Canon i-Sensys LBP6300dn review

This printer combines fast printing, reasonable results and low running costs, making it a bargain for medium or high volumes in the home or office.

28 Mar 2011
Our Rating 
5/5
Price when reviewed 
132.65
inc VAT

Specifications

mono laser, 30ppm print speed, USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 260x400x376mm

Canon's i-Sensys LBP6300dn is fairly big for a mono laser printer, but it looks smart and feels like it's built to last. The all-in-one consumable snaps reassuringly into place, although the main paper cassette feels a little more flimsy. Where many printers have a simple, single-page multipurpose feed, the front of the LBP6300dn folds down to create a 50-sheet tray.

Canon i-Sensys LBP6300dn

There are USB and Ethernet ports, but no Wi-Fi. Installation is a little fussy, throwing up several notices and requiring a reboot. Canon's driver can be similarly frustrating. It's generally easy to use, but changing between envelope and paper types generates information windows that only serve to get in the way. One of these advises how to load envelopes in the tray, which itself is clearly stamped with the correct orientation. While it's a small irritation, the end results are crumple-free.

Fortunately there's little else to criticise. While this printer is typically noisy given its relatively high speed, its cooling fans stop moments after each job finishes. It's quick to start printing, with the first page emerging after just eight seconds, even when the printer has been sleeping. It was consistently rapid across our other tests; producing some of the fastest photo prints we've recorded and duplex-printing 10 sides on five sheets of paper in 46 seconds.

Canon i-Sensys LBP6300dn controls

Text quality was as good as we'd expected, but we were less impressed with the LBP6300dn's photos, which looked as though they'd been processed to improve sharpness and contrast, with the effect of making them seem artificial. Greyscale business graphics were very good, however, despite the printer's comparatively low 600x600dpi print resolution.

This printer can be upgraded with a 500-sheet paper cassette for a reasonable £92. Its running costs are very low, too. After the 2,100-page starter consumable is replaced, each print will cost around 1.5p as long as you stick to the 6,400-page high-yield cartridge. This makes total ownership costs cheap: buying this printer and keeping it in consumables for 21,000 pages would cost just £431 (not including paper). It's a Best Buy.

Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Maximum native print resolution 600x600dpi
Maximum enhanced print resolution 2,400x600dpi

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A4 30ppm
Quoted warm-up time 10s
Quoted time to first page, mono 6s

Tested Speeds

Mono page from sleep time 1.0 8s
Letter, time to first page 1.0 8s
25-page mono document - total time 00:00:54
Time for 24 pages mixed greyscale 1.0 56s
Time for two greyscale 10x8in photos 1.1 11s
Time for six greyscale 6x4in photos 1.0 14s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfaces USB, 10/100 Ethernet
Optional printer interfaces none
Size 260x400x376mm
Weight 11.8kg
Noise (in normal use) 53.5 dB(A)
Duty cycle 25,000 pages

Paper Handling

Maximum paper size A4/legal
Maximum paper weight 163gsm
Standard paper inputs 2
Standard paper input capacity 300
Maximum paper inputs 3
Maximum paper input capacity 800
Output tray capacity 150 sheets
Duplex (code, cost if option) Yes

General

Printer technology mono laser
Language(s) host-based
Supported operating systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later, Linux
Standard printer memory 16MB
Maximum printer memory 16MB
Other laser features and options none

Buying Information

Price £133
Price of 2nd paper cassette £92
Capacity of supplied black toner 2,100 pages
Capacity of supplied drum(s) N/A
Estimated mono TCO - three years light £237.05
Estimated mono TCO - three years medium £431.17
Estimated mono TCO - three years heavy £1692.95
Warranty one-year RTB
Supplier http://www.printerbase.co.uk
Details www.canon.co.uk

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two greyscale 10x8in photos 1.1 11s
Time for six greyscale 6x4in photos 1.0 14s