Lanier 5645 Review
As the Lanier 5645 pushes a decade old lifespan, its 45 copy per minute speed withstands the test of time while its consumable cost remains affordable. This graciously aging copy machine/printer is not equipped with the latest bells and whistles seen in machines currently on the market, for obvious reasons, but its raw performance level and sturdy hardware set make it competitive with any machine out there.
One of the most important aspects of any printer, young or old, is its overall cost per page. The Lanier 5645’s high yield toner cartridges that can produce up to 23,000 sheets of output per unit ensure that consumable costs remain low and replacement cycles remain long.
With a 45 page par minute print speed as well as an equal level of performance for copies makes the Lanier 5645 timeless, at least so far, when it comes to speed. It should also be noted that this professional level device is not only compatible with the usual letter, A4, and legal sized paper, but also the larger formats of Ledger and Tabloid. Pages of up to 11 x 17 inches can be printed to at a respectable speed of about 22 pages per minute.
Though the original sticker price of the Lanier 5645 was $2600, a retailer would be insane to try to hock this old model for anywhere near that price today, making it a possible bargain buy as a refurbished, used, or even new unit found online. Overall, this would be a respectable option for bringing 45 copy per minute speed to a budget restricted small office.
While Lanier’s older models were cursed with incredibly slow warm up times, the Lanier 5645 offers a comfortable 20 second power up time, making it entirely possible to leave the unit off most of the time when not in use. Also impressive is the amount of standard features that the device incorporates. These include a duplexer as well as print and scan capabilities.
The Lanier 5645 is one of the few devices in the mid size range to ever be released with a finisher as a standard piece of hardware. The unit is also fully network ready and includes a 10 GB hard disk for e filing and permanent data storage.
The rapid speed of advancements in technology make older devices almost always less desirable and, when dealing with a copy machine from 2004, you can expect some compatibility issues, as well as a larger, more clunky machine than you would find today. If the overall aesthetic style of the Lanier 5645 isn’t enough to drive you away, its enormous dimensions of 26.4 x 25.6 x 28.3 might be, as this giant is significantly larger than a large format monochrome multifunctional unit you might find available in stores now.
The Lanier 5645’s maximum resolution for printing and copying is a mere 600 x 600 dots per inch, placing it very low on the totem pole when it comes to overall quality. Copying and printing imagery will noticeably suffer when using this machine if compared to a 1200 dpi unit.