The Epson AcuLaser CX16 series are impressive multifunction laser printers. They scan, copy, fax and PC-fax, in addition to providing high-quality printing in both monochrome and colour. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the CX16 series is how much smaller and faster it is than the series it replaces. The CX16NF, which we're reviewing here, differs from the standard CX16 in that it has built-in networking support, a front-side USB 2.0 port, an automatic document feeder (ADF), an additional 64 MB of memory for a total of 128, and an option duplex mechanism. In addition to the 35 sheet ADF, it has a 200-sheet multipurpose tray, and Epson AcuLaser CX16NF toner cartridges typically yield 2,700 pages. The X16NF prints at a 1,200 x 600 optimised resolution, mono at a rate of 19 pages per minute, and colour at 5 pages per minute.
For all CX16 machines, Epson uses a very modern approach to the basic office cube design. The base is slightly smaller than the top, so the sides come down at an angle. The unit has all rounded corners, and everything interconnects with sleek creativity. Rather than traditional and boring business white, Epson use a stylish greyed white for most of the machine with an attractive dark black lid. The colour of the lid really helps to make the control panel, especially the LCD display, stand out. The panel is very readable, and the buttons are easy to manipulate. Access is well designed, and you'll have little trouble cleaning, loading paper and replacing the Epson CX16NF toner cartridge.
The greatest benefits of the Epson CX16NF are price and durability. Epson rates it for a 35,000-page duty cycle, which is impressive at this price level. This is a relatively low-cost solution that will last, and meet all of your office needs. It also prints black and white text with exceptional quality. It's completely network ready, acts as a print server, allows you to manipulate it from a workstation, and supports direct printing via USB flash drive. A choice of standard and high capacity Epson CX16NF laser toner cartridges are available.
The biggest drawback to this machine is the rate at which it prints - it's slow. It also has an unusually low cartridge yield for a machine with this high of a duty cycle. So while it's a great option for the small office that wants to do it all but only has to do it infrequently, it may fall short of the mark for the office that prints often every day.