The C912dn has plenty more in its favor. It comes with an internal duplexer, and prints text at a big-office-friendly pace of 15.4 pages per minute. It can print on ledger-size (11-by-17-inch) paper out of a tray, and on hand-fed banner-size (12-by-36-inch) paper. Two paper trays and a multipurpose feeder put the default paper-handling capacity at 1200 sheets.
Though the C912dn is huge, we found it very easy to operate despite its intimidating appearance. The control panel buttons correspond well to the hierarchy of the on-board menus. The top half of the printer lifts up on sturdy supports, allowing easy access to the toner and other imaging components; and the entire paper path slides out on rails from a side door, so clearing jams is easy. Lexmark provides an excellent setup manual and extensive on-screen documentation.
Lexmark's driver attempts to give gray-scale photos more depth by seeding them with speckles of color. The technique definitely improves detail, but the color is too obvious and thus doesn't blend well with the black. Color photos are the C912dn's weak point--our test prints didn't look bad, but they showed some banding and slight muddiness.