The $199 Lexmark E232 is a compact black box with modern, angular styling. Unfortunately, its performance didn't match its looks.
In the lab, we clocked the E232 at an adequate 11.8 pages per minute for text and 6.8 ppm for graphics. The quality of its output, however, was disappointing. Small fonts were grainy and hard to read, while the solid areas in large fonts appeared blotchy. In our line-art test, close lines tended to merge together. Our high-resolution photo came out too dark overall, obscuring fine detail, and it showed some horizontal banding in areas of midtones.
You can fill the paper drawer with up to 250 sheets, and a maximum of 150 pages can collect in the output bin on top of the printer. For more paper capacity, you can buy a 550-sheet secondary paper drawer for $219--$20 more than the E232 itself. If you need to print a lot of envelopes, you should probably step up to a higher-capacity printer. Like many personal laser printers, this one doesn't let you feed more than a single envelope at a time through it.
We found the two-button control panel easy to use, and the Windows printer driver made selecting the print options we wanted to use quite convenient. We tested the unit via its USB 2.0 port, but it lacks an ethernet connection; to network it, you must share it through Windows or buy an external print server.
You might be tempted by this reasonably priced, stylish-looking personal laser printer, but its print quality isn't up to snuff.
Print rated 22 ppm, 2400-by-2400-dpi maximum resolution; Standard 16MB of RAM, 250 sheets input, 150 output; USB 2.0 ports. One-year warranty, 12-hour weekday and 6-hour Saturday toll-call phone support.