Canon imageCLASS LBP712Cdn Review

Good: Choice of standard and high-capacity aftermarket cartridges, compact to fit on a desktop, mobile printing functionality.
Bad: Wireless connectivity is not supported, even as an option. There is also no multifunctional features.
Bottom Line: Compact color printer with flexible paper handling and reasonable cost per page.
Intended Users:
Small, Medium
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Product Overview

The new Color imageCLASS LBP712Cdn is the latest single-function color printer in Canon’s lineup. At $1,795, this compact printer is intended for small or medium businesses. It prints at 40ppm in both black and color and has a first-page-out time of six seconds or less. Its processor speed is unknown but it has a 1GB memory that’s not expandable. There is also a five-line LCD panel.

More details are in our Features section below.

Included in the shipping along with the printer are standard-yields black and color cartridges, a starter guide, a DVD user guide, Canon printer drivers and a warranty card. There is a one-year onsite warranty.

The Canon imageCLASS LBP712Cdn is a good buy for small offices that don’t require multifunctional features.


The imageCLASS LBP712Cdn supports UFR II (Canon’s proprietary language), PCL and PostScript printing languages. Users can also directly print JPEG, TIFF, XPS and PDF files.

USB and Ethernet is supported as well as mobile printing. Users can print from their mobile devices via Canon PRINT Business, Apple AirPrint, Mopria Print Service or Google Cloud Print apps.

Other printing features include watermark, toner saver, page composer and the ability to collate and print pages in poster and booklet styles.

Paper handling starts with a 550-sheet tray and a 100-sheet bypass. Users have the option of adding up to three additional 550-sheet trays (at $325 each) for a maximum capacity of 2,300 sheets. With the exception of the standard 550-sheet tray, all trays accept up to 8.5″ x 14″ paper size.

Paper output consists of a 200-sheet face-down tray. Automatic duplexing is supported and the duty cycle is 80,000 pages per month (although Canon recommends a monthly print volume of 1,000 to 7,000 pages).

Canon provides aftermarket toner cartridges in both standard and high-capacity yields. For our purposes, we’ve calculated the cost per page using the yields and prices of the high-capacity cartridges. Therefore, the cost per page is approximately 1.7 cents in black and 10.4 cents in color. These costs are reasonable, and companies can even save money in the long run by utilizing the duplexing and the printer’s other environmental features.

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


Wireless connectivity is not supported even as an option. Users who has the Mopria Print Services app and wish to use mobile printing has to ensure their devices is signed into the company’s network servers.

Also, this printer doesn’t support copying, scanning or faxing features. Companies that require this can check out our review on the Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5500 Series.

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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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