Lexmark E320 is a bit of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It looks, and is priced like a personal laser printer, but is built like a full-on workgroup machine. The speed, print quality and networking capabilities all hint at something more.
In its basic guide, the E320 is a small printer ideally suited to a SOHO or home worker. The upgrade options are what gives this printer its teeth. It can be upgraded to hold more paper, network, larger memory and add some finishing options. This gives the printer a modular appeal that offers a little more that the average machine. It means the E320 can’t be pigeonholed for one particular group.
Paper capacity can be expanded from 150 to 400 with an optional paper drawer, the memory can be increased from 4Mb to 68Mb. You can add an Ethernet port too, which expands the built-in USB and parallel to include the SOHO and small workgroup into the fold.
There is no control panel to speak of but the driver suite offers a whole range of ways to control the printer and the sheets it prints. You can set the darkness, resolution, toner coverage, and a whole raft of other custom options to get your prints just how you like them.
Setup is a breeze, taking less than 10 minutes from unpacking to running. The cartridges are already installed and ready to go, once the printer is unpacked, connected via USB the drivers only take moments to install and you’re ready to go. Paper is fed into the drawer at the bottom, up through the printer to pass the toners and is fed out to the 150 sheet tray at the top. 150 sheets is a little optimistic as ours began sliding off after 50 or so. Apart from that, operation is flawless.
Print quality is about what we have come to expect from Lexmark. Text is crisp and exact, even at small points. The lines are straight and edges stand out like they should. Images and photographs were equally as good. Grayscale interpretations of color photos were accurate and understandable, which is a nice bonus with a laser device.
It’s obvious that Lexmark have put a lot of effort into the quality and operation of the E320. It offers something for everyone and seems equally at home with a home user as it does with a workgroup.