Top positive review
15 people found this helpful
Excellent budget multi function printer
on 7 August 2011
[EDIT: Dec 2012 - at foot of this review]
I spent a long time reviewing laser printers before deciding that I might as well get a multi-function device (scan, copy, print but not fax) for just a bit more money. Duplexing was an absolute must which is why I finally plumped for this DN model.
Facilities: 5 out of 5
You can connect this model either via USB or a network cable.
It has an automatic document feeder for scanning/copying and you can copy to single or double sided copies.
Printing can be done single or double sided and this is selectable from the PC - you do NOT have to go to the printer to select this.
Speed: 5 out of 5
Not an issue. Whilst the first page may take a bit longer to come out because the unit must come out of standby it prints rapidly (even when duplexing). Unless you're printing many, many pages the speed is adequate for reports, flyers and internet page prints.
Noise: 4 out of 5
One of my prime concerns that this would be "noisy" in a SOHO environment. Whilst it does clunk a bit when delivering the prints it's not bad enough for me to be worried, not even late at night. It also goes back to sleep quickly (user adjustable delay) which means it's totally silent soon after printing.
Print Quality: 4 out of 5
Standard prints (eg from Word) are just great. Business type diagrams are perfect too. Photos are acceptable but you wouldn't choose to use this to print your holiday snaps. An inkjet photo printer will almost always outperform a laser for photos.
Scan/Copy: 3 out of 5
I'm being hard here because standard photo-copies are acceptable, especially if it's just text and graphics. Pictures are not so good but still OK.
Scanning can be done easily over the network and the printer sends the PC back the scan. Quality is fine, but not as good as a dedicated scanner. But it depends on what you're using the result for. Scans I did of a few articles were more than readable with good colour balance too. You wouldn't immediately realise it was a scanned document.
Consumables: 4 out of 5
Lexmark supply full (2000 sheet) toner cartridges which for me in my home-office probably means a whole year. After that each replacement cartridge costs about 50 GBP if you shop around but of course black is the colour you'll use much more of. I've yet to have to order new ones so this is only my impression of what I've gleaned from the Internet. The drum lasts for about 30,000 sheets which is probably the life of the unit.
The only downside is that it consumes 20W electricity in standby mode - not a huge amount but some brands get this down to low single figures. My strategy is to keep it switched off until I need it as it warms up within 30 seconds.
I'm very pleased with the unit so far, and fully expect it to give me good service for years to come.
[EDIT: Dec 2012] A quick update on this printer that is still giving me sterling service. I discovered today that I could manage the printer from my web browser by typing in its network address (I have it connected to my router not via USB, so that anyone on my home network can print to it).
The web management pages show the exact amount of toner left, the condition of the waste toner bottle and so on and it's much easier to use than the LCD display (which you must use to adjust the network address). There are umpteen other settings to adjust via the web page which is just a friendlier interface compared to the LCD screen (which is still easy to use, by the way, and what I've used up till now).
Just another plus point as far as I'm concerned!