Canon imageCLASS LBP215dw Review

Good: 5" color touchscreen that includes Application Library platform, optional, uniFLOW platform, mobile printing functionality.
Bad: Finishing options is not available, device doesn't support 11" x 17" paper size.
Bottom Line: Black-and-white printer intended for small departments that has low-volume printing needs.
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imageCLASS LBP215dw
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Small workgroups
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40ppm
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Canon Custom Processor
1 GB

Product Overview

Canon extends its black-and-white imageCLASS printer line with the imageCLASS LBP215dw. The LBP215dw is intended for small workgroups, such as small departments within a larger company. It prints at up to 40 ppm.

The LBP215dw includes the Canon Custom Processor, 1 GB of memory (not expandable), and a 5″ color touchscreen control panel. The touchscreen works like a smartphone and supports customized printing workflows.

One way it does is Canon’s Application Library, a platform that lets administrators set up one-touch button for three key functions: Print Template, Standby Slide, and Consumables Information.

First-print-out time is six seconds. The LBP215dw 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.

The LBP215dw includes the optional uniFLOW portfolio that’s a common software on Canon’s imageRUNNER devices. With uniFLOW, administrators can manage printing output with either card-based or PIN code-based authentication in order to control printing costs.

Administrators can also manage a company’s fleet of Canon equipment with the imageWARE Enterprise Console tool. They can manage consumables, status notification, and configuration settings remotely rather than access each individual Canon equipment.

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

The imageCLASS LBP215dw is ideal for larger companies that already have Canon equipment installed and is looking for a low-printing volume for one of its small departments. It includes robust features that help those departments improve their productivity.

Features

The device 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. Unfortunately, we don’t have the information to calculate the cost per page. Aside from using the high-yield cartridge, businesses can save on printing expenses by taking advantage of Canon’s environmental features, such as duplexing.

Security features include department ID authentication, secure print, IP/MAC address filtering, and Wi-Fi authentication. Aside from uniFLOW, Canon offers optional encrypted PDF and user and device signature features.

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

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

Shortcomings

The imageCLASS LBP215dw doesn’t offer finishers, even as an option. It also doesn’t support 11″ x 17″ paper size.

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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