Canon imageCLASS MF5880dn

by Reads (5,652)

Energy tests
Like most laser-class products, when printing jobs the imageCLASS MF5880dn uses quite a bit of energy, at least compared with the relatively low energy consumption of their inkjet competitors. The MF5880dn used between 500-700 W of energy during any given test in normal print mode. The range dropped slightly to 400-600 W when printing in toner saver mode (another advantage) and more so when printing double sided documents, about 50-600 W. Of course, when printing double sided documents you have to figure the machine isn’t using as much energy when “flipping” the page as it is when fusing the toner so that accounts for the large range.

After every job was completed the energy use would drop dramatically but hover over the ready mode energy use; for about thirty seconds after a job was completed the MF5880dn would use about 17 W of energy before dropping to the ready rate of 12 W.

In Energy Saving mode, the MF5880dn only pulls 2 W of energy. The printer will automatically sleep between jobs (this can be adjusted) or users can press the Energy Saver button on the MF5880dn’s control panel. The printer will wake up whenever a job is sent or, again, users can press the Energy Saver button to wake up the device.


  • Front side USB port
  • Color scanning
  • Toner saver mode


  • No high yield toner option
  • Network scan setup

The imageCLASS MF5880dn is a solid product with a good array of features: quick print speeds, a useful toner saver mode, color scanning, a front side USB port, a 50-sheet ADF, upgradable paper capacity, etc.

I have two issues with the imageCLASS MF5880dn: the lack of a high yield toner cartridge and the network scan setup. I actually couldn’t use the Scan quick key on the MF5880dn unless I was scanning to a USB flash drive. In order to scan a document I had to set up a shared folder using one of the one-touch keys and then use the Send/Fax quick key to access it. It’s not necessarily the difficultly level but just the over complicated process that bothers me.

On a separate note, even though this product has been on the market less than a year, I couldn’t purchase it on Canon’s website or find it using their retail locator. A quick Google search of the product found it at several online vendors but only two of them, Amazon and, I would consider purchasing an item from (although the price has dropped dramatically so it might be worth looking into).

The Canon imageCLASS MF5880dn is available now through online vendors for $589.99. Canon’s suggested retail value is $1195.

Canon provides a 1-year limited warranty with exchange and trade-in services. Extended warranties are available for purchase through Canon Direct.

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