Lexmark CS410 and CS510 Series Review

Good: Affordable prices, scalable options, Unison toner, Rewards loyalty program, competitive cost per page.
Bad: Wi-Fi is only available as an option.
Bottom Line: Affordable midrange models with innovative toner
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CS410/CS510 Series
$449-$949
Medium
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32ppm
32ppm
800MHz
256MB-512MB

Product Overview

The new Lexmark CS410 and CS510 families are part of Lexmark’s overhaul of its printer and MFP line that utilizes mobile printing and Lexmark’s Unison toner.  All machines print at 32ppm in both black and color. The CS410 family includes a 2.4″ color LCD display with number pad, while the CS510 family comes with a 4.3″ color touchscreen and offers extra-high-yield toner cartridges (at 8,000 pages in black and 4,000 pages per color).

The CS410 family consists of the CS410n ($449), a networking base model, the CS410dn ($499), which includes standard duplexing, and the CS410dtn ($699), which includes the 550-sheet duo tray standard. There are only two machines in the CS510 family: the CS510de ($749), the base model with standard networking and duplexing, and the CS510dte ($949), which also includes the 550-sheet duo tray standard.

Processor speed is 800MHz on all models. Standard memory is 256MB for the CS410 and 512MB for the CS510. You can expand memory of up to 2,304MB on the CS410 and 2,560MB on the CS510.  PCL and PostScript are supported. USB and Ethernet are standard, and Wi-Fi is optional. Gigabit Ethernet is standard on the CS510 machines, optional on the CS410.  First-page-out time in color is a speedy 10 seconds for all models.

More details on these devices are found in our Features section below.

Overall, these are excellent midrange models with affordable prices, competitive cost per page, and very good features. Lexmark constantly stays ahead of the curve by adding newer features but keeping prices competitive.

Features

Paper handling is better than you’d expect at these units’ price and speed. There’s a 250-sheet standard tray. For $199, you can also add an optional 650-sheet “Duo Tray,” which includes a 100-sheet multipurpose feeder. Note that the “Duo Tray” is standard on the CS410dtn and CS510dte models. Lexmark also offers an additional 550-sheet tray for $199. That’s a potential total of 1,450 sheets of input — without counting the single-sheet bypass. The output tray holds 125 sheets. The average maximum duty cycle is 75,000 pages per month on the CS410 models, although the average usage runs from 800 to 6,000 pages.  The maximum duty cycle is 85,000 pages per month on the CS510 models, although the average usage runs from 1,500 to 7,000 pages. Lexmark provides various applications on the CS510, such as Eco Settings and Forms & Favorites.

As with Lexmark’s other machines, these printers utilize Lexmark’s Rewards Program – a loyalty program that provides a free high-yield toner cartridge for every 10 toner cartridges sent back to Lexmark for recycling. It also provides a free imaging kit when needed.  Prices for cartridges that are involved in the Rewards Program are significantly cheaper. Based on the Rewards Program and the high-yield cartridges, we calculate the cost per page for the CS410 models to be 2.1 cents in black and 13 cents in color.  The cost per page for the CS510 machines, on the other hand, is lower, as they utilize the extra-high-yield toner capacities. Therefore, the cost is 1.4 cents in black and 10.2 cents in color.

Also innovative is the Unison toner.  The Unison toner uses a separate toner, imaging unit, and fuser,  a multi-piece architecture design which leads to reduced toner waste and long-life system reliability.  It also prints at up to 1,200dpi for crisper print quality. And it alerts users when supplies are needed (i.e. low toner warning and number of pages left to print). Finally, it prints at a lower temperature, therefore, there is less energy consumed and lower carbon footprint.

  • Automatic Document Feeder?
  • Duplexing?
  • Ethernet Connectivity?
  • Wireless Connectivity?
  • Mobile Printing/Scanning?
  • Finishers?

Shortcomings

Wi-Fi is only available as an option.

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