Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Oct 08, 2020 at 10:47 am
Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw Picture
7.7
Family
9.0
Small/Home Office
8.6
Student
8.6
Black & White
6.5
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Laser
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

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.

Our Verdict

7.7 Family

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.

Pros
  • High-yielding cartridges.
  • Excellent color accuracy.
  • Outstanding connectivity options.
Cons
  • Display screen limits placement of printer.
  • Unremarkable photo quality.
  • Expensive color cartridges.
9.0 Small/Home Office

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.

Pros
  • High-yielding cartridges.
  • Outstanding build and design quality.
  • Outstanding connectivity options.
  • Automatic document feeder with duplex scanning.
Cons
  • Display screen limits placement of printer.
  • Slow black-only printing speed.
8.6 Student

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.

Pros
  • Excellent color accuracy.
  • Excellent black cost-per-print.
  • Outstanding connectivity options.
Cons
  • Display screen limits placement of printer.
  • Expensive color cartridges.
8.6 Black & White

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.

Pros
  • High-yielding cartridges.
  • Outstanding build and design quality.
  • Excellent black cost-per-print.
  • Automatic document feeder with duplex scanning.
Cons
  • Display screen limits placement of printer.
  • Slow black-only printing speed.
6.5 Casual Photo

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.

Pros
  • Excellent color accuracy.
  • Outstanding build and design quality.
  • Good value for photo printing.
Cons
  • Unremarkable photo quality.
  • Can't print on photo-sized paper.
  • Expensive color cartridges.
  • 7.7 Family
  • 9.0 Small/Home Office
  • 8.6 Student
  • 8.6 Black & White
  • 6.5 Casual Photo

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
9.0
Design
Build & Design Quality

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.

Design
Dimensions
Height 18.1" (46.0 cm)
Width 18.5" (47.1 cm)
Depth 18.5" (47.0 cm)
Weight
62.6 lbs (28.4 kg)

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.

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

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.

Design
In The Box

  • Getting Started guide
  • Power cable
  • Phone cable
  • Main paper tray cover for legal paper size
  • Canon 055 toner and drum kit unit
    • 1x 055 Black
    • 1x 055 Cyan
    • 1x 055 Magenta
    • 1x 055Yellow

9.5
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
Toner 055 Black
Tested Black Page Yield
159.00 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
3021 prints
Color Cartridge Model
Toner 055 C/M/Y
Tested Color Page Yield
97.00 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
2064 prints
Third Party Cartridge
No
High Yield Cartridge
H (XL)
Drum Unit
In The Cartridge

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.

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 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.

Printing
8.5
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
87 US$
Color Cartridge Price
312 US$
Black Only Printing
0.029 US$/print
Color Printing
0.151 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.402 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

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.

8.2
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
12 PPM
Color Document
29 PPM
Photo Printing Time
13.0 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
10.9 sec
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
300 pages

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.

8.4
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
8.36

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.

6.1
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
No

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.

Printing
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

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.

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 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.

9.5
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App Print
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

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.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

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.

Compared to other printers

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.

HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw

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.

Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser

The Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw is a better printer than the Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser. The Canon has a much higher page yield and has external storage support. That said, the Brother's scan resolution is much higher and its black cartridge is much cheaper.

Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw

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.

Brother MFC-L2750DW

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.

Canon imageCLASS MF445dw

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.

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