Lexmark E212 Printer Review
While the Lexmark E212 isn't the fastest personal monochrome laser printer on the block, it offers decent print speeds of up to 12 pages per minute. Its main draw, however, is its compact size and small footprint, perfect for the home office user with little space to spare. Its biggest downside is the high cost of Lexmark E212 printer toner, and some users might wish it had networking.
The E212 utilizes a vertical design for the input paper tray, minimizing its footprint. The unit measures 9.1x13x14 inches (HWD) and has a weight of only 14.3 pounds, which also makes it fairly easy to move around. The tray can hold a maximum of 150 sheets, at a maximum size of up to 8.5x14 inches, and it can accept many types of media, including cards, envelopes, transparencies, and more.
Most modern versions of Windows are supported, and a few flavors of Linux, but Mac support is non-existent. Users have a choice of either parallel or USB ports for connection to a computer, but networking is not included. The maximum resolution when using black Lexmark E212 toner is 600x600 dpi, which creates sharp text and graphics, but may not be ideal for photos and other more detailed printing jobs.
The cost of toners will start to add up over the life of the machine. Lexmark E212 toner cartridges have a fairly small capacity of only 2,000 pages, but a fairly high price tag. This makes the cost per page for Lexmark E212 toner cartridges fairly high, at around 5 cents, which is more expensive than most personal units.
The small profile of the E212 could be very appealing to some buyers, and it has moderately quick speeds and solid output quality. Most buyers would do better to look for a more cost-effective solution for home or small office printing, however.