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Noise aside, a terrific value as a color laser printer
on October 25, 2007
I've had my mf8180c for about 10 months now, using it as my main networked printer in a solo law practice. I use it for printing, faxing, copying, and scanning (everything that comes into or goes out of my office is scanned to .pdf, so I can carry my practice with me in a laptop).
There is no doubt that it is noisy. It is indeed loud enough to interfere with nearby phone conversations. It's noisy not only when you're using it, but often when you're not. My guess is that it occasionally wakes itself up from powersaving mode just to rotate the drums and shake up the toner. The sounds themselves are normal, and it doesn't sound like the machine is shaking itself apart, nor like a shoe tumbling in a dryer.
However, other than that -- and the noise was something I expected from having researched various color lasers before buying this one -- I have had NONE of the problems described by the other reviewers. No offense to them, but I wonder if they've read the bleeping manual. Yes, that's a pain in the butt, and like every other piece of high-tech machinery these days, Canon's terminology and menu logic and structure are idiosyncratic. But I will attest, from repeated personal experience, that, for example, it is indeed quite possible to cancel print jobs if you enter the commands to do so properly.
Moreover, in ten months of use, I've had exactly one paper jam (and that was using 24-pound bond, which really is excessively stiff for any laser printer). Other than replacing toner cartriges as needed (which is very easy to do) and cleaning the scan-bed glass, I haven't needed a bit of maintenance.
A couple of weeks ago I was downtown filing a new lawsuit, waiting as the deputy clerk processed it. I noticed that two or three other deputies had gathered around him, looking over his shoulder. I thought something must be badly wrong, but it turned out that they were all just admiring my very restrained -- but in my profession still very novel -- use of colored section headings. Having a color laser printer feels very 21st C, and I've never regretted buying this one for a moment.
UPDATE (August 18, 2011): My machine is still working flawlessly, now networked with Windows 7.