Not only is the Lexmark C534dn fast for its class, its output is also among the best.Lexmark color lasers have a good track record in earning Editors Choice nods, so I was looking forward to getting my hands on the Lexmark C534dn ($999 direct). Sure enough, it lives up to expectations, delivering great-looking output at high speed. Even better, it offers the right paper-handling features for its target market of small offices or workgroups, including built-in duplexing, a standard 250-sheet paper drawer, a 100-sheet multipurpose tray, and a 550-sheet paper tray option ($299 direct) for a maximum 900 sheets. And, yes (so you dont have to skip to the end to find out), its good enough to earn an Editors Choice.
The differences between the models lie mainly in cost per page (based on the toner cartridges available for each) and some additional features in the more expensive models, such as secure printing, with the printer holding a job in memory until you punch in a PIN code on a front-panel keypad. The claimed cost per page ranges from a high of 2.6 cents for black and 14.5 cents for color (for the C530dn) to a low of 1.9 cents for black and 9.6 cents for color (for the C534 versions).