Review Price £132.00
Lexmark describes the X264dn as a small workgroup multifunction printer and it’s certainly large and robust enough to live in a medium-sized office. It’s a mono machine, but it supports duplex printing and the ability to copy from single to double-sided pages, though not to produce full-duplex copies.
Cased in very-light and medium-dark grey plastic, the machine is angular enough to look functional, while not being intrusive in less utilitarian surroundings. The 50-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) has a slightly tilted feed tray but remains reasonably low profile and the main laser printer section feeds to a substantial output tray, directly underneath the scanner.
The control panel, which runs the full width of the front of the machine, is well laid out with a 2-line by 16-character LCD display in the centre, surrounded by buttons for navigation, menu selection and to start and stop Copy and Scan jobs. To the left of this are options for copying and function selection buttons for Copy, Scan/E-mail and Fax. To the right are a series of fax options and a numeric pad for entering numbers.
The main paper tray can take 250 sheets of paper and a fold down, single-sheet feed allows for special media. The machine can take one optional paper tray and this can be a 250 or 550 sheet unit. At the back are sockets for USB and 10/100 Ethernet connections and wireless connection is available as a further option.
The two-piece drum and toner cartridge slots in from the front and the photoconductor drum unit is good for 30,000 pages, before needing replacement. Lexmark provides Presto! PageManager for document handling and OCR and includes drivers for Postscript Level 3 and PCL 5 as standard. There's support for Windows, OS X and Linux though, as usual, Linux drivers have to be downloaded.
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