Lexmark MX620 Series Review

Good: Lower printing costs with ultra-high-capacity aftermarket toner, 100 ppm duplex scanning, inline stapling finishing option.
Bad: Doesn't accept 11" x 17" paper, too robust for smaller workgroups.
Bottom Line: Strong features in a robust and compact MFP intended for larger workgroups and enterprise.
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Lexmark
MX620 Series
$1,499-$1,799
Large, Enterprise
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50 ppm
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2 GHz
2 GB
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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 MX620 Series. They print and copy at up to 50 ppm and are intended for large and enterprise workgroups.

This series has two configurations. First, there is the MX622ade ($1,499) that offers standard printing, copying, scanning, and faxing functions. It comes with a 2 GHz processor and 2 GB of memory.

Then, there’s the MX622adhe ($1,799) that offers the same features as the MX622ade, but also includes a standard hard disk drive.

Both configurations include a 7″ 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 MX620 Series provide strong features along with low printing costs to help larger offices improve efficiency. We especially want to recognize its document feeder with a capability of scanning up to 100 ppm in a single-pass duplex.

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 of 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 size (8.5″ x 14″).

Output is a 250-sheet bin. Lexmark offers an optional inline stapling finisher with up to 20 sheets single-position stapling. There’s a 50-sheet automatic document feeder that supports single-pass duplexing and can scan up to 100 ppm (duplex). The maximum monthly duty cycle is 175,000 pages. However, Lexmark recommends a monthly page volume range of 2,000 to 20,000 pages.

The series support color scanning with CIS technology. Files can be scanned to email, FTP, USB or the Lexmark Document Solutions Suite. File formats supported are JPEG, PDF, secure PDF, TIFF and XPS.

The faxing function uses the 33.6kbps modem.

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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