Lexmark E260dn review

£216
Price when reviewed

Lexmark’s inkjet printers have failed to impress in recent PC Pro Labs, but its lasers are a different proposition. In our last laser printer group test the E250dn wowed us with its low cost, speed and impressive specification, and although the price has gone up, the follow-up – the E260dn – is just as impressive.

Lexmark E260dn review

It can’t match the Samsung ML-1630W for quality, but it comes a close second. Its 1,200 x 1,200dpi resolution produces balanced graphical output that’s smoothly dithered, sharp and clean. Text reproduction is first-class, and blacks are intense.

It comes near the top of the table for speed too. It’s rated at 33ppm, and in our 50-page text test it hit that square on, finishing the test in 1min 38secs with a processing time of eight seconds. That speed dropped by 10ppm to 23ppm for the complex Excel spreadsheet, but jumped back up to just over 30ppm on average for our Word and PDF DTP document tests.

The printer’s duplex unit offers double-sided printing and there’s networking capability too – impressive in a printer this cheap, and it isn’t averse to use in even a busy office environment. A maximum monthly duty cycle of 50,000 pages sees to that.

But all its good work is undermined by higher than average running costs. Our analysis shows that, in the long run, this Lexmark is the second most costly printer to own. After 10,000 pages it will have cost a total of £389 exc VAT without the paper; the most expensive at this point of any printer on test.

As a result, it misses out on the overall award this month. Although it costs more and quality isn’t as good, we’d choose the Kyocera FS-1350DN for its lower running costs.

Printer language & OS Support

PCL level 6
PostScript level 3

Basic Specifications

Colour? no
Resolution printer final 1200 x 1200dpi
Rated/quoted print speed 33PPM
Maximum paper size A4
Duplex function yes

Running costs

Cost per A4 mono page 1.9p
Cost per A4 colour page N/A

Consumables

Monthly duty cycle 50,000 pages
Drum life 30,000 pages
Fuser life N/A
Transfer-belt life N/A
Standard mono toner life 3,500 pages
High-yield mono toner life N/A
Standard colour toner life N/A
High-yield colour toner life N/A
Supplied mono toner life 1,000 pages
Supplied colour toner life N/A

Power and noise

Peak noise level 53.0dB(A)
Dimensions 260 x 406 x 370mm (WDH)
Peak power consumption 480W
Idle power consumption 11W

Performance tests

Mono print speed (measured) 33ppm
Colour print speed N/A

Media Handling

Input tray capacity 250 sheets
Output tray capacity 150 sheets

Connectivity

USB connection? yes
Ethernet connection? yes
Bluetooth connection? no
WiFi connection? no
PictBridge port? no
Other connections Parallel

OS Support

Operating system Windows 7 supported? no
Operating system Windows Vista supported? yes
Operating system Windows XP supported? yes
Operating system Windows 2000 supported? no
Operating system Windows 98SE supported? no
Other operating system support Mac OS 9 and higher, Ubuntu, SUSE, openSUSE, Linpus, Red Hat, Debian GNU, Linspire, Red Flag

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