Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5200 Series – Editor’s Choice Award Review

Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5235
35ppm color
30ppm black-and-white
Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5240
40ppm color
35ppm black-and-white
Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5250
50ppm color
45ppm black-and-white
Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5255
55ppm color
51ppm black-and-white

 

Sum-up:  New improvements on already-excellent series of mid-size color MFPs.

 

These new Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE models succeed the older (and excellent) imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5000 models. Newer features on these models include higher black-and-white speed, cloud/mobile functionality, and new software, workflow, and security features. These four models are identical except for speeds and document feeder capability. The 35ppm C5235 is priced at $11,970, while the 40ppm C5240 costs $13,020. The 50ppm C5250 carries a list price of $17,850, and the 55ppm C5255 lists for $19,425. The color speeds on these models are the same as their predecessors.

The C5235 and C5240 have first-copy-out times of 5.4 seconds in black-and-white, 8.1 seconds in color. The C5250 and C5255 have times of 3.9 seconds in black-and-white and 6.0 seconds in color, all pretty impressive. All four models have an outstanding power-up time of 31 seconds. This contrasts with several minutes on many comparable machines.

Canon has improved upon its 8.4″ touchscreen display by allowing users to customize tasks for specific workflows. Also, there is an option to add graphics (such as company logo) as wallpaper on the main screen. Canon has also introduced new workflow features such as MEAP-Web (for accessing Web applications from the touchscreen), Cloud Portal (for printing and scanning to Google Docs and Microsoft SharePoint), Direct Print and Scan for Mobile (for printing and scanning from/to Android and Blackberry phones), and EFI PrintMe (for printing emails from smartphones).  Introduced later this year is Canon Mobile Printing for printing from iPad and iPhone.

Paper supply: These machines have an adequate paper supply, though it must be said that many competitive models offer more paper input, both standard and optional. The standard input is a 100-sheet bypass and two 550-sheet drawers. Input options include a 2,700-sheet paper deck ($2,205) and a second set of two 550-sheet drawers ($1,523), for a maximum of 5,000 sheets of input. The output features are quite good. The machines come with a standard 250-sheet output tray. Alternately, there is a two-way internal tray ($105), which holds 100 sheets in the upper tray and 250 sheets in the lower tray. There is also a choice of three finishers.

The first, an internal staple finisher ($1,260), can perform multiposition stapling of up to 50 sheets. It holds 500 sheets in the exit tray, and you can add an optional set of dual trays (total of 300 sheets) for this unit ($210).

The second option is an external finisher ($2,835) with two trays, one holding 1,300 sheets, the other holding 1,700 sheets. It can staple up to 50 sheets in multiple positions. You can add a 2/3-hole punch unit ($893).

The third finisher is a booklet maker ($4,200) that can fold and stitch up to 16 sheets (64 pages). It can hold up to 3,000 sheets in two trays (1,300 and 1,700). Like the staple finisher, this unit can be equipped with a 2/3-hole puncher ($893).

Finally, Canon includes a standard document feeder. The C5235 and C5240 use a duplexing automatic document feeder with a 100-sheet capacity. However, the C5250 and C5255 include a single-pass duplexing document feeder with a 150-sheet capacity.

Storage and connectivity: These models come with a 160GB hard disk drive; you can upgrade to a 1TB drive. Standard memory is an outstanding 2GB, which can be increased to 2.5GB. The extensive memory and hard disk storage mean that there is plenty of room for handling large files and multiple jobs at one time. Ethernet and USB interfaces are standard. Wi-Fi is optional on all models. A host USB port for scanning to and printing from flash drives is standard. Another USB port can be used for connecting a device, such as a keyboard.

Like earlier Canon machines, these devices offer a standard mailbox and storage system called Advanced Box that allows for storage in any file format. Users can store work in an expanded number of shared boxes on the resident hard disk drive. The Advanced Box feature also allows users anywhere on the network to store files created on their PCs, enabling collaboration. These folders are accessible, subject to authentication from other PCs on the network and from other imageRUNNER ADVANCE MFPs on the network.

Functions: Standard printing makes use of Canon’s UFR II host-based print language. Support for PCL ($840) and PostScript ($1,260) printing is optional. Direct printing for TIFF and JPEG files is standard, while PDF and XPS direct printing is optional ($578).

These models come with Canon’s Universal Send software standard. This software supports a wide variety of scan-to formats: including email, FTP, File Server, and Internet Fax. It allows you to create a wide variety of file formats, including TIFF, JPEG, regular PDF, PDF/A, and XPS. Optional formats include encrypted PDF and PDF with digital signature.

The optional fax function ($840) uses a 33.6kbps modem with JBIG compression. You can optionally add up to three added fax lines. A Remote Fax utility ($420) allows any computer on the network to send faxes from desktop files to any imageRUNNER ADVANCE MFP on the network.

Security: Canon has included a robust set of security features with these models. They include all the expected features, such as authentication, access control, watermarking, data encryption, data erase, and removable hard disk drive. They also include the ability to embed invisible codes in documents that prevent them from being copied or scanned.  A new security feature, called Advanced Anywhere-Print, allows users to receive their printed document after authentication.

Conclusion: The imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5200 series builds on the already-excellent previous generation, and we applaud Canon’s move in recognizing user efficiency and collaboration. We give the entire imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5200 family our Editor’s Choice Award.

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