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I was fortunate enough to buy this printer for £70 last year - from Amazon.
I decided to go for a mono laser printer after endless hassle with poor quality colour inkjet printers. We hardly ever printed anything in colour so the move to a black and white laser was ideal for us.
Not much to say about unpacking it. It comes with the standard 3 pin "kettle lead" and mine came with a (short) CAT5 network cable (NO USB cable though, as usual with printers). Also included is one of those big fold-out step-by-step setup guides and the driver CD.
I was a little wary of the Lexmark brand, but this printer has performed absolutely flawlessly for the 12 months I've had it. I print maybe 30 or 40 pages per week - hardly heavy usage - but nevertheless, it has never put a foot wrong.
My PCs all run either Windows Vista or Windows 7, and the setup for those two operating systems is a complete doddle! I didn't use the included driver CD. Just go to the Control Panel (in Windows), find Printers, click 'add printer' and the 'bonjour' network service has your networked printer showing up on screen. Select the printer, click 'add' and that's it. Windows talks to the printer, gets the appropriate settings and prints a test page right before your eyes!
As usual with laser printers, the branded toners can seem expensive - around £50 for a genuine Lexmark. I decided to try refilling my toner cartridge with some cheap (£20) toner from Ebay and it was fine.
The printer has it's own web-based control panel - simply run Internet Explorer (or Firefox!) and navigate to http://your-printer's-ip-address - the resulting screens will allow you to change various print settings (darkness, dpi etc) as well as viewing the toner levels. After I'd refilled my cartridge the print capacity was back up to 2000+ pages ... £20 for 2000 pages isn't so bad! Certainly better than the endless colour ink cartridges I was buying before my move to laser.
The printer sits 2 feet from me on my desk, and the noise levels are minimal - I can comfortably be on the phone and printing with no issues at all.
Printing from cold is perfectly quick enough - I haven't timed it but from hitting 'print' on the PC I'd guess you'll be reading the page within 10 to 15 seconds.
If I'd known how fantastic this printer was going to be, I'd have bough 2 or 3 when I had the chance.
Thoroughly recommended. If you're hanging back because of the old Lexmark horror stories, please don't - just get one of these and you won't regret it.