The Bottom Line
- Very fast
- Built-in duplexer
- Networking built in and easy to set up
- Small footprint
- Scan-to-USB option only unless networked
- Monochrome laser printer
- Networks via wired network
- Up to 38 pages / minute
- Up to 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution
- Automatic duplexing
- Wide variety of operating systems supported, from Windows and Mac to Linux and Novell
- 256 MB memory
Guide Review - Lexmark X466 Laser Printer
The X466 is certainly fast. A seven-page PDF took only 17 seconds to print, with the first page taking almost half that time; a four-page Word document took only 10 seconds. Print quality was as should be expected from a laser printer: sharp and crisp. Likewise, scanning was fast and easy, though without a network connection I could only scan to a USB drive, which is certainly an inconvenience. However, since the printer is aimed at offices and will likely be networked, this may not be an issue for many.
The printer excels in offering some handy features such as authentication options (to lock some jobs out from unauthorized users) and handy options such as Print and Hold (so you can print a job once and make sure it looks right before committing the printer to printing multiple versions--this feature alone could have saved me many reams of paper). The options are simple to access and configure; Lexmark is taking a lead in making printers easy to configure and use, which comes as a relief to those who, like me, sometimes struggle trying to figure out how to use all the available features.
With a built-in 256 MB of memory, large jobs can be easily stored (and that memory is expandable to 640 MB). When I threw a huge printing job at the printer (a 134 MB PDF file), the printer took more than 10 minutes to get started as it prepared the job in the background--and then shot out duplex pages at lightning speed. That, admittedly, is probably 10 times bigger than the average large print job, but it's something to keep in mind.
The bottom line is whether you're ready to spend an extra $400-500 for the convenience of a large, programmable touchscreen on a relatively small laser printer. If so, you'll find the Lexmark X466 to be a useful addition to the office.