Lexmark is currently updating its entire Optra range, and we took a first look at a model aimed at SMEs and the workgroup environment, the Optra T614n. Maintaining the unusual design of the previous machines, this printer comes with a 10/100BaseT Ethernet port for your network and 16MB of RAM as standard.
The monochrome laser performed fairly well in our tests, managing a time to first page of 11 seconds. As you would expect, it was strongest when printing text rather than graphics and it managed to churn out a healthy 22 pages per minute. It supports both PCL 6 and PostScript Level 3. It also comes with a 500-page tray as standard, and Lexmark has a large range of paper-management options which can be chosen as extras, such as additional trays, paper stackers and sorters.
We found the printer easy to set up: you can assign an IP address manually or use DHCP to do it automatically. Management options are also solid - you can either point your web browser at the printer's IP address or use Lexmark's MarkVision software. The advantage of using a browser is that you can use any computer that has one installed to manage the printer.
However, this method is not as powerful or easy to use as the MarkVision software, which automatically searches for printers across your network - although we encountered a few problems and ended up installing our printer manually. You can restrict the various options on the control panel, assign IP addresses and even lock people out entirely. The software will also issue warnings when toner is low, if you choose.
Overall, this is a good package, combining speed and quality with decent management.
Contact - Lexmark 01628 481500 www.lexmark.co.uk