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Painless Setup, Installs Itself!
Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2019
Printers are the bane of most people's existence. Most of them suck. Countless power, ink, time, all lost to so many printers, like dust in the wind. Tears in the rain. You get the point. But one printer has seemingly emerged from the ashes that is the Office Space-worthy heap of unworthy printers. The Canon Color imageCLASS LBP622Cdw IS the printer you are looking for. The one color laser printer to rule...the home office!
Okay, okay, so I've only had the thing for a day. But this single day will forever live on in infamy as the day that I had my faith restored in humanity's ability to create an even halfway decent printer. I only hope I don't regret writing these words down later...
How could a mere PRINTER elicit such an intense reaction, and such a lengthy review, ironically eating up more of my precious time, which I had only a few paragraphs ago alluded to printers as being all too often guilty of sucking up? It all starts with the setup process of the Canon Color imageCLASS LBP622Cdw. All you do is take it out of the box, remove a dozen or so pieces of tape that were slapped on it to keep its parts from jostling around too much while in transit, load its 250-sheet paper tray with a phat stack, and turn her on.
A setup wizard shortly appears, one that seems to have +10 to charm (or charisma, I don't know as I don't play D&D but am familiar with the terms). This wizard gets the Canon Color imageCLASS LBP622Cdw connected to your WiFi network. I know what you're thinking: "But reviewer! One does not simply connect a new printer to a WiFi network. One must clear out at least an hour of their time in a futile attempt to get the new printer to see even a feeble wireless signal using its dinky embedded chipset, while located a mere meter away from the access point, before resigning to either hard-wiring or, worse yet, sharing the printer from one computer, 'connected' as it were via an old-timey USB-B, thus dooming said computer to a life cut short as it now has to stay on at all times if someone wants to try and print remotely." You know, like in the endearing fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Million Failed Attempts to Connect Her Printer, where her printer never connects to her home network, and Windows Sharing fails, and so, as she lived in a time before cell phones, she writes down her directions to wherever the hell she was going, and gets lost along the way, and, well, the rest is history. But hold your wires! This wizard knows what it is doing. I was able to connect to our WiFi ON THE FIRST TRY. This never happens but in OTHER fairy tales!
Alright, so connecting the printer to the WiFi was a breeze. All you printer haters out there are probably thinking, "Surely there will be problems installing the thing on computers, right?" Before this printer came along and swept me off my ink-stained feet, I'd be there right alongside you, dear reader, seething at this review that is surely going to dash my printing dreams on some jagged rocks as the familiar "Printer Offline" status creeps its way in as it is wont to do. But lo and behold! There is a twist to this review that I never saw coming.
After I connected the Canon Color imageCLASS LBP622Cdw to WiFi, I immediately went to a laptop in the house, and steadied my nerves for what would no doubt be a hard-fought battle of driver downloads, UAC prompts, Print Spooler service restartings, pings, hard drinking, swearing, sweating, rebooting, freezing, first-born sacrifices, and other dark times. But when I went to the "Printers & scanners" section of Windows 10's Devices screen in Settings, I had to do a triple take. No, make that a quadruple take. Maybe even quintuple! THE PRINTER WAS ALREADY INSTALLED AND READY. It felt like I was in a horror film where the bad guy is calling from inside the house, except this time, it was an archangel sent from the printer gods to fight my battle for me before I even knew one was coming. Oh reader, how I wept at this IMMACULATE INSTALLATION of a printer. To be alive in a time with automatic - dare I say it, autoMAGICally installing printers! And this happened not once, not twice, but thrice! All three laptops I checked had the printer up and ready, and most importantly, WORKING!
All of this is well and good, but what of the printer's performance, you may ask? It is easily the quietest laser printer I have owned or used, having gone through three or four in my day. There is a loudish beep after a print job finishes (which can be disabled!), which is handy if you're across the house and can't quite hear the gentle purring of the printer's many internal gears and doodads. It's also color, and easily prints in a quality that bests our inkjet. Plus, as this is a laser printer, the ink won't just evaporate into thin air like inkjet cartridges love to do.
The easy setup was a nice change of pace. But the automatic installation on computers on the same network? That sealed the deal. I am a changed man. If this printer holds up (fingers crossed so hard they might break), our homes will be filled with the gentle whirring of Canon laser printers for decades to come. That'll do, Canon. That'll do.