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Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed May 11, 2020 at 11:57 am
Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw Picture
7.8
Family
9.0
Small/Home Office
7.7
Student
8.5
Black & White
6.5
Photo
Type All in One
Technology Laser
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw is a bulky, all-in-one laser printer designed for small businesses. It has a large, five inch touchscreen display and single-pass duplex scanning with its automatic document feeder. It's very similar to the more expensive Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw from the same lineup, though there are some performance differences.

Our Verdict

7.8 Family

The Canon MF644Cdw is good for family use. It could be a solid option if you need to print a lot of reports or documents in color, but it's not recommended if you're looking for a photo printer. It's also very bulky, so finding space for it in your home will likely be a challenge.

Pros
  • Very well-built and easy-to-use.
  • Excellent yield and low cost-per-print.
  • Great connectivity options, especially for small businesses.
Cons
  • Screen has a lot of glare in bright rooms.
  • Buying new toner will set you back quite a bit.
  • Terrible photo printing quality.
  • Can't print on glossy photo paper.
9.0 Small/Home Office

The Canon MF644Cdw is an excellent printer for home or small office use. It prints quickly, supports duplex scanning and has lots of connectivity options, including fax with handheld support. Most importantly, it can print lots of copies before the toner needs to be changed, and there are higher-yield options available too. It might be a bit of an investment, but it should pay off in the long run.

Pros
  • Very well-built and easy-to-use.
  • Excellent yield and low cost-per-print.
  • Great connectivity options, especially for small businesses.
  • Fast printing speed for black and color documents.
Cons
  • Screen has a lot of glare in bright rooms.
  • Buying new toner will set you back quite a bit.
7.7 Student

The Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw is a very good printer for students. It's very big, so it'll be tough to find a spot to set it up, especially if you're in a dorm. However, depending on how much you print, it could end up costing you less than using the printers at the library. It also has the added benefit of being able to print in color, which can help your reports stand out. It doesn't support Bluetooth, so if you have colleagues over who need to print something, they'll need to connect to your Wi-Fi network.

Pros
  • Very well-built and easy-to-use.
  • Excellent yield and low cost-per-print.
  • Great connectivity options, especially for small businesses.
  • Fast printing speed for black and color documents.
Cons
  • Screen has a lot of glare in bright rooms.
  • Buying new toner will set you back quite a bit.
8.5 Black & White

The Canon MF644Cdw is an impressive black and white printer. While it supports color printing when it's needed, it still shines as a monochrome printer. Its black page yield is very high and the cost-per-print is low. Documents in black and white print quickly too, although the first page is a bit slower.

Pros
  • Very well-built and easy-to-use.
  • Excellent yield and low cost-per-print.
  • Fast printing speed for black and color documents.
Cons
  • Screen has a lot of glare in bright rooms.
  • Buying new toner will set you back quite a bit.
6.5 Photo

Like most laser printers, the Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw isn't intended for photo printing. Its color accuracy is decent; however, printed photos lack detail and there's a lot of banding throughout. Also, it can't print on glossy photo paper.

Pros
  • Very well-built and easy-to-use.
  • Excellent yield and low cost-per-print.
Cons
  • Screen has a lot of glare in bright rooms.
  • Buying new toner will set you back quite a bit.
  • Terrible photo printing quality.
  • Can't print on glossy photo paper.
  • 7.8 Family
  • 9.0 Small/Home Office
  • 7.7 Student
  • 8.5 Black & White
  • 6.5 Photo
  1. Updated May 30, 2022: Since we updated this printer to the new test bench, we added text to the new tests. We also updated some of the older text to be more in line with our current guidelines.
  2. Updated Apr 06, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  3. Updated Jun 08, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.
  4. Updated May 11, 2020: Review published.
  5. Updated May 11, 2020: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
9.0
Design
Build Quality

The Canon MF644Cdw is an outstandingly well-designed color laser printer. It's bulky but feels solid and sturdy. The input tray has sliders to accommodate different paper formats, and it's easy to reach any paper jams through the rear. The toner is also very easy to access thanks to the sliding cartridge drawer. The scanner lid stays open on its own, and the hinges extend a bit vertically to help you scan thicker documents on the flatbed, like books. The power cable can even be unplugged and replaced by a standard computer cord if damaged.

Design
Dimensions
Height 16.2" (41.1 cm)
Width 17.8" (45.1 cm)
Depth 18.1" (46.0 cm)
Height When In Use
16.5" (42.0 cm)
Width When In Use
17.8" (45.1 cm)
Depth When In Use
19.1" (48.5 cm)
Weight
48.4 lbs (22.0 kg)
8.0
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Not Needed
Drum Unit
In The Cartridge

Since it's a laser printer, the Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw doesn't need maintenance the way inkjet printers do. While you don't need to worry about printheads clogging, there are still some useful maintenance tasks to help improve print quality and perform cleanings for certain parts of the machine (like the fixing assembly, transfer belt, and feeder). If you need to clean the sheet roller (or deal with a paper jam), you can easily access them by either opening a panel at the back of the printer or removing the cassette tray completely.

The printer can yield over 1000 black and color pages, so you won't have to replace them often. When you do need to, though, the cartridges are easy to access by opening the front cover and pulling out the cartridge drawer. The drum unit is included in the cartridges, so you don't need to worry about replacing it separately.

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

The Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw has an incredible display. It has a very large touch-sensitive screen that's easy-to-use. The touch response is quick and the sensitivity is good. The icons are clear and the text is easy to read, but the screen has poor viewing angles and gets a lot of glare in a bright room, even at max brightness. This makes it hard to see if you're not looking at it straight-on. That said, the visibility issues are minor compared to how simple and efficient it is to use.

9.4
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
Toner 054 Black
Tested Black Page Yield
85 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
1,615 prints
Color Cartridge Model
Toner 054C/M/Y
Tested Color Page Yield
64 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
1,361 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Purchased One Worked
Ink Type
Toner
High Yield Cartridge
Yes

The Canon MF644Cdw has an outstanding color cartridge system. Each cartridge has an integrated drum, so you won't need to worry about replacement units since they get swapped out every time you buy new toner. The black and color yield are both excellent, so even though the cartridges are a bit pricey, they'll last quite a while. You can also get the Canon 054 H cartridges if you prefer something with an even higher yield. This printer also accepts third-party toner, but this could void the warranty.

9.7
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Flatbed Extendable Hinges
1.06" (27 mm)
Automatic Document Feeder
Yes
ADF Capacity
50 pages
Scan Speed
24 PPM
Duplex Scanning
Automatic (Single-Pass)
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Yes (Built-in)

The Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw has great scanning features. It has an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) that can do single-pass duplex scanning, which saves you a lot of time if you have lots of sheets to scan in a row. Although the scan resolution is on the low side compared to what other high-end laser printers offer, it shouldn't be a problem for office use.

The Scanner MF Utility App only works via USB. If you've also been unable to scan wirelessly with the printer's native software, let us know in the discussions below.

8.0
Design
Scanning Resolution And Color Depth
Max Scan Resolution
600 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
24 Bit
Design
Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") No
A6 (105mm x 148mm) No
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
Photo (8" x 10") Yes
Max Paper Weight
200 g/m²

While the Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw will print the most popular paper formats, it doesn't support tabloid or photo size printing.

Design
In The Box

  • User manual
  • Installation CD
  • Phone cable
  • Power cord
  • Canon 054 toner and drum units
    • 1x 054 K standard Black
    • 1x 054 C starter Cyan
    • 1x 054 M starter Magenta
    • 1x 054 Y starter Yellow

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A
Document
8.1
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
72 US$
Color Cartridge Price
222 US$
Black Only Printing
0.045 US$/print
Color Printing
0.163 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.433 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

The Canon MF644Cdw's cost-per-print is great. If you print a lot in black and white, this printer is a good choice since the black cartridge isn't too expensive. However, the color cartridges will set you back quite a bit more, especially if you have to replace them all at once. This means printing in color does get significantly more expensive as your print volume increases, but it should still be manageable for businesses.

8.4
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
22 PPM
Color Document
22 PPM
Photo Printing Time
19.2 s
Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
16.0 s
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
250 pages

The Canon Color imageCLASS MF644Cdw has a great printing speed. Surprisingly, it prints color documents faster than it does in black and white, but not by very much. If you're looking for a laser printer with a faster print speed and warm up time, check out the Canon imageCLASS MF242dw.

Document
Document Sample
Color Ink Needed for Black & White
No
Photo
7.0
Photo
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
No

The Canon MF644Cdw has decent photo printing quality, especially for a laser printer. Some areas in the photo prints are missing detail since they're too dark; that said, it doesn't alter the look of the photo so much that you can't tell what's being photographed. Dark colors do get lost into shadows, though, as seen with the CD player on the top right. Gradients look smooth, and colors have the proper tone, even though their shade is wrong.

The scanned images provided above are for reference only. They look a bit worse than the physical photos due to the scanning and uploading process. The score is based on the actual physical photos.

6.7
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
6.81

The Canon MF644Cdw's color accuracy is decent. It'll be a problem for anyone who depends on very accurate colors, like graphic designers. However, it won't be an issue if you've just got a pop of color in a business proposal or quarterly report.

5.0
Photo
Color Gamut

The color gamut is disappointing. It struggles to print dark greens and yellows, and it isn't great at reproducing some very saturated hues either. The transitions between the colors aren't very smooth since they don't blend into each other very well, but it isn't as bad as some other printers, like the Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser.

Mobile App And Connectivity
8.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
No
External Storage Support
Yes
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

The Canon MF644Cdw has great connectivity options, especially for small businesses. While you won't be able to pair your mobile devices via Bluetooth or WiFi Direct, it supports AirPrint and Mopria for easy printing from both Apple and Android devices. You can also set it up wirelessly with your router via Wi-Fi, or directly wired thanks to its Ethernet connection. It even has an additional phone line so you can set up a handset to use with the fax as well.

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 Color imageCLASS MF644Cdw has exceptional compatibility with the Canon PRINT Business app. It will print most file formats, including webpages, which is helpful if you need to quickly make a copy of an important document on the web. The app also lets you scan directly to your phone, but is limited to 300 DPI.

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

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

There is a variant of the Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw called the Canon MF642Cdw which doesn't support duplex scanning or fax. While we haven't tested this variant, we'd expect it to otherwise perform similarly.

Compared To Other Printers

The Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw is an excellent printer for small and home offices. Compared to other laser printers such as the Brother MFC-L3770CDw, the MF644Cdw performs very similarly; however, its scanner's resolution is limited to 600 DPI, and it has a slightly higher cost-per-print.

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.

Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw

The Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw is a better printer and the step-up model of the Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw. The 743Cdw's cartridge system has a high page yield. The MF644Cdw offers a similar design and performance but is generally available at a cheaper price.

Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser

The Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw and the Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser have near-identical overall performance. The Canon yields more black pages while the Brother yields more color pages. The Brother has a slightly better cost-per-print and it prints black and color documents faster. On the other hand, the Canon has support for external drives, and unlike the Brother, its toner cartridge also contains the drum unit, which means that you won't have to manually replace it.

HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw

The Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw and the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw are both color laser printers meant for small offices and they have similar overall performance. The HP has a higher black and color page yield, it prints faster, and its cost-per-print is slightly lower. The HP also has a higher scanning resolution, but the Canon has a better mobile companion app that's capable of printing Microsoft Office files.

Brother HL-L3270CDW Laser

The Brother HL-L3270CDW is a color laser printer-only unit that's a good choice if you don't need a scanner. It has a better color page yield, a superior overall cost-per-print, and better overall printing speed. On the other hand, the Canon's flatbed and double-sided ADF scanning system makes it better for small or home office tasks, and it has a higher black page yield and faxing capabilities.

Canon imageCLASS MF445dw

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.

HP Color LaserJet Pro M255dw

The Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw is an all-in-one color laser unit, while the HP Color LaserJet Pro M225dw is a print-only color laser unit. The HP is better suited for people who print mainly in black and don't need scanning capabilities, as it has a slightly better black page yield and marginally faster overall printing speed. It also supports printing via Wi-Fi Direct. On the other hand, the Canon has a flatbed scanner and an ADF with duplex scanning, and it also has a better color document cost-per-print.

HP Color LaserJet Pro M454dw

The Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw and the HP Color LaserJet Pro M454dw are both color laser printers, but the Canon is an all-in-one with scanning features, whereas the HP is a printer-only unit. The HP has a much higher page yield, prints faster, and can also print directly from USB flash drives. On the other hand, the Canon has a flatbed scanner with a decent scan resolution and an automatic document feeder with duplex scanning, and it can fax.

Brother HL-L2390DW

The Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw and the Brother HL-L2390DW are very different printers. The Canon is a color printer while the Brother is a monochrome printer. The Canon's scanner has a sheetfed scanner that can perform duplex scanning, has better connectivity options, and yields more black pages. However, the Brother prints black only documents faster and its cost-per-print is lower since it only has one cartridge to replace. That said, the Brother's drum unit is a separate piece, which needs to be replaced eventually and isn't factored into the cost of the toner cartridge.

Brother MFC-L2750DW

The Brother MFC-L2750DW is an all-in-one monochrome laser printer better for printing in black and white, while the Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw is an all-in-one color laser printer suited for a wide variety of tasks. The Brother has a larger page yield; it also has a much lower cost-per-print and significantly faster printing speed for black pages. Its flatbed scanner also has a better scan resolution. On the other hand, the Canon can produce decently accurate colors.

Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank

The Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw and the Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank are both all-in-one color printers, but the Canon uses laser technology while the Brother is an inkjet. The Canon prints significantly faster and produces more accurate colors. It also has an Ethernet port, and its automatic document feeder can duplex scan. On the other hand, the Brother has a significantly higher black page yield and a much better overall cost-per-print. Its flatbed scanner also has a higher scan resolution.

HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553dn

The Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw and the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553dn are very different. The Canon is an all-in-one solution that includes a full-feature scanner, many more connectivity options, and a much better display screen. On the other hand, the HP has a significantly higher page yield for both black and color pages, it prints faster, and its cost-per-print is a lot lower.

Epson EcoTank ET-4760

The Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw and the Epson EcoTank ET-4760 are both all-in-one color printers, but the Canon uses laser technology while the Epson uses a supertank ink system. The Epson is better for families and students, whereas the Canon is better for small or home offices. The Epson has significantly higher page yields at a much cheaper cost-per-print, produces much better-looking photos, and a much better flatbed scan resolution. On the other hand, the Canon prints much faster, produces much more accurate colors, and its automatic document feeder can duplex scan.

Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850

The Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw and the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 are both all-in-one color printers, but the Epson is an inkjet model whereas the Canon is a laser printer. While laser printers are usually the go-to for offices, the Epson is actually better for this use. Its supertank system yields significantly more pages at a much cheaper cost-per-print, and it prints much faster. Also, the Epson's flatbed also has a much better scan resolution, and it can print directly from USB flash drives. However, the Canon's ADF supports single-pass duplex scanning, which is faster when scanning double-sided documents compared to the Epson, which requires two passes.

Lexmark CX331adwe

For the most part, the Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw is better than the Lexmark CX331adwe. The Canon supports duplex scanning, it has much better color accuracy, and the companion app allows you to print Microsoft Office files. On the other hand, the Lexmark has a higher page yield, so it's slightly more cost-effective to print over time, and it has a USB port in front.

HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M554dn

The Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw performs better than the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M554dn for most uses. The Canon has a much better display screen and comes with a great sheetfed scanner. It also has great connectivity options, including wireless ones, and it’s compatible with a remarkable mobile app. On the other hand, the HP prints much faster, and its cartridges system yields a lot more pages. However, as the toner cartridges of the Canon are much cheaper, they both end up with a comparable cost-per-print.

HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M555dn

The Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw performs better than the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M555dn for most uses, though the HP is a better option for black and white. The Canon has a great sheetfed scanner and a lot more connectivity options. It’s also compatible with a remarkable mobile app. On the other hand, the HP is one of the fastest printers we’ve tested, and its cartridges system yields a lot more pages. It has better photo printing quality, though it’s still disappointing.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 and the Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw are two different types of printers. The HP is an inkjet printer with much better photo printing quality, a much lower cost-per-print, and a higher scan resolution. However, the Canon is a laser printer with a much higher page yield, a faster printing speed, and a better mobile app.

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