Lexmark E260dn review

You can't beat a laser printer for text quality on plain paper, and this one's a beaut!

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Our Verdict

With duplex and Ethernet, this is excellent for a small workgroups

For

  • Cheap to run
  • Easy to set up (Bonjour-aware)
  • Excellent text quality

Against

  • Simple feature set

When reviewing inkjet printers, we'll often call the output 'laser-sharp'; that's because laser technology still gives phenomenal results, especially for text, and especially on standard 80gsm (grams per square metre) paper. Add in rock-bottom running costs, and it's clear that the humble mono laser still has a place, particularly in businesses.

Lexmark is often fairly criticised for the quality of its inkjet prints, but it produces cracking lasers. The styling's sober, but the engine underneath is capable of great results. There's little difference – either in terms of speed and quality – when switching between 600, 1,200 (the default) and 2,400dpi, but text quality on plain paper trounces inkjets. Image quality is less impressive – especially with detail in shadows which tend to get lost to black – but it's competent enough.

It belts through pages, too – taking just 45 secs for a 20-page text document – and isn't sluggish at getting the first page out. Duplex is supported for two-sided printing, and the same document, printed duplex, completed in one minute and 20 seconds.

PostScript is supported – good for design pros, though the 32MB RAM would choke on big jobs – and while the 250-sheet paper drawer is small, you at least can add an optional 550-sheet drawer.

With USB and Ethernet ports, the E260dn is ideal for small workgroup or personal use; it lacks some features like PIN-protected printing and job storing, but it's capable of great prints.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLaser Printer
Green CompliantYes
EthernetYes
Standard Input Media Capacity250 sheets
USBYes
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)35
Product FamilyE
Maximum Print Resolution1200 x 1200 dpi
Brand NameLexmark
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourMonochrome
Duplex PrintingAutomatic
Media SizeEnvelope No. 10, Envelope No. 7 3/4, Envelope No. 9, A4, A5, B5 Envelope, C5 Envelope, DL Envelope, A6 Card, Executive, Folio, B5 (JIS), Letter, Legal, Statement, Universal, Oficio
Recommended UsePlain Paper Print
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed1
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Maximum Input Media Capacity800 sheets
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Parallel PortYes
Height260 mm
Width406 mm
Depth370 mm
Media TypeEnvelope, Label, Plain Paper, Transparency
Product SeriesE
ManufacturerLexmark International, Inc
Product ModelE260DN
Product NameE260DN Laser Printer
Processor Speed400 MHz
Manufacturer Part Number34S0378
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lexmark.co.uk
Marketing Information

A compact and convenient desktop partner, Lexmark's network-ready E260DN monochrome laser gives you professional print quality and rapid speeds up to 33 ppm. It prints black, but it thinks green thanks to built in duplex printing.

Platform SupportedMac, PC, SPARC
Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory32 MB
Weight (Approximate)13.53 kg