IBM Infoprint 1410
At a Glance
At $1596, the IBM Infoprint 1410 is the most expensive laser MFP we tested this month. It includes an automatic duplexer, and in addition to faxing, it allows you to send and receive e-mail messages containing attachments or Web links. The very simple console presents a large LCD and buttons for faxing, copying, e-mailing, and printing, as well as a phone pad.
But the Infoprint 1410 doesn't include a dedicated scan button. In order to scan, we had to use a computer and go through Windows XP's built-in scanning driver. Still, scanning a 4-by-5-inch photo at 100 dpi was speedy, taking just 18 seconds compared with the average of 32 seconds for laser MFPs. Its color scans weren't as attractive as the ones some other models produced, and its grayscale scans netted a score of only Fair; all other laser MFPs we tested scored higher.
Performance is the Infoprint 1410's strong suit--it certainly is fast. In addition to its speedy scans, it printed text at 16.9 ppm and grayscale graphics at a ripping 8.5 ppm. The only other MFP that rivaled its graphics print speeds was the Lexmark X422 at 8.0 ppm, but that's not surprising considering that the two models are basically the same device.
The Infoprint 1410 uses the same engine, driver, and casing as the Lexmark X422. Like the X422, it includes a 250-sheet input tray, with optional 250-sheet and 500-sheet trays. Other options include extra memory, up to a total of 384MB (128MB is standard). The manual is printed in many languages, but isn't very extensive.
Its printed text received a score of Outstanding (along the lines of most monochrome laser printers), and it earned scores of Good in all other areas. Grayscale graphics looked slightly lighter than what most other laser MFPs printed in our tests, while narrow parallel lines printed distinctly in our line art test document. As a copier, the Infoprint 1410 also performed well, copying a text document at a fast 5.9 ppm. Like almost all of the laser MFPs we tested, the Infoprint 1410 received a Very Good score for its copy quality; copies showed little detail, though.
Though its price is somewhat high, the Infoprint 1410 has the speed and image quality for busy networked offices.