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Huge running costs so far,
This review is from: Lexmark C540N Network Colour Laser Printer (Electronics)
I am pleased with the printer function and quality of output BUT - so far - the running costs have been huge. I read somewhere that continually switching the machine on and off dumps toner into the waste bin. I have now left the machine permanently powered up (said to be 18 watts in "sleep" mode). I will watch this and see if the toner use approaches anything like the stated 2 to 2.5 thousand printed sheets per cartridge. Even at these output levels it would cost (average colour page) 8 pence per sheet without paying for the printer and without replacing other expendables.
The print quality is good and it is a delight to have something where the "ink" does not run when it wets. Printed word with this machine is far more precise than inkjet printing.
BUT the toner costs at this rate of use have been frightening !!! So far this is beginning to look prohibitive and I might be tempted to ditch it.
Has anyone else found this?
And why does Lexmark not give us tips on how to maximise efficient use? The cruel conclusion would be to suggest that they have a vested interest in not telling us.
PS - I have just totted up the cartridge use and it comes to 22.1 pence per page over the life of my printer (3840 pages). I mostly print medical/biological papers - so it's not graphics rich printing.
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Initial post: 15 Sep 2011, 15:42:39 BST
Report back:- Having left this printer permanently powered up, there now seems to have been a dramatic improvement in the lifetime of the toner cartridges. If you own it, consider doing this rather than switching off every time your computer powers down.
Posted on 7 May 2012, 09:37:50 BST
Last edited by the author on 29 Nov 2012, 20:07:32 GMT
Sean P. Forde says:
Yes, you're absolutely right about the running costs of this printer. That's how the they pull you in by offering the printer cheap and then making a huge profit on the consumables. I've abandoned this particular printer until I can afford to buy the more expensive higher yield cartridges which combined cost more than the actual printer itself.
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2012, 20:09:52 GMT
Sean P. Forde says:
Third party companies are now starting to produce compatible Toner Cartridges for this particular printer. Just not sure how good the quality is though!
Posted on 26 Feb 2013, 01:48:55 GMT
Another way to reduce the cost is to change the default settings so they are 'draft' quality (number 2). The majority of most people's printing can be done on this setting and then adjust for full quality when needed. Also setting default as black and white (only using black toner) can further reduce costs.
Posted on 14 Feb 2014, 12:33:02 GMT
S P says:
Totally agree A full set of high yield cartridge's coast more than the printer , even leaving the printer on does not justify the page per pence & out levels. Lexmark Dell, have released firmware that actually do just that rake up printing costs!!
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