Setting up the C543DN is largely a comfortable procedure, with just one difficulty: the particular layout of the setup guide. By having 24 different languages crammed upon every single page, reading through just the top line of English could possibly cause faintness - not to mention locating one's native language anywhere in the centre.
The C543DN produces mixed final results on our speed and also print quality assessments. It printed text at a respectable clip of 19.8 pages per minute (ppm) - just about typical compared to some other colour lasers we have subjected to testing.
The text by itself looks black and also quite sharp. Colour graphics turned out to be a more challenging haul, simply because they turned out very slowly: the C543DN's top speed of 2.8ppm lagged much of the competition with a considerable margin. Colour graphics and also pictures look and feel fairly natural on plain paper, but photos appeared unexpectedly poorer on Lexmark's very own glossy laser paper: washed-out, grainy, as well as curiously tinged. The upshot: stay with plain paper, and prepare yourself for a wait.
The boxy C543DN's configuration has got a single excellent bonus, standard automatic duplexing. Just about everything else is actually basic: a 250-sheet primary input tray along with a manual-feed slot, and a 100-sheet top output spot. If you need significantly more paper capacity, a 550-sheet second drawer is certainly expensive at somewhere around 150, but it includes a 100-sheet multipurpose feeder. The control panel is definitely minimal but nonetheless , practical, with a two-line black and white Liquid crystal display as well as self-explanatory navigation buttons.
The maintenance of the C543DN is fairly easy. The brand new engine includes keyed toner supplies situated behind a panel in the side of the printing device - which makes for less difficult entry when compared with being forced to open up the printer's guts.
Even though it is at first not clear whether or not you need to pull or push on the cartridge release levers, guidelines inside the compartment door eased my dilemma. More difficult, but more rare, jobs comprise of replacing the C543DN's toner reservoir as well as the print heads.
Low-cost lasers have a tendency to include high-cost consumables, however the C543DN gives some comfort. In a remarkably kind gesture, the device ships along with the high-yield, returnable types of its Lexmark C543DN toner cartridges: 2500-page black (K) cartridge, as well as 2000-page cyan (C), magenta (M), and yellow (Y) cartridges.
Changing these components is not really too bad. Stay away from the lower-yield, 1000-page supplies, on the other hand, simply because they're very expensive. It is a false economy.
The Lexmark C543DN would certainly make a really good, low-cost printer for the purpose of small offices having light graphics demands.
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