Canon ImageClass X LBP1238 II : Review

Canon ImageClass X LBP1238 II : Review

Written by Kenneth Sawyer, In Printer, Published On
September 25, 2023

Canon ImageClass X LBP1238 II Specification

Canon ImageClass X LBP1238 II asd

The imageCLASS X LBP1238 is one of four new devices in the imageCLASS X Series for firms with entirely remote or hybrid office/home personnel due to COVID-19. A black-and-white single-function printer that prints 40 ppm costs $599. The LBP1238 features a Canon Custom Processor, 1 GB of non-expandable memory, and a 5-inch colour touchscreen. The touchscreen facilitates customized printing operations like a smartphone. Canon’s Application Library allows administrators to define one-touch buttons for Print Template, Standby Slide, Consumables Information, and Languages (to handle diverse language environments).

Color or Monochrome Monochrome
Connection Type Ethernet
Connection Type USB
Connection Type Wi Fi
Cost Per Page (Monochrome) 1.8 Cents
Monthly Duty Cycle (Recommended) 750 – 4000
Printer Input Capacity 250 + 100; optional extra cost 550
Rated Speed at Default Settings (Mono) 40 ppm

The first print-out takes 5.3 seconds. The LBP1238 supports PCL, PostScript, and Canon’s proprietary printing language. USB, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi are standard. Directly print JPEG, PDF, and TIFF files. Users can print from their phones utilizing Apple AirPrint, Canon PRINT Business, or Mopria Print Service. Canon’s optional uniFLOW portfolio helps manage output. The cloud- or on-premise system lets admins track printing expenditures. One location operates the Canon printer fleet with the imageWARE Enterprise Management Console.


  • Excellent text, graphics, and photo output
  • Wi-Fi Direct mobile device connection
  • Prints from some cloud sites
  • Optional auto-duplexer and Ethernet/Wi-Fi network connections.


  • Complex setup for some features
  • Expensive

Setup for Printing

It takes all to take the LBP1238 II out of the box and connect the power connection. No need to prepare the toner cartridge. It’s already in the printer and ready to print.

  1. Canon’s website recommends downloading a driver that uses Canon’s printer language but also includes PCL6 and PostScript 3 drivers. Canon’s mostly automatic installation process installs the recommended driver.
  2. If you’re still getting familiar with Canon’s printer menus, setting up most functionality beyond PC printing can be difficult.
  3. The control panel has a USB Type-A connection for printing from USB memory keys.
  4. When I tried to utilize it, the printer said the feature was restricted, and I couldn’t find a menu option to allow it.
  5. Instead, I found the directions in the user handbook. Printing from Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive and retrieving and printing emails were other features that led me to hunt for setup instructions.
  6. After setting up USB memory printing, picking Memory Media Print on the control panel displayed a list of flash drive files and folders. Secure printing, which lets you transmit a file to the printer but not print it until you input a PIN at the front panel, was the only user option I needed to look up.
  7. This is beneficial when the printer is farther than your desk. It prevents critical documents from being seen in the output tray before you reach the printer.


Canon ImageClass X LBP1238 II

The imageCLASS X LBP1238 has a 100-sheet bypass and 250-sheet paper tray. With an optional 550-sheet tray, Canon can hold 900 sheets. All paper trays support 8.5″ x 14″ paper. The output is 65 sheets. The suggested monthly page volume is 750–4,000. Duplexing is normal. Page border, header/footer, collation, and booklet printing are more options. Canon sells an 11,000-page aftermarket toner cartridge. We lack the data to calculate page cost. Besides using the high-yield cartridge, Canon’s environmental features, like duplexing, can save businesses money on printing. Security features include Wi-Fi authentication, department ID authentication, secure print, and IP/MAC address filtering. Verify System at Startup protects device firmware and Application Library from unwanted changes.

Choose USB, Wi-Fi, or Ethernet

LBP1238 II weighs 20.3 pounds and measures 17.3 by 14.7 inches (WD). The body is 8 inches tall, and the diagonal touch screen is 12.3 inches. The 100-sheet front multi-purpose tray adds several inches to depth. I chose Ethernet for performance testing, although Wi-Fi, USB, and Wi-Fi Direct are other options. Mobile printing is supported across a network using Wi-Fi and a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi Direct connection between your device and the printer. My Samsung Galaxy S20 FE phone worked as promised when I connected by Wi-Fi Direct by selecting the Mobile Printer icon on the front panel, then the QR Code option, allowing your phone to read the code and asking it to connect. In addition to the HP LaserJet Pro M404dn, Lexmark B3442dw, and Lexmark B3340dw, the LBP1238 II has the same paper capacity as its main competitors.

Each printer has a 250-sheet drawer, 100-sheet tray, and base unit automatic duplexing. An optional 550-sheet drawer ($299 for the LBP1238 II) increases capacity. The Canon recommended monthly duty cycle is 750-4,000 pages. The top end of the range requires refilling the printer more often than once weekly if you add the optional drawer. The more you print with any printer, the more you should consider running costs.

Testing the LBP1238 II: Fast, High-Quality Output

Canon ImageClass X LBP1238 II

We found the LBP1238 II’s performance to match its 40 ppm rating. The printer and standard testbed connected to a network via Ethernet printed our 12-page Microsoft Word text file at 41.3ppm, except the first page. The first-page-out time was 8 seconds, giving the file a 30ppm speed. The results tie all printers listed here. The Lexmark MS431dw performed at 45ppm without the first page, one second faster than the LBP1238 II, within a rounding error. All printers performed similarly for the full business applications suite, which adds graphics and colour images. The LBP1238 II ran 22.4ppm in 1 minute and 7 seconds. Three other printers were well inside the error range, while the Lexmark B3440 took 1 minute and 13 seconds. The Canon printer took 6 seconds to produce a 4-by-6-inch shot in our photo suite.

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