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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Lexmark C530

The Lexmark C530dn is a fast, high quality color laser printer that is ideally suited for any small or home office with high volume printing requirements. For a reasonable price you get a network ready printer with a built-in automatic duplexer for double–sided printing.

Lexmark are a big noise in the office equipment market, with some of the best in class devices carrying their name. Noted particularly for their inkjets, the company has been making big strides into the laser market recently. They have also been making great strides in the “greenness” of their devices. They have reduced the power consumption, the materials used, the recycling of old toner and less packaging. This adds a lot of green credentials to what is already a decent printer.

The C530dn is taller than it is wide thanks to the vertical stacking of the toner. It is still a decent sized unit though, weighing in at 26Kg. The control panel is basic but does what you need it to do. There is a four line grayscale LCD screen surrounded by 8 function buttons which control all facets of its capability. It has a 250 sheet paper tray and a 100 sheet multipurpose feeder which can fold out if necessary. The output matches the at 250 sheets, with no room to expand any of the capacities.

Connection-wise you have the option of parallel, USB and network. The network option is always the quickest to use, but can take the longest to configure. There is also the option of going wireless too which adds a lot of freedom to a small office. One less set of cables to worry about.

The color laser printer market is a convoluted one, containing many different manufacturers and different specifications. The C530dn is rated highly across the board, cost of ownership, speed and print quality are all up there with the best of them which is testament to Lexmark manufacturing standards. Monochrome printing is achieved at around the 17 page per minute marks, while color appeared at a rate of 15 pages per minute.

Overall the C530dn is a great “little” printer. It isn’t as modular as many others, but the memory and networking options add a lot of freedom. The built-in duplexer is also a great addition to the field and will win many fans among small businesses.