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[Amazon Canada] Canon MF634CDW - $279.99 - Colour Duplex Scan/Printer w/ Fax

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[Amazon Canada] Canon MF634CDW - $279.99 - Colour Duplex Scan/Printer w/ Fax

Was looking to upgrade my printer to colour and set a chamel chamel chamel alert on the Canon due to its colour duplex scanning, fax and printing capability. This is the lowest the price I have seen it with the closest options that I'm aware of being the Brother https://www.amazon.ca/Brother-MFC-9340C ... B00DJG8D88 or the Lexmark cx417de (no wireless) http://www.cendirect.com/main_en/tech_s ... EI&rSrc=sb.
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Price in subject line please. Saves us the trouble of going in to the thread.
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robbyl wrote:
Jun 17th, 2018 10:02 am
Same price at Staples. https://www.staples.ca/en/Canon-imageCL ... CA_1_20001
25$ off coupon will bring the price lower.
Where do you find a $25 off coupon? I found a $20 off coupon though [...]
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Price on the printer is great. Not saying it is a bad printer, but a few compatible cartridges I have seen available for this model, seem to be a flop. If you need to buy the original toners for this unit, it will quickly become very expensive.
When looking for a printer, always check the availability and reviews of compatible cartridges. The toner replacements should be part of the equation. Also check the rated yield of each cartridge.

When evaluating printer cost, I typically calculate what it would cost me to print about 15000 pages (assuming the 5% coverage since most toner is rated as such). Also, check to see if there are other consumables needed and what their recommended replacement is (drums, waste toner box, etc..). So at least initial cost of printer, and "x" amount of toner kits (depending on rated toner yields).

I own 2 printers.. 1 b/w older HP work horse which is used for 95% of my printing and is very cheap to run., And a small color laser, for the occasional color prints. Even when my kids print their reports for school, the reports go to the b/w printer, and then I'll just reprint the color pages on the color printer. I don't want to print 100 page report on a color printer, for the 2 color diagrams which are contained in it :)

Anyhow, to each their own. Just a thought..
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HP 477fdw is also similar. There is a pagewide (inkjet) that is similar too in functionality.

I have the 477fdw and use Moustache compatible toners. Works out well, especially when on sale.

This is a great price though. Good find.
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Emporium wrote:
Jun 17th, 2018 10:23 am
Not saying it is a bad printer, but a few compatible cartridges I have seen available for this model, seem to be a flop
https://www.amazon.ca/Sprint-Toner-Comp ... B076CQD7BG
I have no way of knowing whether those are fake reviews, and I've never tried those toners.

Yield
Black 2,800 pages
Colour 2,200 pages @5% coverage

https://www.fakespot.com/product/sprint ... e-shipping

Drum is included in Canon cartridges
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I have an older model of this, and it’s still going strong after more than 5 years. If I need ink, I go to the local ink store to get their cheaper ink toner replacements.
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BTW, if anyone has a lead on good (in other words, you tested yourself) compatible Canon 045H replacement toner cartridges, please provide a link. Thank you

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/1SET-Color-Tone ... 3105767145
Not sure whether these are any good. They are cheaper than the ones I linked previously.
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Webslinger wrote:
Jun 17th, 2018 10:57 am
https://www.amazon.ca/Sprint-Toner-Comp ... B076CQD7BG
I have no way of knowing whether those are fake reviews, and I've never tried those toners.

Yield
Black 2,800 pages
Colour 2,200 pages @5% coverage

https://www.fakespot.com/product/sprint ... e-shipping

Drum is included in Canon cartridges
I checked those out also, but @ $240, it is hard to justify just "trying" the cartridges.

Including the Drum with the toner is good in the sense that you know you always get a new drum. But on the compatible units, it can be a hit&miss. I remember back in the day of my old HP LJ4 (first laser I had), the issue with compatible toners was always the drum which was part of the toner cartridge. I know they have come a long way since then, but the drum is very critical, and adds a huge cost for the average home user.

Compared to the Brother color tponers (TN221/TN225 high yield versions - which are very popular on their color lasers - and have similar yield), they are pricey. The brother are cheaper (yes, no drum included - and drum is rated for 15000 pages - however I have friends with 20000+ prints and drum is still printing fine ).
And if you are want cheaper, they have cheaper versions also... And super cheap they have these (I don't vouch for these, but at $50 and fulfilled by amazon, many are willing to try)

So cost of printers is one thing.. But consumables is where they try to make their money.

However, if you need duplex scanning and printing, then the price of this printer is hard to beat. The closest thing on the Brother side is the MFC-L8900CDW as far as I can tell, and cheapest I've seen it for now is about $500 at stooples. Now if you don't need the duplex scan, then the options open up (like the Brother HL-3180CDW), but still typically more than the price of this printer.

Great printer from what I've read in reviews, but consumables are pricey.
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I checked those out also, but @ $240, it is hard to justify just "trying" the cartridges.
Yeah, some stores that sell toner offer a guarantee and offer a refund if the product is horrible. I have no clue whether that one does, but you may be able to claim a product is defective:
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/help/customer/ ... =201889730.

These are $126 for a set: https://www.ebay.ca/itm/1SET-Color-Tone ... 3105767145.
But they could be horrible (I have no idea).


However, if you need duplex scanning and printing
and single pass, duplex faxing

Actually, I have this printer already. Faxing on it works amazingly well with Freephoneline using T.38 fax protocol with an Obihai ATA.
I don't print enough, currently, that I care at the moment (it'll take me a couple years or more before I run out of starter toner). By then, I'm hoping someone has a lead on good, cheap toner. And that's why I'm interested. Costco.ca doesn't carry compatible Canon 045H toner currently either.

I do factor drums into my costs with other printer brands, having seen issues with them with other printers before. And I also consider LAN drivers quite heavily. Canon's, for this laser printer, is not resource hungry.
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good deal thanks OP, footprint of this printer look small too consider it is a color all in one with duplex scan.
I also like the fact that the paper tray is inside as oppose to those cheaper ones which the papers expose to the dust in the open.
Toners not as cheap as Brothers I guess because the drums are built in,
it sucks though knowing that you are paying more to replace the toner with a drum every 2800 pages when a Brother drum by itself will last 15000 pages.
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xtrmDeals wrote:
Jun 17th, 2018 9:59 am
Price in subject line please. Saves us the trouble of going in to the thread.
Done :-)
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Webslinger wrote:
Jun 17th, 2018 3:15 pm
Yeah, some stores that sell toner offer a guarantee and offer a refund if the product is horrible. I have no clue whether that one does, but you may be able to claim a product is defective:
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/help/customer/ ... =201889730.

These are $126 for a set: https://www.ebay.ca/itm/1SET-Color-Tone ... 3105767145.
But they could be horrible (I have no idea).

and duplex faxing

Actually, I have this printer already. Faxing on it works amazingly well with Freephoneline using T.38 fax protocol with an Obihai ATA.
I don't print enough, currently, that I care at the moment (it'll take me a couple years or more before I run out of starter toner). By then, I'm hoping someone has a lead on good, cheap toner. And that's why I'm interested. Costco.ca doesn't carry compatible Canon 045H toner currently either.
Added the duplex faxing. Handy feature for those needing faxing capability.

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