Canon imageCLASS MF5950dw Performance

December 16, 2011 by Sarah Meyer Reads (12,578)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 9
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 7
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 7
    • Features
    • 8
    • Operational Costs
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 7.50
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

All connections are found on the back of the imageCLASS MF5950dw including the fax, USB and Ethernet ports. This device also offers wireless connectivity standard.


Setting Up the imageCLASS MF5950dw
The setup for the imageCLASS MF5950dw is similar to what we saw with the imageCLASS MF3010 with one major difference; the MF5950dw has wireless capability.

But you’ll still go through the same first steps with the imageCLASS MF5960dn/5950dw Starter Guide: unpack and remove all the packing materials, hook up the power cable, load the paper and prepare the toner cartridge. Preparing the toner cartridge includes opening device by pushing the large gray button, pulling out the single cartridge, removing the safety device from it and re-inserting the cartridge and specifying initial fax settings and connecting the telephone cable (if you plan on using the fax option).

If you decide to install the MF5950dw over a wireless network, as I did, you’ll need to grab the second installation manual included, titled: Wireless Lan Setting Guide. It walks users through the simple menu steps to activate the wireless settings, choose the correct network and punching in the passkey (if applicable). But make note, the wireless setting will not take effect unless you turn off the machine when directed and then turn it back on. I’ve never seen this step before in a wireless setup, but it was important.

After you get the green light from the printer, pop in the provided CD to install the drivers and software. 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 will let 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.

Ease of Use
The MF Toolbox software included with the MF5950dw is identical to the software included with the MF3010. The MF Toolbox allows users to run and use scan functions including Mail, OCR, Save, PDF, Color scan, B&W scan and two customizable slots.

These functions allow users to choose the details of the scan such as the paper size, image quality, where to save the file on the computer, scan mode, input method and more. The MF Toolbox is fairly simple to use.

Despite the fact that the MF5950dw only prints black and white documents, Canon still offers color scanning. So users can scan color documents and then email them or save them to their computer. The only problem was that the scan quality didn’t seem as good depending on how you saved the documents. When I saved them as PDF’s, they look almost as good as the originals, but when I saved them as image files, the quality was lessened. Overall, I was disappointed in the scan quality.

And while I was disappointed in the quality, I should also mention that the 50-sheet ADF has duplexing capabilities, a huge perk on a sub $500 machine. And despite the somewhat inconsistent scan quality I saw, the copies always came out flawless.



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