The photocopying options for a small office are notoriously limited. Most owners wind up spending big bucks for a copy machine or a multifunction printer. Canon's PC425, however, takes an affordable middle ground approach to copy needs.
At 32-inches wide (including paper trays) and about 16-inches deep, the PC425 doesn't occupy much space. It is unusually quiet, and it saves energy by turning off automatically after a few minutes of inactivity. It has a straight paper path, which resulted in no paper jams during our tests, and the single push of a button reveals the inside of the machine for clearing jams or cartridge replacement.
Despite its merits, the PC425 does not offer much power or flexibility. It doesn't enlarge or reduce, and the small paper tray handles only 50 pages at a time. The unit is slow as well, capable of making only nine copies of one page at a time and copying only four pages per minute. Another limitation is that the PC425 copies only standard 8.5 by 11-inch pages, not legal-sized or European A-4 pages. The replacement cartridge -- which contains toner, the drum, and the development unit -- is rated for only 2,000 pages and costs a pricey $90 a pop.
The PC425 remains a decent choice for your office if you only have occasional copy needs and don't want to spend loads of money.
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
PROS: Good for budget home office use
CONS: Not designed for heavy workloads