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Lexmark X544dn review

Kat Orphanides
16 Apr 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
504
inc VAT
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Lexmark's X544 is a traditional small-office workgroup printer: it's beige, squat, heavy and designed to pump out an average of around 3,000 pages per month and a maximum of up to 55,000.

It has an excellent range of features, including an automatic duplexer, duplex ADF, 250-sheet paper tray and a native print resolution of 1,200x1,200dpi.

The X544dn has been around for a while, so doesn't come with Vista drivers. Fortunately, these can be downloaded from Lexmark's website. To install it over a network you should ensure that DHCP is enabled on the printer or that you've assigned it a fixed IP address.

Print speeds of 20.3ppm for mono text and 5.5ppm for our mixed-colour document are fast. Its automatic duplexer was surprisingly swift. We printed a full-quality duplex version of our 24-page mixed-colour document in five minutes and 19 seconds; that's 4.5ppm.

The prints looked glossy and professional. Overall print quality was excellent, with solid black text and smooth reproduction of illustrations and photographs, with only slight graininess and a faint magenta tint on pale backgrounds.

The 600dpi scanner produces banded images with too much contrast. This can make for some atmospheric photo scans but is a disaster when it comes to archiving or photocopying illustrations. Unfortunately, you can't control the scanner across a network, although a few network presets are available once you've configured a target directory using the web interface. To use the scanner fully, you'll have to connect the MFP via USB.

The X544dn is expensive to run, particularly if you plan on doing a lot of colour printing. A single page of colour costs 10.9p. Add the cost of black toner, and the full mixed-colour page cost is 12.8p. If you need duplex scanning and an automatic duplexer, the X544dn is one of the cheapest colour lasers to have these features. If not, Epson's Aculaser CX21NF is a better printer that will save you a lot more than the difference in its purchase cost during its life.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
Maximum native print resolution1,200x1,200dpi
Max optical resolution600x600dpi
Output bit depth24-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A423ppm
Quoted speed, colour A423ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.01m 21s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.01m 20s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB, 10/100 Ethernet, PictBridge USB
Size463x440x537mm
Weight27.2kg
Noise (in normal use)48dB(A)
Duty cycle55,000 pages
Power consumption standby20W
Power consumption idle30W
Power consumption active749W

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeA4/legal
Standard paper inputs1
Standard paper input capacity250
Maximum paper inputs2
Maximum paper input capacity930
Duplex (code, cost if option)Yes

General

Printer technologyfour-pass colour laser
Language(s)PPDS, PDF 1.6, Direct Image, Emulations: PCL5c, PCL6, PostScript 3
Supported operating systemsMicrosoft Windows 2000/XP/XP-64/Server 2003/Vista/Vista-64/Server 2008, Mac OS X 9.x/10.x+, Linux, Citrix MetaFrame, Novell Netware 5.x/6.x, Sun Solaris SPARC 8-10/x86 10, HP-UX, IBM AIX
Maximum printer memory640MB
Other laser features and options6,000 page black return program toner 0C544X1KG, £116, 4,000 page cyan return program toner 0C544X1CG, 4,000 page magenta return program toner 0C544X1MG, 4,000 page yellow return program toner 0C544X1YG, £109 each, 2,500 page black toner 0C540H2KG, £93,

Buying Information

Price£504
Price per mono A4 page1.93p
Price per colour A4 page9.0p
Price of 2nd paper cassette550-Sheet Duo Drawer with 100-Sheet MPF, 3000551
Warrantyone year onsite
Supplierhttp://www.morecomputers.com
Detailswww.lexmark.co.uk

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview11s
A4 document at 150dpi11s
A4 document at 300dpi19s
6x4in photo at 600dpi17s
6x4in photo at 1200dpiN/A
Single 35mm negative at 2400dpiN/A

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.019s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.020s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.043s

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies99
Copier zoom range25-400%
Max mono copy resolution600x600dpi
Max colour copy resolution600x600dpi

Fax Features

Fax modem speed33.6Kbit/s