Having to buy cartridges for your inkjet all the time is a real problem with all of us who have to print a lot of documents every day. It’s strange how people tend to think that they have saved money by buying a normal inkjet but fail to realize that in the long run it costs more as you have to change cartridges more frequently with an inkjet than replacing toners if you have a laser printer. I have a lot of printing to do at the office, and recently I switched over to the Lexmark C524 color laser printer.
The laser printer saves me a trip to the store every few weeks for buying cartridges. The Lexmark C524 has four toners installed for black, magenta, yellow and cyan. The color prints resolution is 1200x1200 dpi and the image quality is great. I have much better color prints than I used to have with the inkjet. Not to mention the fact that any photo in high-quality costs much more with the inkjet.
The Lexmark C524 advertises a speed of 20 pages per minute. It is a little less than that in practical use as the machine takes thirty to 50 seconds in warming up. So for single prints, you have to wait for a while but the average speed is fine for batch printing. Toners need not be replaced that frequently and if one color toner runs out you need to replace that only so it’s still more economical than the inkjet.
I found the software that comes with the printer pretty simple to install and run. The printer is also compatible with Unix on the PC. It might not take you more than ten minutes to start printing after unloading the box. I have not yet encountered any software problems and the printer does not jam, something that frequently takes place with my inkjet. This model in the series has both a USB and parallel port but there is no Ethernet option so if you have a large workgroup using the same printer than there is a little problem with the Lexmark C524 as you cannot connect it to over a network.
The superior quality of color printing, especially high-quality photos, and the economy of the Lexmark C524 makes me really satisfied with my purchase and I recommend this model of laser printer for all those small offices where there is a lot of color printing required.