The Good The Canon LBP151DW is capable of printing high-quality text documents with respectable print speeds. With its 802.11 b / g / n Wi-Fi print server, it can also connect to the cloud for printing directly from Google Chrome mobile devices and web browsers.
The Bad The printer cannot scan or copy documents; does not support Apple AirPrint; Toner refills are more expensive than average.
The Bottom Line The Canon LBP151DW is a competent workhorse laser printer, but competing models offer more features and lower ink costs for the same price.
All-in-one print and copy machines are a rare sight today, but a simple monochrome laser printer like the Image of CanonCLASS LBP151dw ($ 169, £ 119, AU $ 230) is all you really need if you you print mostly text documents and do not require color output. The printer is fast-paced, and great for connecting to multiple computers and mobile devices. But printers end up being valued for their supplies, and the LBP151dw will end up costing you a lot more to charge toner than competing devices.
Canon imageCLASS LBP151dw
ImageCLASS LBP151dw is your primary black printer box. You can load 250 sheets of basic white paper in the tray at the bottom, and you can feed different types of storage media, such as card stock or envelopes, into the manual feed tray.
The size of the device is 15.4 inches (39.1 cm) wide, 13.2 inches (33.5 cm) deep and 9.7 inches (24.6 cm) tall, which means it is larger than HP LaserJet Pro P1102W and not as compact as Brother of HL-L2360DW , but it should still fit well on a small table without taking up too much space.
There is no display on the front panel, so you can’t control the progress of the multi-page job, but you can expect this for a monolayer. However, there is an indicator button that lights up on the control panel if you do not have paper or if the cleaning is jammed. To that end, I have never experienced a single paper jam in the few days that Canon tested.
Canon imageCLASS LBP151dw
|Price as reviewed||$84, £59 UK, $114 AU|
|Dimensions in Inches (Width x Depth x Height)||15.4″ x 13.2″ x 9.7″ (39.1 cm x 33. cm x 24.6 cm)|
|Inks||1 black toner cartridge|
|Automatic 2-sided printing (duplexer)||Yes|
|Automatic Document Feeder||No|
|Memory Card Reader||No|
|Connectivity||USB, Ethernet, Canon PRINT Business app, Mopria Print Services, Google Cloud Print|
|Paper Input Tray Capacity||250 Sheets|
The LBP151dw was designed to be economical, and has a built-in automatic duplexer, which is just a fancy way of saying that it can rotate a sheet and print on both sides before spitting out paper.
Here is a tip if you are printing a printer for a high-demand office: be sure to check the manufacturer’s “monthly work cycle”. You can usually find a number hidden in a long list of specifications for any particular model, and it tells you the maximum number of pages you can print per month. In this case, the LBP151dw can produce 15,000 pages per month – for comparison, the Brother HL-L2360DW is priced at just 10,000 at a similar price.
As always, important connectivity options, especially if you are using it for a small business. The LBP151dw can connect to your computer using a USB cable, or you can connect it to multiple people using the Ethernet cable between the router and the printer.
Of course, an 802.11 b / g / n network server is built into the device so you can connect wirelessly or print through any Google Chrome browser using Google Cloud Print . Surprisingly lacking AirPrint – for easy printing with iPhone and iPad – despite its availability other Canon printers . However, the printer does support mobile printing through Canon PRINT Business application for iOS and the Mopria Print Service app for Android .
A major disadvantage of this printer is the cost of refilling toner. Canon charges $ 84 (£ 59 UK, $ 114 AU) for a new cartridge that can print 2,400 pages. (Street price is closer to $73 which is still expensive.) This is about 3.5 cents per page of black text. It’s a decent price compared to inkjet printers, but it’s a lot more than the Brother HL-2360DW, which costs just 1.9 cents per page.
They have the same quality of prints, and although the Canon engine is registering slightly faster results, I’m willing to bet that the fraction of the exit velocity difference won’t matter to you, as reducing your long-term investment in supplies. .
Better alternatives are waiting
As long as Canon doesn’t lower the price of refilling toner, the Brother HL-2360DW remains our top choice for single-function black laser printers. On the other hand, if you are looking for an alternative and want to stay in the family of Brother mono laser printers, you have a choice three additional models in the same price range.
In fact, for less than the price of Canon, the more Brother DCP-L2540DW enhances features with a tablet scanner, copier, ADF for scanning packages, an auto-duplex duplexer that saves money by turning the page and printing on the other – and Apple AirPrint support as well. As long as you don’t mind the high mass, it looks like a decent high-volume multitasking option with lower ink prices to boot.