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IBM Infoprint Color 1354n

At a Glance
  • IBM INFOPRINT COLOR 1354N (IBM-53P7795)

IBM Infoprint Color 1354n
Photograph: Rick Rizner

IBM's Infoprint Color 1354n is a relabeled Lexmark C752n, with identical documentation, drivers, network-management software, and options. It's an affordable and versatile machine. The only significant difference PC World could find between the IBM and Lexmark versions was their pricing on optional gear. IBM's additional 500-sheet tray, which costs $399, and its duplexer, which costs $532, are a few bucks cheaper than Lexmark's comparable add-ons, but IBM's higher-end options are more expensive. IBM's 2000-sheet feeder costs $1332--almost a hundred dollars more than Lexmark's comparable option--and the 3000-sheet finisher costs $2665; you can add the same stapling, hole-punching, and collating features to the Lexmark C752n for $2499. The IBM's toner costs were lower, however: In our page-yield test, IBM's cost per color page was 14 cents, a penny less than the Lexmark's.

The 1354n's performance was average in most ways. It printed text at a modest 13.3 pages per minute and graphics at better-than-average 4.3 ppm. Its heavy black text had slightly rough edges on curves, and narrow parallel lines came out fairly clean. Gritty, dark gray-scale photos managed to show good detail, and color photos also had good detail though their colors looked flat, though natural.

Lexmark's simple design makes this printer easy to use. The menus follow a strict hierarchy and are easy to navigate. Doors on both sides of the printer provide easy access to places where paper might jam, and the printer has hand grips that make it a little easier to pick up and move (though it weighs 105 pounds). With a couple of clicks, the software installer loads drivers and the MarkVision printer management software, and the printer's internal Web server delivers status information and provides remote control.

IBM's 1354n is affordably priced, but some less-expensive models delivered better print quality.

Dan Littman

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At a Glance
  • IBM INFOPRINT COLOR 1354N (IBM-53P7795)

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