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Canon imageCLASS MF445dw Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Jul 17, 2020 at 08:14 am
Canon imageCLASS MF445dw Picture
3.8
Family
8.1
Small/Home Office
7.6
Student
9.2
Black & White
2.4
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Laser
Wireless Yes
Color No
SuperTank
No

The Canon imageCLASS MF445dw is a great monochrome laser printer that's meant for small businesses. It's an all-in-one solution that comes with great scanning features, fast printing speed, and a superb cartridge system that yields an incredible number of pages. In addition, its toner cartridge is relatively inexpensive, making its overall cost-per-print exceptionally low. Unfortunately, like most laser printers, it's terrible at printing photos and it can't print on glossy photo paper. On the bright side, it has wide connectivity options, including printing from mobile devices using AirPrint, Mopria, or Canon's own mobile companion app.

Our Verdict

3.8 Family

The Canon MF445dw is a bad family printer. It's a monochrome laser printer, so it's not meant for printing photos. However, if you only need to print black and white documents, then it performs very well in that regard. The scanner has a lot of features, including an automatic document feeder, but the scanning resolution is limited to 600 DPI.

Pros
  • Superb black page yield.
  • Outstanding cost-per-print for black only printing.
Cons
  • Can only print in black.
  • Terrible photo printing quality.
  • Can't print on glossy photo paper.
  • Limited scanning resolution.
8.1 Small/Home Office

The Canon imageCLASS MF445dw is a great printer for small or home offices. It has a superb cartridge system that's able to yield an incredible number of pages, so the cartridge doesn't need to be replaced often. It prints very quickly, it has a scanner with an automatic document feeder, and it has an ethernet port for a reliable network connection. However, the lack of color printing may be a deal-breaker for some.

Pros
  • Superb black page yield.
  • Automatic document feeder.
  • Outstanding printing speed.
  • Wide connectivity options.
Cons
  • Can only print in black.
7.6 Student

The Canon MF445dw is a good printer for students. It prints black and white documents very quickly, and it's very cost-effective due to the cartridge's exceptional yield. It has a scanner, it has wide connectivity options, and its mobile app allows you to perform most tasks using your smartphone. Unfortunately, it can't print in color.

Pros
  • Superb black page yield.
  • Outstanding printing speed.
  • Wide connectivity options.
  • Outstanding cost-per-print for black only printing.
Cons
  • Can only print in black.
  • Limited scanning resolution.
9.2 Black & White

The Canon imageCLASS MF445dw is an outstanding printer for printing black and white documents. The cartridge yields a lot of pages, which is great for those who regularly print in bulk. The toner cartridge is relatively inexpensive, making it very cost-effective in the long run. It prints black and white documents extremely fast and it large input trays, so you don't have to constantly load more paper.

Pros
  • Superb black page yield.
  • Outstanding printing speed.
  • Outstanding cost-per-print for black only printing.
Cons
2.4 Casual Photo

The Canon MF445dw is a bad printer for printing photos. It can only print in black, and the quality of the photos is terrible. Furthermore, it can't print on glossy photo paper and doesn't support any photo paper sizes either.

Pros
Cons
  • Can only print in black.
  • Terrible photo printing quality.
  • Can't print on glossy photo paper.
  • 3.8 Family
  • 8.1 Small/Home Office
  • 7.6 Student
  • 9.2 Black & White
  • 2.4 Casual Photo

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
9.0
Design
Build & Design Quality

The Canon imageCLASS MF445 has an outstanding design. Even though it's fully plastic, the printer feels well-built, and the power cord is removable, making it easier to replace. The toner cartridge is easily accessible from the front, and you can remove paper jams by simply opening a panel on the back. The scanner lid can extend a bit if you need to scan thicker items, and it can stay open on its own, so you don't have to keep holding it.

There are only a few minor issues with the design. The back panel to access paper jams doesn't open fully, making it more difficult for those with larger hands to access. The display screen sticks out and isn't removable, making the printer's overall footprint even bigger. Lastly, the printer is difficult to set up for the average user and is time-consuming.

Design
Dimensions
Height 15.5" (39.3 cm)
Width 17.8" (45.2 cm)
Depth 18.3" (46.4 cm)
Weight
36.4 lbs (16.5 kg)

The Canon MF445dw is a bulky printer. The display screen isn't retractable, so it takes up even more space on the front.

8.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
5.0" (12.7 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

The display screen is excellent. It's a large color touchscreen, with three more capacitive touch-buttons below. Visibility is good whether you're standing or sitting, and the screen can tilt vertically if needed. The screen feels responsive and the menus are easy to navigate. The 'Cancel' button at the bottom right corner of the screen is misaligned on our unit and we had to press in the space to the right of the icon to use it; however, your mileage may vary.

Design
In The Box

  • User guide
  • Power cord
  • Phone cable
  • 1 x HP 057 Black toner cartridge + drum unit

10
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
N/A
Black Cartridge Model
Toner 057 Black
Tested Black Page Yield
213.85 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
4063 prints
Color Cartridge Model
No Color Cartridge
Tested Color Page Yield
N/A
Estimated Color Page Yield
N/A
Third Party Cartridge
Yes
High Yield Cartridge
H (XL)
Drum Unit
In The Cartridge

The Canon imageCLASS MF445dw's cartridge system is superb. Not only can it yield an incredible number of pages, but it also accepts the 057H high-yield black toner cartridge if you need to increase the yield even more. The drum unit is built-in, so you won't have to change the drum separately. This printer accepts third-party toner cartridges; however, using them may void the warranty.

8.4
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
Yes
Automatic Document Feeder
Yes
Duplex Scanning
Yes
Scan Resolution
600 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes

The Canon MF445dw has great scanning features. It has an automatic document feeder to process long multi-page documents, and it can perform double-sided scans. The scan resolution maxes out at 600 DPI, but it should be more than enough for most businesses that only need to scan black and white documents. The only issue is that when using the Scanner MF Utility software to scan on a PC, the printer can't connect to the PC wirelessly, and only works over a wired USB connection. Also, to perform duplex scanning, you need to manually activate it in the settings by checking the box next to 'Scan Both Sides'.

If you need a scanner that can scan at a higher resolution, check out the Brother MFC-L2750DW.

Printing
9.4
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
117 US$
Color Cartridge Price
N/A
Black Only Printing
0.029 US$/print
Color Printing
N/A
Photo Printing
0.125 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

The cost-per-print is exceptional. The toner cartridge doesn't need to be replaced often due to its superb yield, which helps keep the cost down in the long run. The cartridge is a bit expensive, but keep in mind that the drum unit is built into the toner cartridge, so you won't have to change the drum unit separately.

9.1
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
28 PPM
Color Document
N/A
Photo Printing Time
6.7 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
6.8 sec
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
350 pages

Outstanding printing speed. It can churn out the first page very quickly and it gets even faster for subsequent pages. The photo printing speed test was done using a regular letter size paper since it can't print on glossy paper.

0
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
N/A

The Canon imageCLASS MF445dw can only print in black. If you want a similar laser printer that prints in color, check out the Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw or the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw.

1.1
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
No

Like most laser printers, the Canon MF445dw's photo printing quality is terrible. It can only print in black, and even then, the pictures look washed out and lacking in detail. Our test image was printed on regular letter size paper since it can't print on glossy paper and doesn't support photo paper sizes either.

These results are based on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not be representative of the printer's photo print quality.

Printing
Printing Size
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
Photo (2" x 3") No
Photo (4" x 6") No
Photo (5" x 7") No

The Canon imageCLASS MF445dw has two input trays: the main cassette and the multipurpose tray. Both trays support most paper sizes up to the standard legal standard size, except photo paper sizes. The multipurpose tray also supports envelopes.

Mobile App And Connectivity
9.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
Yes
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

The Canon MF445dw has outstanding connectivity options. For external storage devices, it has two USB ports, one at the front of the printer and another at the back. Unfortunately, it doesn't support SD cards. To connect via Wi-Fi Direct, press on the 'Mobile Portal' option in the Home Menu, and it shows the username and password to use for the connection.

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

Due to the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw being a business-oriented printer, it's only compatible with the Canon PRINT Business mobile app. It's available on Android and iOS, and it largely offers the same functionalities as most consumer-level printer apps. You can print, scan, and copy, but note that when using your smartphone's camera to scan, the scan resolution is 300 DPI.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Canon imageCLASS MF445dw is a printer that's only available at the general consumer level in North America. In Europe, there's the Canon i-SENSYS MF445dw that's very similar; however, the performance may be slightly different.

Compared To Other Printers

The Canon imageCLASS MF445dw is a great printer for small businesses. Compared to Canon's imageCLASS MF644Cdw, which is very similar in design, the MFC445dw feels very limited since it can only print in black. For other options, you can also check out our recommendations for the best all-in-one printers, the best office printers, and the best printers for small businesses.

Brother MFC-L2750DW

The Canon imageCLASS MF445dw and the Brother MFC-L2750DW have very similar overall performance. The Canon yields more pages per cartridge, so the cartridge doesn't need to be replaced as often. The Canon can print out the first page of a document faster, but the Brother's overall printing speed is faster. The Brother's scanner can scan at a higher resolution, but the Canon has more connectivity options.

Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw

The Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw is much better than the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw, mainly due to its ability to print in color. Both printers offer the same scanning features, they're similarly designed, and they also have largely the same connectivity options. However, the MF445dw is a better choice for black printing only, as its toner cartridge can yield more black pages and it prints faster.

Brother HL-L3270CDW Laser

The Canon imageCLASS MF445dw and the Brother HL-L3270CDW Laser are meant for different uses. Although the Brother's ability to print in color is a big advantage, its lack of a scanner makes it less suitable for most small offices. Also, the Canon can yield more black pages from each cartridge and it prints a lot faster. The Canon's toner cartridge costs slightly more, but that's because it also contains the drum unit, which is a separate unit on the Brother.

Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw

The Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw is a better printer than the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw. The MF743Cdw can print in color and its black cartridges are available at a lower price. That said, the MF445dw offers a higher page yield and a lower cost-per-print.

HP LaserJet Enterprise M507dn

The Canon imageCLASS MF445dw and the HP LaserJet Enterprise M507dn are very different printers. The Canon is meant as an all-in-one solution that includes a scanner, while the HP is a dedicated printer that only prints. The Canon has many more connectivity options, it has mobile app support, and its cost-per-print is lower. On the other hand, the HP yields a lot more pages per cartridge, and it prints significantly faster.

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