Lexmark’s C734DN has something of the angularity of Kyocera’s offering about it, though its front panel offered a lesson in ergonomics that the other manufacturers could have learned from. The instant we took it from its packaging we liked the positioning of all the most regularly used controls on the top, along the bevelled front edge. This included the USB flash media and PictBridge port. Once we’d unpacked and positioned the unit we turned to the toner: the cartridges are inserted horizontally into the front of the printer after unlatching and pulling down the front panel.
Turning on the C734DN produced the first, and only, shock: the mechanical noise was extremely loud. We hadn’t any measuring equipment to hand, but measured subjectively against the other printers it was certainly the loudest on test.
Once we’d installed the Lexmark drivers on our Mac, the C734DN was simplicity itself to set up using Bonjour. Snow Leopard even found more up-to-date drivers, downloading and installing them in a matter of minutes. The Lexmark C734DN supports fast Ethernet (100Mbps) as standard and you can buy additional upgrades to run it on a more secure fibre network.
We were also impressed with the build quality of this unit. For instance, instead of having a system of flimsy internal sliders, which can sometimes stick and snap, the paper drawer itself extended smoothly to accommodate different sizes of paper: another sign that intelligence had been applied to practically every aspect of the design.
We then moved on to the speed tests. The one-page Word document printed in 14 seconds, 10-page Word document in 32 seconds, and the 14-page duplex PDF in 59 seconds. The JPEG (at photo quality) printed out in 43 seconds.
These figures mean that the Lexmark was the fastest on test for the photo quality JPEG and the duplexing, and fourth for the Word tests. As for the output quality, the C734DN was judged to have the best range of tones from lightest to the darkest, and good reproduction of flesh tones. Text was also well-rendered and clear down to 4 point.
|Speed Monochrome||Up to 28ppm Mono Print|
|Speed Colour||Up to 28ppm Colour Print|
|Double Sided Printing Unit (Duplex)||Duplex as Standard|
|Double Sided Printing||Automatic Double Sided Printing|
|First Page||9.5 Seconds First page|
|Product Group Output||A4|
|Printer Standard Resolution||1200 x 1200 dpi Print|
|Printer Enhanced Resolution||2400 x 600 dpi Print Enhanced|
|Interface Type(s)||USB & Network|
|Network Interface||Standard Network|
|Direct Printing Port||1 x PictBridge|
|Network Printing Protocols||LPR/LPD Direct IP (Port 9100) HTTP NDS Queue-based Printing NDPS/NEPS (Novell Distributed Print Services, Novell Netware Enterprise Print Services) Enhanced IP (Port 9400) FTP, TFTP IPP 1.1 (Internet Printing Protocol) ThinPrint .print integration|
|Network Protocol||TCP/IP IPv4 IPX/SPX AppleTalk LexLink (DLC) TCP/IP IPv6 TCP UDP|
|USB Ports||1 x USB 2.0|
|Memory (Maximum)||256MB (1280MB Max) RAM|
|Operating Systems Supported||Windows, Mac Compatible|
|Paper Handling Input 1||100 Sheet Multi-Purpose Input Tray|
|Paper Handling Input 2||550 Sheet Input Tray|
|Additional Paper Tray||Optional|
|Maximum Input Capacity||650 Sheet|
|Maximum Paper Size||A4|
|Maximum Paper Weight||176 g/m2|
|Paper Handling Standard Output||300 Sheet|
|Paper Size||(Max.) A4|
|Paper Trays (Standard/Maximum)||2 (5)|
|Paper Weight Range Supported - Standard Tray||60 - 218 gsm|
|Special Media||Card Stock, Envelopes, Glossy Paper, Paper Labels, Plain Paper, Transparencies, Vinyl Labels|
|Monthly Duty Cycle||85k Pages Per Month|
|Mono or Colour Printer||Colour|
|Dimensions||43.5cm (W) x 47.0cm (D) x 45.0cm (H) - Weight 25.7kg|
|Product Summary||Lexmark C734DN Pro A4 Colour Laser Printer|
|Product Type||A4 Laser Printer|
|Carton Dimensions||570 x 633 x 553 mm - 30.8 kg|
|Colour Toner Life||6,000 Pages|
|Mono Toner Life||8,000 Pages|
|Emulations||PostScript, PCL5, PCL6|
|Printer Languages||PDF 1.6 Direct|
|Font Capabilities||3 of 9 scalable PCL 5e fonts in Narrow, Regular and Wide 158 scalable PostScript fonts 2 PCL bitmap fonts 39 scalable PPDS fonts 5 PPDS bitmap fonts 84 scalable PCL fonts OCR-A, OCR-B scalable PCL 5e fonts|
|Security||SNMPv3 802.1x Authentication: MD5, MSCHAPv2, LEAP, PEAP, TLS, TTLS IPSec|
|In The Box||Lexmark C734dn colour printer, AC Cable (UK), CD/DVD (including Software/ Utilities/ Drivers and User Manuals), Setup Guide, Starter Toners CMY = 4000 pages Black = 4000 pages|
|Warranty||3 Year On-Site Next Business Day|
|Certifications||CAN/CSA-C22.2 60950-1, CSA E60825-1, ICES-003 Class B, BSMI Class B, VCCI Class B, US FDA, FCC Class B, UL 60950-1, EN/IEC 60320-1, CE Class B, CB IEC 60950-1, EN 60950-1, EN/IEC 61000-3, EN 55022 Class B, EN 55024, EN/IEC 60825-1, GS (T V), AR S (T V), S|
**Page yields are declared by the manufacturer in accordance with ISO/IEC standards or occasionally estimated based on 5% per page coverage. Yields will vary greatly depending on image, area coverage, print mode and environmental conditions.
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