Canon imageCLASS MF445dw MF448dw Review

Good: Application Library platform, optional Auto Replenish Service, three-year standard limited warranty.
Bad: Finishing options is not available, ledger-sized paper is not supported.
Bottom Line: Robust black-and-white MFPs aimed at small workgroups.
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Canon
imageCLASS MF445dw/MF448dw
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Small, Medium
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40 ppm
Not applicable
Canon Custom Processor
1 GB

Product Overview

Canon’s two new black-and-white MFPs, the imageCLASS MF445dw and MF448dw, are intended for small workgroups, such as small departments within a larger company. They print at up to 40 ppm, and include printing, copying, scanning and faxing functions.

There are a few difference between the two devices. First, the MF445dw includes PostScript printing, while the MF448dw does not. Also, the MF448dw includes these optional features: encrypted PDF, user and device signature and a copy card reader. The MF445dw doesn’t include them.

Both devices have the 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 several key functions: Print Template, Standby Slide, Scan-to-Preset Destination, ID Card Copy, Consumables Information, Copy (Eco), Copy (Bleed Reduce), Passport Copy, Fax and Store and Copy (Enhance Text). Canon introduced two new functions, which are: Languages (to support multiple language environments) and Name and Scan (the ability to add a name to a scanned file).

First-print-out time is 5.3 seconds. Both MFPs support Canon’s proprietary printing language, as well as PCL. As mentioned above, the MF445dw includes 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 device is in our Features section below.

The imageCLASS MF445dw and MF448dw are ideal for larger companies that already have Canon equipment installed and is looking for a low-printing volume for one of its small departments. They provide robust features that help those departments improve their productivity.

Features

Both MFPs include 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. There is a single-pass duplexing document feeder that scans up to 70 ipm in black and 26 ipm in color. It holds 50 sheets.

Users can scan to email, SMB and FTP destinations. They can also scan documents to their mobile devices with the Canon PRINT Business app. File formats supported include TIFF, JPEG, and PDF (both compact and searchable). LDAP authentication is supported.

The faxing function uses a 33.6kbps modem with JBIG compression. It supports up to 512 pages of fax memory. Internet fax is supported.

The MFPs ship with a standard toner cartridge of 3,000 pages. However, Canon offers a high-yield aftermarket toner cartridge that yields 10,000 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.

We also want to point out that there’s an optional Auto Replenish Service subscription program that ships new toner cartridges to the user when their device emits a low-toner alert.

Security features include department ID authentication, secure print, IP/MAC address filtering, and Wi-Fi authentication. Another feature, Verify System at Startup, verifies that the device firmware and Application Library are safe from any unauthorized modifications.

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

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

Shortcomings

The imageCLASS MF445dw and MF448dw don’t offer finishers, even as an option. They also don’t support 11″ x 17″ paper size.

About

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean markets. With approximately $36 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2018 and was named one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2019. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility.

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