Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C3700 Series Review

Good: 200-sheet single-pass duplexing document feeder, ability to scan to the cloud, strong security features.
Bad: Not intended for offices with high-volume printing needs.
Bottom Line: Color MFPs with enhanced features for the small and midsize offices.
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25 ppm- 30 ppm
25 ppm- 30 ppm
1.75 GHz
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Product Overview

Canon has introduced a new generation of devices, the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX Series, to help businesses automate their processes. It includes enhancements like an upgraded user interface, a 200-sheet automatic document feeder and advanced scanning features (e.g., scan to cloud). The focus of this review will be on the imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C3700 Series.

The imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C3700 Series is a series of color MFPs targeted to all organizations from smaller businesses to enterprise-level operations. There are two devices, and they both offer standard printing, copying and scanning with optional faxing. With the exception of speed and document feeder, they share identical specifications.

The two devices are:

  • The imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C3725i copies and prints at 25 ppm and has a first-copy-time of 8.2 seconds in color, and
  • The imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C3730i copies and prints at 35 ppm and also has a first-copy-time of 8.2 seconds in color.

Both models include 1.75 GHz Dual Core Processor, 3 GB of memory and a 250 GB hard drive that can be expanded to 1 TB. 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 support mobile printing and scanning with Canon’s PRINT Business, Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print apps.

There’s also a Hot Folder feature that lets users drag and drop a file into a folder and then automatically prints it with predefined settings (e.g., number of pages).

Canon offers an optional uniFLOW Online that provides users an opportunity to print from and scan to the cloud. It includes an Universal Output Queue that supports all devices, regardless of manufacturer. Users can send jobs to a Canon device that is stored until they enter a password to retrieve it. Administrators can also track usage and costs from uniFLOW Online.

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

Features

Paper handling: Both devices include standard dual 550-sheet paper trays and a 100-sheet bypass. Canon offers two additional 550-sheet trays as an option for a maximum capacity of 2,300 sheets.

Automatic duplexing is supported. There’s a standard 200-sheet single-pass duplexing document feeder that has a scanning speed of up to 80 ppm simplex (160 ipm duplex).

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 and compact and searchable PDF. Optional formats include encrypted PDF and PDF with digital signature. LDAP is also supported. The devices can also scan to a variety of cloud-based solutions, such as Google Drive.

The devices include document storage functionality with a maximum of 100 user in-boxes that includes a capacity of 10,000 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 faxing function uses a 33.6 kbps modem with JBIG compression and up to 30,000 pages in fax memory.

Security: The Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX C3700 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, secure watermark and secure print and more. There’s also the McAfee Embedded Control feature that uses whitelisting to prevent unrecognized malware from occurring. Optional security features include hard disk drive mirroring, hard disk drive removal and document scan locking.

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

Shortcomings

These devices may not be intended for larger companies or offices that has high-volume printing needs.

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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