updated 05:00 pm EDT, Tue April 24, 2007
New Lexmark MFP printers
Printing giant Lexmark has introduced five new five new color laser printers aimed at businesses of varying sizes. The most powerful is the X945e, which is aimed at workgroups, and is capable of a dramatic 40 pages per minute (ppm) in color mode and 45 in monochrome. The X940e is a step down at 30ppm color and 40ppm monochrome, while the X782e (pictured) is slightly faster at 35 and 40ppm, but does not offer things such as the A3 ledger size, or finishing options such as folding. Lowest to highest, prices for the above three printers are $4,500, $16,000 and $19,000.
The remaining two printers are aimed not at workgroups but small businesses and heavy desktop use. The X500n and X502n are able to scan, copy and print like their larger brethren, but at much slower speeds, with a print output of 8ppm in color and 31ppm in monochrome. They are however said to be twice as fast as their closest competition, due in part to 35-sheet document feeders. The 502n is essentially identical to the 500n; the only difference is that the 502 adds fax capabilities. Its price is $700, while the 500 is selling for $500.