Canon i-SENSYS LBP5050 review
The Canon i-SENSYS LBP5050 has an ingenious design – pop open the front and the toner cartridges slide smoothly out on a spring-loaded drawer. It’s this clever kind of design touch that allows the Canon to be one of the smallest and cheapest colour laser printers around.
That compact design is partly due to the fact that the LBP5050 has all-in-one toner cartridges, whereas most other colour laser printers have an image drum that will eventually need replacing. Disappointingly, however, this doesn’t reduce the cost per page – it’s merely average for both mono and colour.
Surprisingly for the price, it’s an excellent performer. Canon claims print speeds of 12ppm and 8ppm for black and white and colour prints respectively, but we were surprised when the LBP5050 beat both of the those claims by a page per minute.
The drawback was the time to the first page, which at 26 seconds for a black and white page, and more than half a minute for a colour one was disappointingly slow.
Quality in our tests was generally fine. For business graphs the LBP5050 is excellent, although it stumbled on our A4 colour photo. Colours were otherwise bold and accurate and, importantly for any busy office, they emerged at a rate not far off those of black and white prints.
So why shouldn’t you buy the LBP5050? It’s by no means a bad printer: its size, price and competitive colour printing speeds all make it tempting. However, for anyone considering a printer for an office, the Dell 1320cn is the more obvious choice.
And the Samsung CLP-315 offers such a small number of compromises that it’s clearly a better buy than this Canon for the home.
The Canon boasts very good quality, but first page print speeds are slow, and its running costs are consistently higher than those of rivals – the Samsung CLP-315 works out cheaper to run over time. The LBP5050 is a good printer, but it’s not the best in the business.
|Resolution printer final||600 x 600dpi|
|Rated/quoted print speed||12PPM|
|Maximum paper size||A4|
|Monthly duty cycle||25,000 pages|
|Standard mono toner life||2,300 pages|
|High-yield mono toner life||N/A|
|Standard colour toner life||1,500|
|High-yield colour toner life||N/A|
|Supplied mono toner life||800 pages|
|Supplied colour toner life||800|
Power and noise
|Peak noise level||48.0dB(A)|
|Dimensions||401 x 452 x 262mm (WDH)|
|Peak power consumption||253W|
|Idle power consumption||5W|
|Mono print speed (measured)||13ppm|
|Colour print speed||9ppm|
|Input tray capacity||151 sheets|
|Output tray capacity||125 sheets|
|Operating system Windows 7 supported?||yes|
|Operating system Windows Vista supported?||yes|
|Operating system Windows XP supported?||yes|
|Operating system Windows 2000 supported?||yes|
|Operating system Windows 98SE supported?||no|
|Other operating system support||Mac OS 10.3.9 to 10.5.x|