Lexmark C543dn review

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  • Pros

  • Excellent print quality
  • Automatic duplexing
  • Network capability
  • Cons

  • Slower speeds
  • Small display

When Lexmark sent us the C543dn color laser printer, I was pretty excited since I really enjoyed printing with the E360dn monochrome laser printer.  With print speeds as fast as 21 pages per minute, a first page out in 12 seconds and two-sided printing, the C543dn seems to be a good option for a small business or workgroup.

But will it live up to the high expectations that the E360dn set?  Read our full review to find out!


  • Print speeds: up to 21 ppm
  • First page out: as fast as 12 seconds
  • Print resolution: 1200 x 1200 dpi
  • Automatic duplexing
  • 417 MHz processor with 128 MB of memory
  • 250-sheet paper tray
  • Operating systems: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
  • Connections: Ethernet 10/100Base TX, Hi-speed USB 2.0

The C543dn is similar to the E360dn in design but a bit larger; its dimensions are approximately 18.5 x 17.5 x 11 inches with the duplexing accessory attached.  But the C543dn has the same mix of dark and light gray casing with the Lexmark logo on the front of the printer, below the control panel area.

The control panel located on the top of the printer is small but includes a 2-line backlit LCD, a menu button, cancel button, back button, two directional arrow keys and an enter button (checkmark).

The output bin is also located on the top of the C543dn; it holds a maximum of 100 pages or 20 lbs bond.

The single sheet manual feed is attached to outside of the 250 sheet paper cassette and both paper trays have adjustable clasps for various sized media.

The toner cartridge access is located on the right side of the machine which was new to me but I liked it.  The cartridges were easy to access and well labeled; installing them was a breeze.

To see the C543dn in action, check out our hands-on video!



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