Canon imageCLASS MF543dw Review

Good: Application Library platform, 2,300-sheet maximum capacity, optional uniFLOW portfolio.
Bad: Finishing options is not available, ledger-sized paper is not supported.
Bottom Line: Robust features in a compact device for midsize workgroups.
Intended Users:
imageCLASS MF543dw
Medium workgroups
Speed Black:
Speed Color:
45 ppm
Not applicable
Canon Custom Processor
1 GB

Product Overview

Canon’s new imageCLASS MF543dw is a black-and-white MFP that provides robust features for midsize workgroups that need a compact device. It prints at up to 45 ppm and include printing, copying, scanning and faxing functions.

The imageCLASS MF543dw comes with 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, Consumables Information, and Languages (to support multiple language environments).

First-print-out time is 5.6 seconds. The MF543dw 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 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.

Canon offers an optional uniFLOW portfolio that helps companies better manage their output. Deployed either in the cloud or on-premise, the solution allows administrators to track their printing costs. There’s also the imageWARE Enterprise Management Console, which is used to manage the entire Canon printer fleet from one location.

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


The imageCLASS MF543dw includes a 550-sheet paper tray and a 100-sheet bypass. Companies can purchase up to three 550-sheet trays each 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 using the Canon PRINT Business app. Users can also scan to Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, Microsoft OneDrive and Evernote via uniFLOW Online 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 21,000 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. The Verify System at Startup feature verifies that the device firmware and Application Library are safe from any unauthorized modifications.

The standard limited warranty is for one year. However, users can optionally purchase warranty packages to extend it.

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


The imageCLASS MF543dw doesn’t offer finishers, even as an option. It also doesn’t support 11″ x 17″ paper size.


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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