Canon L190 Printer Review
The Canon FAXPHONE L190 is a multifunction device that receives its more unique name because it adds a telephone handset to round out its flexible fax machine features. While printing isn't its main function, the L190 can still reach impressive output speeds of up to 26 pages per minute for monochrome documents. Although its quick output, long-lasting FAXPHONE L190 printer toner and decent package of features gear this machine toward small offices, it lacks a few key elements like ample connectivity options that keep it from being a top pick in its price range.
This monochrome laser device can print, scan copy and fax documents and despite its all-in-one capabilities, it manages to have a compact desktop-friendly size of only 18x17x14 inches. Standalone faxing and copying is provided through its versatile front control panel, which includes a monochrome LCD for status updates, a full keypad that can store up to 40 one-touch speeds dial numbers, menu buttons for navigation, and dedicated copy keys. For printing, however, users will need their computer nearby since the L190 only has a wired USB connection.
The unit comes with a 50-sheet duplexing automatic document feeder that can continuously scan or fax double-sided documents double-sided without requiring manual assistance from a user. The L190 can handle media with a minimum size of 5x5.5 inches and a maximum size of 8.5x14 inches. Since it only includes a single input tray for paper, users with moderate daily printing will be replacing media frequently.
Output quality for this device tested around average compared to similar models, printing graphics and photos slightly below par and text above par with a maximum resolution of 1200x600 dpi using black Canon L190 toner. The unit can duplicate a job up to 99 times with a consistent resolution of 600x600 dpi using FAXPHONE L190 toner, while it can achieve a fax resolution of 200x400 dpi.
The machine uses one black Canon L190 toner cartridge that will need to be replaced after approximately 2,100 pages. Users sending primarily scans and faxes won't need to be replace the Canon L190 toner cartridge as frequently as they would if they were printing and copying frequently. To decrease running costs, users can opt for remanufactured supplies over pricey OEM toners.
While multifunction units typically focus on printing, scanning or copying features, the L190 is unique in that its design centers around the fax machine, with a telephone handset and a range of dedicated tools. Users that want a more well rounded device with flexible connectivity and a better output should keep shopping, however.