The Good Fast prints; excellent print quality; built-in duplexer; network-ready; separate photoconductor means less waste; expandable on-board memory.
The Bad Text LCD isn't backlit; C530dn model doesn't have expandable paper handling options; color handling could use some minor improvements; lacks straight pass-through printing.
The Bottom Line With fast speeds and impressive print quality, the Lexmark C530dn is a great color laser printer for the price. We prefer it over a more expensive color printer from the competition.
The Lexmark C530dn is a fast, high-quality color laser printer that we recommend for any small office or home with high-volume printing needs. For $500, you get a network-ready printer with a built-in duplexer for automatic double-sided printing. If you need increased paper handling options or more toner cartridge choices, check out the C532n ($500, no duplexer) or the slightly more expensive C532dn ($700). Lexmark also has taken laudable steps to improve the eco-friendliness of its laser printers--by reducing power consumption and material waste--which benefits both your pocketbook and the environment, a move we applaud. We're curious to see whether other vendors follow suit. The Lexmark C530dn's print speeds and quality are on par with the more expensive Oki C5500n, which lacks a duplexer, making the C530dn a better buy.
The Lexmark C530dn is a behemoth of a printer, as color lasers tend to be (individual toner cartridges take up a lot of space). The C530dn's toner cartridges are stacked vertically, resulting in a tall unit: 19 inches tall by 17 inches wide by 20 inches deep. It weighs a back-breaking 57 pounds, but two hand wells on either side help you get a grip if you need to move the printer around.
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