Lexmark T642 Review
The Lexmark T642 is definitely a little spendier than your average personal laser printer, (in fact, the device will cost you about three times as much as its 30 page per minute counterpart) its 45 page per minute print speed is almost unmatched in the world of personal laser printers, especially ones as compact as the T642. This high end machine is also capable of an absolutely ludicrous amount of paper storage expansion, which means that this tiny work horse could also be converted into a very tall, floor standing machine.
If money is no object, then it should be hard to consider almost any other personal laser printer than the Lexmark T642 because it is, more or less, the fastest. This device has an advertised print speed of 45 pages per minute, which is not really achievable in the real world, but still means that you will be dealing with quite a speed demon when using this device.
As a professional level printer, the Lexmark T642 has an astonishing amount of expansion options available. Not only can the unit take on a very impressive amount of additional paper storage hardware, but it has its own set of finishers that you would expect to see on a full sized copy machine, not a small desktop monochrome unit. These include a collations stapler and a variety of separate feed devices that are useful for envelopes and other special media.
Specifically, the Lexmark T642 accepts up to three 500 sheet additional paper trays, as well as a 2000 sheet high capacity tray which can be installed simultaneously, in line with the other trays. The unit is not equipped with a built in duplexer, but one is optional as well.
There are some bonus features installed in the Lexmark T642 that may prove to be useful for certain users. One of these is a print and hold function that allows a print process to be queued up but not activated until the user has actually walked over to the printer and started it manually. You can even set the device up with security that requires an actual four digit pin to be entered before the document can be printed. While print security is not a feature that will prove useful for most clients as it would most certainly prove to be more of a burden than a blessing in most circumstances, those who do require it will have to turn to a higher end model such as the Lexmark T642 to find it.
Other than the Lexmark T642’s extremely demanding price tag, the printer is not without its flaws. Incredibly fast print speed does come at other prices as well, such as size. The unit is much more bulky than its lower end competitors, not to mention heavier.
The unit is, as stated, highly expandable but, like the core unit itself, its expansion hardware is costly. The additional trays and finishers are so costly in fact that buyers should definitely consider just going with a mid sized copy machine from the start, as they would then receive very high print speeds as well as a variety of multifunctional abilities as well, all for a price that would end up being shockingly similar.