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Lexmark E342N Printer Review
The Lexmark E342N is a high resolution printer, discontinued by Lexmark, but still worth having thanks to its high processor speed, supported media sizes and types, dimension and supplies yield. The printer was designed for personal and small companies use, so don't expect too much from this device, as it is definitely not going to compare with a printer from a higher class.
The Lexmark E342N is a monochrome printer, working at a maximum resolution of 1200 x 1200 dots per inch and featuring a default resolution of 600 x 600 dots per inch.
The speed is good. This device is working at 30 pages per minute for Letter Size pages and up to 28 pages per minute for A4 documents. When the printer is not warmed up because it hasn't been used previously, you will get the first page in less than eight seconds, so this is another good thing in our book.
The printer is powered up by a fast 366 MHz processor and features a 32 MB standard RAM. The RAM is expandable to 160 MB through the available DIMM slots.
The monthly duty cycle is set at 15.000 pages for this printer. Sure, there are lots of devices out there with a maximum of at least 200.000 pages more, but those are designed for big companies. 15.000 pages is more than enough for this model. You shouldn't print more than 15.000 pages if you want to maintain the printer's life. If you want the device to always work at optimal parameters, you should always print more than 1000 pages each month.
The standard input capacity is set at 250 sheets thanks to the 250-sheet input tray. The output is a 150-sheet one thanks to the standard output bin. For additional money the users can get an optional paper drawer which can hold up to another 550 pages, so the maximum input goes up to 800 pages.
This printer supports the following media sizes: 10 Envelope, 7 3/4 Envelope, 9 Envelope, A4, A5, B5 Envelope, C5 Envelope, DL Envelope, Executive, Folio, JIS-B5, Legal, Letter, Statement and Universal. The device supports the following types: card stock, envelopes, paper labels, plain paper and transparencies.
The Lexmark E342N supports lots of operating systems and is considered one of the printer with the largest OS support. Some of the supported operating systems are: Apple Mac OS X, Mac OS 9.2+, Microsoft Window 2000+, Novell Open Enterprise Server for Netware with NDS, iPrint or NDPS, Novell NetWare 5+, Red Flag Linux 4+, Linpus Linux 9.2+, Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 3+, SUSE Linux 8+, Sun Solaris 8+, Citrix MetaFrame and MetaFrame XP and many, many others.
The printer can connect through the Centronics IEEE 1284-Bidirectional Parallel Port, the available USB 2.0 or the featured Ethernet 10/100 Base TX (RJ-45). There are also two available optional network ports, such as the Lexmark N4050e 802.11g Wireless Print Server and the External MarkNet N7020e Gigabit Ethernet, but the users will have to pay for one of those two.
The device's dimensions are 9.8 by 15.6 by 13.9 inches and it weighs 22 lbs. Those are very good values for a home printer because it will perfectly fit your study room desk.
The LCD display is a 16-character, two-line one, very usefully fitted with a backlight.
Unfortunately there's no built-in duplexer, so the printer does not feature automatic two sided printing. For companies this would be a problem, but for home use I doubt it is. However, this goes as a negative in my book, as the lack of a duplexer always does.
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