Canon imageCLASS MF5950dw Conclusion

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


  • 4-in-1 monochrome laser: print, scan, copy and fax
  • Print speeds: up to 35 ppm single, 17 ppm duplex
  • Print resolution: up to 600 x 600 dpi
  • Front side USB
  • 5-line backlit LCD w/ animation
  • Automatic duplexing
  • 50-sheet ADF
  • Paper capacity: 250-sheet cassette, 50-sheet multipurpose tray
  • Connectivity: USB, Ethernet, wireless
  • Operating systems: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux (print only)
  • Energy Star qualified
  • 1-year limited warranty

Canon has made great strides in this imageCLASS arena in both usability and features offered. The MF5950dw is a good example of this. They added wireless connectivity standard – a first for this lineup – as well as 5-line LCD w/animation and faster print speeds to a laser class device under $500.

And while I had some issues with usability in our MF5880 review with the scanning, the MF5950dw was a breeze to use. The only real issue I had with the MF5950dw was the inconsistent scan quality. You can see in our review samples how the image files saved to my computer came out faded when the original offered crisp, laser quality text.

I believe that the imageCLASS MF5950dw, while not the perfect machine, has much to offer a small business looking for a decent priced monochrome MFP because of the unique features usually found on higher end models – or not at all in the case of the wireless connectivity. And I’m interested to see how Canon continues to improve in this market share.

The Canon imageCLASS MF5950dw is available now through Canon and authorized vendors for the suggested retail price of $399.

Customers can also purchase toner cartridges through Canon. A standard capacity 119 cartridge will set users back $87.

The Canon imageCLASS MF5950dw offers a 1-year limited exchange/carry in warranty. Extended warranties are available.




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