Canon imageCLASS MF525dw Review

Good: 2,300-sheet paper capacity, 5" color touchscreen that includes Application Library platform, optional, uniFLOW platform.
Bad: Finishing options is not available, device doesn't support 11" x 17" paper size.
Bottom Line: Compact device with robust features for small-to-medium workgroups.
Intended Users:
imageCLASS MF525dw
Small, Medium
Speed Black:
Speed Color:
45 ppm
Not applicable
Canon Custom Processor
1 GB

Product Overview

The new imageCLASS MF525dw adds to the black-and-white imageCLASS MFP line. This device is intended for small-to-medium workgroups within a larger company. It prints at up to 45 ppm, and include printing, copying, scanning and faxing functions.

The MF525dw 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 seven key functions: Print Template, Standby Slide, Scan-to-Preset Destination, ID Card Copy, Consumables Information, Copy (Eco) and Copy (Bleed Reduce).

First-print-out time is six seconds. The MF525dw 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 MF525dw 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 MF525dw is ideal for larger companies that already have additional Canon equipment installed, and are looking for an additional MFP for their smaller departments. It’s a compact device with robust features, such as a 2,300-sheet paper capacity, strong security, and mobile printing and scanning.


The MFP includes a 550-sheet paper tray and a 100-sheet bypass. Canon offers up to three 550-sheet trays (as options) that adds to a maximum paper capacity of 2,300 sheets. All paper trays accept up to 8.5″ x 14″ paper.

The output capacity is 150 sheets. The recommended monthly page volume is between 2,000 and 7,500 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.

Canon offers a high-yield aftermarket toner cartridge that yields up to 20,000 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.

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?


The imageCLASS MF525dw doesn’t offer finishers, even as an option. It also doesn’t support 11″ x 17″ paper size.


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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