Lanier LD-016 Review
The 16 page per minute Lanier LD-016 stand alone copy machine can be used as a desktop, single tray device or expanded to a floor standing multifunctional document handling station. Despite its slow print speed, the unit is more than capable of executing an impressive amount of copy functions.
Utilizing dry, dual component copy technology the Lanier LD-016 executes an acceptable 600 x 600 dot per inch copy quality. With the help of its built in 50 sheet automatic reversing document feeder, large copy and fax projects are handled easily, however slowly, and can be scanned on both sides of the input material.
A built in duplexer also makes double sided output possible so paper usage can be cut virtually in half and cost per page of material is kept down. The Lanier LD-016’s standard memory is only 16 MBs, but this can very affordably be bumped all the way up to 384 MBs for better handling of more complex material that does not use print emulation.
The recovery time of the Lanier LD-016 is a mere 10 seconds from complete auto off. This is a particularly fast warm up time for a device of this size, making it a great sleeper unit that does not need to be left on at all times to remain practical.
As a scanner, the Lanier LD-016 does quite well with its 2 second per page transmission time. This rapid speed is made possible by its 33.6 Kbps G3 fax modem that is equipped with auto fallback. 4 MBs of independent fax memory allow up to 320 pages of fax page memory to be stored digitally so, in the even of a paper outage or paper jam, incoming faxes will not be lost if they cannot be printed to hard material immediately.
Other fax features include up to 10 group dials to 100 numbers each, 150 speed dials, 16 of which can be programmed into the 16 dedicated single touch quick dial buttons, 3 user function keys, dual access, 12 hours of battery backup, and serial broadcasting. With a battery backup, your stored fax data is safe even in the event of a power outage or while transporting the copier.
The Lanier LD-016’s continuous copy speed is a pathetic 16 copies per minute when printing on single sided (simplex) letter sized paper. When copying from simplex and printing to duplex, this speed drops down to only 9 copies per minute and when both input and out put are 2 sided, the copy speeds are slowed even more.
As a printer, the Lanier LD-016 just plain does not cut it. Somehow its beefy 400 MHz processor also only cranks out a weak 16 page per minute speed. With print speeds this slow, users should probably be advised to look elsewhere as, even at the bargain prices that can be found on the unit today, more current units are less expensive to produce and come at much lower up front costs than MFCs did when the LD-016 was released. Simply put, this device should be ignored by any serious buyer.