Thanks to the eTask touchscreen, saved applications and front side USB port, the C792de is very much intended to be used as a standalone device but it can also be used in the more traditional format by printing from your workstation. The C792de is network ready and, when set up over an Ethernet connection, has an embedded web server for use by both employees and administrators.
Lexmark displays real time device information for employees including toner levels, paper levels and device statistics as well as allows admins to peruse and adjust device settings, network settings, security settings or copy other lexmark devices.
As always, users can adjust simple print settings for individual jobs using the print preferences/properties menu found in most web browsers and word applications. One of the cool features when using the standard print preferences menu is the Print and Hold function. Select a user name and then select the type of print – confidential print, verify print, reserve print or repeat print. All four allows users to store their document or image on the printer for access later.
Print Speed and Quality Tests
The C792de designed with medium businesses and large workgroups in mind so print speeds and print resolution are definite selling points. Lexmark claims that the C792de boasts print speeds up to 50 ppm in both black and white and color and we found these numbers to be extremely accurate during our tests.
The C792de printed our 40-page black and white text document in less than a minute so we tripled it for testing purposes. The C792de printed a 120-page black and white text document in two and half minutes with a first page out in about 7 seconds with an average print speed of 50 ppm. When we added color into the equation, we saw identical print speeds.
Lexmark allows users to adjust the toner darkness when printing both black and white and color images. The standard value is 4, but we also printed documents at a 1, the lightest level. You can see the difference below. The text is lighter, but it doesn’t lose its sharpness either.
Lexmark also offers ColorSaver, RGB Correction, Color matching and Fine Line Enhancement.
The C792de comes with automatic duplexing; while we usually see a slight print speed drop with duplexing the C792de was an exception. In our tests, the C792de printed a double sided first page out in about 12 seconds with an average print speed of 25 ppm (50 ppm double sided).
The print quality was excellent. Businesses will get exactly what they expect when it comes to both professional black and white text documents and brightly colored images. The Spot Color replacement feature we’d demoed earlier in the review is a great tool.