Lexmark C522n review: Lexmark C522n

But those are relatively minor concerns. In performance and print quality, the C522n excels. It printed CNET's plain text document at 14.4 pages per minute (ppm), approaching the 16.2ppm average for all color lasers, including top-end models, that we've tested in the last year, and it hit 12.3ppm on color graphics, much faster than the 7.9ppm average. Our print-quality jury also liked the C522n. Its plain text was a dark matte black with no fuzziness or rough edges, so that even 2-point type was legible. It captured good detail and shading on grayscale photos. Color graphics and photos did not come out quite so well: accurate colors and good detail were somewhat marred by crosshatching and blotchiness.

CNET Labs' color laser speed tests (pages per minute)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Color graphics  
Color text  
Black graphics  
Black text  
Dell Color Laser 5100cn
13.43 
11.3 
24.48 
24.43 
Lexmark C522n
12.31 
14.21 
14.49 
14.41 
HP Color LaserJet 3600n
13.54 
13.6 
12.9 
13 
Xerox Phaser 8500n
11.05 
11.87 
10.93 
12.07 

CNET Labs' color laser quality tests
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Color graphics  
Color text  
Black graphics  
Black text  
Dell Color Laser 5100cn
Excellent 
Excellent 
Good 
Excellent 
Lexmark C522n
Excellent 
Excellent 
Excellent 
Excellent 
HP Color LaserJet 3600n
Good 
Excellent 
Excellent 
Good 
Xerox Phaser 8500n
Good 
Fair 
Good 
Fair 

Lexmark backs the C522n with a one-year onsite warranty. Free, toll-free tech-support is available on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. ET for the length of the warranty. You can add a year of support for $124, two years for $244, or three years for $402. One concern: consumables for the C522 can add up. A page of plain black text costs about 3.2 cents, and a lightly covered color page about 15.6 cents. For comparison, HP's Color LaserJet 3600n costs $200 more, but runs about 2.2 cents per text page and 12 cents per color page.

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Lexmark C522n

Part Number: 22H0050

MSRP: $629.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

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  • Interface USB
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Printer Type Workgroup printer - laser - color
  • Max Resolution ( Color ) 1200 dpi
  • Max Speed 20 ppm
    20 ppm
    19 ppm
    19 ppm