Canon imageCLASS D1650 Review

The Canon imageClass D1650 is a monochrome all-in-one laser printer that is made for small volume and medium volume printing, faxing, scanning and copying in a small office or small workgroup setting. It is very fast, its print quality is good overall, and it has a massive paper capacity of 650 sheets out of the box and a high monthly duty cycle to back it up. Although the printing does not come cheap, compared with competing laser printer models, the D1650’s running costs are high but very worth it. For small offices that have the budget of the D1650’s costly consumables can take advantage of the printer’s many other perks.

Measuring 17.8 x 19.5 x 18.3 inches and weighing around 41.9 pounds, the imageClass D1650 is somewhat massive and heavy for its class. On top of the D1650 is a 50-sheet automatic document feeder or ADF that supports single-pass, two-sided scanning. Configuration and walk-up tasks, like scanning from USB thumb drives, making copies, or scanning to the cloud, are handled from the imageClass D1650’s massive and comfortable 5-inch colour touch screen. 

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Also available from the control panel is the D1650’s Application Library, which allows you to create seven different one-touch buttons to execute the following functions: Consumables Information for toner and paper status, Copy for economic mode, Copy for bleed reduce, ID Card Copy, Print Template, Scan-to-Preset Destination, and Standby Slide on the screensaver. You can also construct Application Library shortcuts, as well as other configuration options, including security, from the D1650’s built-in web server, which is a feature common to most business-oriented AIOs.

One of the reasons that the imageClass D1650 is so massive is because of its huge paper capacity of 650 sheets. It can be split between a 550-sheet cassette and a 100-sheet multipurpose tray. If 650 sheets are not enough, then you can add up to three 550-sheet drawers for a maximum capacity of 2,300 sheets. Also available is a combination of cabinet and stand, this is in addition to the standard UFR II page description language or PDL of Canon. The D1650 also supports HP’s PCL 5 and PCL 6, and it supports Adobe PostScript 3, making it compatible with most desktop publishing, graphic design, and prepress typesetting environments.

The D1650’s standard connectivity interfaces consist of Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and connecting to a single PC through USB. Mobile connectivity comprises two peer-to-peer protocols, Wi-Fi Direct, and near-field communication or NFC. You can also print from and scan to USB memory devices via the port located on the left side of the chassis. Security options are standard for a midrange AIO. You get Secure Print, or the ability to lock sensitive documents with personal identification numbers or PINs, and you can deny access to specific features or the printer itself by user or department. You can also restrict access via IP address and configure these and other security functions via the control panel or the D1650’s built-in website.

Like most Canon imageClass laser printers, the D1650 defaults to two-sided duplex printing, which makes it perfect for small offices. The D1650 can print around a 12-page Microsoft Word test document in simplex mode at the rate of 44.8 pages per minute or ppm, or just 0.1ppm off from its 45ppm rating. The laser printer can print the same document in duplex mode at 35.9 images per minute.

The D1650’s output quality is very impressive. Text is near-typesetter quality, well-shaped and highly legible down to the smallest font, you can see without magnification. The charts and graphs in our test Excel documents and PowerPoint handouts came out with only minimal banding in dark fills and backgrounds and light, hardly noticeable stepping from tone to tone in gradients.