Lexmark has figured out the secret to balancing speed and print quality with their C7234dn colour laser printer. This printer may be one of the best options for any small business that is looking for a decently priced machine that can grow with the company. Lexmark has had a few years of rocky manufacturing and lagged behind some of the competition, but with printers like this they have revitalised their position as a leading company in this market.
The design of the C734dn is both simple and straightforward. The 550 sheet input tray is located in a pull out tray along the front side as well as the 100 sheet multi-purpose tray. The finished prints come out the top of this printer in a 350 sheet output that can handle all sizes from letter to standard legal. The printer is controlled by a adjustable 4-line LCD display and a series of navigation buttons and feature controls. The front panel opens up to reveal the Lexmark C734dn tray, the photoconducting drums, and the internal mechanics for the automatic duplexing. It's also very easy to access the Lexmark C734dn toner should you need to replace them.
The first thing that any user will notice is the sheer printing speed of the C734dn. This printer can produce black and white standard prints at a staggering 28 pages per minute. Along with the low cost C734dn toner cartridges, this is one of the most efficient printers on the market. The USB port near the LCD display also makes for a great little tool in most office settings. There are also options for increasing the the input and output trays later as the company grows. The automatic duplexing is a necessity for many small offices and this is one of the few printers in this price range that have one.
The first problem may come into being for the clumsy operator. The sensitive photoconducting drums are located directly below the toner cartridges, which means that a an unlucky slip could result in damaging the internals. The other fault of this printer comes down to very bright colour schemes. The printer tends to be a bit heavy on the toner ink on colour-rich palettes making for an oversaturated effect. The only other qualm would be the lack of a wireless connectivity, which would make it the perfect it the premier printer at this price range and size.