Lexmark MC3326adwe Series Review

Good: Smaller size that fits in cramped spaces, flexible toner cartridge offerings (on MC3326adwe), standard wireless and mobile connectivity.
Bad: Not intended for large businesses.
Bottom Line: Three new MFPs with robust features in a compact design.
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Lexmark
MC3326adwe Series
$299-$399
Small businesses
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24 ppm-26 ppm
24 ppm-26 ppm
1 GHz
512 MB
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Product Overview

The MC3224dwe ($299), MC3224adwe ($399) and MC3326adwe ($399) joins Lexmark’s GO Line series that provide enterprise-level features in smaller, lower-cost devices. These color MFPs target small businesses that need an affordable and efficient device. Lexmark boasts that these MFPs are 30% smaller and lighter for a compact fit on desks and other cramped spaces.

The devices provide standard copying, printing and scanning features. Only the MC3224adwe and MC3326adwe includes faxing.

The MC3224dwe prints at up to 24 ppm. Its monthly duty cycle is 30,000 pages per month, however, the recommended volume is between 600 and 1,500 pages. First-page-out time is 11 seconds.

The MC3224dwe has a flatbed scanner, while the MC3224adwe includes the 50-sheet automatic document feeder. Another difference is in the duty cycle: the MC3224adwe has a monthly duty cycle of 40,000 pages with a maximum recommended volume of 2,000 pages.

The MC3326adwe prints at up to 26 ppm. Its monthly duty cycle is 50,000 pages per month, yet the recommended volume is between 600 and 2,500 pages. First-page-out time is 13 seconds. It also has a 50-sheet document feeder.

The three MFPs has a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB of memory and a 2.8″ e-Task color touch screen for printing and scanning workflows. PCL and PostScript are standard, as well as USB, Ethernet and wireless connectivity. Mobile printing is supported via the Lexmark Mobile Print app, as well as Mopria and AirPrint.

More details is in our Features section below.

Features

Paper handling starts with a 250-sheet tray and a single-sheet bypass. There’s no additional paper options. The trays can accept paper from envelopes up to legal-sized (8.5″ x 14″).

There’s a 100-sheet output bin. Automatic duplexing is standard.

The scanning function uses CIS technology. Scans can be sent by email, USB or FTP. File formats supported are PDF, JPEG and TIFF.

As with its other devices, the three devices use 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.

All three MFPs ship with a 750-page black cartridge and 500-page cyan/yellow/magenta cartridges. Aftermarket toner cartridges are 1,500 pages for each cartridge. However, there’s the high-yield capacity options for the MC3326adwe, which is 3,000 pages for black and 2,500 pages for each color.

We’ve calculated the cost per page based on the Return Program prices. For the MC3224dwe/MC3224adwe, the cost is 4.3 cents in black and 19.3 cents in color. For the MC3326adwe, the cost is cheaper at 3.2 cents in black and 15.2 cents in color. 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 devices include 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 devices aren’t intended for larger businesses as they don’t include advanced features, such as hard drive and higher paper capacity. They also don’t support ledger-sized printing.

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