Lexmark’s E360dn is a monochrome, single-function laser with automatic duplexing, massive toner capacity and a high monthly print load of 740-6000 pages (37-300 pages per workday).
The E360dn advertises speeds of up to 38ppm, first page out in as little as seven seconds. In our tests, text and lineart pages printed at a steady 33ppm, with first page out in the advertised seven. Turning on the auto-duplexing function dropped that to 17ppm, first page out in 11 seconds.
When printing magazine pages comprised of text and graphics, print speed dropped by 73% down to just 9ppm, and the first page out was delayed from seven seconds to 14. However, there’s an interesting fact here: when we turned on auto-duplexing, the first page out time drops to 21 seconds, but print speed remains constant at 9ppm. If you’re printing graphics-heavy presentations, class handbooks or similar material, you can print double-sided with no additional time cost.
Toner capacity out of the box is a huge 3000 pages, with regular toner cartridges providing 9000 pages. At $350 ex GST per cartridge, this gives you a print cost of just under 4four cents/page.
You’ll pay up front for the printer but if you’re pumping out masses of text on a daily basis, a suitable model like the E360dn is going to give you a much longer lifespan and better economy than trying to pull that capacity out of something that’s just not designed for it.