Lexmark E210N Review
The Lexmark E210N truly redefines the term dirt cheap, but buyers of the product should definitely expect to get what they pay for in this case as this printer is one of the most bare bones units ever created. This funny looking laser printer executes only the most basic of functions with the most minimal speed and quality, making it a device suitable only for those with extremely small document handling requirements.
One thing that does stand out about the Lexmark E210N is its shockingly quiet operating speed. While the printer does not really impress in any other area other than price, the unit’s 35 dBA maximum volume is one of the lowest of any laser printer or multifunctional device, and is certainly leaps and bounds better than any inkjet.
In the end though, the Lexmark E210N’s real strong point is its price. If the device cannot be picked up for free from someone discarding it, it can be bought for a few dollars more online. The only real operating cost of the printer is its consumables which include paper and toner, which are both relatively inexpensive.
A parallel port is incorporated into the Lexmark E210N’s casing along with the standard USB 2.0 port. The unit’s 66 MHz processor and 4 MBs of RAM are painfully limited, but are enough to keep the printer’s speed close to its 12 page per minute advertised rate.
The paper feeder holds a total of up to 150 sheets and the device is not only compatible with letter and legal sized paper but special media as well. Nothing longer than 14 inches is compatible with the device, but transparencies, envelopes, and labels all can be printed to.
Regardless of what Lexmark’s advertised print speed is for the Lexmark E210N, it realistically can print at a speed of about 10 pages per minute when it comes to black and white documents. With this being the case, the printer is certainly not winning any awards for performance but, more importantly, it may not be powerful enough to meet a user with even the most basic speed requirement’s needs.
The Lexmark E210N, as a bare bones device, is only capable of printing at the drab resolution of 600 x 600 dots per inch. While this, like many other of the printer’s limitations, is to be expected, but is still disappointing. No enhancement mode is included either for edge smoothing, meaning true 600 dpi is as good as it gets for this device.
While the printer is certainly small enough to fit on a desktop, it remains quite large for what it is capable of. This is a big giveaway to the Lexmark E210N’s age, and its 14.3 pound weight is also a little on the hefty side. Dimensions of 13 x 14 x 9.1 inches (W x D x H) mean that printers on the shelves today can not only blow this device away when it comes to speed, but are more compact and even lighter in some cases as well.