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At first glance, the Lexmark E120n is just another $150 laser printer and is not much different from the three other printers at or near the same price point in this Buyer's Guide. In addition to being quite compact - its dimensions are 9.8" x 15.3" x 14.6" (25cm x 38.8cm x 37xm) and it weighs 15.2 lbs (6.9 kg) - it also comes equipped with a 10/100 Ethernet interface, as well as the now-standard USB 2.0 port. It also prints at a up to a decent 19 ppm, with resolution of 600x600 to which Lexmark applies some dithering magic for 1200x1200 image output quality.
The E120n uses fairly low page-yield consumables that produce up to only 2,000 pages. These cost $67 for return program models and $87 for keepers, which produce cost-per-page numbers of 3.35 and 4.3 cents per page. Aftermarket products are also available at prices in the $40-$50 range, which brings costs down a bit from there.
Text output from the C3400n is a little bit less sharp and clear than what you'll get from more expensive printers but is certainly good enough for everyday use. We found type starting to fuzz up a little between 3 and 4 points, whereas other laser printers didn't show this effect until between 2 and 3 points (which requires a magnifying glass to see). Graphics and halftone output both show some banding and posterization in gray areas, but is good enough for internal use (but not for professional publication).
Low-paper capacity is the real Achilles heel for this printer, however. It provides a 15-sheet capacity in its multipurpose feeder, and a 150-sheet standard tray, with no options for additional trays so that paper capacity tops out at a mere 165 pages.