The Lexmark C510 is a colour laser printer designed for the home office or small business. An average size machine for this type of printer, the C510 is in the middle of the road on all accounts of speed, quality, and efficiency. While its features are ostensibly average, the quality of its colour printing is generally better and more customisable than other similar printers. And again, although the standard model is fairly no-frills, but Lexmark offers several expandability options for customisation. Overall, the C510 is an affordable option for a small business with occasional colour printing needs.
A 250 sheet input tray holds most standard media on the C510, and is driven through the printer on a C-shaped path. However, a straight path option is also included for handling card stock and envelopes. The base model includes 64 MB of memory, which is reasonable for the home office or small business. This machine is capable of light multitasking, with its fair monochrome print speed of up to 19 pages per minute. Compared to most affordable colour laser printers, the C510's speed of up to 7 pages per minute is quite impressive. Colour quality is also a standout feature for this printer, as the Lexmark C510 uses true PostScript and PCL emulation. This means colours and graphics should print exactly as they look on the screen. A small digital display on the top of the printer offers standard menu options and job control.
In terms of a workgroup colour laser printer, the Lexmark C510 is near the top for quality colour prints in its price range. Lexmark drivers allow for exact customisation of colour printing, down to the amount of each toner used in the process. Lexmark C510 toner is offered in standard and high-yield Lexmark C510 cartridges with 10,000 page capacities. The C510 is compatible with Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems.
The expandability options for the Lexmark C510 are expensive - an automatic duplexer is nearly half the cost of the printer itself. An extra input tray is also a small investment, but the standard 250 sheet tray is probably inconvenient for office use. The printer comes with small starter Lexmark C510 toners offering a 1,500 page yield, so more toner will be needed soon after. Networking is also not included on the base model, but as a moderately costly upgrade.