Canon imageCLASS LBP214dw Review

Good: High-yield aftermarket toner cartridge that contributes to lower operating cost, 900-page maximum paper capacity, mobile and cloud printing.
Bad: Not intended for companies with medium or high printing volume needs.
Bottom Line: Single-function printer aimed at small businesses that doesn't require color output or multifunctionality.
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Canon
imageCLASS LBP214dw
$299
Small businesses
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40ppm
Not applicable
Canon Custom Processor
1 GB

Product Overview

The imageCLASS LBP214dw is a single-function black-and-white printer aimed at small businesses. At $299, it prints at up to 40 ppm. The first-print-out time is about six seconds. It’s available via Canon’s online store

The printer includes the Canon Custom Processor, 1 GB of memory (not expandable), and a five-line LCD control panel. It supports Canon’s proprietary printing language, as well as PCL and PostScript. USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi are standard. Users can directly print JPEG, PDF, and TIFF files.

Mobile and cloud printing is also supported. Users can print from their mobile devices using any of the following apps: Apple AirPrint, Canon PRINT Business, Mopria Print Service or Google Cloud Print.

More details on the printer is in our Features section below.

The imageCLASS LBP214dw is a simple printer for smaller offices that have low-volume printing needs and doesn’t require color output or multifunctionality.

Features

The LBP214dw includes a 250-sheet paper tray and a 100-sheet bypass. Canon offers an optional 550-sheet tray that adds to a maximum paper capacity of 900 sheets. All paper trays accept up to 8.5″ x 14″ paper.

The output capacity is 65 sheets. The recommended monthly page volume is between 750 and 4,000 pages. Duplexing is standard.

The printer ships with a standard toner cartridge of 1,600 pages. However, Canon offers a high-yield aftermarket toner cartridge that yields 9,200 pages. Using the high-yield cartridge, we calculate the cost per page as 2.2 cents. It’s a pretty reasonable cost for a small business.

Aside from using the high-yield cartridge, businesses can save on printing expense by taking advantage of Canon’s environmental features, such as duplexing.

The LBP214dw’s security features include department ID authentication, secure print, IP/MAC address filtering, and Wi-Fi authentication.

The standard warranty is for one year. However, users can optionally purchase one-year, two-year, three-year, or four-year warranty packages.

  • Automatic Document Feeder?
  • Duplexing?
  • Ethernet Connectivity?
  • Wireless Connectivity?
  • Mobile Printing/Scanning?
  • Finishers?

Shortcomings

The imageCLASS LBP214dw is not intended for companies with a medium or high printing volume. It also doesn’t support color output.

About

Canon is the number-one copier company in the U.S. if measured by the total number of units sold.

The company has an impressive line of multifunctional devices, and it’s one of the leaders in this market. Most of Canon’s multifunction printer (MFP) line carries the imageRUNNER brand name.

Over the years, Canon’s print controller strategy has involved partnering with EFI, the third-party controller company that dominates the color market. The company also relies on controllers developed by Canon itself. The controllers, which feature Canon’s IP architecture (the “IP” stands for “Image Platform”), can be found on all imageRUNNER models.

Canon’s MEAP architecture (Multifunctional Embedded Application Program) has been a significant addition to Canon’s controller strategy. It’s featured on most of its mid-to-high-volume models. The MEAP platform features an open architecture for providing custom software applications, some for private use and others sold on the open market as add-on products from third parties.

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