The Canon IR-1600 is an older monochrome laser photocopier that functions as a networked printer for small and medium size business as well. The IR-1600 was small for its time, though by current standards it is relatively large. The printer produces monochrome copies and optionally connects to an office network to function as a standard office monochrome printer as well. This printer comes with a range of expandability options that can help adapt it to different styles of office use, including an optional hard drive for storing a printer spool that will allow it to function reliably over an office network.
The Canon IR-1600 scans and prints at a standard 600 x 600 dpi, which allows for an interpolated resolution of up to 1,200 x 600 dpi for copies and 2,400 x 600 dpi for printing. This monochrome copier prints at 16 pages per minute with 256 shades of grey and handles Postscript and PCL for professional quality office printing. The copier comes with an automatic input feed that can hold up to 50 pages and has a paper capacity of 350 sheets with options that can expand to 1,100 sheets. The IR-1600 is primarily a copier, but comes with networking capabilities and optional accessories that can turn it into either a shared or dedicated office network printer.
Due to its age, the Canon IR-1600 should work well as a printer on older office networks running operating systems that are no longer highly supported. The option to run this copier as a printer as well and the many options for expandability make it a good choice for a small office with an older network that needs regular copies and access to a reliable printer. Canon IR-1600 toner is inexpensive, which makes this printer's running cost relatively low.
The Canon IR-1600 is larger and slower than most modern laser copiers or printers and doesn't have the same level of plug and play simplicity that most modern machines have. Modern operating systems may have issues working with this printer, and power usage will be much higher than most modern offices generally need. While the Canon IR-1600 is a workhorse that has been dependable for many, modern choices easily outshine its capabilities.