Lexmark Unleashes Laser Printers

By Lauren Simonds | Posted October 06, 2009

Lexmark today announced a slew of color and monochrome laser printers, two of which -- the Lexmark C546dtn and the Lexmark E462dtn -- fall into the sub-$800 category.

Lexmark C546dtn Color Laser Printer

The company designed the Lexmark C546dtn for small businesses or workgroups that are looking for affordable, professional quality output from a machine that can easily print between 1,000 and 4,000 pages per month.

Lexmark C546dtn color laser printer sells for $699. The machine features print speeds of up to 25 pages per minute (letter) black and color and a time-to-first-print speed of 11 seconds. It also offers 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution and a 900 sheet paper capacity (via Lexmark’s Duo Drawer). If the standard 900-sheet paper capacity doesn’t do the trick, an optional 550-sheet tray brings the printer’s total page capacity up to 1,450 sheets.

Networking options include 10/100 Base TX Ethernet and USB 2.0. Lexmark offers a wireless version of the C546dtn, but by special order only. The printer also comes standard with a front-side USB with PictBridge, so you can print directly from a digital camera.

The C546dtn rates a maximum duty cycle (the number of pages a printer an print per month) of 55,000, with the recommended duty cycle coming in at 1,000 to 4,000 pages per month.

Lexmark claims that the C546dtn comes with more toner than its competitors. Specifically, up to 4,000 pages for each color (CYMB) and an 8,000-page extra high-yield black toner cartridge. The company also promotes its Rewards program that gives customers free Lexmark toner and imaging kits when they return empty toner cartridges to Lexmark for recycling.

More C546dtn Print Features

  • Duplex (double-sided) printing
  • Memory: 256MB RAM standard / 640MB max
  • PostScript 3, PCL 6, PPDS, HTML, Direct Image, Adobe PDF, Microsoft XPS
  • Supplies: 1,000/1,000, 2,500/2,000, 8,000/4,000 toner; 30,000 imaging kit
  • 4,000 SWE toner – Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black
  • Optional swivel cabinet
  • Measurements: 16.6 inches H x 16.7 inches W x 15.7 inches D”
  • Weight: 55 lbs.
  • Supports: Windows, Mac, Novel, UNIX and Linux operating systems. For detailed information, check the Lexmark spec page.

Lexmark E462dtn Monochrome Laser Printer

The Lexmark E462dtn sells for $749, and it’s aimed at small and midsized workgroups looking to save money on printing costs while remaining ecologically friendly.

This monochrome laser is designed to print p to 40 ppm at up to 1,200 x 1,200 resolution with the first page printing in as little as 6.5 seconds. The E462dtn features two 250-sheet paper trays and one 50-page MPF for a total paper capacity of 550 sheets.

Lexmark states that the printer’s maximum duty cycle is rated for 80,000 pages per month, but the recommended duty cycle ranges from 2,000 to 10,000 pages per month. The company claims its 18,000 page toner cartridges, which you can recycle with Lexmark, help drive a low cost-per-page ratio.

Networking options include 10/100 Ethernet, USB 2.0 and parallel connectivity, but no wireless option.

More E462dtn Features

  • 150-sheet output capacity
  • Host-based, PCL6, PS3
  • 466 MHz processor
  • 64MB RAM – Standard
  • 576 MB RAM – Max
  • Ships with a 7,000 page toner cartridge
  • Aftermarket cartridges: 3,500, 9,000, 18,000 pages
  • Measurements: 15.98 inches x 14.55 inches  x 13.7 inches
  • Weight: 36.52 pounds

Lauren Simonds is the managing editor of SmallBusinessComputing.com

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