Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C3500 III Series Review

Good: Enhanced security features, 10.1" color flat panel control panel, Staple-free Stapling and Staple On Demand for finishers
Bad: Not intended for large companies; Fiery controller is not offered.
Bottom Line: Strong and flexible features that help smaller offices achieve maximum productivity.
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Canon
iR ADVANCE C3500 III
Unknown
Small, Medium
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25 ppm-30 ppm
25 ppm-30 ppm
Canon Dual Custom Processor
3 GB

Product Overview

Canon has refreshed its third-generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE series with the the new third edition models. The new edition includes upgraded security features, such as the integration with the customers’ exiting Security Information Event Management (SIEM) solution. Integration to SIEM allows IT professionals to include the Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE device into their company’s existing comprehensive security monitoring. In other words, they’ll have insights into potential threats to their infrastructure, including their print fleet, without having to manually import data from the printer into the SIEM solution. SIEM integration is now also available on all third-generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE models through Canon’s Unified Firmware Platform, which frequently provides new features and functionalities through firmware updates.

Additional new security features include the Verify System at Startup process, only available on third edition models, that uses a Root of Trust to help protect the device from unauthorized modifications and an automatic security certificate update that helps reduce the burden on IT staff.

There are two devices in the Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C3500 III Series: the C3525i III and the C3530i III. They both offer standard printing, copying and scanning, as well as optional faxing.

The C3525i III prints and copies at up to 25 ppm in both black and color, while the engine speed for the C3530i III is 30 ppm in black and color output.

Both models include the Canon Dual Custom Processor, 3 GB of memory and a 250 GB hard drive. There is also a 10.1″ color control panel with a flat touchscreen that works like a smartphone. The control panel uses a feature called My ADVANCE that allows each user to customize specific features (i.e. a personal address book) based on their specific workflows.

Printing language, such as PCL, PostScript and Canon’s proprietary UFR II, is supported. USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity are also standard. The devices also support mobile printing and scanning.

More details on the devices’ features are in our Features section below.

As with its other machines, Canon has consistently improved upon its MFPs with better upgrades over the years. The imageRUNNER ADVANCE C3500 III Series provides strong and flexible features to help smaller offices achieve maximum productivity.

Features

Paper handling: Standard paper handling starts with dual 550-sheet paper trays and a 100-sheet bypass. Canon offers two more 550-sheet trays as options for a maximum capacity of 2,300 sheets. With the exception of the first 550-sheet tray (which accepts up to 8.5″ x 11″ paper only), the other trays can handle paper size of up to 12″ x 18″.

Automatic duplexing is supported. Both devices have a standard 150-sheet single-pass duplexing document feeder. The document feeder supports paper up to 11″ x 17″ in size and has a scanning speed up to 80 ipm single-sided and up to 150 ipm double-sided.

Standard output capacity is 250 sheets. There are a few finishing options. First, there is an inner finisher with a two-tray 600-sheet capacity and 50-sheet multiposition stapling. Second, there is an external stapling finisher with a two-tray 3,250-sheet capacity and 50-sheet multiposition stapling. It also includes an optional 2/3-hole punch kit. And finally, users can add a booklet finisher that includes two trays with a 3,250-sheet capacity, 50-sheet multiposition stapling and 20-sheet booklet making capability.

We want to note that all three finishers supports Canon’s Staple-free Stapling and Staple On Demand features. Staple-free Stapling allows the user to stack and staple finished documents (up to five pages) with the use of a pressure bind instead of staples. Staple On Demand lets users re-staple originals after any copying or scanning is done or staple printed paper without having to select any stapling settings. Both features were designed to help improve efficiency and productivity in producing finished documents.

Scanning and faxing: The color scanning function allows for sending scans to multiple destinations, such as email, SMB and mailbox. It supports file formats, such as TIFF, JPEG, compact and searchable PDF, encrypted PDF, and PDF with digital signature. LDAP is also supported.

The devices include document storage functionality with a maximum of 100 user in-boxes that includes a capacity of 30,000 pages stored. The Advanced Box mailbox and storage system that allows users to store work in an expanded number of shared boxes on hard drive. It also allows users anywhere on the network to store files created on their PCs, and is accessible, subject to authentication.

As noted above, the devices support scan-to-cloud functionality. Users can scan documents to cloud storage solutions, such as Google Drive and Box.

The optional faxing feature uses a 33.6kbps modem with JBIG compression and up to 30,000 pages in fax memory.

Security: The Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C3500 III Series include many security features, both standard and optional. Some of the standard features include user authentication, device and function-level log-in, hard disk drive erase, IP/Mac address filtering and encrypted secure print, to name several. Optional security features include hard disk drive mirroring, hard disk drive removal, data loss prevention, and document scan locking.

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

Shortcomings

These devices are not intended for offices looking for copying/printing speed of more than 30 ppm. Those offices can check out our other reviews, such as the imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5500 III Series.

Also, Canon doesn’t offer the optional Fiery controller for these devices.

About

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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