In the event the proof this supertest is everything to pass, mono laser printers are seldom synonymous with style.
Canon moved for something slightly different using this type of one, but we weren’t sure regarding the result. Maybe it’s the squat boxiness. Maybe it’s the silvery grey color scheme. Maybe it’s the transparent lid. Anything, there is something concerning the i-SENSYS LBP 2900B that reminds us of any breadmaker.
Still, it feels reassuringly solid. The paper input tray, which slides straight from the base, is particularly sturdy. Our only grumble was that it isn’t matched using a similarly well made output tray. Instead, could possibly flimsy little bit of plastic flapping about in the top. We much preferred the integrated output tray in the Samsung (right), which leaves sheets flat and supported, and much less gonna curl up every time they arrive fresh and warm from your print mechanism.
Another curious, if somewhat inconsequential, niggle would be the fact the printer’s USB socket is buried nearly two inches deep really narrow recess, which makes it rather fiddly for larger adult hands to enter the cable. This is certainly something that’ll get a goat every time you rearrange the office.
Text output in the Canon was decent enough: somewhat lighter in contrast to the Samsung, but still dense enough to guarantee even finest strokes on characters remained unbroken. And if anything, we slightly preferred the standard of images created by the LBP 2900B; at least, images produced for the everyday 600x600dpi setting. The Samsung can stretch to 1200x600dpi if you don’t mind anticipating the other detail.
Unfortunately, our enthusiasm for that Canon’s output evaporated right at that moment we were left waiting to acquire it. We assume Canon calculates its quoted 12 pages each minute output rate in the time the LBP 2900B actually starts to print its first page, ignoring your initial time taken for your printer to stir itself into action. Within our tests, it took 40 seconds from cold to the first page to commence emerging, leading to a standard duration of a few minutes . 5 for that 10 page text document. That’s greater than two times as long as the Samsung, and slower than most inkjets.
It’s really a fair printer at all times, however if speed is among the your reasons for contemplating a mono laser, the Canon won’t suit you perfectly.