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On test: The Lexmark MC3426adw – A versatile colour MFP for busy workgroups

The MC3426adw, the top of the range model in the Lexmark Go series, combines essential functionality – ADW stands for analogue fax, duplex and wireless – with rich, vibrant colour output and the exceptional performance demanded by busy workgroups.

Print speeds of up to 26 pages per minute (ppm) and scan speeds of up to 96 images per minute (ipm) ensure a quick job turnaround, while optional high yield toner cartridges and additional paper trays keep the need for user interventions to a minimum.

This is not the first Lexmark Go Line device we have reviewed, but it is definitely the most highly featured, as you would expect from a product designed to meet all the document processing needs of busy workgroups, from A4 colour printing/scanning to copying and even faxing.

Faxing might be a throwback, but it is still used in sectors like healthcare and banking and its inclusion makes the MC3426adw a true all-in-one device.

Other productivity-boosting features include:

*a 7.2cm touch screen with a clear, simple menu that makes it easy for walk-up users to access functions;
*a 1 GHz dual-core processor with 1 GB of memory for noticeably fast ‘first print out’ times;
*wireless and wired connectivity (WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet, USB);
*a choice of mobile printing apps – Lexmark Mobile Print, Google Cloud Print, Mopria and Airprint; and
*easy connectivity to the cloud and cloud services, such as Dropbox, Google Drive and Onedrive, enabling users to pull documents from the cloud or save scans and prints to the cloud directly from the MFP itself.

Simple set-up and operation
Functionality aside, two big attractions for small businesses and work teams are the device’s compact footprint and easy set-up, from connecting to WiFi via an app to removing plastic covers from the pre-installed toner cartridges.

Replacing used ‘Unison’ toners with standard or high capacity options is just as easy. The front-loading system is one of the simplest we have seen; pull down, pull out and push in. It really is that simple.

The printer itself has a metal under-frame, giving it the strength and durability to withstand frequent use by multiple users, as well as the longer, uninterrupted print runs made possible by a maximum paper capacity of 750 pages (with the addition of extra paper trays).

Security is addressed with built-in protection against external access and network printer hacks.

To satisfy the growing requirement for more sustainable printing practices, the units are supplied with paper-saving duplex printing as the default setting and incorporate energy-saving features in compliance with Epeat Silver and Energy Star standards.

In addition, all consumables can be recycled through the Lexmark cartridge collection program (LCCP) to minimise waste and conserve energy.

All in all, it is hard to fault the Lexmark MC3426adw. Its mix of functionality, performance and ease of use, combined with strong eco credentials, make this a valuable addition to any office.

www.lexmark.co.uk

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2020