Good Value for Money

Lex­mark CX310dn Laser Printer

HWM (Singapore) - - SINGAPORE’S NO. 1 MONTHLY AUTOMOTIVE MAGAZINE* - TEXT // HAFEEZ SIM

The Lex­mark CX310dn is one of the lat­est mul­ti­func­tion print­ers (MFP) from the U.S. man­u­fac­turer ca­pa­ble of color print­ing, scan­ning and copy­ing. It also has net­work con­nec­tiv­ity built-in via Gigabit Eth­er­net, but no Wi-Fi sup­port out of the box. For that, you have to get an op­tional wire­less print server kit. Still, Lex­mark has yet to come up with a mo­bile app that al­lows for di­rect mo­bile print­ing and scan­ning like many other printer man­u­fac­tur­ers.

Back to the CX310dn, its size is pretty stan­dard for a printer of this class and while it has no fancy fea­tures like a touchen­abled con­trol panel, it does the ba­sics right. Paper han­dling is bet­ter than what you might get in other print­ers within this class and price range.

The Lex­mark CX310dn comes with an au­to­matic doc­u­ment feeder (ADF) that makes it eas­ier to copy and scan multi-page documents. The ADF is able to han­dle 50 sheets or paper, while the stan­dard in­put tray fits 250 sheets. The printer also fea­tures a du­plexer, so you do not need to man­u­ally flip the pages over when print­ing or copy­ing dou­ble-sided documents.

Print­ing per­for­mance is ro­bust, with a print speed of 24 pages per minute for both mono­chrome and color documents. Print qual­ity for documents with colored im­ages and charts are gen­er­ally good, though the color sat­u­ra­tion can be bet­ter. Small text is leg­i­ble, but not as sharp when com­pared to some of its peers. On the other hand, copy qual­ity for mono­chrome documents gen­er­ates rel­a­tively sharp text.

We do not rec­om­mend us­ing the CX310dn for photo print­ing how­ever, and when tested, re­vealed that only smaller im­ages have pass­able qual­ity.

When you get down to it, the Lex­mark CX310dn is a de­cent of­fice work­horse. It may not be the most ver­sa­tile printer for home use, but it can boast of fast print and copy speeds as well as good copy qual­ity. What makes the printer more at­trac­tive is its com­pet­i­tive price and use­ful paper han­dling fea­tures such as ADF and du­plexer, mak­ing the Lex­mark CX310dn a value-for-money pur­chase.

Users can copy and scan mul­ti­ple pages with­out hav­ing to man­u­ally re­place each page by us­ing the ADF.

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