Here at The Cartridge Place Newmarket, we are often asked to give our opinion on printers out there in the marketplace. This week, we review the Lexmark’s X264 multifunction laser.
Our overall feeling is that this printer is great for printing, but its scanning software doesn’t stand up. If you’re a small office, print large documents for clients or need high capacity printing, a fast laser printer with sizeable paper trays is incredibly useful. Toss in fax and scanning capabilities, plus network connectivity and an affordable price, and the Lexmark X264dn seems to offer all the ingredients for an all-in-one device for small workgroups that don’t need color.
This printer is currently priced at $228.99 at Staples until March 31 which is a savings of $150.00.
TheX264dn offers 1,200 x 1,200 dpi print quality, 30-page-per-minute print speed, a 250 sheet input tray, and a 150-page output tray. An optional, 550-sheet input tray is also available. The scanner/fax includes a 50-page automatic document feeder (ADF) for copying or faxing longer documents. Scanner resolution tops out at a modest 600 dpi, but that’s good enough for most office environments. The copier offers the usual array of adjustments, including shrinking or enlarging (25-400%) and darkness settings.
The printer can print double-sided documents as well as produce double-sided copies of single-sided originals. But since the ADF is not capable of duplex operation, this second operation must be accomplished by hand. There’s also no envelope input tray, so you can only print one envelope at a time.
I like this printer though because you can opt for a high capacity cartridge rated to print 9,000 pages. The OEM version of this cartridge retails for $264, but will be considerably less if you purchase it from The Cartridge Place Newmarket.
With the exception of 64-bit Windows 7 drivers, the printer’s installation disc provides great operating-system support, including most Windows, various versions of Linux, MacOS, Solaris, and more.
The X264dn is an office device, supporting both USB 2.0 and hardwired Ethernet connections. The unit lacks built-in Wi-Fi capability, however. Once connected to the network, software setup is simple and straightforward. Printing is simple and the control panel gives you all the usual options for output quality, duplex settings, and so on. You can even set the ability to watermark your output.
Faxing is fairly simple, and supports the usual features, including the creation of phone books and faxing from lists. Scanning, on the other hand, is a royal pain. First, scanning appears to be a manual process. You start the scan in software, then walk over to the printer to initiate a “scanning profile.” Then you walk back to the computer and receive the document. If you’re scanning over a network, you can’t even see a preview scan, or make adjustments.
The Lexmark X264dn is a solid workgroup printer with the added capability of copying and faxing; but if your office’s workflow requires more than occasional document scanning, there are better solutions. The Lexmark X264dn is quite bulky, weighing about 43 pounds.
- 8 out of 10 points
- Value for money: 9 out of 10 points
- Probably the most appealing aspect of the Lexmark X264dn is its price, says Trusted Reviews, who remark that it’s rare finding a printer with such features and spec for less than $265. They also note that its running costs are decent, especially if you’re willing to invest in its high-yield cartridges. It delivers good results as well, though it struggles with greyscales.
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