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Lexmark X264dn - Performance and Verdict

By Simon Williams



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Lexmark quotes a maximum speed of 28ppm, but we only saw about half of this under test. Our five-page text print returned a speed of 12ppm in normal mode, but this only rose to 12.5ppm when we selected draft mode. Then again, there was little noticeable difference in print quality, so you might as well use draft to gain the slight speed increase.

The 20-page test still only resulted in a speed increase of 2ppm, taking the speed up to 14ppm and we saw a top speed of 15ppm, when we ran the five-page text and graphics document. These speeds are fair for a mono laser, particularly one at this relatively low price.

When we ran the 20-side duplex document, we saw 13.0 sides per minute, a good turn of speed for duplex print. A single-page copy from the flatbed took 11s and a five-page document from the ADF still only took 22s, a very good turn of speed. Finally, a 15 x 10cm photo print on A4 took 24s, a reasonable result.

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The quality of the prints varies quite a bit with the type of document being printed. Black text comes through very cleanly, with the default resolution of 1,200dpi ensuring there are no rough edges to any characters. Greyscale graphics are OK in small amounts, but graphics fills show some banding and a limited range of grey shades.

Our photo print was only fair, with some banding in large areas of fill and some loss of detail in dark shades. Photocopies of greyscale material are pretty ropey, with blotchy fills and darker shades coming through black, making overlaid text impossible to read.

The toner cartridges are available in capacities of 3,500 and 9,000 pages, with the 9,000 page part having a large enough yield to ensure you won't need to maintain the printer too often. At current Internet prices, we calculate a cost per ISO text page of 2.5p. While not the lowest cost we've seen for this class of machine, it’s still a relatively cheap device to run.

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Perhaps the biggest factor in favour of the Lexmark X264dn is its asking price. It’s exceptional to be able to buy a machine with this spec and feature set for under £150. It’s not a loss leader, either, as the consumables are priced to give very reasonable running costs, particularly if you can afford the high yield cartridges. It’s reasonably quick and produces good prints, though greyscale copies are disappointing.

Russell Peto

July 13, 2011, 2:16 pm

If this machine is available for £132 it seems incredible value. However I can't seem to find it for much under £200, which is a little less remarkable.

Any chance you guys could let us know where it is going for £132?


July 13, 2011, 6:17 pm

I second Russell's comment, at the price Trusted Reviews is quoting this machine would be a no brainer. However, its actually £250 on Amazon which is about as cheap as your gonna get it including VAT. Unless anybody can say where this is priced at £132. Thanks


July 14, 2011, 4:53 am

Hey guys there's a wonderful thing called Google. Here's how you use it: ;-))

1. Type in "Lexmark X264dn"

2. Select from the menu "Shopping" (or do this first and then type as in 1.)

3. On the left hand there are various filters, like select: Free shipping/New/Price:£100-150.

Hey presto you will find ONE doing it at (HALF-PRICE+VAT) = £132

While a popular high-street electrical chain does the toner cartridge for £127.99!!! While one joker is doing it for £44.34!!

Happy printing!!


July 14, 2011, 6:49 pm

Great - Thanks

Holly Brown

July 15, 2011, 8:53 pm

Printerland are selling it at £110 exc VAT

Holly Brown

July 15, 2011, 8:54 pm

Printerland are selling it at £110 exc VAT http://www.printerland.co.uk/Lexmark-X264dn-P10002.aspx

Name Badges

August 16, 2011, 4:38 pm

Hi Guys well i just purchased it for £132 from printerland, they are doing a half price lexmark offer on this printer at the moment with also free delivery, the black toner is about £60 for the high yeild 3000 prints i am told my company is http://www.namebadgecompany.co.uk we will use it for the new office machine for general admin work.


August 1, 2013, 2:49 pm

I have owned this printer for over a year. I would not recommend it to anyone. Its wireless properties are horrible; I have called tech support many times to reconfig my printer after power outages, etc., and each time its 45+ mins on the phone. Also, the scanning software is very low quality and unreliable. Skip this printer.

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