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Canon ImageRunner Advance C5535i II Review

ImageRunner Advance C5535i II
Credit: Canon USA Inc.

Canon offers digital imaging solutions targeted to consumers, small- and medium-size businesses and enterprises. Its products range from color copiers and cameras to camcorders and projectors. It offers many options for color copiers, especially high-end options that may be ideal for a larger business or enterprise.

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The Canon ImageRunner Advance C5535i II costs $15,000 – no small amount. This digital copier offers the functionality you might find on a machine designed to serve large companies.

If $15,000 is steep for your budget (which is for most small businesses), there is an option to lease it. It's only available for purchase from an authorized Canon reseller.

The Canon ImageRunner Advance C5535i II is a color laser multifunction printer built with numerous enterprise-level features designed to drive more workflow and cost efficiencies. Users can print, copy, scan and send documents from one machine; it also allows you to fax.

It prints and copies at 35 pages per minute in both color and black and white and color. Standard paper capacity is 1,200 sheets, but you can increase this to more than 3,000 sheets by using the external tray. The color copier takes 10 seconds to warm up after it has been shut off completely or is awoken from sleep mode.

Businesses can customize the 5535i II. Canon's website has a configuration tool that helps you select the different accessories (a high-capacity feeding tray, a booklet finisher, barcode printer, etc.) so this printer suits your business's needs to a T.

The C5535i's touchscreen measures 10 X 7 inches. It functions much like a smartphone. Users have the option to customize their touchscreen experience. You can also connect directly to cloud services like Google Drive or Box. Users can easily search for files, scan or print them, or convert them as needed.

The Canon ImageRunner Advance C5535i is packed with several security features perfect for businesses that are required to protect confidential information. The security settings for the C5535i are password-protected, and your IT department can control the printer's settings from a central location. As an added security measure, businesses can set up the printer so that users can only access it using a PIN code, a badge reader, password or a picture login.

One of the biggest benefits of the Canon ImageRunner Advance C5535i is its ability to help you control costs. The machine can track usage, allocate print and copy costs to specific departments or even limit access if overusage is detected. This helps streamline costs and prevent excessive copying. Accounting teams can pull a comprehensive usage report to see the latest numbers.

The price of the C5535i may be high for many small or mid-sized businesses. While $15,000 is pricey for a printer, for larger businesses (or even early-stage enterprises), the Canon ImageRunner Advance C5535i may make sense due to its security and cost-control features not to mention how efficiently it prints and copies documents.

These features may be essential for businesses in the legal, healthcare or accounting sphere, or any company that needs to allocate costs back to clients or to specific departments.

Businesses should also consider the machine's weight and size. The C5535i II weighs 313 pounds, by far the heaviest printer we evaluated. Its dimensions are 24 3/8 x 29 1/4 x 37 3/8 inches. This may be less of a drawback and just something to plan for in your office – this isn't a desktop printer, or one meant to move easily from location to location.

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Joanna Furlong

Joanna Furlong is a freelance writer and content strategist based in Southern California. Her background is in digital marketing, but she’s been writing professionally for more than 10 years. She loves to report on the intersection where business, management and technology collide.