The Canon LBP5050 is a color laser printer that will fit best in homes or very small offices. With the ability to print on plain paper, heavy paper, recycled paper, transparencies, coated paper, labels, glossy paper, index cards and envelopes you will find this machine to be quite versatile no matter your needs. It is also compatible with Windows and Masc operating systems, which means the majority of buyers are covered. Those will other operating systems will have to look elsewhere for their laser printing needs, though.
There are four Canon toner
cartridges used inside this little machine. Each is filled with one of the following colors of printer toner—cyan, magenta, yellow and black. The color toners will last you 1,400 pages each, and the black will last about 2,200 pages before running out. These yields are decent and will probably keep you printing for quite awhile before you will need to replace them. Resolutions of 600x600 dpi are standard using the Canon LBP5050 toner, but automatic image refinement features can increase resolutions to 9600x600 dpi. With resolutions like this, documents will look sharp and professional.
All around, the Canon LBP5050 has decent speeds but is a little slow compared to the competition. It only takes about 25 seconds to warm-up when turned off, and it instantly powers up when on standby setting. When printing in black-and-white, the first page out can print in 22 seconds, and in color it will take about 28 seconds. When using the black toner cartridge
, you can create about 12 pages per minute and can only produce 8 pages per minute with the color toner. Those speeds are a little disappointing compared to others on the market, but you probably won't find yourself hovering around the machine waiting for a long time, either. If speed is an issue, this probably isn't the best unit out there for you.