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Canon ImageClass MF6160dw

Est. $340
Reviewed
March 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Canon ImageClass MF6160dw

Pros
  • Outstanding speed and quality in tests (printing, scanning, copying and faxing)
  • Auto-duplex scanning, faxing and printing
  • Great brand reliability
Cons
  • No color printing
  • Big and noisy
  • Few owner reviews -- and they're mixed

Bottom line

The Canon ImageClass MF6160dw prints, copies, scans, faxes -- even duplex prints and scans -- with great speed and quality. It's the very best all-in-one printer in two top tests. However, this relatively new laser all-in-one gets few owner reviews -- and they're mixed. It also costs twice as much as the Brother MFC-7360N (Est. $165), the monochrome multifunction laser printer that impresses experts and owners most consistently.

Ease of use

Some setup snafus. "Setup is standard fare," PCMag.com's M. David Stone says, but not all users agree. The Canon ImageClass MF6160dw connects via USB, Ethernet or Wi-Fi. A five-row LCD display shows menu options. Entering your Wi-Fi password using the physical buttons "can be tedious," one source says. Setup instructions aren't included; you have to download them, and some owners have trouble following them. "What is supposed to be on the screen and what actually is, don't match," says one Amazon.com customer. Two owners at Staples.com are annoyed that the MF6160dw won't automatically recognize envelopes, like other Canon printers do.

The Canon is a fairly big, heavy printer, at about 19 by 15 by 17 inches high and 42 pounds. Like the Brother brand, Canon printers earn high reliability ratings in owner surveys.

Performance

Quality plus speed. Text printouts look great -- good enough even for desktop publishing, PCMag.com says. Graphics look fine for internal business needs (and maybe PowerPoint handouts, depending on how picky you are), on par with the Brother and other good laser printers and all-in-ones.

Speed is impressive: Although the Brother MFC-7360N is no slouch, the Canon (20 text pages per minute) beats the Brother (14.3 ppm), in one test. Even in auto-duplex mode (printing both sides of the page) the ImageClass MF6160dw prints at 10 ppm in PCMag.com's test.

Features

Auto-duplex anything. Reviewers especially like this all-in-one printer's auto-duplexer: It not only can print both sides of the paper, but also scan and fax both sides. It accomplishes this "by scanning one side of the page, turning it over, and scanning the other," says Stone at PCMag.com. "This isn't as fast as scanning in duplex, meaning scanning both sides of the page at once, but it's still a welcome convenience." Cost per page is low (2.9 cents), but not as low as the Brother MFC-7360N's (1.9 cents).

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Editors put 74 all-in-one printers through their paces, including the Canon ImageClass MF6160dw. Printers are rated in a dozen categories (print quality, ink use, etc.) and overall, and editors pick best buys.

Review: Canon ImageClass MF6160dw, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

2. PCMag.com

Fast, high-quality printouts make the Canon ImageClass MF6160dw PCMag.com's very favorite printer for micro and small offices. The duplex scanner is a nice touch, M. David Stone says.

Review: Canon ImageClass MF6160dw, M. David Stone, Dec. 18, 2013

3. Which? magazine

This British magazine (similar to ConsumerReports.org) tests 118 printers. Editors haven't tested the Canon ImageClass MF6160dw, but they do rank Canon and other printer brands on reliability and owner satisfaction, based on a reader survey.

Review: Printer Reviews: Reliability, Editors of Which? magazine, Not Dated

4. PCMag.com

Canon printers earn a Readers' Choice in PCMag.com's annual survey. Canon gets the best score for tech support, and it's second only to Brother in reliability.

Review: Readers' Choice Awards 2013: Printers, Ben Gottesman, July 31, 2013

5. Amazon.com

Only a handful of owners have reviewed the Canon ImageClass MF6160dw here. Most like it, but a couple get faulty units, and one complains that there's no instruction book.

Review: Canon Lasers ImageClass MF6160dw Wireless Monochrome Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014

6. Amazon.com

Only a handful of owners have reviewed the Canon ImageClass MF6160dw here. Most like it, but a couple get faulty units, and one complains that there's no instruction book.

Review: Canon Lasers ImageClass MF6160dw Wireless Monochrome Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014

7. Staples.com

As at Amazon.com, the Canon ImageClass MF6160dw gets mixed marks at Staples.com, and a similarly small number of reviews. A couple of reviewers are irritated that the printer won't automatically recognize envelopes.

Review: Canon ImageClass MF6160dw Mono Laser All-in-One Printer, Contributors to Staples.com, As of March 2014

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