Canon C530 Printer Review
Although it provides print, scan, copy and fax capabilities, the Canon Multipass C530 is a very basic inkjet device that is best suited for home offices. Its main limitation is its slow output speeds, printing at a maximum of only 5 pages per minute for monochrome documents and 2 pages per minute for color. The device's other limited features include its low-capacity Multipass C530 printer ink and small paper capacity, which make it suitable for light-duty use.
The C530 has the flexible 4-in-1 design that many offices look for, but it lacks business-centric features such as an automatic document feeder for unattended scanning and faxing and flexible connectivity like networking and flash drive support. Instead, it provides a single wired parallel interface that requires a connection to a user's computer in order to print and scan projects. Thankfully, however, the unit's compact size of 14x12x8 inches makes it compact for a multifunction device and will enable it to share a desktop with a user's computer.
The C530 comes with drivers and software like Creative Pro that can be installed on a user's computer to provide access to editing and control tools for the printer and scanner. The unit's front panel includes enough features and buttons to support standalone copying and faxing, providing a number pad for dialing and a 4-way pad for navigating menus on its monochrome LCD.
The machine comes with a single input tray that can store up to 100 pages of media like high gloss film, photo paper, greeting cards and plain paper. The C530 supports most standard 8.5-inch media sizes, as well as a maximum paper size of 11x17 inches. Even if users have specialty glossy media, the device has a subpar output quality and prints with a resolution of only 720x360 dpi using color or black Canon C530 printer ink.
The device operates with one 160-sheet capacity tricolor supply that contains cyan, magenta and yellow Multipass C530 ink and a separate black Canon C530 ink cartridge with a yield of 150 pages. With such low yields, users looking to print frequently might end up spending more money on replacement supplies than the printer itself. To help minimize running costs, users do have the option to purchase affordable Canon C530 ink cartridges instead of expensive OEM supplies.
The fact that the C530 has versatile all-in-one features may lead users to believe it is designed to handle small offices. Rather, this inkjet device is among a growing class of home office machines that are inexpensive and include a limited range of features, making it ideal for a single user instead of multiple users in a networked environment.