Lexmark MC3426adw Review

Good: Extra-high-yield aftermarket toner cartridges, ability to scan and print files to and from the cloud, compact design.
Bad: Not intended for large businesses.
Bottom Line: This new color MFP is part of the Lexmark GO Line series of smaller, lower-cost devices with enterprise-level features.
Intended Users:
Small, Medium
Speed Black:
Speed Color:
26 ppm
26 ppm
1 GHz
512 MB

Product Overview

The new MC3426adw ($499) is part of the Lexmark’s GO Line series that provide enterprise-level features in smaller, lower-cost devices. It targets small businesses that need an affordable and efficient color MFP. Lexmark boasts that these printers are 30% smaller and lighter for a compact fit on desks and other cramped spaces.

The C3426dw prints at up to 26 ppm and has standard printing, copying, scanning and faxing features. It comes with a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB of memory and a 2.8″ color touchscreen display panel. The 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 10.9 seconds.

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. There are also built-in cloud connectors, so users can print from and scan to services like Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive.

More details is in our Features section below.


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 and a 50-sheet automatic document feeder. Automatic duplexing is standard.

The scanning function uses CIS technology and supports scanning up to 42 ppm in simplex and 96 ppm in duplex. Scans can be sent by email, USB or FTP. File formats supported are PDF, JPEG and TIFF.

As with its other devices, the the MC3426adw 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 printer ships with four 1,500-page toner cartridges (black/cyan/yellow/magenta) cartridge. In addition to the 1,500-page capacity, Lexmark offers extra-high-yield cartridges that are 4,500 pages each.

We’ve calculated the cost per page based on the Return Program prices. The cost is 2.3 cents in black and 13.3 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 MC3426adw has 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?


The MC3426adw MFP isn’t intended for larger businesses, and it also doesn’t support ledger-sized printing.


Lexmark creates innovative imaging solutions and technologies that help customers worldwide print, secure and manage information with ease, efficiency and unmatched value.

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