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We’re back with another #ToolTuesday post, and this time, it’s Daniel’s pick! Following the thinking that a tool is anything the helps you get a job done easier, he set his sights on a new machine in the office, rather than the shop: the Canon Color imageCLASS MF743Cdw. That’s a mouthful of a name for what is essentially a big a** color laser printer. 

Previously, I had an Epson Workforce all-in-one that came with a laptop purchase many, many moons ago. It was a decent printer, when it worked. However, we used it so infrequently that we always had to the clean the print heads, do nozzle checks, etc., every time we wanted to print something. It became such a bear that we just ended up using a local FedEx Office. 

However, our printing needs have increased. Between D’s need for keeping business records, our goal to launch an Etsy shop, and the ongoing pandemic (which makes going to FedEx Office one more something we’d like to avoid), we knew it was time to invest in a good printer. We chose a laser printer since it has toner (a powder) rather than ink (a liquid), so it won’t dry out like an inkjet printer will. We narrowed it down to a few options together, and then D made the final decision, landing on this beast of a machine. 

He chose it because it was on sale, does duplex printing, has a feeder-style scanner (with duplex scanning), got great reviews for print quality, has moderate cost for replacement toner, wireless printing, good responsiveness from sleep mode, and did we mention it was on sale? 

The only two potential drawbacks to this color laser printer are speed and size. Going in, D knew that it wasn’t the fastest; however, speed wasn’t necessary for our needs. But oh my the size! When he walked in the house with that giant box, I couldn’t help but laugh. This thing is fit for a small business office and has a footprint to match at 18″ tall, 17.25″ wide and 18.5″ deep. Let’s just say that we’ll be building a new printer cart to hold this beast. 

Out of the box, it was easy to set up, even on the wifi. Our first few prints with it were great, but a slight adjustment to the color settings made it even better. The blacks are super black and the colors are vibrant. We can’t wait to show you some DIY projects we’re going to make with this thing…after we get that printer cart built. 

For now, we can say that we highly recommend this printer. It may be big, but it is mighty in its functionality.

Shop this amazing color laser printer on Amazon: 

Canon Color imageCLASS MF743Cdw – All in One, Wireless, Mobile Ready, Duplex Laser Printer, White, Mid Size, Works with Alexa
(affiliate link)

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