The Bottom Line
- Excellent text printing
- Easy to set up
- Very small footprint
- Leaves cheap paper curled
- Monochrome laser printer
- Fax, scanner, copier
- Optical scanner resolution is 600 dots per inch (dpi).
- As many as 24 copies per minute. Images can be scaled from 25 to 400 percent. There is a 250-sheet paper input tray.
Guide Review - Lexmark X204N All-in-One Laser Printer
There were some paper-handling issues that left me less than satisfied. The 204n left cheap copy paper curled. And printed pages (at least letter-sized pages) don't come out of the printer very far--rather, their top edges just reach the edge of the printer, so you need to reach inside and pull out the collection of (curled) pages. While the lack of an external output tray keeps the printer's footprint small, when printing large jobs it looked as though the pages would eventually end up in the wrong order, or knocking previous pages out of the printer and onto the floor.
On the bright side, the output is excellent, with remarkably sharp text even on the cheap paper. The printer offers 1200x1200 dots per inch (dpi) resolution which helps explain why the output (even in Draft mode) looks so good. Scanning to a PDF was fast and easy (you can scan to a file or as an e-mail attachment). And the copier does a fine job with copies. The Lexmark 204n was also easy to set up, and even better, was installed without having to install a lot of unnecessary software packages.