The Lexmark MC3224dwe ($ 299) is an entry-level, all-in-one color laser printer designed for small offices and home workgroups. The Workforce Pro WF-C5790 network multifunction color printer (both at the editor’s choice), like its competitors, including the Brother MFC-L3770CDW and the Epson inkjet laser options, offers a variety of functions for convenience and productivity automatic document feeder (ADF) to send multi-page documents to scanners, and it costs more than many competitors, including only two PCMag favorites. Otherwise, the MC3224dwe-enabled multi-function mode (printing, scanning, copying, and faxing) outperforms the color laser and is appropriate for low-volume printing and copying environments.
A feature-rich A.I.O.
The MC3224dwe is one of the many current Lexmark AIOs for color lasers, including the MC3224adwe, which is equipped with ADF (hence the product name) and some other features. Both devices are also one step below our mid-range selection of color laser editors, the Lexmark MC2535adwe, a faster solution with significantly lower costs.
Lexmark MC3224dwe scanner
With a 16.2-inch HWD (15.5-inch) at 12.1 and a weight of 40.2 pounds, the Lexmark MC3224dwe is slightly smaller and lighter than many competitors, including the previously mentioned siblings MFC-L3770CDW and Epson WF -C5790 and the Canon Color ImageClass MF644Cdw. Is. It can also fit on your desktop, while this other and higher MC2535adwe needs a dedicated printer stand or switch space.
Correct Lexmark MC3224d
Configuration and preparation tasks, such as making copies or scanning the cloud, are performed on a 2.8-inch color touchscreen that includes the control panel shown below. The control panel also contains several Lexmark e-task icons that represent links to workflow profiles such as links to the network, scanning to email and the company’s Cloud Connector. This way, of course, you can print and scan from your favorite online locations.
Like most commercial printers today, the MC3224dwe also features a built-in web portal that gives access to most functions and configuration options, including extensive security settings (through them in a second) and the ability to generate multiple uses and other types of reports. The web portal is available from almost any browser, on your Android or iOS mobile device, locally or on the Internet.
The MC3224dwe is not only supplied with Lexmark’s standard page description language (PDL), but also with HP Printer Command Language (PCL) versions 5 and 6 and Adobe Postscript 3. This, of course, gives you HP laser printers and many high-end Offers compatibility with typesetters and. Press. PostScript 3 is also the native language of Adobe Illustrator, the industry standard for graphic design software that enables graphic designers and document designers to use MC3224dwe as an affordable prepper-proof and composite printer.
Paper handling consists of envelopes and other unique media, as well as a 250-sheet main feeder and a single-sheet override tray that you need to empty and reconfigure the feeder. This configuration is fairly common for entry-level color laser AIOs, though some offer more space, while most mid-range models, such as the MC2535adwe, offer greater input and expansion options.
For example, the MC2535adwe has the same capacity of 251 sheets but can be expanded to 1,451 sheets. The entry-level Brother MFC-L3770CDW has 280 sheets thanks to a 30-sheet override slot, while the Canon MF741Cdw has 300 sheets and has been expanded to 851 sheets. Epson’s WF-5790 can hold 330 sheets, but you can keep up with the 830.
The MC3224dwe has a maximum monthly output of 30,000 pages and a monthly print volume of 1,500 pages is recommended for the MFC-L3770CDW, however, 10,000 or 500 pages less than the MC3224adwe. As I said about the MC3224adwe, given the high cost of printing, these numbers are not very real (again in a moment).
On the other hand, the Canon MF741Cdw has 2,500 more prints than the MC3224dwe. Epson rates WF-5790 on more than 1,000 recommended sites compared to Lexmark.
Connectivity, compatibility, and security
The standard interfaces of the MC3224dwe connect to a PC via Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, 10/100 Mbit / s Ethernet and USB 2.0. Mobile devices are connected to the Mobile Print and Cloud Connector apps from Apple AirPrint and Lexmark for Android and iOS as well as to Mopria and Wi-Fi Direct. The last, of course, is a simple peer-to-peer protocol that allows mobile devices to connect to the network without these devices or printers.
Various workflow profile printer apps (for scanning for document management systems or social media sites) are available via the control panel’s e-task interface. Lexmark also offers a range of drivers for improved compatibility with macOS, various Linux, Windows 7 and Windows 7 versions, various Novel OS iterations, Citrix and some Unix variants.
If strict security protocols are an issue (e.g. in HIPAA medical offices), MC3224 is a good option to visit. Security options abound. In addition, these and many other Lexmark laser AIOs meet the stringent EU standards of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The Confidential Print Setup feature allows you to provide up to 10 Personal Information Numbers (PINs) to secure print jobs in the MC3224dwe’s memory. It only allows users who know the PIN of a document to print it. Other security concerns, including access to certain features, can be controlled or denied by users, groups, or IP addresses. You can also set expiration options, control access to the printer and its web portal based on the number of failed options, and keep copies of all documents on the printer.
With the MC3224adwe, Lexmark set the MC3224dwe at 2432 per minute (ppm) for single-sided (simplex) pages and 13 pages per minute for double-sided (duplex) prints. Since duplex printing is used by default, we test both one-sided and two-sided scenarios. I looked at the MC3224 over an Ethernet connection from our standard Intel Core i5 under Windows 10 Pro.
First, I timed the MC3224dwe when it released our simple 12-page Microsoft Word document. Like its siblings MC3224adwe, it manages 24.4 pages per minute in simplex and 17.3 pages per minute in duplex mode. High-volume devices such as the Lexmark MC2535adwe and the Canon MF741Cdw have expanded the MC3224dwe to several pages per minute, particularly in one-way mode. For example, the MC2535adwe was about 15 ppm ahead of it.
The Epson WF-5790 and Brother MFC-L3770CDW are not the default settings for two-sided printing. Both extracted MC3224dwe at one page per minute.
Next, I looked at the Lexmark MC3224dwe, which printed our collection of Acrobat, Excel, and PowerPoint documents in various sizes and colors, including charts, graphics, and other commercial graphics and fonts. Then I combined this score with the results of the 12-page Word document and calculated a score to print the entire suite of our business documents. The MC3224dwe became a simple value of 11 ppm. This is the average among the recently tested entry-level color lasers.
Higher production acceptable
Like the MC3224adwe and most other Lexmark models that were recently introduced here, the MC3224dwe prints well with highly digestible and sans serif sans serifs written in very small dot sizes. Many of the decor and display fonts we tested looked above average.
Our Excel charts and diagrams as well as Powerpoint handouts according to the test standard also look good, with filled dark areas and evenly flowing gradients. I have only seen so few stripes on a particular film that most of the printers we tested have trouble reproducing them completely.
The photos were also a little nicer than the ones I saw with most color laser printers. The colors were bright and accurate. The grain was barely noticeable and the expansion was good. Overall, I have no complaints about the print quality of the MC3224dwe.
As with the MC3224adwe, the running costs for this AIO are 4.3 cents for the monochrome and 19.3 cents for the color page, which makes it comparatively expensive to use. For example, the Brother MFC-L3770CDW prints 2.6 cents for 15 cents and black pages for black pages. To report the cost per page above, you must also return the empty cartridge to the Lexmark recycling program. There are other purchase options, but they also increase your cost per page (CPP).
Medium volume laser AIOs, including Canon’s MF741Cdw (2.2 cm black and 13 cents color) or Lexmark’s MC2535adwe (1.8 cents monochrome and 11.7 cents color), can print significantly be saved. Therefore, Epson can opt for inkjet printers like WF-5790 (1.7 cents black and white and 7.7 cents color). As I said about his siblings, the MC3324dwe’s page price only makes sense for printing and copying applications that require a small volume of at least 500 pages per month.
Fill a room
The lack of ADF at MC3224dwe is likely a deal-breaker for many small offices and workgroups, despite the difference of $ 100 to MC3224adwe. Running costs should warn environments with high print and copy volumes. The Brother MFC-L3770CDW offers both ADF and lower operating costs, as does the Epson Workforce Pro WF-5790. Nevertheless, the MC3224dwe is a powerful printer with excellent output quality and a robust range of functions. This makes it a good choice when high volume and scanning or copying of multiplex documents are not required.