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The Lexmark CX410 Multifunction Color Laser Printer is rated to print letter-sized pages at a maximum rate of 32 ppm, regardless of color or black, with a maximum time-to-first-page of 11.5 seconds.
In tests, the printer held up its end of the bargain on rate, but fell behind at the outset. When printing a single page with black text and a color graphic, the CX410 required 43 seconds to get the job done. We repeated the test several times to eliminate engine warm-up, but the best time we got to for first-page was 33 seconds. Color copies were made with two screen taps ready for pickup in 15 seconds. On multiple-page jobs, the printer again needed a minimum of 26 seconds to display the "busy" signal on the panel and another 8 seconds to spit out the first page. A 32-page report -- regardless of color -- took a total of 1:36.
Though not the fastest printer on the block, there's a lot to like about the PCL -- and PostScript-capable CX410. A USB port on the front panel accepts walk-up print jobs without a computer; a directory of the USB drive pops up on the panel and displays compatible files for selection by swiping the roomy touch-sensitive screen and printing one graphic or PDF at a time. The interface also permits images stored on the USB stick to be shipped off to a network server or email address.
The CX410's 600-x-600 dpi scanner is fed by a 50-sheet auto feeder that handles roughly 14 ppm with duplex or about 30 ppm without. Scans can be stored to USB or network server, or sent via email. In-device image options include color correction and edge-erase. While running a print job, the panel displays a large "Cancel" button along with a page counter. Mobile-device printing is available through Lexmark's Mobile Printing app for Android and iOS. The unit's IP address is displayed at all times, helpful to people using the mobile printing app, since they'll need to input it manually.
For a list price starting at $699, the Lexmark CX410 Multifunction Color Laser Printer is a solid choice from a company known for making high-quality office machines.