This printer is worth the cost. Lasts a long time and works well.
11 January 2012
Summary: I have had this thing for almost 9 years and I always wanted to give a long term users perspective. I bought this for my Linux setup. I wanted a good laser printer. Lets start with the build. It looks cheap on the outside However, it uses real metal chassis (not plastic). It has real machine screws and if you really savvy with a screwdriver, its a reasonably easy printer to repair. Lets start with this printers biggest jammer. those paper pickup rollers.
Summary: I have been using the Lexmark E232 since it came out in 2005. It is a great work printer. I was using a HP II before and this one is much better with the same features. To get a refirb is about $125. With no toner or drum. Which is $60 to $70 dollars. If you can buy a new in the box Cheaper than that you have a steal.
Summary: This printer has saved us hundreds of dollars in ink--and the speed and LACK of maintenance required has been great too! Let go of your inkjet and send your photos to a photo lab. Highly recommended for family printing.
Summary: We use this printer in our office and it's printing almost non-stop. No problems with the printer. We use toner refill kits to save on costs, and only have to replace the actual toner cartridge about once a year. Would highly recommend.
Summary: I purchased this printer in April (2005) and soon noticed that it made a loud noise that lasted a few seconds, every few hours. The Tech Support team kept saying it was a faulty clutch and would sent me a new refurished) printer within a few days. They did send another printer but within minutes the noise began again and did so with the next FOUR printers they sent me.
Summary: This printer has performed very well and both print speed and print quality are excellent for my light-duty home office. I especially like the software duplex feature. The printer doesn't have a mechanical duplexer like more expensive printers. However, there is a printer driver setting that prints every other page. It then prompts you to flip over the entire document to print on the other side.
Summary: I've owned two of these printers for over 5 years now in a small business environment. Both have been absolutely bulletproof, produce sharp printouts, and the first page is available in 5 seconds. They behave well with aftermarket consumables. I agree with the reviewer that it will suddenly come to life for ~ 1 second every 4 hours or so, as if you woke it up from a nap. I've become accustomed to it, sort of like a cuckoo clock.
Summary: Like the previous reviewer I got mine for a great price from Staples which more than makes it worth my while. My first try at setting up the printer was unsuccessful ... I had consistent paper jams once the sheet finally left the paper tray - so I took my original printer back to Staples and exchanged it for a new one that works just fine. The printer quality is great for what I do (Word and Excel mostly) and the speed is fantastic. No complaints in either department.
Summary: I've set up the printer today and the installation was pretty easy. I have a couple of other laser printers and E232 is compatible with other printers in terms of the printing output quality. I got it with a very good promotion price from staples. I was impressed with the printing speed of the printer. It was very fast and has a large paper holding tray which is a convenient feature. I am very satisfied with the printer.