The Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw is an outstanding all-in-one printer that's designed to be used in small or home offices. It has a flatbed scanner that can accommodate large manuals or books and an automatic document feeder with duplex scanning. While the cost of the toner cartridges may be expensive, they have very high yields. This means they won't often need replacing, which helps keep costs down. Also, despite being a laser model designed for office use, the quality of printed photos is a huge step up from the lower-end model, the Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw. It's supported by a wide variety of connectivity options, making it easy to connect to.
The Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw is very good for family use. It has a flatbed scanner capable of scanning large, bulky items like books or manuals, or fragile items like old photos. Also, it has an automatic document feeder with duplex scanning. Despite being a laser printer, photo quality is actually passable and has excellent color accuracy. That said, it isn't recommended for casual photos, as the cost of printing in color rises significantly the more you do it and the cost of the cartridges isn't cheap.
The Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw is an outstanding printer for small and home offices. While the cost of the individual cartridges is rather expensive, they have an extremely high yield and won't need replacing often. However, costs will rise quickly the more you print in color. It has a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder with duplex scanning.
The Canon MF743Cdw is an excellent printer for students. Its black cartridge has a very high yield and won't often need replacing. While the first page of a print job takes a bit longer to complete, subsequent pages come out much faster and it can even print color documents faster than black-only ones, but the cost of printing in color rises quickly the more you do it. That said, it's very large and bulky, which may be an issue in a dorm.
The Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw is an excellent choice for printing in black and white. Its black cartridge has a very high yield and won't often need replacing. While the first page of a print job takes a bit longer, subsequent pages come out much faster. That said, this is a rather large and bulky printer that takes up a lot of shelf space.
The Canon MF743Cdw is reasonable for casual photos. Despite being a laser printer, the quality of printed photos is actually passable. It has excellent color accuracy but isn't recommended for casual photos as it can't print glossy and photo sizes. The color cartridges aren't cheap, so the more you print, the more quickly costs rise.
The Canon MF743Cdw has outstanding build quality. It's made entirely of solid and sturdy-feeling plastic. The input tray has sliders to accommodate different paper sizes. The hinges for the scanner lid raise to accommodate thicker items like books or manuals. Also, the scanner lid automatically stays open. It also has a very user-friendly design, with easy access to the toner cartridges and paper jams. The power cable can be unplugged and replaced if it gets damaged. Unfortunately, the display screen sticks out on the right side, which means you can't have the printer pressed against a wall from this angle. That said, this is a minor issue.
The Canon MF743Cdw is large and bulky. It weighs more than the Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw and isn't an ideal choice if space is limited. The display screen sticks out on the right-hand side, preventing you from pressing the printer flush against a wall on this side.
The Canon MF743Cdw's display screen is remarkable. It's a very large touchscreen with physical buttons on either side for different features. The screen has good sensitivity and responds fast to touch commands, and there's easy access to the printer's status reports. Unfortunately, it may be hard to see in a bright room because there's a lot of glare.
The Canon MF743Cdw has an exceptional cartridge system. Each cartridge has an integrated drum unit, so you won't have to buy one separately when you replace the toner. The page yield for both black and color printing is very high. Also, the printer is available with higher-yielding cartridges but won't accept third-party toner.
The Canon MF743Cdw has excellent scanning features. It has an automatic document feeder that can duplex scan, and a flatbed for scanning thick or fragile items, such as large books and old photos. While the scan resolution isn't as high as others on the market, it should still be high enough for office use or casual photo scanning.
Note: We could only get the scanning software, the Scanner MF Utility App, to work via USB and not over a wireless connection. If you've also been unable to scan wirelessly with the native software, let us know in the discussions.
The Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw's cost-per-print is excellent. This printer is ideally suited for printing in black and white since the overall costs remain low as volume increases. The cost of printing in color can rise quickly the more you print, and the cost of replacing the three color toner cartridges is expensive. That said, the cartridges have high yields and won't often need replacing, which keeps costs down.
The Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw has great printing speed. It prints color documents much faster than it does black documents, and it prints color photos very quickly. The first page of a print job does take a bit longer than the subsequent pages, but not by much.
The Canon MF743Cdw's color accuracy is impressive. It's high enough for those who are printing photos casually or want to add a splash of color to a document but won't be good enough for those in graphic design or print media.
The Canon MF743Cdw has passable photo printing quality, especially for a laser printer. The colors have good detailing, but appear muted. The test was done with 8.5" x 11" glossy paper, as the printer doesn't accept 5" x 7" pages. Also, Canon doesn't recommend printing on glossy paper with this model.
While the Canon MF743Cdw's paper tray can be manually adjusted to accommodate most paper formats, there aren't any presets in the settings for photo paper, since printing photos isn't recommended with a laser model.
The Canon MF743Cdw has outstanding connectivity options. You can connect to the printer over Wi-Fi, USB, or Ethernet, and there's support for Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service. Also, there's NFC capability and external storage support for printing off USB flash drives. Unfortunately, you can't connect via Bluetooth.
The Canon MF743Cdw is compatible with the outstanding Canon PRINT Business app. It prints almost all file formats and allows you to print and scan directly from your app. That said, the scan resolution from the app is reduced to 300 DPI from 600.
The Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw is only available in North America at the consumer level. In Europe, you may find the Canon i-SENSYS MF734Cdw instead, which looks almost identical. However, we haven't tested it and don't know how it performs. You can see our unit's label here.
The Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw is an outstanding all-in-one laser printer. It's the step-up model of the Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw and offers much better color accuracy and photo quality. Like all printers in the imageCLASS line, the Canon MF743Cdw makes for an exceptional choice for small or home offices. For other options, see our recommendations for the best photo printers, the best laser printers, and the best all-in-one printers.
The Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw is a better printer than the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw. The Canon's cartridge system has a much higher page yield and a lower cost-per-print. That said, the HP's scanner resolution is much higher and it's much faster at printing black-only documents.
The Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw is a better printer and the step-up model of the Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw. The 743Cdw can print much better-looking photos and its cartridge system has a high page yield. That said, the MF644Cdw offers a similar design and performance but is generally available at a cheaper price.
The Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw is a better printer than the Brother MFC-L2750DW. The Canon can print in color, has a higher black page yield, and has external storage support. That said, the Brother's cost-per-print for black-only is more affordable and it can print black-only documents faster.