Lexmark C543dn Duplex Network Colour Laser Printer – Great Laser Printer

Budget colour laser printer with duplex. Effective, good quality, single-pass colour laser for light home office duties. Be aware that the output tray needs supervision for more than 20 copies.

Speedy delivery, easy set up and excellent printing results. Printer mainly used for small business printing, so nothing complex. Doesn’t like very large files (graphics heavy) and took a long time to think about printing these causing frustration on part of user who kept re-sending for print and basically clogged up memory. Best approach is to pdf large files first and then send to print – but still be patient. No info on cartidge life or replacement cost as yet.

Other reviewers have praised the lexmark c540’s print quality and speed. This is the same machine but with double sided printing. An excellent machine – and cheaper than the non-duplex model, the c540once you’ve used a duplex printer you won’t want to go back to something that only prints on one side. It saves time, it saves money on paper and you’re doing your bit for the environmentit connects using usb or ethernet (your modem/router), it’s quiet, very fast and produces an excellent quality print, double sided, without any hassle. Longterm updateafter 2 1/2 years it’s still working well. To reduce toner costs – go into printer properties and in print quality set it as black only and draft quality (e. Make this the default setting.

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Bargain colour laser printer. I was looking for a new b&w laser printer that could be networked so i could use it with multiple computers. I was also hoping to find an affordable one with duplex capability but they were quite expensive or required additional accessories. Then i found the lexmark c543dn with colour at a great price so took the plunge. The toner cartridges also seem full which is a plus. It was straightforward to set up on my network – once i had setup the ip address from the lcd panel (it also supports dhcp) and plugged it into my broadband modem/wireless router all i had to do was install the driver on the windows 7 (64-bit) computer and it found the printer. I can now print from laptops as well – having installed the drivers the laptop connects to the wireless router and finds the printer. Duplexing works fine – the first side is printed and almost lands in the output tray before it is pulled back in and the other side printed. There is a usb connection too. Overall i am very happy as it meets all my needs: good print quality, colour when needed (you can set to b&w and no dried out ink cartidges if not used for a while), networkable, duplex, good size paper tray, inexpensive, and lots of adjustable software settings e.

Overall happy, duplex printing can cause paper jams/pile. I don’t really take much notice of how much toner its using. As with a lot of similar products these days the initial installation (unpack, assemble) can be fiddly, especially the bits of flmisy palsticy bits that i always fear i will break. This is a common thing these days though. After about a month of operation it started to make a loud clicking noise when printing. I contacted lexmark and they suggested the problem was the cogs not being seated correctly. They sent me instruction on how to fix which included a completely illegible diagram, and again it required me to open the various doors and play around with teh flimsy innards. But i was able to complete the fix and the printer has been fine since (over 2 years). In normal use my main gripe is that when printer a more than a few pages in duplex mode, you do have to watch the output tray as you can get sheets already printed being puched off the printer, or if you put the stopper on it can causes it to reel in previous sheets along with the second duplex page it is printer.

Features of Lexmark C543dn Duplex Network Colour Laser Printer

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  • Vibrant Print Quality: true 1200x1200dpi Resolution
  • Consistant colour tones with professional Pantone calibration
  • Consolidated printing, copying, faxing and colour scanning

Great quality in a small package. Good quality printer, fast and quiet. I’m a light to moderate user and the supplied cartidges lasted me a year and a half. However, when the magenta cartridge ran out, the printer would not let me print at all.Not good as i was half way through printing birthday invites. A new set of cartridges was more expensive than i would have thought, in fact it was cheaper (by £50) to buy a whole new printer with the supplied high-capacity cartridges. It’s a world gone mad when it’s cheaper to do that. So plus points are that the printer is fast, quiet, and small. It’s fairly energy efficient too, and don’t forget it does duplex printing. My only negatives are when the supplies run out, why not let you carry on printing?.

Great quality in a small package. Good quality printer, fast and quiet. I’m a light to moderate user and the supplied cartidges lasted me a year and a half. However, when the magenta cartridge ran out, the printer would not let me print at all.Not good as i was half way through printing birthday invites. A new set of cartridges was more expensive than i would have thought, in fact it was cheaper (by £50) to buy a whole new printer with the supplied high-capacity cartridges. It’s a world gone mad when it’s cheaper to do that. So plus points are that the printer is fast, quiet, and small. It’s fairly energy efficient too, and don’t forget it does duplex printing. My only negatives are when the supplies run out, why not let you carry on printing?.

One comment on “Lexmark C543dn Duplex Network Colour Laser Printer – Great Laser Printer

  1. Great printer but ink refills are eye watering expensive. . Brought this printer 2 -3 years ago for a busy home office. Works great on an rj45 network with dhcp and i also connect to it from my macs n ipads (via software) win xp and win 7 would not have an issue with the printer. It’s fairly fast, fairly decent quality, good size paper tray for the home office or workgroup. As said the duplex is a bonus and all in all its great. But as one of the other review says the ink refills are very expensive and i have to agree on this.
    1. Great printer but ink refills are eye watering expensive. . Brought this printer 2 -3 years ago for a busy home office. Works great on an rj45 network with dhcp and i also connect to it from my macs n ipads (via software) win xp and win 7 would not have an issue with the printer. It’s fairly fast, fairly decent quality, good size paper tray for the home office or workgroup. As said the duplex is a bonus and all in all its great. But as one of the other review says the ink refills are very expensive and i have to agree on this.
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    Works really well, much quieter and better quality print than the hp we used to use. We got it at a really good price too which is always a plus.
    1. Works really well, much quieter and better quality print than the hp we used to use. We got it at a really good price too which is always a plus.
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    Very prompt delivery service. The printer is providing excellent service although we did hope that the toner included with it would have lasted slightly longer than it did.
  4. This review is from : Lexmark C543dn Duplex Network Colour Laser Printer

    Very prompt delivery service. The printer is providing excellent service although we did hope that the toner included with it would have lasted slightly longer than it did.
    1. Just to clarify two points raised. Printed very clearly on the top of the box is a message that says by opening the box you agree to return the cartridges to lexmark for refilling/exchange and to no-one else, or send the printer back if you do not agree. They say they sell other cartridges you can refill elsewhere. The supplied cartridges are designed to work for so long and they will stop-even if there is toner remaining. Well i suppose that is clear enough. Personaly i feel the printer is subsidised by the cost of the inks,although i would hate to sling it because it would be cheaper to by a new printer. I noticed that there is a error message that says ‘unauthorised refill’ – so not sure about getting around the cost of ink by refilling. There are no instructions for setting up.
      1. Just to clarify two points raised. Printed very clearly on the top of the box is a message that says by opening the box you agree to return the cartridges to lexmark for refilling/exchange and to no-one else, or send the printer back if you do not agree. They say they sell other cartridges you can refill elsewhere. The supplied cartridges are designed to work for so long and they will stop-even if there is toner remaining. Well i suppose that is clear enough. Personaly i feel the printer is subsidised by the cost of the inks,although i would hate to sling it because it would be cheaper to by a new printer. I noticed that there is a error message that says ‘unauthorised refill’ – so not sure about getting around the cost of ink by refilling. There are no instructions for setting up.
  5. And it came by free overnight delivery. I spent a long time researching my options for a colour laser printer with automatic duplex. The important factors were price, cost and availability of consumables, and reports of print quality. The lexmark c543dn was the best choice on paper and i ordered it. Although like virtually every other product these days the lexmark came with minimal set-up instructions – i still prefer a proper printed user guide. – it took only a few minutes to unpack the printer, plug it in and let windows 7 find a driver. Setting the stops for a4 paper caused a small problem: effectively the rear stop has to be pushed beyond the apparent rear edge of the tray, but once that was sorted out it was a delight to use. Seems to take a longer time to ‘think about’ printing a large photo file than the hewlett packard 2600 it replaces, but the quality of the print was much better. An excellent printer, and unbelievably it came by free overnight delivery.Great vakue from amazon again.
    1. And it came by free overnight delivery. I spent a long time researching my options for a colour laser printer with automatic duplex. The important factors were price, cost and availability of consumables, and reports of print quality. The lexmark c543dn was the best choice on paper and i ordered it. Although like virtually every other product these days the lexmark came with minimal set-up instructions – i still prefer a proper printed user guide. – it took only a few minutes to unpack the printer, plug it in and let windows 7 find a driver. Setting the stops for a4 paper caused a small problem: effectively the rear stop has to be pushed beyond the apparent rear edge of the tray, but once that was sorted out it was a delight to use. Seems to take a longer time to ‘think about’ printing a large photo file than the hewlett packard 2600 it replaces, but the quality of the print was much better. An excellent printer, and unbelievably it came by free overnight delivery.Great vakue from amazon again.
      1. Lexmarks a pleasure to work with. Hellolike many people i was fed up with the high costs of consumables and even after purchasing a kodak esp 9 last year was still not impressed, the kodak’s ink might be cheap but they were very low volume. So i decided to take the plunge into colour laserjet’s. I knew from previous experience and testing in my job that dell colour laser’s had a very quick and good quality output from the low budget printers. I spent the week reviewing all the options from different manufacturer’s. Many of them had either poor quality or very slow output or came with “starter cartridges” which mostly allowed you to print between 5-800pages before they would need replacing. The next issue was toner costs in some cases it worked out cheaper to replace the printer rather than toners, and if ever need a imaging drum forgot it. I eventually narrowed it down to 2 printers the hp laserjet and the lexmark c543dn, the lexmark was a clear winner. It came with a full set of toners(2000 page)units, and duplexing (double side printing) built in. Plus the toners are about £45 each and once you send back 10 to lexmark they send you one free, but as a home user 10 toners is going to take a lifetime to get through.
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    Lexmarks a pleasure to work with. Hellolike many people i was fed up with the high costs of consumables and even after purchasing a kodak esp 9 last year was still not impressed, the kodak’s ink might be cheap but they were very low volume. So i decided to take the plunge into colour laserjet’s. I knew from previous experience and testing in my job that dell colour laser’s had a very quick and good quality output from the low budget printers. I spent the week reviewing all the options from different manufacturer’s. Many of them had either poor quality or very slow output or came with “starter cartridges” which mostly allowed you to print between 5-800pages before they would need replacing. The next issue was toner costs in some cases it worked out cheaper to replace the printer rather than toners, and if ever need a imaging drum forgot it. I eventually narrowed it down to 2 printers the hp laserjet and the lexmark c543dn, the lexmark was a clear winner. It came with a full set of toners(2000 page)units, and duplexing (double side printing) built in. Plus the toners are about £45 each and once you send back 10 to lexmark they send you one free, but as a home user 10 toners is going to take a lifetime to get through.
    1. This is an amazing printer for the price. I have been buying and selling laser printers for 25 years some costing over £10,000 and without doubt this is the highest quality printer i have ever owned. Per £ cost it offers staggering facilities. Straight out of the box and printing within 5 minutes. Printing coloured booklets (with colour photos) within 10 minutes. Using a reasonably priced higher quality paper the leaflets are phenomenally high quality. The sensors on the printer tell you everything you need to know. Where a paper has jammed, when toner colours are running low, when the output tray is full and so on. They not only tell you when something has happened but attempt to forewarn you. None of that nonsense of running through paper only partially printed when it runs out of toner. It stops when the toner container is emptied. Not when it is partially empty – when it is empty. It stops when the output tray is full – not spilling on to the floor.
      1. This is an amazing printer for the price. I have been buying and selling laser printers for 25 years some costing over £10,000 and without doubt this is the highest quality printer i have ever owned. Per £ cost it offers staggering facilities. Straight out of the box and printing within 5 minutes. Printing coloured booklets (with colour photos) within 10 minutes. Using a reasonably priced higher quality paper the leaflets are phenomenally high quality. The sensors on the printer tell you everything you need to know. Where a paper has jammed, when toner colours are running low, when the output tray is full and so on. They not only tell you when something has happened but attempt to forewarn you. None of that nonsense of running through paper only partially printed when it runs out of toner. It stops when the toner container is emptied. Not when it is partially empty – when it is empty. It stops when the output tray is full – not spilling on to the floor.
  7. This is a great budget laser printer with colour and duplex capability. The only thing that is a little annoying is the speed to print high quality pictures. 6mpixel)jpeg takes up to 10 minutes before printing. I would recommend this product.
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    This is a great budget laser printer with colour and duplex capability. The only thing that is a little annoying is the speed to print high quality pictures. 6mpixel)jpeg takes up to 10 minutes before printing. I would recommend this product.
    1. Great printer with good value ink cartridges. I’ve had some rubbish printers in my time but this is not one of them. I was impressed with the price, given the specification. It was quick to set up with windows 7. I understand it will work with linux os but have not tried this yet. The print quality is excellent. Best of all is the cost of the ink cartridges. It comes fitted with 4 refillable cartridges. These are cheaper than the standard ones but you have to promise to send them back to lexmark for recycling. Not a big deal if like me you usually recycle empty cartridges anyway.
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    Great printer with good value ink cartridges. I’ve had some rubbish printers in my time but this is not one of them. I was impressed with the price, given the specification. It was quick to set up with windows 7. I understand it will work with linux os but have not tried this yet. The print quality is excellent. Best of all is the cost of the ink cartridges. It comes fitted with 4 refillable cartridges. These are cheaper than the standard ones but you have to promise to send them back to lexmark for recycling. Not a big deal if like me you usually recycle empty cartridges anyway.
    1. I was originally thinking about yet another ink jet printer as my canon ip6600d had packed up. I don’t print that often, sometimes not needing a printer for a couple of months or so and always had the problem of the ink jet ink drying up. Even buying compatible ink for my ink jets never really made much financial sense. Did alot of research and finally picked the lexmark c543dn. It’s a fantasic printer – for those used to ink jets it prints so much faster and quieter. The quality of text is far superior and the photo quality is at least as good as my canon was which really impressed me as i expected a laser printer to be poor in this repect. Although the price of toner will be expensive that doesn’t bother me very much as even though i’ve done quite alot of test printing in the last few days the printer reports that the toner cartridges are still 100% full. I can forsee that at this rate i won’t be using it often enough to worry about the toner for at least a year or maybe two.I would recommend to setting the toner darkness setting to 3 rather than the default 4 to help conserve toner better as it’s still dark enough on that setting anyway in my opinion.
      1. I was originally thinking about yet another ink jet printer as my canon ip6600d had packed up. I don’t print that often, sometimes not needing a printer for a couple of months or so and always had the problem of the ink jet ink drying up. Even buying compatible ink for my ink jets never really made much financial sense. Did alot of research and finally picked the lexmark c543dn. It’s a fantasic printer – for those used to ink jets it prints so much faster and quieter. The quality of text is far superior and the photo quality is at least as good as my canon was which really impressed me as i expected a laser printer to be poor in this repect. Although the price of toner will be expensive that doesn’t bother me very much as even though i’ve done quite alot of test printing in the last few days the printer reports that the toner cartridges are still 100% full. I can forsee that at this rate i won’t be using it often enough to worry about the toner for at least a year or maybe two.I would recommend to setting the toner darkness setting to 3 rather than the default 4 to help conserve toner better as it’s still dark enough on that setting anyway in my opinion.
  10. Lexmark 543dn duplex colour laser printer. Great print quality in both b&w and colour. Though it comes with a full set of “high capacity” toner cartridges, the estimated 2,500 capacity of the black cartridge is a fantasy. We reckon we got barely half that from our first 2 cartridges; web searches suggest other purchasers have had the same problem. This makes the running costs nearer 5-6p per sheet than the quoted 2. The toner is expensive – if you use all the toner cartridges at an even rate it would be cheaper to buy a new printer than to replace the cartridges alone, though environmentally irresponsible. The duplex works perfectly, but duplex sheets push previously printed pages off the back of the printer, which can be a bit inconvenient.
  11. This review is from : Lexmark C543dn Duplex Network Colour Laser Printer

    Lexmark 543dn duplex colour laser printer. Great print quality in both b&w and colour. Though it comes with a full set of “high capacity” toner cartridges, the estimated 2,500 capacity of the black cartridge is a fantasy. We reckon we got barely half that from our first 2 cartridges; web searches suggest other purchasers have had the same problem. This makes the running costs nearer 5-6p per sheet than the quoted 2. The toner is expensive – if you use all the toner cartridges at an even rate it would be cheaper to buy a new printer than to replace the cartridges alone, though environmentally irresponsible. The duplex works perfectly, but duplex sheets push previously printed pages off the back of the printer, which can be a bit inconvenient.

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