Lexmark makes a full range of business laser printers from simple, one-per-desk models through to full departmental devices, with all the collators and stackers you could reasonably want. The T430 sits around halfway between these two types and is a typical small workgroup printer with an output speed of an impressive 30 pages per minute.
Although quite squat, the T430 has a relatively large footprint for an A4 printer. There's a single, 350 sheet paper tray which slides out from the bottom front of the printer and a 100 sheet, multi-purpose tray which folds down from the front. You can add extra 250 or 500 sheet trays if you need more input capacity. There are also versions of the T430 which provide built-in duplex printing and network facilities.
A neat silver panel in the front middle of the printer contains all the controls and a two line LCD display. The LCD has a backlight – hooray – so can be read whatever the overhead lighting conditions. The menuing system is well thought out, with a single rocker for selection of items, and confirmation and escape buttons. Green ‘Go’ and red ‘Stop’ buttons provide instant job control and shouldn't prove difficult for anybody to learn to use.
The front of the top cover lifts to provide access to the integrated drum and toner unit, which slides easily down into the printer and is the only consumable it needs. At the back are connections for USB 2.0 and parallel cables, as well as a standard mains lead. There's also a face-up output tray here, which folds down from the back of the printer.
The Windows printer driver offers nearly all the features you would expect of a modern workgroup laser, including watermark and overlay prints and multiple pages per sheet, up to a maximum of 16.
One aspect of the printer driver which is potentially confusing is its duplexing – double-sided printing. The standard T430 doesn’t actually include duplexing, though the demo page claims ‘Duplex Standard’ and the duplexing option in the print driver is not greyed out. When we tried it, the first side of the first page was printed as normal and the paper disappeared back into the printer, in typical duplexing style. The printer then jammed and we had to recover the single-sided page, bizarrely, from the paper feed tray. If the duplex function isn't available on the standard machine, Lexmark should ensure that the option should be disabled in the driver, to avoid this paper jam.