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09/12/2018, 14:09 PM
Review compares and contrasts similar Canon and Brother color lasers. Pros and cons.
This is a review of the Brother MFC-L3750CDW, which I compared and contrasted to the several year old Canon MF8280Cw, accessing both with a Mac-based wifi network. Both units are capable of copying, scanning, printing, and faxing. The Brother has a color touch-screen while the Canon largely utilizes a keypad in concert with a monochrome LCD display. Both units can be set up easily for wifi network access. Both units quickly allow for firmware upgrades (the Brother is operating with Firmware version E). The Brother has a 250 sheet tray while the Canon has a 150 sheet tray. Both units have a 50 sheet ADF. The Brother is noted to be faster at 25ppm while the Canon's engine can provide only 14ppm. On monochrome printing, the Brother is indeed significantly faster. On full color printing, particularly if printing the same page repetitively, the Canon is faster.
I've noticed that with full color prints, the Canon has far greater color accuracy out of the box. It also has superior graphics reproduction, smoothing curved lines and getting rid of jaggies. This can be adjusted at the source to an extent, but it's nice if the printer output matches the image on your screen without any adjustment necessary. However, the Canon's rollers pick up too much excess ink if you're making multiple high density prints, and you end up seeing roller marks on the printed image (and ending up with a mess that can be fixed quickly with the Canon's cleaning cycles). That said, the Canon has much better apparent print resolution on images (interestingly, as I'd expect two color laser printers to be pretty similar in this respect - but there's really no comparison here) while the Brother has far better resolution on print, matching the resolution from the best monochrome laser printers. (The latest Canon firmware fixes this to an extent, but it's still not up to the Brother on this count) If you're printing largely text, the Brother is the way to go - faster output generally, larger storage tray, and clean copies throughout. For lots of full color output, neither printer is perfect, but you can use standard copy paper, something you can't do on an inkjet if you're printing high density color images.
As everyday monochrome printers, these both work quite nicely - a little slower than what you'd expect from a dedicated monochrome laser, such as the wonderful Brother DCP-L5600DN, which has become my dedicated reference laser printer/scanner. And they both provide color print output, which I've come to enjoy on my outgoing letters. Choosing Brother or Canon will depend largely upon your expectations of what you'll be printing and the degree to which precise color reproduction is critical to your work.