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Canon imageCLASS MF4690 Monochrome Laser All-in-One Printer (1827B001)

by Canon
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  • Up to 1200 x 600 dpi quality print resolution
  • Duplex printing
  • 35 page auto document feeder
  • 33.6Kbps Super G3 fax
  • Single cartridge system
  • Multi-function unit with networking capabilities prints, copies, scans and faxes
  • Built-in duplexing (2-sided) and networking
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 15 inches ; 31.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 43 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000NUW42E
  • Item model number: MF4690
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 28, 2007

Product Description

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Ideal for small offices, the all-in-one imageCLASS MF4690 combines a duplex printer, digital copier, high-speed fax, color scanner, and network-capable functions in one compact, space-saving model. Compatible with both Windows and Mac, the MF4690 efficiently handles jobs both big and small and delivers high-quality, professional results when you need them.

The MF4690's single-cartridge system means the toner and drum are together in one easy-to-replace unit, resulting in both excellent image quality retention and virtually maintenance-free operation. In addition, its advanced, built-in send features and network-ready design help you effortlessly manage electronic document workflow. You can use this convenient unit to scan documents in various file formats and then email and/or fax them directly from the MF4690, without need of a computer. The MF4690 also stores email addresses and fax numbers for expedient sending of documents. With the scan-to-USB memory feature, a user can insert a portable jump drive in the front USB port on the device and scan documents directly to the drive in the user's choice of file formats. The device informs the user when it's safe to remove the drive.

The MF4690 is prints and copies at speeds up to 21 pages per minute (ppm) for letter-sized output at up to 1200 x 600 dot-per-inch (dpi) resolution. This unit also offers duplex output for letter-sized paper when printing, receiving faxes, and copying, an option that can significantly reduce paper consumption by printing two-sided documents from a personal computer, or even incoming faxes. The MF4690 will also copy single-sided pages to double-sided output, again reducing unnecessary paper usage. For added convenience, the 35-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) handles up to 250 sheets of paper and easily feeds multiple pages for efficient large copying or scanning jobs. Finally, the 33.6 kpbs Super G3 fax sends and receives faxes quickly and easily to minimize wait times.

Product Description

The imageCLASS MF4690 is a small office solution with big office features. A duplex printer, digital copier,high speed fax, color scanner, and network capable functionsall in one. You can scan documents and send directly to an email address or USB memory. The Single Cartridge System makes operation virtually maintenance free! The imageCLASS MF4690 is also Windows and Mac compatible and handles up to 250 sheets of paper with a 35-page Automatic Document Feeder.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I've spent several weeks going back and forth with tech support.
Don F. Rackham
Scanning to file on my laptop is effortless with the Toolbox software, but unfortunately won't scan from or to a networked computer (my desktop).
Stuart Harradine
Printing, copying, faxing, and scanning are ridiculously easy with the Canon 4690.
Michael E. Imboden

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Michael E. Imboden on May 22, 2007
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I shopped around for about 2 weeks and looked all the makes and models. I ended up purchasing the Canon 4690. The Canon 4690 is very easy to install, configure, and network. All settings can be configured via a handy web interface. The unit is very fast, quiet, and ergonomic. Warm up time is better than expected. With a small footprint, this Canon fits nicely in any home/office setting. From a hardware perspective, this unit meets and exceeds all comparable units out there on the market. Where most multifunction units have only 32 to 64 MB of RAM, it appears that this unit has 128 MB - although for some reason, you won't see this documented. I learned this from printing out my 4690's configuration page. In any event, more memory is very nice for those large print jobs. Networking and printer installation is a snap. The paper handling is convenient. Printing, copying, faxing, and scanning are ridiculously easy with the Canon 4690. Believe me; I looked at Dell, Epson, HP, Lexmark, and even other Canon models. Bottom line: The Canon 4690 offers the most technology for this price level.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By GoBlueFan on January 16, 2008
I shopped for a week and looked at Brother, HP, and Samsung B/W laser multifunctional printers before picking this Canon multifunctional unit. Set up was very easy, until I got to connecting it to the network via a Cat5e cable. Canon says the unit will automatically pick up the IP address, subnet mask, and gateway address using DHCP, but a call to Canon Tech Services recommended manual entry of these values. The tech walked me through the procedure, so now all my PC's connected to my router can use the printer. I highly recommend Canon Tech Services. They have a 12-hour toll-free number and offer lifetime free telephone support.

Pluses:
1. Speedy printing
2. Backlit LCD screen
3. The MF4690 has a neat remote Web page User Interface for reviewing and changing printer/fax/copier/scanner settings.
4. Text prints are very sharp (compared with those from my HP LaserJet 1200)

Negatives:
1. Comes with "starter" toner cartridge
2. Another negative (not prominently mentioned) is that the unit will NOT support network scanning. You must be connected via USB to do scanning to e-mail and scanning to a file server. However, you CAN perform scanning to a USB thumb drive and it outputs as PDF, JPG, or BMP files.

Update: I was told by Canon Tech Services that you can connect with both USB and Network connections at the same time, thus you have the full-range of scanning options with this printer (via USB) and still get the benefits of network connections.

Update #2: After reading some of the HP printer reviews, I am glad that Canon support is USA-based, so there is no language barrier.
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55 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Bryan C. Swoboda on September 13, 2007
First of all let me say that if you're a PC user, read all the other reviews of this unit. It really is a nice unit with all the features described. The reason I'm giving it two stars is because of what I feel is Canon's intentional misleading of the public when they claim that this is Mac compatible. From the box to the manual to the website, Canon uses the Mac logo to communicate that this unit is Mac compatible. This is only PARTIALLY true. This unit works ONLY as a printer and fax with the Macs - NOT A SCANNER. No where is this ever communicated. Even the printed manual and the Advanced Manual that is provided as a PDF on an included CD make any mention of the fact that you can not use this as a scanner on a Mac. Furthermore, Canon has no plans on ever making a driver so that you can do scans on a Mac. It's not bad that the unit can't do Mac scanning but I'd rather know about that BEFORE I purchase it and set it up at home.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Harradine on September 17, 2007
I've been using this in my small home office for about a month now. Performance and quality is even better than I expected from this all-in-one under $400. Prints much faster and quieter than my Pixma Inkjet. Two-sided printing feature is dynamite! Couple of mouse clicks and ZAP: a two-sided copy. So far it's been more reliable and faster than even Kinko's machines. Using USB to my laptop and CAT V to my desktop. Install took a weekend to figure out between the Canon protocol and MS networking software. Canon email Tech sppt was helpful and quick to respond on Monday, but by then I had figured most of it out by trial & error. Scanning to file on my laptop is effortless with the Toolbox software, but unfortunately won't scan from or to a networked computer (my desktop). Nothing's perfect, and I found the scanner to be two to three times slower than my stand alone Canon scanner. But it's still fast enough and the scanner is already in storage with the fax and copier. From what I can gather, all multifunctions are slower to scan than stand-alone's. If I lay a sheet of labels or other paper stock in the alternate feeder, it's automatically detected and prints on it, vs the paper tray. The Fax function has worked perfectly from day one on my dedicated line. Was worried about warm-up time, but found this not to be an issue whatsoever. With the exception of the scanner, this machine is fast in everything it does! This frees up valuable desk space (and time) although I'm still keeping the PIXMA inkjet for pictures and color jobs. Very, very happy I did my homework and chose this machine.
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