Lexmark X340n review: Lexmark X340n

The Lexmark X342n was both better and worse than the Dell in overall performance. In our speed tests, it fell just behind the Dell 1815dn in every category except copying, where it excelled, spitting out 13.19 pages per minute (ppm) to the Dell's 12.29ppm. Like the Dell, the X342n printed black graphics a tad faster than it printed black text: 18.48ppm for the former and 17.13ppm for the latter.

Print quality, however, is a different story. At larger point sizes (about 6 points and larger), the Lexmark printed black text just fine: the letters were cleanly formed, and the color looked uniform. Smaller text, when looked at under a loupe, showed some problems. At very small point sizes, the letters looked spindly and unevenly spaced. Some letters looked thicker than others, indicating an unevenness in laying down toner.

The Lexmark also edged out the Dell in printing grayscale graphics: it handled both shadows and highlights better, preserving details that the Dell lost. Likewise, the Lexmark X342n handled scans better than the Dell did. In the grayscale scan test, the X342n again showed better handling of highlights and shadows than the Dell, which tended to lose detail on either end of the grayscale. The color scans also showed good detail, though the colors looked a bit washed-out.

CNET Labs' mono laser multifunction speed tests (pages per minute)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Copy  
Grayscale scan  
Color scan  
Black graphics  
Black text  
Dell 1815dn
12.29 
4.85 
4.86 
20.01 
17.75 
Lexmark X342n
13.19 
4.12 
3.87 
18.48 
17.13 
Brother MFC-8440
5.8 
4.43 
3.43 
15.25 
15.65 
Samsung SCX-4720F
5.88 
6.18 
3.28 
13.57 
15.6 
Canon ImageClass MF5750
4.15 
3.87 
3.72 
16.11 
14.8 

CNET Labs' color laser quality
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Grayscale scan  
Color scan  
Graphics  
Text  
Samsung SCX-4720F
Good 
Good 
Excellent 
Excellent 
Lexmark X342n
Good 
Good 
Good 
Good 
Dell 1815dn
Good 
Fair 
Fair 
Excellent 
Canon ImageClass MF5750
Good 
Good 
Fair 
Excellent 
Brother MFC-8440
Fair 
Poor 
Fair 
Good 
Lexmark provides a one-year warranty for the X340n and the X342n. Toll-free phone support is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. ET. Online support is available in the form of a knowledge base, FAQs, how-tos, drivers, and downloads.

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Lexmark X342n

Part Number: 20D0001 Released: May 23, 2006

MSRP: $499.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date May 23, 2006
  • Type fax / copier / printer / scanner
  • Printing Technology laser
  • Max Original Size Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
  • Optical Resolution 600 x 600 dpi
  • Functions scanner