Lexmark E360dn review
Lexmark has left no stone unturned with its submission to this business mono printer Labs. Its E360dn boasts every feature you could ask for in a laser, from an automatic duplex module to networking, and it marries its broad feature set with the fastest print speeds of all the printers here.
This E360dn is rated at a stonking 38ppm and, although it doesn’t quite deliver on those claims with our measured maximum of 36ppm and a slower 31ppm in our Excel spreadsheet test, it’s still the fastest in this month’s group. And it backs that up with a decent maximum monthly duty cycle of 80,000 pages.
It isn’t just a speed demon, either. The quality of the output it manages to lay down on standard paper at that speed is second to none. Photographs and graphics, which most lasers still struggle with, were delivered with an accomplished swagger no other laser printer in the group can match. They were clean, benefiting from smooth dithering, good contrast and, vitally, no evidence of banding at all.
In the text and black assessment, it couldn’t quite match the excellence of the Oki B440dn, but it’s far from poor. There were hardly any of the satellite splatters that afflict so many laser printers’ output and which lend text a slightly soft, fuzzy look. And you have to reduce font sizes to minuscule sizes before this printer’s ability to render characters in their entirety begins to suffer.
But much of the good work is undermined by its running costs. Even if you replace the rather mean 2,300-page starter cartridge with the high-yield 9,000-page unit, the cost of £128 exc VAT means the E360dn ends up being almost as expensive to run as the Epson M2000DN. That translates to a cost of £803 exc VAT after 30,000 pages, and more than a grand after 50,000 pages. A sobering thought.
This means that, despite a stellar performance in our quality and speed tests, we can’t recommend the E360dn this month. Unless you can find the Lexmark’s consumables at a more attractive price, we’d recommend the slightly inferior quality and speed of the Kyocera over the E360dn – purely because it’s so much cheaper to own.
Printer language & OS Support
|Resolution printer final||1200 x 1200dpi|
|Rated/quoted print speed||38PPM|
|Maximum paper size||A4|
|Cost per A4 mono page||1.5p|
|Cost per A4 colour page||N/A|
|Monthly duty cycle||80,000 pages|
|Drum life||30,000 pages|
|Standard mono toner life||3,500 pages|
|High-yield mono toner life||9,000 pages|
|Standard colour toner life||N/A|
|High-yield colour toner life||N/A|
|Supplied mono toner life||2,300 pages|
|Supplied colour toner life||N/A|
Power and noise
|Peak noise level||53.0dB(A)|
|Dimensions||260 x 406 x 370mm (WDH)|
|Mono print speed (measured)||36ppm|
|Colour print speed||N/A|
|Input tray capacity||250 sheets|
|Output tray capacity||150 sheets|
|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||Ubuntu, SUSE, openSUSE, Linpus, Red Gat, Debian GNU, Linspire, Red Flag|