Canon imageCLASS LBP151dw Review – High Operational Costs

A simple monochrome laser printer is a rare breed as of late, but then we have the Canon imageCLASS LBP151dw. It is the type of printer that’s all you’ll ever need if you want to print mostly text documents and have no need for color input. This particular unit is able to spit out jobs quickly and it is great for connecting an array of mobile devices and computers. While it does promote a ton of promise, it is ultimately let down by its high cost for its consumables, particularly that of its ink. This printer will ultimately cost you a whole lot more to refill its toner than with other competitors within a similar price point and device class.

Canon imageCLASS LBP151dw Review - High Operational Costs

The Canon imageCLASS LBP151dw Falls Short Because of High Operating Costs

For its design, the Canon imageCLASS LBP151dw is practically your basic black box that can print. Users are able to load 250 sheets of basic white paper to its tray which is located at the bottom of the unit. Or, you can also feed it different types of media, such as envelopes or card stocks, into the manual feed tray.

For its dimensions, it measures in at 15.4-inches for its width, 13.2-inches for its depth, and 9.7-inches for its height. This means that it is quite larger than some of its competitors such as the HP LaserJet Pro P1120W and it is also not quite as compact as the Brother HL-L2360DW. Nevertheless, it should still fit fine while sitting on top of a small desk without taking up too much real-estate.

While there are many modern printers that have displays which are usually located at the front-end of the device, the imageCLASS LBP151dw does not have one. Still, this is to be expected of a mono-laser printer. There is, on the other hand, an indicator button that will light up on the control panel should the device run out of paper and it is still in the middle of a printing job. It will also light up when there’s a paper jam that needs clearing. Speaking of paper jams, it is a rarity for this printer so users would be glad to know that it is very unlikely to happen.

While the Canon imageCLASS LBP151dw promotes a lot of promise because of what it can do, it ultimately has a large drawback in the form of the cost for toner refills. Its cost factors in about 3.5-cents per page of black text. This is a decent price when comparing it to inkjet printers, but it is still a lot more when comparing this printer to some of its competitors that offer a more cost-efficient solution to monochromatic printing.


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