Canon imageCLASS MF5950dw Tests

December 16, 2011 by Sarah Meyer Reads (12,533)
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

Since I set up the imageCLASS MF5950dw over a network connection, it also includes a web server, i.e. the Remote User Interface (UI). You can access the Remote UI by punching in the IP address into your browser. It’s set up so that management can punch in their ID and pin and access settings for the machine not accessible to end users.

The base access includes basic status, consumables and support info as well as the status monitor, settings/registration and address book.

Or users can always adjust print settings through the print properties menu.

The fax machine is set up during the initial installation as a standalone device (meaning you walk up to the MF5950dw to send/receive faxes) but users/IT admins can set up the PC Fax functions on individual computers on the network.

I had no problems sending or receiving faxes using the imageCLASS MF5950dw.

I did on occasion have to “restart” the printer when the wireless dropped or after a device error.  Luckily, the printer doesn’t take long to pick back up right.

Print Speeds and Quality Tests
The Canon imageCLASS MF5950dw has an advertised maximum print speed of 35 pages per minute, and during our tests, I found these to be quite accurate. The printer’s default print mode happens to include double-sided printed so I clocked those print speeds first. I found the MF5950dw prints at an average speed of 8 ppm (16 pages double-sided) when in automatic duplexing mode, taking about four and a half minutes to print our 40-page text document twice.

After I changed the settings in print properties to single-page mode, I clocked an average speed of 35 ppm with a first page out in 7 seconds. This time, it took the MF5950dw just over two minutes to print our 40-page text document twice.

I also tested the MF5950dw in a toner saver mode to see what the quality was like in case I could see a discernable difference in print speeds or energy usage. The type turned out lighter than the solid quality you would see from the normal print mode, which led me to believe that it would offer toner savings. The nice thing is that the overall quality is still decent enough to be used in everyday printing situations.

In order to turn on the toner saver mode, you’ll need to select the quality tab, then the advanced settings button. This will bring up a second window that will allow turning the toner saver mode on.

Energy Tests
As a laser class device, I expected the imageCLASS MF5950dw to have significantly higher energy numbers than what we would see from the business inkjet models. In fact, it even had higher energy numbers than the entry level MF3010, another monochrome MFP but still, I thought the numbers we recorded were very competitive with other laser class devices in its class.

When printing, the imageCLASS MF5950dw uses anywhere between 400-600W, but stays very near the 480-520 arena. When warming up, the energy use will spike into the 700W range, but that is brief.

Once it’s completed a job, the MF5950dw falls into a ready mode that only pulls about 8W of energy. After a period of non use (the amount of time can be adjusted) the printer will fall into a energy saver (sleep) mode that pulls a mere 3W of energy. Users can also activate this mode manually by pressing the Energy Saver button on the MF5950dw’s control panel.


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