The Canon ImageClass MF743Cdw is a color laser printer that is made for serious and heavy paper handling and printing needs. It is made for small and medium-sized companies, the Canon ImageClass MF743Cdw has a registered monthly page volume of up to 4,000 pages so it can handle a massive workload than any other home printer. It is also outfitted with a fast, 50-sheet automatic document feeder or ADF, it performs simultaneous two-sided scanning and can accommodate an additional 550-sheet paper cassette by an additional tray. Between the strong feature set and fast performance, the Canon ImageClass MF743Cdw is the best laser printer for small businesses and it is among the best printers you can buy.
The MF743Cdw weighs a solid 64 pounds, so it is a two-person job to move it around. It is massive, as it measures 18.8 x 18.8 x 18.4 inches, and you will need clearance above it to fully lift the scanner lid. The document feeder sits atop the unit; you access it by lifting a hinged cover that serves as the document feeder’s input tray. There is also a 50-sheet multipurpose bypass tray; to use it, you fold down the front panel. The output tray, which is a cavity in the front of the body, can hold 75 sheets. The Canon ImageClass MF743Cdw has a recommended monthly page volume of up to 4,000 pages, perfect for small and medium-sized companies.
This laser printer has a stand-alone operation that goes very smoothly using the massive, 5-inch color touch screen on the control panel. It allows swiping to move icons, like how you use a smartphone screen. The touch screen of the printer allows you to create on-screen buttons for key functions, such as scanning and copy presets, passport and ID Card copying, and print templates.
You can connect directly to the MF743Cdw through NFC or near-field communication. Next to the large color touch screen is an icon indicating where you establish an NFC connection with your mobile device. Wi-Direct is also supported. On the front is a USB Direct print port that supports printing of JPEG, TIFF and PDF files. Ethernet and fax ports are on the back.
The MF743Cdw can print out a five-page text document in 26.6 seconds or 11.3 ppm. Printing a 10-page text document two-sided document will take 2 minutes and 34.7 seconds, or 3.9 ppm. Printing the five-page text document using the Canon Business Print app on an Android phone was almost as fast as printing from a Windows 10 computer, taking just 29.1 seconds.
The MF743Cdw can make a color copy in 13 seconds. The Canon printer made a black-and-white copy in just 9.3 seconds, which is faster than the average of 10 seconds. Using the ADF, however, the MF743Cdw can copy a five-page text document in just 20.2 seconds, or 14.9 ppm. That is twice the speed of 6.5 ppm when copying a single page on the scanner glass. Making two-sided copies of text documents was also fast with this printer, at 13.1 ppm.
The MF743Cdw printed text looks very sharp and dark. Letterforms in the text documents printed from an Android phone looked comparably sharp. Graphics printed in grayscale had a lot of detail and smooth mid-tone transitions, even though they looked too light overall, it still works very well.