Canon i-SENSYS MF655Cdw / imageCLASS MF653Cdw review

The Canon i-SENSYS MF655Cdw multi-function color laser printer is a smart buy for the home office or small business

Canon i-SENSYS MF655Cdw / imageCLASS MF653Cdw
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

For printing, scanning and copying, this color laser printer covers all the bases. It’s competitively priced and has reasonable running costs, along with excellent connectivity options, an intuitive color touchscreen interface and a decent turn of speed. It ticks all of the right boxes for the home office or small business environment, making it a good choice when you need to look good on paper.


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    Impressive printing/scanning quality

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    Good turn of speed

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    5-inch color touchscreen interface


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    Low-capacity color ‘setup’ cartridges

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    Quite weighty at 22.6kg

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Sold as the Canon imageCLASS MF653Cdw in the USA, and the Canon i-SENSYS MF655Cdw in Europe, this is the mid-range model from Canon’s MF650 series of color laser printers, designed for small business and the home office. As such, it features an ADF (Auto Document Feeder) which is lacking in the base model, as well as a faster turn of speed. On the other hand, it lacks a direct fax facility and single-pass duplex scanning, which are only featured in the range-topping printer.

Like any laser printer, it’s certainly not a good fit for photo printing but is ideal for creating mono and color documents, where you want crisp, finely detailed text and bold color and graphics. Further advantages include good resistance to smudging, whether from a coffee mug or the use of highlighter pens.

Although quite weighty at 22.6kg, the printer has a fairly small footprint for a multi-function color laser with an ADF, pictured here alongside a 27-inch computer monitor (Image credit: Matthew Richards)

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.