Setting up the MF3010
To set up and ready the MF3010 for use, users must unpack it and remove all the packing materials, hook up the power cable and USB 2.0 cable, install the drivers, load the paper, and ready the toner cartridge. Readying the toner cartridge includes opening the lid and inner chamber, pulling it out, removing the safety device from it and re-inserting the cartridge. There are instructions on how to do this included.
At the drivers and software installation screen, users have the choice of either taking the full or “easy” installation route or the “custom” installation route. The easy installation will install all software and manuals including the MF Toolbox, while the custom installation lets you choose what gets installed. We installed everything under easy installation; it took about 5 minutes. After the software and drivers are installed, restarting the computer is recommended but not necessary.
Ease of use
The MF Toolbox software included with the MF3010 allows users to run and use the scan functions, including:
- Mail: attaches scanned media to an email
- OCR: saves scanned media to a program
- Save: saves scanned media to a folder
- PDF: saves scanned media onto your computer as a PDF and opens the file
- Color scan: saves scanned media onto your computer in color
- B&W scan: saves scanned media onto your computer in black and white
Print Speeds and Quality Tests
The Canon imageCLASS MF3010 has an advertised maximum print speed of 19 pages per minute and a first page out speed of 7 seconds. In our tests, we found those speeds to be just slightly off. We did all of our tests using a USB 2.0 printer cable. Under the printer’s default print mode, we clocked a first page out time of 9 seconds. We clocked an average speed of 17 pages per minute with a new print job started and an average of 18 ppm with a print job already in progress. We clocked an overall print time (40 pages) of 2 minutes and 14 seconds.
We also tested the MF3010 in a toner saver mode to see if we would produce speedier results. The average pages per minute stayed the same across the board at 17. The first page out time, however, changed to 8 seconds. We were able to print 40 pages in the toner saver mode in 2 minutes, 14 seconds. In the real world, you wouldn’t use this mode for speedier prints–you’d only use it to save on ink.
Overall, we were pleased with the print speeds. A first page out time of 8 or 9 seconds is good, and 17 ppm is great. Speeds this fast will help greatly with office productivity.
Print and scan quality
The MF3010 is a monochrome laser printer, meaning it does not print in color. It’s mainly built for efficiency in print speeds and for being cost effective. That being said, the print quality on the MF3010 is average, but we did notice a disturbance in the print quality on every page. The prints had a white blotted-out spot in them in the center of every page we printed. It’s not horribly noticeable, but if you were either studying the page or printing anything other than text, you would notice it. Text prints have the same disturbance, but are of average quality otherwise.
The color scan quality is good; there isn’t any disturbance in the scans and the images look great. The black and white scans look equally good.
Left: color sample scan, Right: black and white sample (printed and scanned using the MF3010)
Sample text page (printed and scanned using the MF3010)