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Canon Color imageCLASS MF753Cdw/MF751Cdw Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Mar 21, 2023 at 11:01 am
Latest change: Writing modified Dec 19, 2023 at 12:47 pm
Canon Color imageCLASS MF753Cdw/MF751Cdw Picture
7.9
Family
8.8
Small/Home Office
8.2
Student
8.6
Black & White
4.9
Photo

The Canon Color imageCLASS MF753Cdw/MF751Cdw is an all-in-one color laser printer. It uses Canon's 069 toner cartridges and is also compatible with the 069H high-yield cartridges. Its connectivity options include USB, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet, and it can also print directly off a USB flash drive. The scanner has an automatic feeder and extendable lid hinges, and it supports single-pass duplex scanning and optical character recognition. This printer has a variant, the Canon Color imageCLASS MF751Cdw. It's identical to the MF753Cdw but doesn't support duplex scanning.

Our Verdict

7.9 Family

The Canon imageCLASS MF753Cdw is good for family use as long as you don't need to print photos. It produces incredibly sharp documents, but like most laser printers, it isn't ideal for photo printing, as printed pictures look grainy and muted. Its wide connectivity options include Wi-Fi, USB, and Ethernet, making it easy for every household member to access, and you can also print directly off a USB flash drive. The scanner produces outstanding scans with sharp text and lots of fine details, but the colors look washed out, so it isn't the best for digitizing photos. As for its maintenance cost, its toner cartridges last a long time; however, color printing can still get very expensive due to the high cost of color cartridges.

Pros
  • Produces high-quality documents.
  • High page yields.
  • Wide connectivity options.
  • Low maintenance.
Cons
  • Photos look grainy and lacking in detail.
  • Can't print on glossy paper.
  • Expensive color cartridges.
8.8 Small/Home Office

The Canon imageCLASS MF753Cdw is excellent for small or home offices. It produces high-quality black and color documents, and it yields a large number of prints, which helps reduce maintenance. It's a little slow to warm up and get a single page out, but it prints very quickly once it gets going. The scanner has an automatic feeder with single-pass duplex scanning, making it easy to process multi-page and double-sided documents. You can connect to the printer via Wi-Fi, USB, or Ethernet, and you can also print directly off a USB flash drive.

Pros
  • Produces high-quality documents.
  • Fast printing speed and automatic duplex printing.
  • High page yields.
  • Automatic feeder with duplex scanning.
  • Wide connectivity options.
  • Low maintenance.
Cons
  • Slow to warm up.
  • Expensive color cartridges.
8.2 Student

The Canon imageCLASS MF753Cdw is great for student use. It has tons of connectivity options, allowing you to connect and print from various devices. The scanner has an automatic feeder with single-pass duplex scanning, and its lid hinges can extend to accommodate thicker items like textbooks. Printing-wise, it produces sharp documents, and while it takes a while to warm up, it prints very quickly once it gets going. The toner cartridges last a long time, but color printing can still get expensive due to the high cost of color cartridges.

Pros
  • Produces high-quality documents.
  • Fast printing speed and automatic duplex printing.
  • High page yields.
  • Wide connectivity options.
  • Low maintenance.
Cons
  • Slow to warm up.
  • Expensive color cartridges.
8.6 Black & White

The Canon imageCLASS MF753Cdw is excellent for printing black-and-white documents. It produces incredibly sharp documents, and while it takes a while to warm up, it prints very quickly at up to 23 pages per minute. Its black toner cartridge lasts a long time, making it easier and cheaper to maintain, and its large input tray capacity is great for big print jobs, as you won't need to interrupt the printing as often to refill the tray. The scanner has an automatic feeder with single-pass duplex scanning, making it easy to process multi-page and double-sided documents.

Pros
  • Produces high-quality documents.
  • Fast printing speed and automatic duplex printing.
  • High page yields.
  • Automatic feeder with duplex scanning.
  • Low maintenance.
Cons
  • Slow to warm up.
4.9 Photo

The Canon imageCLASS MF753Cdw is bad for photo printing. Like most laser printers, it produces photos that look muted and lacking in detail. Also, it can't print on glossy paper. The toner cartridges last a long time but are expensive, especially the color cartridges, so you may have to spend a lot on replacement toner if you print regularly.

Pros
  • High page yields.
  • Low maintenance.
Cons
  • Photos look grainy and lacking in detail.
  • Can't print on glossy paper.
  • Expensive color cartridges.
  • 7.9 Family
  • 8.8 Small/Home Office
  • 8.2 Student
  • 8.6 Black & White
  • 4.9 Photo
  1. Updated Dec 19, 2023: We've added a link to the Brother MFC-L3780CDW/MFC-L3720CDW in the 'Cost-Per-Print' section of the review to provide an alternative that doesn't use cartridges integrated with drum units.
  2. Updated Aug 03, 2023: We've added a link to the Canon Color imageCLASS MF656Cdw/MF654Cdw in the 'Cost-Per-Print' section of the review to provide an alternative that incurs lower costs of ownership.
  3. Updated Aug 01, 2023: We've uploaded a new photo in the Scan Quality section because the previous sample was in the A4 format instead of Letter.
  4. Updated Apr 04, 2023: Added mention of the Brother MFC-L8905CDW as an alternative with a larger flatbed scanner in the Scanner Featuressection.
  5. Updated Mar 21, 2023: Review published.
  6. Updated Mar 14, 2023: Early access published.
  7. Updated Mar 08, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  8. Updated Mar 07, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  9. Updated Mar 01, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Canon imageCLASS MF753Cdw. It only has one variant, the Canon imageCLASS MF751Cdw, which lacks duplex scanning.

Model Duplex Scanning
Canon imageCLASS MF753Cdw Y
Canon imageCLASS MF751Cdw N

You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The Canon imageCLASS MF753Cdw is an excellent color laser printer. It stands out for its sturdy build, wide range of features, and outstanding print quality. However, there are cheaper printers that perform just as well or better.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best printers, the best laser printers, and the best office printers.

Canon Color imageCLASS MF656Cdw/MF654Cdw

The Canon Color imageCLASS MF656Cdw/MF654Cdw represents a better value than the Canon Color imageCLASS MF753Cdw/MF751Cdw, though the two printers are similar overall. The MF656Cdw/MF654Cdw takes up a little less room and has a similar range of scanner features, though the MF753Cdw/MF751Cdw offers slightly better print quality. The biggest differences come in the form of their toner cartridges: the 067 cartridges used by the MF65XCdw lineup have a substantially higher yield than the 069 cartridges found in MF75XCdw models, resulting in a considerably lower cost-per-print.

Brother MFC-L3780CDW/MFC-L3720CDW

The Brother MFC-L3780CDW is a slightly better overall printer than the Canon Color imageCLASS MF753Cdw, though the differences between the two aren't especially huge. The Brother's scanner processes documents faster, and it incurs lower ownership costs thanks to its less expensive toner cartridges. That said, the Canon has an easier-to-use display interface, and it has a faster max printing speed.

Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser

The Canon Color imageCLASS MF753Cdw/MF751Cdw and the Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser are very similar. The Canon is slightly better, as it produces higher-quality color documents and prints a little faster overall. Regarding page yield, the Canon yields more black prints, but the Brother yields more color prints. The Brother's cartridges are cheaper, resulting in a lower cost per print; however, remember that you need to replace the drum separately, whereas the Canon has the drum built into the cartridges. As for the scanner, while the Brother model processes sheets faster, the scan quality isn't as good as the Canon printer's.

HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw

The Canon Color imageCLASS MF753Cdw/MF751Cdw and the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw are nearly identical feature-wise. The only difference is that the Canon's scanner has extendable lid hinges to accommodate thicker items like textbooks and magazines, which the HP lacks. The Canon's scanner produces higher-quality scans but is slower to process sheets through its automatic feeder than the HP. As for printing speed, although the HP takes less time to warm up than the Canon, it doesn't print as quickly overall. The HP yields more prints and is cheaper to maintain over time.

Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw

The Canon Color imageCLASS MF753Cdw/MF751Cdw and the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw are identical feature-wise; however, there are a few differences in performance. The MF743Cdw yields more prints and is cheaper to maintain over time. On the other hand, the MF753Cdw/MF751Cdw scans faster through its automatic feeder, and it produces slightly higher-quality color documents. As for printing speed, the MF743Cdw prints black-and-white documents faster but is slower with color documents.

HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M283fdw

The Canon Color imageCLASS MF753Cdw/MF751Cdw and the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M283fdw are nearly identical in features. The Canon's scanner has extendable lid hinges, making it easier to close the lid over thicker items like textbooks and magazines. It also produces higher-quality scans and can process double-sided sheets automatically in a single pass, whereas the HP can only scan double-sided sheets through software. However, the HP scans much faster through its automatic feeder. The Canon yields more black and color prints, but its cartridges are more expensive, resulting in a slightly higher cost per print.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
9.0
Design
Build Quality
Type All in One

The Canon imageCLASS MF753Cdw/MF751Cdw's build quality is outstanding. It's mostly plastic with some metal parts. Except for a few smaller, more fragile moving pieces on the front manual input tray, the rest of the printer feels very sturdy. The power cord plugs securely into the printer and is removable, making it easy to replace if damaged. The scanner's lid stays open on its own, meaning you don't need to hold it open, and there's a dampener to prevent the lid from slamming down hard. You can easily access the toner cartridges from the front and paper jams via a panel on the back. Although there's tilt adjustment on the display to improve visibility, you can't push the display to the side or retract it in any way, which makes carrying the printer a little awkward.

Design
Dimensions
Height 16.9" (43.0 cm)
Width 18.5" (47.0 cm)
Depth 18.7" (47.5 cm)
Height When In Use
17.7" (45.0 cm)
Width When In Use
19.3" (49.0 cm)
Depth When In Use
25.0" (63.5 cm)
Weight
51.2 lbs (23.2 kg)
8.5
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Not Needed
Drum Unit
In The Cartridge

This printer requires very little maintenance. Unlike inkjet models, there's no risk of clogging if you don't use the printer for an extended period. If you experience print quality issues, there are many functions built-in that can help resolve them, like Auto Adjust Gradation, Correct Print Color Mismatch, and Adjust Print Position. There are also cleaning functions like Clean Fixing Assembly, Clean ITB (transfer belt), and Clean Feeder. The toner cartridges last a long time, which helps reduce maintenance, and the drum is built into the cartridges, meaning you won't have to replace the drum separately. The main input tray holds 250 sheets of paper, which is a pretty good amount, so you likely won't need to refill it regularly unless you print a lot. You can access the toner cartridges by opening the front cover and pulling out the drawer. Paper jams are accessible through a large panel on the back of the printer or by removing the input trays (the green button releases the panel covering the sheet rollers).

You can see the user manual here.

9.0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
5.0" (12.7 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

The display is outstanding. It's large and relatively easy to see whether you're sitting, standing, or off to the side. You can tilt the screen to improve visibility, although the range is very limited. The main issue is that it doesn't get very bright, so you may have trouble seeing it in very well-lit settings. The display is very responsive to touch input, and the user interface is easy to navigate.

8.8
Design
Cartridge
Technology Laser
SuperTank
No
Photo Cartridge
No
Color Yes
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
Toner 069 Black
Tested Black Page Yield
90.87 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
1,726 prints
Color Cartridge Model
Toner 069 C/M/Y
Tested Color Page Yield
55.97 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
1,282 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Not Found At Time Of The Review
Ink Type
Toner
High Yield Cartridge
Yes

The Canon imageCLASS MF753Cdw/MF751Cdw yields a large number of prints from a single set of toner, which means you won't have to replace the cartridges often. It's worth noting that you can get significantly more black prints than our result shows, albeit with a slight loss in print quality. We stopped counting the pages when the print quality started to degrade, but know that this is when printing black pages with black toner covering 80% of the paper. The print quality degradation isn't as noticeable when printing regular documents, as you can see in this sample printed after printing 91 pages (of 80% coverage). This is the print quality after printing 210 pages. The quality is noticeably worse, but it might still be acceptable, depending on what kind of document it is. The printer warns you with a beeping sound when the toner is low. It also warns you when the toner is almost empty, with a message explaining that the print quality may be affected, but you can continue printing beyond this point.

When printing a long document or in high volume, the print quality of the first pages is significantly better than the last ones. To maintain consistent print quality, it's best to break it up into smaller print jobs instead of printing it in one go because the printer refreshes the toner between print jobs.

9.4
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
ADF + Flatbed
ADF Capacity
50 pages
Scan Speed
11 PPM
Duplex Scanning
Automatic (Single-Pass)
Max Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Max ADF Scan Size
8.5" x 14"
Flatbed Hinge Adjustability
1.05" (27 mm)
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Software

The Canon imageCLASS MF753Cdw has a feature-rich scanner. Its automatic feeder supports single-pass duplex scanning, making it easy to process multi-page and double-sided documents. The scan speed is a little slow, though, much slower than the advertised 20 PPM (when scanning at a resolution of 300 x 600). The speed changes depending on where you save the files. The posted result is the speed when saving the scans directly to a PC via USB or Wi-Fi. The scanner can reach the advertised speed when scanning directly to a USB flash drive. Its optical character recognition feature lets you scan documents into .TXT files for quick keyword searches; however, you need to install the Scanner MF Utility application to use it since it's software-based. The OCR works well; it only makes mistakes when there are special characters. The Canon imageCLASS MF751Cdw variant doesn't support duplex scanning. If you need a printer with a larger flatbed scanner to scan legal-size sheets, check out the Brother MFC-L8905CDW.

9.5
Design
Scan Quality
Max Scan Resolution
600 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
24Bit

The scan quality is outstanding. Although the scan resolution isn't as high as other printers on the market, it's good enough for scanning text documents. The text looks clear, and all of the finer elements are present. The colors look a tad washed out, but it's not too bad.

Design
In The Box

  • Documentation
  • Driver and utility CD-ROM
  • Power cord
  • Phone cable
  • Canon 069 starter toner cartridges:
    • 1x Black
    • 1x Cyan
    • 1x Magenta
    • 1x Yellow

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A
Document
9.5
Document
Black & White Documents
Color Ink Needed For Black & White
No

The print quality for black and white documents is outstanding. Text looks sharp, and all the fine elements are present. The printer has trouble converting yellow to grayscale, although that's typical for most printers.

9.5
Document
Color Documents

The print quality for color documents is outstanding. Text looks clear, and the colors look vibrant. Fine details are present but not as clearly as when printing in black and white.

7.4
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
84.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
302.97 US$
Black-Only Printing Cost
0.049 US$/print
Color Printing Cost
0.236 US$/print
Photo Printing Cost
0.573 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

The cost-per-print is decent. Black-only printing is relatively cheap, but color printing can get very expensive if you print a lot due to the high cost of color toner cartridges. The cartridges contain the drum, meaning you don't need to spend extra to replace the drum separately. An integrated drum is good if you print a lot, but if you have a lighter print load, you might end up paying more than a model with a separate drum unit; check out the Brother MFC-L3780CDW/MFC-L3720CDW if that's something you want. Alternatively, if you're looking for a similarly-designed color laser printer that incurs lower ownership costs, check out the Canon Color imageCLASS MF656Cdw/MF654Cdw, which uses 067 cartridges with a greater page yield.

8.2
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
23 PPM
Color Document
36 PPM
Photo Printing Time
16.0 s
Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
22.0 s
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
300 pages

The overall printing speed is great. Although it's slow to warm up, it prints very quickly once it gets going. The black-and-white document printing speed is fast but doesn't quite reach the advertised 35 PPM, as the printer tends to pause during printing. The 300-sheet input tray capacity is the total number of sheets the printer can hold with its main input and multi-purpose trays. The main input tray holds 250 sheets, while the multi-purpose tray holds 50.

Document
Document Printing Sizes
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") No
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Yes
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Yes
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Max Paper Weight
200 g/m²
Photo
4.5
Photo
Color Gamut

The Canon imageCLASS MF753Cdw/MF751Cdw has a poor color gamut. It can't produce bright, saturated colors and struggles with darker shades of green and yellow. Color transitions aren't smooth, as you can easily see the graininess and printing pattern.

6.7
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
6.68

The color accuracy is okay. Most colors are only slightly off; it's mainly blues and cyan that are visibly inaccurate. It's good enough to add a splash of color to text documents. It isn't bad for photos; however, if you need to print photos, you're still better off with an inkjet printer, as you'll get significantly better print quality.

5.0
Photo
Small Details
Max Print Resolution (DPI)
1200 x 1200

This printer is bad at producing small details. Like most laser printers, the print resolution is low, and the printing pattern is very noticeable, obscuring finer elements.

0
Photo
Photo Printing Sizes
Glossy Paper (4" x 6") No
Glossy Paper (5" x 7") No
Glossy Paper (8" x 10") No
Glossy Paper (8.5" x 11") No
Glossy Paper (13" x 19") No
Borderless Printing
No
Mobile App And Connectivity
9.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Wireless Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
Yes
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

This printer can print from a USB flash drive. There are two USB ports, one on the back, which you can see in the photo above, and another on the front left side of the printer.

9.5
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App
Mobile App Yes
App Name Canon PRINT Business
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
iOS Only
PDF
Android and iOS
Microsoft Office Files
Android and iOS
Text Files (TXT)
iOS Only
Webpages (HTML)
No

The Canon PRINT Business mobile app is outstanding. You can use it to print, copy, and scan (with the printer or your smartphone's camera). You can also operate the printer remotely and perform maintenance tasks. However, there are a couple of limitations when printing photos and web pages. For photos, you can't access them from the app on Android devices. You need to access 'My Files' first, then open the photo with the Canon PRINT Business app to print. For webpages, you can't print HTML files directly from the app, but you can get around this limitation on iOS devices with the 'Print from Web' function, which will let you access any website and print.

Mobile App And Connectivity
OS Compatibility
Windows Fully
macOS Fully
Chrome OS Fully

You don't need to install drivers or apps to use the printer on Chrome OS and macOS devices, but you do on Windows devices. You can find the drivers here.