Lexmark’s Fast and Reliable B3442dw Single-Function Monochrome Laser Printer

Great laser speed and quality,
but it’ll cost you to print a lot


3.5 GOOD
By William Harrel – October 6, 2020

Lexmark B3442dw Review at PCMag

THE BOTTOM LINE

Lexmark’s B3442dw mono laser does plenty right and churns pages at a decent clip, but its operating costs exceed most competitors’, limiting its utility to a few hundred pages each month.

MSRP $201.73

PROS

  • High speed and excellent print quality
  • High maximum and recommended volume ratings
  • Easy to use
  • Strong security options

CONS

  • Steep running costs

Lexmark’s B3442dw ($299) is a compact monochrome laser printer designed for small-to-midsize offices and workgroups. It’s a single-function print-only model, closely matched in capacity, expansion options, print speeds, and price with last October’s Editors’ Choice, the Canon imageClass LBP226dw. The Lexmark competes in a segment of the printer market rife with relatively low-cost black-and-white laser (and inkjet-based “laser alternative”) machines, including two bulk-ink monochrome models from Epson, the WorkForce Pro WF-M5299 and the EcoTank ET-M1170 Wireless Monochrome Supertank (PCMag top picks, both). While this Lexmark and the Canon laser are two of the fastest entry-level monochrome machines we’ve tested, the B3442dw falls short of an Editors’ Choice medal due to its high running costs. It’s an excellent little printer capable of delivering thousands of high-quality prints each month, but its toner cost makes it more sensible for a few hundred pages, tops.


Read the entire review at PCMag


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