Printer Review: Canon ImageCLASS MF8380Cdw


Printer Review: Canon ImageCLASS MF8380Cdw

Toner Buzz Rating: 3.7/ 5.0 stars

Pros: Good text and image quality. Reasonable running costs.

Cons: Slow first page print time. Heavy; a 70-pound behemoth!

Overall: The MF8380Cdw isn’t the best at anything, but it’s very good at everything, making it a solid choice for small businesses with serious color printing needs.

Inside The Imageclass MF8380Cdw

The  Canon Color ImageClass MF8380Cdw is a color laser multifunction printer that debuted in late 2011 with a sticker price of around $600. The MF8380Cdw was targeted at small business offices with a need for high-volume color printing.

The MF8380Cdw does a pretty nice job with photos and graphics, but really excels at producing sharp, crisp black text. With a duty cycle of 40,000 pages per month, the Canon Color ImageClass MF8380Cdw should be able to handle the workloads of most small offices. 

The printer comes standard with a 250-sheet paper tray (you can add a second 250-sheet tray for $200), as well as a 50-page specialty paper feeder, and a 50-page auto document feeder on top for copying, scanning and faxing.

What’s In A Name?

What does the MF in the MF8380Cdw’s name stand for? Hey, watch your filthy mouth! It stands for “multi-function,” — this printer scans, copies, and faxes as well as prints. 

How about Cdw? “C” is for color, “d” is for duplex printing, which is the default setting on the Canon Color ImageClass MF8380Cdw, and “w” is for wireless connectivity.

The MF8380Cdw is a beefy printer, weighing nearly 70 pounds. Buttons on the front panel access the printer’s copy, scan and fax functions, while a USB port on the front of the device allows for printing from a thumb drive. You can connect to the MF8380Cdw via USB, Ethernet, or Wi-Fi. 

In an age of large, color touchscreen printer monitors, the ImageClass MF8380Cdw’s five-line monochrome display comes across as quite dated. But don’t let the dinky monitor fool you — the Canon Color ImageClass MF8380Cdw is a heavy-hitting workhorse of a printer!

Overall, the Canon Color ImageClass MF8380Cdw is solidly mediocre. It’s not the fastest printer, it doesn’t produce the sharpest text or graphics, and its features are a bit limited. It’s not the best at anything, but it’s pretty good at everything, making it a good choice for a busy small office.

What Users Say About The Canon Imageclass MF8380Cdw

The Canon Imageclass MF8380Cdw scores a respectable 3.8 out of 5 stars on Google reviews, but only manages a 2.9 rating on Amazon. Overall, users call the Canon Imageclass MF8380Cdw a “solid printer,” with good performance and reasonable print costs. 

From our perspective, the Canon Imageclass MF8380Cdw has aged well compared to other printers in its class. Outdated monitor aside, the MF8380Cdw still represents a good value in multifunction color laser printers.

GGRussell offered a general complaint about Canon cartridges running out before they’re actually empty. (“Most of the time, it really isn't out of ink or toner.”) Other users concur, saying “The printer toner cartridges claim they are low long before they begin to show any sign of decline in print quality.”

Colin notes, “The scan to email function is not reliable. I think this is an issue with SSL certificates. The problem is that it will tell you that it worked even when it has not. Really makes the feature unsuitable for anything other than scanning within the office.”

Some users had difficulty connecting the Canon MF8380Cdw to Apple-based networks. The printer “does not play friendly with Macs. I cannot use AirPrint on my iPad with this, and doing just about any print or scan job with a Mac is a solidly frustrating experience.”

User heyzarling says, “I’d give [the Canon Imageclass MF8380Cdw] five stars, but the MAC connectivity issues are annoying to me.” JNT concurs: “This printer has been nothing but heartburn on a Mac system.

The Intelligent Shopper suggests, “since Canon recently introduced cloud printing, I am hoping this would get an update.” Other complaints range from poor scanner software to “smelly toner,”

Overall, the Canon MF8380Cdw has very favorable customer feedback, especially considering its age. While other eight-year-old printers are cluttering landfills, the MF8380Cdw has proven itself a durable and dependable office machine.

Make Your MF8380Cdw Great Again

Reasonable running costs are the name of the game for the Canon ImageClass MF8380Cdw. According to, the MF8380Cdw’s cost-per-page is 3.7 cents per monochrome page and 16.4 cents per color page.

What turns the Imageclass MF8380Cdw from a good printer into a great one? Getting the lowest price possible on replacement toners! 

Bring your printing costs way down with original Canon 118 replacement toner cartridges from Toner Buzz! What do you get an active eight-year-old printer for its birthday? Toner, people, toner!

Toner Buzz offers a  full set of Canon 118 toners for your Canon Imageclass MF8380Cdw for $476, and individual cartridges for $119 each. (Canon 118 Black Laser Toner Cartridge 2662B001AA, Canon 118 Cyan Laser Toner Cartridge 2661B001AA, Canon 118 Magenta Laser Toner Cartridge 2660B001AA, and Canon 118 Yellow Laser Toner Cartridge 2659B001AA.) 

Considering you get 3,400 pages from a black cartridge and 2,900 pages from each of the colored cartridges, your average cost for a full color printed page is a reasonable 15.8 cents...if you're smart enough to buy from Toner Buzz!

Helpful Canon Resources

➜ Download the latest drivers for your Canon Imageclass MF8380Cdw here!

➜ Download the Canon Imageclass MF8380Cdw user manual here!

Helpful Canon Videos

Canon imageCLASS Introduction Video

Wi-Fi-Setup with a Windows PC for Canon imageCLASS

Canon Printer: Service Mode Factory Reset with Language and Firmware Update

Canon mf8000 series (mf8030cn) feeder roller change / paper jam

Canon ImageClass MF-8580Cdw Printer manual WiFi setup

Canon Imageclass MF8380Cdw SPECS


  • Printing Method: Color Laser
  • Print Speed: Up to 10 ppm (2 -sided, plain paper letter), Up to 21 ppm (1-sided, plain paper letter)
  • Default Print Mode: 2-sided
  • First Print Time: Approx. 15.3/16.0 sec (black/color) (letter)
  • Print Resolution: Up to (600 x 600 dpi), (2400 x 600 dpi quality)                     
  • Toner Compatibility: Canon Cartridge 118 (Yields: 2,900 CMY/3,400 Black pages)
  • Maximum Monthly Duty Cycle: 40,000 pages
  • Printer Features: Printer Language: Canon UFR II LT (Host-based)
  • Print Modes: Poster, Booklet, Watermark, Toner Saver, Page Composer
  • Print Memory: 256MB (shared)
  • Paper Weights: 16 to 43 lbs. bond (cassette), 16 to 58 lbs. bond (multipurpose tray)         
  • Output Tray Capacity: 125 sheets (facedown)


  • Copy Type: Color Laser 
  • Copy Speed: Up to 10 ppm (2-sided, plain paper letter), Up to 21 ppm (1-sided, plain paper letter) 
  • Copy Resolution: Up to 600 x 600 dpi 
  • Halftones: 256 levels 
  • Warm-up Time: Approx. 23 seconds 
  • First Copy Time: Approx. 16.0/21.0 sec (black/color) (letter) 
  • Reduction/Enlargement: 25%, 50%, 64%, 78%, 129%, 200%, 400% 
  • Copy Features: Frame Erase, Memory Sort, 2 on 1, 4 on 1, ID Card Copy


  • Scan Type: Color Contact Image Sensor (CIS) 
  • Color Depth: 24-bit 
  • Scan Resolution: Up to 600 x 600 dpi (optical), 9600 x 9600 dpi (software interpolated resolution) 
  • Compatibility: TWAIN, WIA 
  • Max. Document Size: Platen: Up to 8.5" x 11", ADF: 5.5" x 5" to 8.5" x 14" 
  • Scan Features: Rotate, Push Scan, Pull Scan, Duplex Scan


  • Modem Speed: Up to 33.6 Kbps (Super G3) 
  • Fax Resolution: Up to 406 x 391 dpi (ultra fine) 
  • Transmission Time: Approx. 3 seconds per page 
  • Memory Capacity: Up to 512 sheets 
  • Speed Dials: 19 one-touch speed dials, 181 coded dials 
  • Group Dialing: 199 destinations 
  • Fax Features: PC Fax (sending only), Fax Forwarding, Dual Access, Remote Reception, ECM, DRPD (Distinctive Ring Pattern Detection), Auto Redial, Fax Activity/Result Reports, Fax Activity Management Reports


  • Standard Interface(s): USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, 10/100 Base-T Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wireless 
  • Wi-Fi Setup: WPS, WCN, Push Button Configuration (PBC) One-touch WPS 
  • Mobile Functions: Canon Mobile Printing, Canon Mobile Scanning for Business, Apple AirPrint, Mopria Print Service


  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 17.0" (W) x 19.2" (D) x 18.9" (H) 
  • Unit Weight (without/with cartridge): 52.9 lbs. (w/o cartridge), 57.3 lbs. (w/cartridge) 
  • Power Consumption: Max: Approx. 1320W, During Operation: Approx. 600W, Standby: Approx. 23W, Energy Saver: Approx. 5W 
  • Noise Level: During Operation: 52 dB or less, Standby: 30 dB or less 
  • Operating Environment: Temperature: 50-86°F, Humidity: 20-80% RH (no condensation) 
  • Power Requirements: AC 120V, 60Hz, 8.5A 
  • Safety Regulations: UL60950-1, FCC Part15 Class B, ENERGY STAR qualified 
  • Warranty: 1 year limited exchange/carry-in warranty, 3-year limited warranty with exchange/carry-in (Extended warranty available)
  • OS Compatibility: Windows 8.1 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows 8 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit/64-bit), Windows XP (32-bit/64-bit), Windows 2000, Mac OS X 10.4.9 & up, Linux (print only) 
  • Standard Interface(s): USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, 10/100 Base-T Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, USB Direct Print (PDF, JPEG, TIFF) One-Year Limited Warranty
Rob Errera

Rob Errera

Rob Errera is an award-winning journalist embedded in the world of printers and printing supplies. Rob has nearly two decades of experience writing about cutting edge technology, business trends, and the ever-evolving industry of printing.

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