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Lexmark E 210

Lexmark E210 is a personal laser printer for the home or office with fast printing speed that saves you time. True laser printing delivers the profess...

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Review of "Lexmark E 210"

published 10/06/2004 | Patrinfikulo
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Excellent
Pro Fast printing; toner lasts forever; jam detection
Cons Absence of onboard processor
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"A cheap and cheerful laser printer"

I purchased the Lexmark E210 about 9 months ago now, packaged with a trial toner cartridge. After printing printed hundreds of pages over the 9 months, I am still using the trial toner. Considering the fact that a new toner cartridge costs about £65, this has to be a major plus point, and luckily a new one would (I hope) last for years. If you measure this against the two inkjet cartridges (colour and black-and-white) I use every year on my Hewlett Packard and Lexmark inkjet printers this is pretty good value (in terms of black and white printing anyway).

Another advantage the E210 has over the inkjets that I own is speed. The printer takes a one off 10/15 seconds to warm up, but once it‘s warm, the pages are printed in no time at all. With this printer you can expect a to print about 12-15 page per minute. An inkjet requires little or no start-up time, but page generation is often slow. The new generation of printers is faster, but don’t always trust the “page-per-minute” claim that the manufacturers make. They are frequently overstated, and are for the lowest-quality setting where there isn’t a lot of ink-coverage per page.

The Lexmark offers a 600x600 resolution. That’s pretty decent for a laser printer, but pales in comparison to the 4800x1200 offered by most inkjets. The 4800x1200 claim is, like the speed-claim, overrated. The new 4800x1200 printers can’t put 4800 drops of ink per inch. They can put a drop of ink in any of the 4800 spots. There’s a subtle difference there. Even though the resolution claims are somewhat overstated, you’ll get better quality out of an inkjet. But if you ‘re printing CVs, web pages, tax-returns, and so on, you won’t notice the difference. The text and graphics on the Lexmark E210 are sharp and crisp - I have absolutely no complaints.

Paper handling is another item that most people don’t think about when buying a printer. The e210 has jam-detection, and will restart a job after a paper jam is detected. We’ve never had a paper jam (unlike the mangling I’ve seen some inkjet printers do), so I can’t say how well this feature works. I would imagine that some sort of user-intervention is required.

The back of the printer has a USB interface, and a parallel port. This means you can hook it up to an older, pre-USB computer. No cable (USB or parallel) was included, however.

The printer control-panel is pretty basic. Unlike an inkjet, the printer won’t tell you how much ink is left in the cartridge. It hasn’t got automatic paper-type detection (some inkjets have this), and it only has one paper source (usually only big, office-sized printers have multiple paper sources). You can change the print resolution from 300x300 to 600x600, can pick one of three darkness settings (light, normal and dark), do poster printing, and define the order of your output (reverse, normal, even-only, odd-only, etc).

The drivers were another issue. I had to reinstall the operating system after a hard-drive crash. I downloaded the latest drivers from Lexmark site, but couldn’t get the printer to work. I tried it several times, uninstalling and re-installing. Finally, I went and dug out the CD that came with the printer and installed the (older) drivers from there. Suddenly, the printer was functional. Keep that driver CD. One should also note that there is no Mac, Windows 3.1, or DOS support for this printer, but there are drivers for Linux.

Paper can either be collected in a slot at the top of the printer, or it can come out the front of the printer. There is a plastic tongue at the paper source to keep your paper from drooping like a plant that you haven’t watered in two months. And you can do watermarks, and overlays. All of this is pretty basic functionality, but I’m mentioning it just for completeness.

Probably the biggest downside to the printer is that it is black and white. Inkjets are all colour these days, and some even have separate cartridges for each colour. Use all the yellow, and you just replace the yellow cartridge. That’s a lot more efficient that throwing out a bunch of unused ink with an all-in-one colour cartridge. If you’re printing a lot of photos, and so on, then this obviously isn’t the printer for you. To be honest, however, I’ve never been able to print a photo that even came close to the quality of the demo photos they usually have hanging off the printers in the stores, regardless of what type of paper, etc, I use. And finally, as you may have guessed, this is a basic printer. There is no processor on board, and the printer doesn’t have a built in network adapter (and you can’t add an optional one).

The print-processor allows the processing of the print job to be offloaded from your computer to the printer. If the printer was capable of being networked, it means you could plug it into a hub, or switch; the printer would get it’s own IP address, and you wouldn’t have to plug it into the back of your computer. This means it would be shared across the network without having to fiddle with sharing, etc. Both of these features are found in higher-priced, business class printers and essentially this is really a home use printer.
Overall I would say that this is a perfect laser printer for anyone who works from home or who owns their own business. I have found it to be a highly reliable printer that is cheap and easy to run. Most definitely recommended.

This printer is available from www.simply.co.uk for the great price of £63.

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  • purplelynne published 22/08/2004
    Sounds good. Cheap too. Lynne x
  • tomhughes published 16/06/2004
    £63? Wow. I never realised laser had gotten so cheap. Cheers for that! Tom.
  • Suziwann published 12/06/2004
    I have a lexmark too and it was wonderful until it developed a mechanical fault - the lex X83. I found that when it was in operation you couldn't fault it. Software was faultless too. good review. regards Joanne
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Product Information : Lexmark E 210

Manufacturer's product description

Lexmark E210 is a personal laser printer for the home or office with fast printing speed that saves you time. True laser printing delivers the professional looking output. Parallel and USB interfaces allow using in a wide range of environments. Lexmark E210 provides easy driver and cartridge installation.

Product Details

Product Description: Lexmark E210 - printer - monochrome - laser, Lexmark Optra E210 - printer - monochrome - laser

Printer Type: Personal printer - laser - monochrome

Form Factor: Desktop

Weight: 6.5 kg

Localisation: English / United Kingdom, English / Canada

Media Size Class: A4/Legal

Max Media Size: Legal (216 x 356 mm), A4 (210 x 297 mm)

Max Media Size (Custom): 216 mm x 356 mm

Print Speed: Up to 12 ppm - B/W - A4 (210 x 297 mm), Up to 12 ppm - B/W - ANSI A (Letter) (216 x 279 mm), Up to 12 ppm

Max Resolution ( B&W ): 600 dpi

Interface: Parallel, USB

Processor: 66 MHz

RAM Installed ( Max ): 4 MB ( 4 MB )

Media Type: Envelopes, transparencies, labels, plain paper, cards

Total Media Capacity: 150 sheets

System Requirements: Microsoft Windows 95/98, Red Hat Linux 6.0 or later, Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Red Hat Linux 7.0 or later, Microsoft Windows XP

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

Dimensions (WxDxH): 32.9 cm x 35.5 cm x 23.1 cm

Monthly Duty Cycle (max): 5000 pages

Power: AC 230V, AC 120 V

General

MPN: 10S0118, 10S0114, 10S0118/KIT, 10S0103, 10S0101, 10S0100

Printer Type: Personal printer - laser - monochrome

Form Factor: Desktop

Enclosure Colour: White

Localisation: English / United Kingdom, English / Canada

Printer

Print Speed: Up to 12 ppm - B/W - A4 (210 x 297 mm), Up to 12 ppm - B/W - ANSI A (Letter) (216 x 279 mm), Up to 12 ppm - B/W - 600 dpi - A4 (210 x 297 mm), Up to 12 ppm

Connectivity Technology: Wired

Interface: Parallel, USB

Max Resolution ( B&W ): 600 dpi

PostScript Support: Not available

Processor

Processor: 66 MHz

RAM

RAM Installed ( Max ): 4 MB / 4 MB (max)

Media Handling

Media Path Type: Straight

Media Type: Envelopes, transparencies, labels, plain paper, cards

Media Size Class: A4/Legal

Max Media Size: Legal (216 x 356 mm), A4 (210 x 297 mm)

Max Media Size (Custom): 216 mm x 356 mm

Media Sizes: Legal (216 x 356 mm), Executive (184 x 267 mm), A4 (210 x 297 mm), A5 (148 x 210 mm)

Envelope Sizes: US No 10 (104.7 x 241.3 mm), International DL (110 x 220 mm), International C5 (162 x 229 mm), International B5 (176 x 250 mm)

Total Media Capacity: 150 sheets

Media Feeder(s): 1 x autoload - 150 sheets - Legal (216 x 356 mm), 1 x autoload - 150 sheets - A4 (210 x 297 mm)

Expansion / Connectivity

Connections: 1 x parallel - 36 PIN Centronics ¦ 1 x USB - mini-USB Type B

Miscellaneous

Cables Included: 1 x power cable

Mounting Kit: Included

Consumables Included: 1 x toner cartridge ( black ) - up to 1000 pages

Power

Power Device: Power supply - integrated

Voltage Required: ± 10%, AC 230V ± 10%, AC 120 V ± 10%

Frequency Required: 50/60 Hz

Power Consumption Operational: 250 Watt

Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep: 10 Watt

Compliant Standards: EPA Energy Star

Software / System Requirements

Software Included: Drivers & Utilities

OS Required: Microsoft Windows 95/98, Red Hat Linux 6.0 or later, Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Red Hat Linux 7.0 or later, Microsoft Windows XP

Additional Requirements: CD-ROM

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year - carry-in, Limited warranty - express exchange - 1 year - on-site, Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year - on-site, Limited warranty - express exchange - 1 year

Environmental Parameters

Sound Emission: 48 dBA, 35 dBA

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 32.9 cm

Depth: 35.5 cm

Height: 23.1 cm

Weight: 6.5 kg

Duty Cycle

Cartridge / Printhead Duty Cycle: 1000 pages

Cartridge / Printhead Included Qty: 1

Monthly Duty Cycle (max): 5000 pages

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