Lexmark MS620 Series Review

Good: Lower printing costs with ultra-high-capacity aftermarket toner, 2,300-page maximum paper capacity, strong security features.
Bad: Doesn't accept 11" x 17" paper, too robust for smaller workgroups.
Bottom Line: Robust features for large workgroups and enterprise with high-volume printing needs but don't require multifunctionality.
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Lexmark
MS620 Series
$749-$949
Large, Enterprise
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50 ppm
Not applicable
1 GHz
512 MB / 1GB

Product Overview

Lexmark has refreshed its monochrome (black-and-white) printer and MFP lineup intended for small-to-large-sized workgroups. The new devices include upgrades, such a faster speed, mobile functionality, enhanced environmental features, and extensive security.

This review focuses on the MS620 Series, the single-function versions of the MX620 Series. They print at up to 50 ppm and are intended for large and enterprise workgroups.

This series has two configurations. First, there is the MS621dn ($749) that includes a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB of memory and a 2.4″ color LCD display panel.

Then, there’s the MS622de ($949) that includes 1 GB of memory, and an optional hard disk drive. It also has a 4.3″ e-Task color touch screen panel with a tablet-like interface.

First-page-out-time is up to 6 seconds.

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. Mobile printing is supported via the Lexmark Mobile Print, Apple AirPrint, Mopria and Google Cloud Print apps.

More details on this series is in our Features section below.

The MS620 Series provide strong features along with low printing costs to help larger offices improve efficiency.

Features

Paper handling starts with a 550-sheet tray and a 100-sheet multipurpose feeder. Lexmark offers optional paper trays for up to a maximum 2,300 sheets. They include a 550-sheet locakable tray, a 550-sheet tray and a 250-sheet tray. The trays can accept paper from envelope-size up to legal-sized (8.5″ x 14″).

Output is a 250-sheet bin. The maximum monthly duty cycle is 175,000 pages. However, Lexmark recommends a monthly page volume range of 2,000 to 20,000 pages.

As with its older printers and MFPs, these 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.

Users have a choice of a 6,000-page aftermarket toner, the 15,000-page high-capacity toner, the 20,000-page extra-high-capacity toner, or the 25,000-page ultra-high-capacity toner. We’ve calculated the cost per page based on the ultra-high-capacity toner, which is 1.62 cents.

That’s an excellent cost per page. Users can also take advantage of other features to help keep printing costs down, such as sleep mode and duplexing.

The series include strong security features that’s present on Lexmark’s other printers and MFPs. Some of those features include user authentication, network security, document security, and secure remote management. Optional security features include print release and Lexmark secure document monitor features.

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

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

Shortcomings

This series doesn’t accept ledger-sized (11″ x 17″ or A3) paper. Also, they may be too robust for smaller workgroups.

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