Canon i SENSYS MF742CDW Review: Is It Worth it?

We have in the past reviewed many of Canon’s products starting from the PIXMA series all the way up to the MAXIFY series. But what we haven’t done is taking a look at the SENSYS. Today will be our attempt to rectify that with this Canon I SENSYS MF742cdw review and see whether the machine is worth to buy or not.

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One of the MF742cdw strongest points lies in its design, more specifically, its touchscreen. Design wise, it is a large block of white and black that takes up a lot of space with its 50-sheet automatic document feeder. But this isn’t quite an issue as most MFP does the same. 

But the touchscreen is where it’s at. The MF742cdw offers a whopping 12.7cm tilt able color touchscreen that allows navigating a breeze. It is of course not as sensitive or seamless as our smartphones and tablets, but it’s pretty damn good for what it is.

And overall, it’s definitely a big step up and more user friendly from the regular physical button.

Also, if you’re not concerned with its size, the MF742cdw is in fact upgradeable just like any other Canon SENSYS printers with the optional 550-sheet paper tray should you require it


Being an MFP, it’s not surprising to see the MF742cdw possesses many features for this Canon i SENSYS MF742cdw review.  

It has an auto-duplex printing, WiFi connectivity for both Apple’s AirPrint and Google Cloud Print, and even secure printing complete with PIN inputs. 

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What it lacks however can be quite the dealbreaker for some seeing as other SENSYS printers have these features. The MF742cdw unfortunately doesn’t have duplex scanning, NFC, and faxing capabilities.

For most small business offices, these features don’t really matter much, but for those who prints stuff regularly using NFC or scan lots of documents with duplex, it will be noticeable.


All of this being said, this Canon I SENSYS MF742cdw review doesn’t feel complete without us talking about its scanning, printing, and copying qualities.

So, how are they?

Being a laser printer, the MF742cdw produces legible and accurate blacks and color, both for printing, and copying. The only problem it has is that sometimes the results can look a little washed-out.

Scanning wise, it does its job well for a $500 MFP. Meaning that it’s not the most detailed scan ever, but it’s certainly readable and will suffice for most of us.


Canon I SENSYS MF742cdw review

What is the conclusion then for this Canon I SENSYS MF742cdw review?

Overall, from all of these points above, the MF742cdw is an excellent printer for small to medium offices. It’s got tons of features that are essential for an MFP, and the features it doesn’t have isn’t nearly a big enough a deal to not consider the printer.

The touchscreen is definitely a nice touch for this SENSYS as it makes a world of difference navigating the printer and it makes inputting anything, especially WiFi passwords, way less painful than it was on any other SENSYS.

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And that’s pretty much everything we can say on this Canon I SENSYS MF742cdw review. We hope you find what was written useful, and we’ll see you next time in another printer review.

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