Canon i-SENSYS LBP-3310 review

Stylish and user-friendly, but a bit too pricey for some

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Our Verdict

A pleasant user experience, but it's hard to justify spending the asking price

For

  • Decent print speeds
  • Looks great
  • Quick and easy to use

Against

  • Steep price
  • Not as cheap to run as some rivals

Canon has set an SRP of £229 for the i-SENSYS LBP-3310, and while we found it on offer at £175, it seems that £199 is the going rate.

That's a lot of money for a local USB printer that doesn't have a network option unless you add an NB-C2 10/100 adapter for £112, but it's not the end of the expense.

If the 250-sheet capacity isn't enough, you can add an optional PF-35P tray for £70 (inc. VAT), which raises the total price towards £400.

Running costs

There are times when you pay an initial high price and are rewarded with cheap consumables; however, this is only the case with the LBP-3310 if you plump for the 715 7K cartridge, as its £105 SRP works out to a cost of 1.5p per page.

The smaller 715 3K cartridge costs 2p per page, which is very average. On the plus side, these are all-in-one cartridges, so there is no need to consider the cost of a replacement drum.

The Canon LBP-3310 looks smart and is really solid and well built, which suggests that the high price has been invested in the design. The latch that secures the front cover works smoothly and the cover and its hinges feel as though they will survive a small war.

Speedy yet quiet

Installation of the drivers is both quick and simple and Canon has laid out the settings as clearly as you could hope. Advanced settings, such as enabling the duplex to print double-sided pages or adding a watermark, take no longer than simple actions such as changing the paper size.

Although Canon claims a time to first page of 6.5 seconds, we measured it at 10 seconds from cold and 8 seconds from warm. We timed 10 pages of output at 29 seconds, which makes the Canon pretty fast, but just as importantly – in our opinion – it is nice and quiet.

We weren't entirely happy with the quality of the printed pages. Although text is sharp and clear, it's not as dark and crisp as we would like. This makes the Canon i-SENSYS LBP-3310 something of a mixed result, yet we expect more at this price.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLaser Printer
Green CompliantYes
Standard Input Media Capacity300 sheets
USBYes
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)26
Product Familyi-SENSYS
Maximum Print Resolution2400 x 600 dpi
Brand NameCanon
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourMonochrome
Duplex PrintingAutomatic
Media SizeA4, Letter, Legal
Duty Cycle10000 pages per month
Recommended UsePlain Paper Print
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Height258 mm
Width399.7 mm
Depth378.6 mm
Media TypePlain Paper
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelLBP-3310
Product Namei-SENSYS LBP3310 Laser Printer
Product Linei-SENSYS
Manufacturer Part Number2226B011
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

This compact, high speed laser printer offers busy offices instant, high quality prints. It leads the way with energy efficiency, paper handling capability and fast, automatic double-sided printing.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Standard Memory8 MB
Weight (Approximate)11.20 kg