canon mf 230, The 3 in 1, laser printer ideal for any small office or home 

canon mf 230
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canon mf 230, The 3 in 1, laser printer ideal for any small office or home 

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Are you looking forward to purchasing a printer and are doubtful about what to buy? After reading this article you will have a clear idea on which one to buy. Canon mf 230 is an amazing printer that offers a lot of benefits that we will discuss in the later sections.

What should be the criteria that you should look for while buying a printer? Let’s have a look at all the important criteria that one should look for in a printer. There are five fundamental must-haves of a good printer and they are:

Good print quality

The primary quality that a printer should have is a cliche. It should offer good quality prints. If you are purchasing a printer that prints a bad quality paper, why even bother to buy one? The sole purpose of a printer is to print and provide us with good quality materials.


Device drivers are files that establish the communication between the hardware components of a computer. Likewise printers come with certain drivers. A good printer is the one that has device drivers which are compatible with your system so that it pairs with your computer easily. Thus, while purchasing a printer make sure that the printer drivers are compatible.

Ink replacement

Price is definitely an important factor to be considered while purchasing anything. Middle class people always look for something which is in budget and end up buying printers which are cheap. Cheap printers might sound cheap and suitable initially but end up costing your a lot more because of the cartridges. You should always make sure that the resources for the product you are buying are easily available. In this case you should make sure that the ink is easily available in case the printer runs out of ink.


Speed comes into the picture when you need to print a lot of coloured pictures. If will be using the printer to print colorful pictures, make sure you have checked the PPM of the printer, i.e., Pages Per Minute.

Paper handling

Paper handling is an important quality that a printer should be capable of doing. Make sure the printer you will be purchasing can do paper handling with ease.

Now let’s talk about some of the options that you can prefer while shopping for a printer.

imageCLASS MF232w seems to be an ideal choice for a printer. Some of the amazing features that make it different from other printers are:

  • This printer easily connects with the mobile devices without the need of the router. You can easily connect using the direct connection of wireless fidelity. This quality makes it extremely compatible with almost every device.
  • PPM (pages per minute) of this printer is 24. Which is quite decent.
  • The printer comes extremely handy when on the go and is compatible with Mopri Print Service, Apple AirPrint, and Google Cloud Print.
  • The printer comes with a tiltable LED panel.
  • The printer can hold around 250 sheets in the standard cassette while one sheet can be handled by the multipurpose tray.
  • This advantage of the printer will make you purchase without any second thought. The power consumption of this printer is extremely low (as low as 2 watts when in energy saving mode). Thus this will hardly add up to your electricity bill.
  • The best feature of canon mf 230 is that it doesn’t add up to the noise pollution. The noise produced by the printer is minimal.

The benefits and features mentioned above are additional benefits offered by canon mf 230. The main unit specifications of the printer will make you purchase it ASAP.

Before diving into the main specifications, I would like to lay down some of the technical terminologies and jargons which you usually come across when purchasing electrical appliances and get intimidated. If you understand what is the meaning of each specification, it will help you judge the product right.

Important Terminologies

Let’s get started

Printer Type

On a fundamental level, printers can be classified into 8 categories, namely:

  1. Laser Printer
  2. Invented in the year 1960
  3. Inspiration: Using a laser to draw images
  4. More efficient than inkjet printers

Laser printers are extremely affordable. This category of printer is widely used across IT industries as they are efficient and speed up the productivity. The paper holding capacity as well as the PPM of such printers is extremely high. The capacity can also be expanded with the help of paper trays. These printers are adaptable to the business.

  1. Solid Ink Printers
  2. Unique Feature: Saves money and resources by reducing the packaging
  3. Special type of ink is utilised

These printers follow a different workflow altogether. The working of such printers involves melting of solid sticks of ink. This phenomenon provides us with a more vibrant tone. They have more advantage over other printers because they are eco-friendly as they are made from vegetable oils which are non-toxic and the storage requirement is also very less.

  1. LED Printers

          The working of LED and laser printers is quite similar. The only difference between the two is the usage of resources. In LED printers, Light Emitting Diodes are used instead of Laser. They are considered more efficient and reliable in comparison to Laser printers. The manufacturing of the LED printers is quite cheap as well.

  1. Business Inkjet Printers

The quality that makes the Business Inkjet Printers stand out and be unique is its robust nature. Business Inkjet Printers are extremely robust as well as reliable which is why they cater to the business needs and fulfill the requirements very efficiently.

  1. Home Inkjet Printers

Home Inkjet Printers or simply Inkjet Printers are one of the most widely used category of printers. They are used at personal as well as professional work space. They were invented in the fifties. Home Inkjet printers produce photorealistic prints and require minimal warm up time. The footprint produced is also extremely small.

This was all about the different types of printers. Now that you know about the various types of printers, it will be easier for you to identify the printer which best suits your requirements.

Printer speed

The speed of the printer is measured in PPM i.e., pages per minute. The ideal printing speed is around 20 PPM to 40 PPM. Any printer that offers speed between 20 to 40 PPM. Speed more than 40 PPM is required only when we need to produce prints in extremely high volume.

The terms mentioned in the earlier section are good enough for you to understand what printer will best suit your needs. If you are looking forward to buying a Laser printer then canon mf 230 is an ideal choice.

Let’s get into the main unit specifications of imageCLASS MF232w.

imageCLASS MF232w is a monochrome laser printer. Monochrome laser printers are the printers that use only black coloured ink for printing. This is the reason they are referred to as monochrome laser printers. Apart from this they use laser to draw images on the belt and provide good quality prints.

They serve best in the professional environment and cater to the business demands as the speed of this printer is 24 PPM, i.e., it can print 24 pages in a minute which is quite decent.

Among other laser printers imageCLASS MF232w monochrome laser printer is extremely cost effective and affordable.

The language used by this printer is UFR II LT (Host-based). UFR stands for Ultra Fast Renderer. UFR II is the second version of UFR and is more efficient and faster than the commonly used PCL.

One important aspect of getting good quality prints is to have a good resolution in order to get clear and sharp prints. The resolution offered by canon mf 230 is Up to 600 x 600 dpi. The benchmark resolution is 300 pixels. In comparison to this 600 x 600 is quite decent.

The printer can produce a maximum of 8.5 x 14 inches print size and can print in the Page Composer, Watermark, Toner Saver modes. The memory resources used by printer is 256 MB (shared memory).

Copier Specifications

The copy speed of canon mf 230 is the same as the print speed which is 24 PPM. Besides this, the copy resolution is 600 x 600 dpi. Originally it can print text, photo or a combination of both text and photos. The halftone of the printer is around 256 levels. We don’t always require a coloured print and thus need to convert a coloured print into a black and white print is required. This is where halftones are used. The halftone of imageCLASS MF232w is 256.

The warmup time of the copier is equal to or less than 14 seconds and the first copy time is as little as 9 seconds. The recovery time of this copier is around 2 seconds. The maximum number of copies that the copier can produce is 999 copies. The reduction/ enlargement of the copier is 25-400% in 1% increments. The copy features are Memory Sort, 2 on 1, 4 on 1, ID Card Copy.

The copy memory is the same as the print memory i.e., 256 MBs.

Paper Handling Specifications

The standard paper resources that the printer can handle is upto 250-sheet cassette including 1 sheet in the paper tray. The output can handle upto 100 sheets facing downwards. The media sizes can be Legal, Letter, Executive or Statement. The types of media included are Color, Plain, Recycled, Bond, Label, Envelope and Heavy. The envelope capacity of the multipurpose tray is 1.

The different types of envelope are Monarch, Com 10, DL and C5.

Connectivity and Software Specifications

The standard devices that the printer uses are 10/100 Base-T Ethernet (network), USB Device 2.0 Hi-Speed, 802.11 b/g/n Wireless5, Wi-Fi Direct Connection. The WiFi access modes available in canon mf 230 are Infrastructure Mode, WPS Easy Set Up. The methods of web authentication used are WPA-PSK (TKIP/AES), WEP 64/128 bit, WPA2-PSK (AES).

Mobile functions that are available in the printer are  Google Cloud Print, Apple AirPrint, Canon PRINT Business, Mopria Print Service. The network function offered by the printer are Print and Scan.

General Specifications

The dimensions of the printer are 15.4(W) x 14.7(D) x 12.3(H). The unit weight of the printer without cartridge is 22.5 lbs and with cartridge it is 23.9 lbs. Cartridge type used are:

  •     Cartridge 137 (Yields approximately 2,400 pages)
  •     Single Cartridge System Yields based on ISO/IEC Standard

The printer comes with a tiltable LCD panel. The duty cycle of the printer is Up to 15,000 pages per month. The RMVP i.e., Recommended Monthly Print Volume is 500 to 2000 pages. The printer comes with a warranty of 1 year.

The package of the printer comes with the following items:

  •      Starter Cartridge 137 (Starter Yield: 1,700 pages ISO/IEC)
  •     imageCLASS MF232w Product
  •       Starter Guide
  •       Power Cord
  •       User Software DVD-ROM
  •       Warranty Card

This is all about the canon mf 230 imageCLASS MF232w printer. All in all the printer comes with extremely affordable price and offers good quality monochrome prints. It is extremely adaptable to business demands as can be expanded according to the needs.

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