Lexmark CS720 Series Review

Good: Affordability for medium-sized workgroups, high-capacity cartridges (with the CS725 printers), new Kofax Onboarding Agility framework.
Bad: Doesn't support A3 (11" x 17") paper, not intended for small businesses.
Bottom Line: New medium-workgroup color printers that continue to use Lexmark's innovative Rewards program with excellent per-page operating costs.
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Lexmark
CS720 Series
$899-$1,299+
Medium-sized offices
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40ppm-50ppm
40ppm-50ppm
1.2 GHz
1,024 MB

Product Overview

The Lexmark CS720 Series, like its multifunction printer (MFP) cousin the CX725 Series, is part of a new generation of color printers and MFPs in Lexmark’s lineup.

Lexmark continuously upgrades its products with newer features to make office printing more efficient while retaining its innovative cost-per-page program. They’re affordable options for busy offices that need color printing.

These new devices range in speed from 40 ppm to 50 ppm in both black and color, and they’re intended for medium-sized workgroups and offices. They feature the latest generation of Lexmark’s eTask interface: a 4.3″ color touchscreen that works like a tablet with a 10-key number pad. All devices accept up to A4 paper size (8.5″ x 14″).

There are four devices in this series. They are:

  • The Lexmark CS720de ($899) that prints at 40 ppm
  • The Lexmark CS720dte ($1,199) that prints at 40 ppm and includes an additional standard 550-sheet tray
  • The Lexmark CS725de ($1,299) that prints at 50 ppm
  • The Lexmark CS725dte (price unknown) that prints at 50 ppm and includes an additional standard 550-sheet tray

All devices have a 1.2 GHz processor and 1,024 MB of memory that’s expandable to 3,072 MB. Lexmark offers an optional hard disk drive. First-page-out time in color is 6.5 seconds for CS720de/CS720dte and 5.5 seconds for CS725de/CS725dte.

Lexmark has a new solution that supports these devices: the Kofax Onboarding Agility framework. It’s designed to help customer-intensive industries (such as banking and health care) streamline their new customer onboarding processes. Its features include an analytics dashboard, reference templates, sample process workflows, customizable user interfaces and interactive customer communications.

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

Features

PCL and PostScript printing language are supported. Other standard printing languages include direct PDF, direct image, personal printer data stream (PPDS) and Microsoft XPS. USB and Ethernet connectivity are standard, while Wi-Fi is optional.

Paper handling starts with a 550-sheet tray and a 100-sheet multipurpose feeder. Users can add in three additional 550-sheet trays for $299 each, for a maximum of 2,300 sheets. Note that the CS720dte and CS725dte include a second standard 550-sheet tray in the configuration. The devices support up to A4 (8.5″ x 14″) paper size as well as envelopes. The output capacity is 300 sheets. Duplexing is supported.

The monthly duty cycle for CS720de/CS720dte is 120,000 pages. However, Lexmark recommends a range of 1,500 to 15,000 pages per month. On the CS725de/CS725dte, the duty cycle is 150,000 pages per month with a recommended range of 2,000 to 20,000 pages.

As with its older printers and MFPs, Lexmark provides an excellent cost per page on the CS720 Series. It uses Lexmark’s Unison Toner. The Unison Toner’s print system has a separate toner, imaging unit and fuser, using a multi-piece architecture design that leads to reduced toner waste and long-life system reliability. It also prints at up to 1,200 dpi for crisper print quality. And it alerts users when supplies are needed (e.g., low toner warning and number of pages left to print).

Just like it’s done for many years, Lexmark offers its Rewards Program, which is a loyalty program that provides customers with 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. Consumable prices under the Rewards Program tend to be significantly cheaper.

For our calculations, we’ve used the prices based on the high-capacity yields and the Rewards Program. For the CS720 devices, the cost per page is 1.68 cents in black and 7 cents in color. For the CS725 printers, Lexmark offers higher-capacity aftermarket color cartridges (12,000 pages versus 7,000 pages on the CS720). Therefore, their cost per page is 9.6 cents in color.

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

Shortcomings

These printers don’t accept ledger-sized (11″ x 17″ or A3) paper. Also, some businesses may not require 40 ppm or 50 ppm printing.

Businesses that require multifunctionality can check out our review on the Lexmark CX725 Series.

About

Lexmark is uniquely focused on connecting unstructured printed and digital information across enterprises with the processes, applications and people that need it most.

For more information, please visit www.lexmark.com.

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