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Lexmark MS610dn vs HP...
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 18, 2014
Lexmark MS610dn vs HP LJ P3005dn
Though not exactly equivalent the units are close. Both are business class, duplex printers. This Lexmark MS610 review is first impression or a recent purchase.
I've been an HP printer fan for years and still own an HP 2300d that chugs along. But it was made in the USA. The newer, made in China, LJ P3005 died after three years. This was apparently due to bad Chinese solder joints. I could have let that pass, but the High Yield HP print cartridge I used died at 50% usage and the Philippine based customer support did not know what to do. I don't think HP is committed to quality under its current management.
I decided to try Lexmark after noting that Home Depot and others had changed their printers from HP to Lexmark.
Lexmark is also made in China. But hopefully the factories they use, know how to solder.
1) CARTRIDGE: Lexmark uses split Imaging Cartridge $70, (60,000 pages) and Toner 501 Cartridge, $131 (5,000 Pages) with a maintenance kit at $300 (200,000 sheets,) [data from print menu].
Imaging Cartridge has no protection of tubular turquoise photo drum. HP has a single Cartridge and DOES protect the Photo Drum. 51A, 6,500 pages, $100
2) NOISE (SPL, measured): HP LJ P3005dn 58db, 35ppm. Lexmark MS610dn, Quiet Mode 60db. Lexmark Normal Mode: 66db) Lexmark is noisy and noisier than HP but can be a bit quieter in Quiet mode.
3) INSTALLATION: Easy for Lexmark. On Printer screen after initial bootup, I said yes to "Do you want to setup from WebServer". It connected to the local network and the Printers built in WebServer was easy to use. I used drivers from Lexmark site rather than CD. I did get confused by the pictorial only instructions when it came to shaking the imaging unit. Still don't understand that step.
The only complication came when checking out various label and card stock print settings. Even though I told the SW driver to use the Multipurpose Tray it would pull the paper out of the main tray. This was due to some Lexmark confusing "feature" that automatic links trays with similar paper and size. Changing paper type solved confusion.
The unit prints excellently so far.