Easy route to see exactly what the manufacturer will install on the computer.
Next, you’ll need to reaffirm the connection choice; we chose the Ethernet network connection. From there the wizard will inform users which drivers and software it’s installing, hit next and the installation begins. Do make sure the LAN cable is already connected before installing the software because at one point in the wizard you’ll be asked to select the device and confirm settings.
After the installation is completed, users will need to restart their computer to finish the set up.
Ease of use
Since we set up the imageCLASS MF5880dn over a network connection the MF Toolbox was not provided. However, Canon does provide an embedded web server that can be accessed by inputting the IP address into any browser window. The web server, entitled Remote UI, has a home page where users will need to choose between Administrator Mode and End-User Mode.
Obviously, you’ll need a password to access Admin rights but the End-User Mode still offers up a bunch of information including: status updates for all devices, paper information for any cassettes installed, network info, counter check, activity log, address book and access to common settings such as volume control, copy settings, date and time settings, etc.
You can also adjust settings for the MF5880dn by opening up the print properties/prefences page through your browser or word processor.
In order to scan to a network computer or scan to email, users will need to insert the driver CD and select the Send Function Setting Tool. From there, you’ll be able to set up a shared folder for storing scanned documents on any computer on the network with a step by step PDF guide instructing novices, like myself, along their way. And though I thought Canon did an excellent job of providing easy, step by step instructions, I was disappointed. I want to be able to scan documents directly to my computer, not just access them over a shared folder on a network. And it’s not just Canon that I’ve noticed setting up scanning this way on business machines. Why is it only possible to direct scan over a USB connection, and honestly, who connects a $1200 multifunction laser to only one computer?
If you set up the MF5880dn over a USB connection, then you can scan directly to the computer it’s connected too. In both cases, you can also scan to a USB flash drive.
I had no problem using the fax machine; I both received and sent faxes easily. Plus, you configure most of the settings including entering sender information and choosing a receiving mode during the initial setup.
Print speed and quality tests
The imageCLASS MF5880dn advertises print speeds up to 31 pages per minute (ppm). While we did document print speeds as fast as 31 ppm when printing in Toner Saver mode, during most of our tests print speeds were closer to 28 ppm, taking just under a minute and half to print the entire 40-page black and white text document.
The MF5880dn offers quick duplexing speeds printing our 40-page document in about two and half minutes with a first double-sided page out in about 12 seconds and an average of 8 ppm (16 double-sided).
I thought the text quality offered by the MF5880dn was great but I wasn’t surprised since usually laser-class products produce excellent monochrome documents. I was impressed by the toner saver mode which actually produced noticeably lighter documents that were still crisp. The toner saver mode is definitely a tool I would utilize in an office environment; so often non-essential documents are printed in normal mode wasting toner and money.
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