Canon's i-Sensys LBP6200d laser printer reviewed

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Canon's i-Sensys LBP6200d laser printer reviewed

Canon’s i-Sensys LBP6200d sits at the top end of this month’s group price-wise, but it still manages to stand out, thanks to the fact Canon has been able to squeeze in automatic duplex printing. 
Its solid build quality also puts it above the cheaper Dell and Kyocera printers. The curved body looks smart, and the design is well thought out. The front panel folds down to hold 250 A4 sheets, and an integrated transparent cover concertinas outwards to prevent dust building up. Paper weights up to 163gsm are supported, as are transparencies and envelopes, and a manual input tray adds the ability to print on thick card.
Canon quotes a nippy 25ppm print speed, and the i-Sensys LBP6200d matched this across all our tests. It wasn’t just single pages, either - automatic duplex prints were quick, at 15.4ppm. 
Running costs are too high, however. The high-capacity 2100-page toner cartridge delivers prints for 4.8c per page. Thanks to the high initial pricetag this ends up being the most expensive printer we've compared it with in this group test after 10,000 pages.
Print quality leaves a little to be desired. The Canon has a tendency to lay on the toner too thickly, which results in text appearing bold, but slightly smudged and lacking in clarity. Shading in graphs and charts was dogged by an ugly cross-hatched patterning, and images suffered the same fate; they looked unnatural and coarsely dithered, with shadows and dark areas often crushed into black. Despite trying to tweak the printer through a variety of driver settings, image quality remained average. 
For home use, the Canon puts in a reasonable performance, but ultimately doesn’t stand out. Running costs aren’t competitive, but the nippy print speeds make it a viable home-office option. Given the high pricetag, it’s a shame it can’t muster better-quality prints.
Middle-of-the-road print quality from Canon's i-Sensys LBP6200d undermines an otherwise speedy, well-designed laser printer. Read the review.
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$250 AUD
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