Prints in black and white only
Review Date: 14th December 2009
Author: Alan Stevens
Value for Money:
A fast, well specified and very expandable network laser, the T656dne is a good choice for small companies looking for a flexible shared printer and larger organisations needing lots of departmental workhorses. The colour touchscreen adds an extra dimension, simplifying operator tasks and allowing the printer to host a variety of useful applications, the only downside being that you have to pay for anything beyond the basic examples included and can't develop apps of your own.
Pros: Fast laser engine with integrated duplexer; extensive paper handling/finishing options; built-in hard disk; colour touchscreen; ability to run custom applications
Cons: Monochrome; A4 only; no tools to develop applications
Print quality was what we expected too. Not brilliant, but more than good enough for the kind of applications the T656dne is likely to be put to, from general office printing to churning out emails, invoices, work orders and so on.
It's also clearly made for sharing, with a built-in network print server, a Gigabit Ethernet interface and a recommended monthly throughput of up to 35,000 pages. Plus, it's possible to fit a range of add-on paper drawers underneath the main unit, increasing capacity from 550 sheets on the bare desktop model we tested, to a huge 4,300 pages altogether. A mailbox sorter is yet another option, plus a stapler and a set of wheels, to make it free-standing.
Our only concern was the size of the 10,000-page cartridge supplied, which isn't much on a printer of this type. Fortunately, replacements can cope with up to 25,000 (high yield) or 36,000 (extra high yield), the latter being the most economical at just under £300 + VAT, working out at around 0.8p per page.
We used a PCL driver for most of our tests, but PostScript and direct PDF printing are both supported, and there's a USB port located at the back for direct PC/server attachment, if needed. There's also a second at the front, right next to the colour screen, which we used to print direct from a USB memory stick without the need for a PC.
A hard disk is another standard feature and this too can be very handy. For example, from the Windows driver we were able to upload documents to the printer and, instead of printing directly, have them stored on the disk for later retrieval, with the option of PIN code authentication for security.
And it was here that the 7in colour screen started to come into play, making light work of browsing, printing and generally managing documents stored this way. Likewise, when we plugged in our USB stick, up popped a menu allowing us to browse for, print and delete the documents it contained.
|Speed Monochrome||Up to 53ppm Mono Print|
|Printer Resolution||1200 x 1200 dpi Print|
|Double Sided Printing Unit (Duplex)||Yes , Standard|
|Double Sided Printing||Automatic Double Sided Printing|
|First Page||7.5 Seconds First page|
|Product Group Output||A4|
|Interface Type(s)||USB & Network|
|Enhanced Input/Output Slots||1 x Internal Card Slot|
|Network Interface||10/100/1000 Network|
|Network Printing Protocols||LPR/LPD Direct IP (Port 9100) Socket (Raw TCP/IP) 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 .prin|
|Network Protocol||TCP/IP IPv4 IPX/SPX AppleTalk LexLink (DLC) TCP/IP IPv6 TCP UDP|
|RJ-45 Ports||1 x RJ-45|
|USB Ports||2 x USB 2.0|
|Memory (Maximum)||256MB (1280MB) RAM|
|Operating Systems Supported||Windows & Mac Compatible|
|Paper Handling Input 1||550 Sheet Input Tray|
|Maximum Input Capacity||4300 Sheet|
|Maximum Paper Size||A4|
|Media Supported||Card Stock Dual Web Labels Envelopes Integrated Labels Paper Labels Plain Paper Polyester Labels Transparencies Vinyl Labels|
|Paper Handling Manual Feed||100 Sheet Multipurpose Feeder|
|Paper Handling Standard Output||550 Sheet|
|Paper Size||Maximum Paper Size A4|
|Monthly Duty Cycle||275k Pages Per Month|
|Mono or Colour Printer||Mono|
|Dimensions||42.5cm (W) x 52.6cm (D) x 43.8cm (H)|
|Environmental||Operating Temperature 16 to 32C - Humidity 8 to 80%|
|Product Summary||Lexmark T656dne A4 Mono Laser Printer|
|Product Type||A4 Laser Printer|
|Carton Dimensions||550 x 625 x 545 mm - 25.81 kg|
|Mono Toner Life||10,000 Pages|
|Printer Languages||PostScript, PCL5, PCL6|
|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|
|In The Box||Lexmark T656dne mono printer, AC Cable (UK), CD/DVD (including Software/ Utilities/ Drivers and User Manuals), Setup Guide, Starter Toner cartridge = 10000 pages|
|Warranty||1 Year Onsite Service, Next Business Day|
|Certifications||Energy Star, CAN/CSA-C22.2 60950-1, CSA E60825-1, ICES-003 Class B, BSMI Class B, CNS 13438, VCCI Class B, US FDA, FCC Class B, UL 60950-1, IEC 320-1, 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/I|
**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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