Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE 400iF and 500iF Review

Good: Strong security features, fast speed for small workgroups, customizable touchscreen interface
Bad: No ledger-sized paper handling.
Bottom Line: Canon’s monochrome MFPs with legal-sized paper handling.
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Canon
iR ADV. 400iF/500iF
$4,200-$5,250
Small, medium
Speed Black:
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Processor:
Memory:
42ppm-52ppm
Not applicable
Unknown
1.5GB

Product Overview

The imageRUNNER ADVANCE 400iF and 500iF are the latest small-to-medium sized MFPs with Canon’s imageRUNNER ADVANCE platform. Both machines offer standard printing, copying, scanning, and faxing. The 400iF ($4,200) copies and prints at up to 42ppm, while the 500iF ($5,250) runs at speed of 52ppm. Other than speed and price, both machines offer identical features. Warm-up time is a quick 34 seconds once you turn the device on, and first copy time is a very good 5 seconds. There is a 7″ touchscreen control panel with a screen that you can slide and tilt for easy access.  There are also two menus, including the “Quick Menu” interface. The control panel makes it easy to program custom workflows by user (for example, scanning to specific folders for different clients). Each user or group can have its own set of functions and shortcuts enabled. There is also a tutorial button on the machine, so users who need guidance in performing certain functions can receive step-by-step instructions on the screen. These models come with an 80GB hard disk drive. Standard memory is 1.5GB, which is not expandable. Ethernet and USB interfaces are standard. Wi-Fi is optional. A host USB port for scanning to and printing from flash drives is standard. Another USB port can be used for connecting a device, such as a keyboard. These machines also are compatible with Canon’s Managed Document Services, especially if you have more than one Canon machines at your site. Features that are supported by Managed Document Services include mobile printing and scanning, Canon’s Advanced Anywhere Print, Authorized Send, and Workflow Composer. More details on these devices are in our Features section below. Canon continues to utilize its innovative imageRUNNER ADVANCE architecture in its monochrome small-to-midsize workgroup line. Canon has made serious advances in user interface, job management, security, and productivity. The imageRUNNER ADVANCE 400iF and 500iF has strong features built into compact design.

Features

Paper handling:

  • Standard 550-sheet tray and 100-sheet bypass
  • Optional four 550-sheet trays
  • Maximum paper capacity is 2,300 sheets
  • All trays accept up to legal-sized (8.5" x 14")
  • Standard 100-sheet duplexing document feeder with a 51ipm speed
  • Standard 250-sheet output tray
  • Optional 500-sheet stapling finisher with 50-sheet single-position stapling
MFP Features:
  • Printing language utilizes Canon's host-based UFR II, PCL, and PostScript
  • Direct printing of TIFF, JPEG, and PDF files standard; XPS direct printing is optional
  • Scanning utilizes Canon's Universal Send software with color scanning standard
  • Scan-to-formats supported: email, FTP, File Server, Internet Fax
  • File formats supported: TIFF, JPEG, PDF, PDF/A, and XPS standard; optional: encrypted PDF and PDF with digital signature
Security features:
  • Authentication
  • Access control
  • Watermarking
  • Data encryption
  • Data erase
  • Removable hard disk drive
  • Ability to embed invisible codes in document to prevent unauthorized copying or scanning
  • Compatibility to Adobe LiveCycle Rights Management ES (application that allows users to protect confidential information, and restricts access to confidential data while still allowing for collaborative document sharing between users

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

Shortcomings

These devices does not accept ledger-sized (11" x 17") paper.

About

Canon is the number one copier company in the U.S. if you measure by the total number of units sold. The company features an impressive line of  multifunctional devices, and it is one of the leaders in this market. Most of Canon’s 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 is 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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