Setting Up the C792de
Lexmark provides a visual setup guide that goes over the basic installation steps: unpack, load paper, prepare toner cartridges, setup output bin, plug in printer, choose a connection type and install drivers/software.
We chose the Ethernet option so before popping in the provided CD with the drivers and software; we connected the printer to our router. Once we began the CD installation, users are asked to choose between the recommended software installation and the custom installation; we went the recommended installation for the purposes of this review.
The wizard will install the software then ask the user to confirm the connection type. If for some reason you haven’t connected your printer to the router, you’ll need to do so now. The wizard will then search for available printers on your network, select the C792de from the list and hit continue.
The wizard will finish connecting the printer and the installation is complete.
Ease of Use
As a single function printer, the C792de is fairly easy to use since you don’t have multiple devices clogging up the control panel. Besides the 4.3-inch eTask color touch screen, a simple alpha-numerical keypad and three quick keys – home, cancel and sleep – are all that exist on the control panel.
Lexmark has done an excellent job with their touchscreen panels on all their business centric models ranging from the SMB market to large enterprise. They are extremely easy to use with responsive panels set up with large, easy to read icons and intuitive applications. Users can easily customize the home panel with the most used applications for their office while removing unwanted ones.
To see the C792de in action, check out the video demo of the Spot Color application; it also highlights the simplicity of the touch control panel.
I love it when manufacturers include front side USB ports and the C792de is no exception. Pop in your flash drive and the touchscreen automatically updates to include a USB app. Select the flash drive icon and instantly scroll through everything saved on the flash drive – and I do mean everything. But while the C792de makes scrolling easier and allows users print PDFs in addition to traditional image files (JPEG), it would not recognize word documents I had saved on my flash drive. Allowing users to print all files would have been a big bonus for an office printer like the C792de.