Lexmark CX725 Series Review

Good: Low operating costs, high-capacity cartridges, new Kofax Onboarding Agility framework.
Bad: Doesn't support A3 (11" x 17") paper, no finishers, not intended for small businesses.
Bottom Line: New 50ppm color MFPs that are scalable and offer low operating costs in the form of high-yield cartridges and Lexmark's Rewards Program.
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CX725 Series
$2,499+
Medium-sized offices
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50ppm
50ppm
1.2GHz
2,048MB

Product Overview

The Lexmark CX725 Series joins its single-function sibling, the CS720 Series, as part of a new generation of color printers and multifunction printers (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 and multifunctionality.

These devices print and copy at 50 ppm in both black and color, and they’re intended for medium-sized workgroups and offices. They feature Lexmark’s latest generation of its eTask interface: a 7″ color touchscreen that works like a tablet and has a 10-key number pad. All devices accept up to A4 paper size (8.5″ x 14″).

There are three configurations in this series. They are:

  • The Lexmark CX725de ($2,499), which is the base model
  • The Lexmark CX725dhe (price unknown) that includes a standard hard drive
  • The Lexmark CX725dthe (price unknown) that includes a second standard 550-sheet tray

All devices have a 1.2 GHz processor and 2,048 MB of memory that’s expandable to 4,096 MB. Lexmark offers a hard disk drive on the CX725de and CX725dthe configurations. First-page-out time in color is 5.5 seconds. Printing, copying, scanning and faxing are all standard functions.

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 CX725dthe includes 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. There’s also a 50-sheet automatic document feeder. Duplexing is supported.

The monthly duty cycle is 150,000 pages. However, Lexmark recommends a range of 2,000 to 20,000 pages per month.

In addition to color printing, color copying, color scanning and color faxing are supported. Users can scan to email, to FTP, to USB flash drive, to network and to Lexmark Document Solutions Suite. File formats that support scanning are TIFF, JPEG, PDF, secure PDF and XPS. The devices also include advanced scanning features, such as automatic deskew, mixed-size scanning and page-level jam recovery.

The faxing function uses the 33.6 kbps modem.

As with its older printers and MFPs, Lexmark provides an excellent cost per page on the CX725 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 (25,000 pages for black and 16,000 pages for each color) and the Rewards Program. We calculated the cost per page as 1.5 cents in black and 9 cents in color. The higher-capacity yields reduce the need to order new cartridges frequently, therefore contributing to the lower cost-per-page.

  • 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, and there are no finishers.

Also, some businesses may not require 50 ppm printing.

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