Canon i-SENSYS LBP5050 Cartridge Review

Published: 01st February 2011
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This is the USB-only printer in Canon's i-SENSYS LBP5050 colour laser range, which we actually investigated as soon as it initially was launched in 2008. Every one of the printers based round the LBP5050 components have come down in price and operating outlay since their initial launch, helping to make the collection well worth returning to.

At 155, the LBP5050 will set you back little more than a similarly specified mono laser, so that it is ideal for users on a tight budget. Its print costs may not be quite so inexpensive, at 10.1p per page of combined black and colour although mono costs are a sensible 1.6p.

It is easy to setup and the installer quickly discovered the unit on our network, even though we needed to manually opt for it as the default unit. Four shallow toner cartridges fill up a drawer that stretches from behind a door at the front of the unit. It is an elegant design, but space is restricted, thus there isn't any alternative of increased yield cartridges. Capacity is limited within the paper tray, as well, which just has enough space for 150 sheets. There is in addition a single-sheet feed at the front intended for printing on envelopes and also thicker paper stock, right up to 230gsm.

The LBP5050 is actually a single-pass machine so, despite the fact that the 9.8ppm mono print speed is definitely average at best, the LBP5050 was able to print our combined colour document at a snappy 7ppm - speedier than every similarly priced colour laser machine we've examined.

Both standard paper and envelopes printed without any major curling. Mono text, colour and also greyscale pictures were all produced to a very high standard, and even tiny 5pt text was legible. Regions of bold colour were polished and well defined, even though red shades were a bit too deep. This was simple to correct utilizing the driver's colour modification settings, that include an easy click-and-drag colour-correction tool.

Every single Canon i-SENSYS LBP5050 toner cartridge has its own incorporated print head, thus there are not any hidden expenditures. All you've got to purchase are the toner cartridges. This gives the LBP5050 a remarkably small Total Cost of Ownership when it comes to even heavy use ( approximately 2,000 mono and 1,000 colour pages monthly for three years). The printer' s maximum monthly duty cycle of 25,000 pages shows that it ought to be in a position to manage the strain of a couple of thousand pages regularly.

However it isn't really as good a deal with respect to light users as Samsung's CLP-315w, though. It fails to have network support and we marginally preferred the caliber of the Samsung's graphics prints. We also have reservations concerning the LBP5050's mono print speeds. However, it is an outstanding low cost colour laser. Like most, printing in colour is often an expensive experience, but we were pleased by its quick colour speeds as well as low ownership expenses.

This is a good home laser, however , if you require a serious workgroup unit that has quicker speeds and more functions, we suggest Epson's Aculaser CX21N MFP.

Canon i-SENSYS LBP5050 printer toner cartridges are available here.

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