Canon 1670 Printer Review
The Canon imageRUNNER 1670 is the base model in a series of laser units that can print, scan and copy projects, but those that want a full 4-in-1 machine should opt for the 1670F model that has a built-in fax modem. While the 1670 benefits from being inexpensive, it suffers from slow output speeds of only 16 pages per minute for monochrome documents and lags behind the quicker models in its class of small office devices. Aside from having to wait a little longer for documents, this machine does have a few benefits, from its low-cost imageRUNNER 1670 printer toner to its professional-quality output.
The 1670 measures 15x18x17 inches and weighs approximately 50 pounds, which makes it slightly bulky for a personal desktop but significantly smaller than many 3-in-1 printers. Some of the unit's bulk is a result of its 30-sheet automatic document feeder and scanner, which work in tandem to enable continuous unattended scanning for larger jobs. The large front control panel also contributes to its size, providing a wide-range of control buttons and tools such as a monochrome LCD to track a job's progress and a 4-way pad to navigate menus.
Most of the 1670's features target it toward low-volume small offices, including its maximum media input capacity of 600 pages, maximum monthly duty cycle of 20,000 pages and ability to duplicate an original project up to 99 times. This doesn't mean the machine won't be easily shared among multiple users, providing a convenient front USB port for walk-up printing from flash drives and a network interface that makes for easy sharing in an office environment.
Users copying text or graphic documents should expect them to have the same quality as the original with a sharp resolution of 1200x600 dpi using black Canon 1670 toner. The machine can also print documents with a quality that surpasses many similar devices, with a resolution of 2400x600 dpi using imageRUNNER 1670 toner.
Since the device uses a single black Canon 1670 toner cartridge, this unit should be much more affordable than machines using multiple toners. Each replacement Canon 1670 toner cartridge should yield a maximum of 5,300 pages.
Offices that have only the need to print, copy and scan monochrome documents at moderate rates will find the 1670 to be a good and low-cost solution. Those that want to fax can upgrade to the 1670F model, but users interested in a device with quick output speeds and a large media capacity should keep looking.