Lexmark MB3442adw Review

Good: Extra-high-yield toner capacity, 2.8" color touchscreen, strong security features.
Bad: Ledger-sized paper is not accepted; hard drive is not available.
Bottom Line: Compact black-and-white MFP with robust features for small-and-medium-sized workgroups.
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MB3442adw
$429
Small, Medium
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42 ppm
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1 GHz
512 MB
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Product Overview

The MB3442adw ($429) joins Lexmark’s GO Line series that provide enterprise-level features in smaller, lower-cost devices. It’s a black-and-white MFP that targets small and medium-sized businesses that need an affordable and efficient device. Lexmark boasts that these printers are 30% smaller and lighter for a compact fit on desks and other cramped spaces.

The MB3442adw prints at up to 42 ppm and has a first-page-out time of 5.9 seconds. It also has a monthly duty cycle of 80,000 pages, but Lexmark recommends an average of 800 to 8,000 pages per month.

The device has standard printing, copying, scanning and faxing features. It comes with a 2.8″ color touchscreen display, 1 GHz processor and 512 MB of memory. PCL and PostScript are standard, as well as Ethernet and wireless connectivity. Mobile printing is supported via the Lexmark Mobile Print app, as well as Google Cloud Print, Mopria and AirPrint.

More details on the MB3442adw is in our Features section below.

Features

Paper handling starts with a 250-sheet tray and a 100-sheet bypass. Lexmark offers an optional 550-sheet tray for a maximum paper capacity of 900 sheets. The trays can accept paper from envelopes up to legal-sized (8.5″ x 14″).

There’s a 150-sheet output bin and a 50-sheet document feeder. Automatic duplexing is standard.

The scanning function supports a single-sided speed of up to 45 ppm and a duplex speed of up to 96 ppm. Users can scan both black and color documents, and the scanning destinations include USB, email, FTP and the Lexmark Document Solutions Suite. File formats supported are PDF, XPS, JPEG and TIFF.

As with its other devices, the MB3442adw 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 Return 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 Return Program tend to be significantly cheaper.

The device ships with a 3,000-page cartridge, but there’s an extra-high-yield 6,000-page capacity aftermarket toner option. We’ve calculated the cost per page based on the Return Program prices, which is 2.2 cents. Companies that don’t participate in the Return Program can expect higher costs for aftermarket toner.

Users can also take advantage of other features to help keep printing costs down, such as sleep mode and duplexing.

The MB3442adw MFP includes strong security features that’s present on Lexmark’s other devices. Some of those features include confidential print, user authentication, network security and document security.

Finally, there’s a one-year limited warranty.

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

Shortcomings

The MB3442adw doesn’t accept ledger-sized paper. Also, there’s no hard drive, even as an option.

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