Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C3500 Series Review

Good: 10.1" color flat panel control panel, Staple-free Stapling and Staple On Demand for finishers, strong scanning and security features.
Bad: Not intended for large companies; Fiery controller is not offered.
Bottom Line: Another series of color MFPs that contributes to the newer generation of imageRUNNER ADVANCE machines with strong features.
Intended Users:
Small, Medium
Speed Black:
Speed Color:
Dual Custom Processor

Product Overview

The imageRUNNER ADVANCE C3500 Series join the imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5500 Series as the third-generation in the imageRUNNER ADVANCE family building upon new features and upgrades from previous models. There are two devices in this series: the C3525i and the C3530i. Both devices offer standard printing, copying and scanning, as well as optional faxing.

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

Both models include the Canon Dual Custom Processor, 3GB of memory and a 250GB 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 Series provides strong and flexible features for smaller offices.


Paper handling: Standard paper-handling stats with a 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 has 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 of 80ipm single-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 new Staple-free Stapling and Staple On Demand features. Staple-free Stapling allows the user to stack and staple finished documents with fewer 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 and compact and searchable PDF. Optional formats include 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.

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 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 secure print, to name several. Optional security features include hard disk drive mirroring, hard disk drive removal, data loss prevention, secure watermarks and document scan locking.

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


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

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


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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