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Lexmark X340 review

Kat Orphanides
16 Apr 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
156
inc VAT

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Specifications

mono laser, 25ppm print speed, USB, 521x530x394mm

Lexmark's laser MFPs can look old-fashioned, but its well-built devices are often a reliable budget choice.

Although the X340's bundled driver disc doesn't support Vista and its squat styling looks dated, the low price and built-in fax make it a tempting choice. It has a modest 600x600dpi scanner, no automatic duplexer and only a USB connection, but its 15,000-page maximum monthly duty cycle is higher than that of most personal laser printers.

Installation under Windows XP was simple, but the installation disc won't autorun under Vista. Instead, we first had to connect the printer to our PC via USB and allow Vista to search for the drivers on the disc. Fortunately, they were correctly installed through this process, although the printer consistently failed to wake up correctly in our mono-page-from- sleep test sent from a Vista PC, instead printing a garbled stream of ASCII characters.

The scanner's software interface is basic, with limited auto-cropping capabilities. It helpfully stays open between scans, but there are few image optimisation settings. If you switch to ADF mode after scanning from the platen, scan settings aren't reset automatically, so you'll have to do this yourself. A4 images scanned from the platen at the maximum 600dpi resolution were pale and grainy.

In our print tests, photos looked streaked and grainy next to those from Brother's DCP-7030. Copy quality was also poor, with spidery text and dark images. Our first mono page took just nine seconds to emerge, and once the X340 was up to speed, it produced text at a fast 23.1ppm. However, it managed only 4.8ppm in our image-rich greyscale test. This wouldn't be a problem if print quality was better, but smooth curves appeared jagged.

The X340 is a serviceable mono printer, but we were disappointed by mediocre scans and poor reproduction of graphs and images. At 2.2p per mono page, not counting the cost of the imaging drum, it's also fairly expensive to run. Unless you really need the fax, we recommend Brother's DCP-7030 instead.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
Maximum native print resolution600x600dpi
Max optical resolution600x600dpi
Output bit depth24-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A425ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two greyscale 10x8in photos 1.134s
Time for six greyscale 6x4in photos 1.044s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB
Optional printer interfacesLexmark MarkNet 7000e USB to Ethernet adapter 0014T0230, £132, Gigabit Ethernet adaptor 0014T0220 £191, 802.11b/g wireless adaptor. £104
Size521x530x394mm
Weight16.3kg
Noise (in normal use)27dB(A)
Duty cycle15,000 pages
Power consumption standby11W
Power consumption idle15W
Power consumption active698W

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeA4
Standard paper inputs1
Standard paper input capacity250
Maximum paper inputs2
Maximum paper input capacity800
Duplex (code, cost if option)No

General

Printer technologymono laser
Language(s)PCL 5e emulation, PCL6 emulation
Supported operating systemsWindows 2000/XP/XP-64/Server 2003/Vista/Vista-64, Citrix Metaframe
Maximum printer memory64MB
Other laser features and optionsthree year onsite warranty extension 002348715, £69

Buying Information

Price£156
Consumable parts and prices2,500 page black return program toner cartridge 0X340A11G, £55
Price per mono A4 page2.19p
Price of 2nd paper cassette550-sheet 0028S0803, £81
Warrantyone year onsite
Supplierhttp://www.printware.co.uk
Detailswww.lexmark.co.uk

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview18s
A4 document at 150dpi18s
A4 document at 300dpi25s
6x4in photo at 600dpi22s
6x4in photo at 1200dpiN/A

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.013s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.057s

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies99
Max mono copy resolution600x600dpi