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Lexmark X544dw review

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Lexmark X544dw

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9/10

Review Price £607.99

Fully-fledged colour laser multifunction printers are still fairly thin on the ground, particularly those that claim a workgroup-level print speed of 23ppm. Lexmark’s X544dw is and does and has an unconventional design, too.

Coloured dark grey and off-white, it looks business-like and is reasonably compact, other than the output tray, which sits unusually at the back of the machine and adds to its depth. The 50-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) is neat and when you lift the scanner cover an illuminated arrow shows you which corner to line up your original to; a nice touch.

The control panel is logically laid out with illuminated mode buttons for copy, scan and fax at the left-hand end, controls for content type and for copy parameters next and then the main operation controls, clustered around a 2-line by 16-character, backlit LCD display. Further right again are fax options, a number pad and finally, at the extreme right, a USB/PictBridge socket.

The main paper tray holds 250 sheets and has a single-sheet feed fitted right at desk level. This seems a bit meagre on a machine intended for workgroup use and although you can add an optional 550-sheet tray, which also incorporates a 100-sheet multipurpose feed, it would be good to have 500-sheet capacity from the off.

At the back are sockets for USB and Ethernet, but the X544dw also offers a wireless connection. To set this up, you need to temporarily connect the machine via USB, to transfer details of your wireless network and any security passcodes.

Unusually, the four toner cartridges clip in at the side of the machine, once you've released and raised up the scanner section from the right. Renewing these consumables is very straightforward and doing the same for the waste bottle and drums should only need to happen every 18,000 and 30,000 pages, respectively.

As is usual with Lexmark machines, particularly its office laser devices, there's plenty of support for different platforms. As well as Windows and OS X, drivers are available for various iterations of Linux, UNIX and Citrix. Windows users also get a copy of Presto! PageManager.

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Retset

January 12, 2011, 7:54 pm

Thanks very much for this review. For ages I have been hanging onto an inkless Canon inkjet multifunction for it's duplex ADF scanner and a slightly faulty Dell 3100cn for colour laser duties. I have kept searching for one machine that can do the lot, bring duplex printing to the party and have decent colour print quality .. now I need search no more.





I have discovered that there is also an X544dn version which does without the wireless and saves about £80 - I will get this.

Retset

January 31, 2011, 3:33 pm

So, I bought it :) As I said above, I went for the DN version which does without the wireless.





It prints even better than the Dell 3100cn that it replaces and the duplex scanner is faster than the Canon. I now have one device that does more than the two it replaces!





Tried a duplex photocopy and the copy was indistinguishable from the original - actually it looked a bit better!!





It's a bit slow to the first print. This is no bother to me and I have set it to enter power save one minute after printing.





If you play around with the set up CD, including clicking on the little + sign next to your selected printer, you can just put in the few bits of software you need and leave out the rest. Doing this, it was easy enough to set it up as a network printer to be shared between 3 PCs and a USB scanner for my desktop .. I didn't really 'get' the network scan option and don't need it.





Anybody who is a compulsive comment reader will work out that I have been looking for a decent duplex scanner/colour laser printer combo for many months (all the while with the Dell saying black toner was under 10%!). I have been patient and read every TR review. Glad I waited.





Thanks TR!

Cris Mas

September 14, 2014, 9:12 am

I have the Lexmark X544dw but cannot get it to duplex on A5

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