Pros

  • Fast text printing, low price
  • Extra 530-sheet tray costs only $199

Cons

  • No manual paper tray
  • Legal paper requires $129 upgrade

At A Glance

The C500n prints fast, high-quality text at a competitive price, though color graphics quality was disappointing.

Manufacturer’s Description

C500n Color Laser Printer offers quality color printing for office workgroups. Easy-to-share, high impact color laser printer prints 31 monochrome pages per minute and 8 color pages per minute with 1200 x 600 dpi. First page emerges in 13 seconds for monochrome and 19 seconds for color. Ethernet network-ready printer offers 200MHz processor, 64MB standard memory and 250-sheet input tray. Windows and Mac compatible. Energy Star qualified.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.lexmark.com

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number 22R0010
Requirements
Operating System Compatibility
  • Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Microsoft Windows 98
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows XP
General Information
UPC Code 734646010801
Ports and Connections
Wireless connection Yes

Performance

PCWorld Test Center (Quality)
Print quality: Text Superior
Print quality: Color photo Good
Print quality: Grayscale photo Fair
PCWorld Test Center (Speed)
Print speed: Text 24.9   ppm
Performance
300dpi Line Art Image (secs) 16.65
Two-Page Excel Document (secs) 31.32
Color Output Quality Fair
Output Score, Color Photo, Best Quality Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-Color-Best) Fair
4 by 6 Grayscale Photo (secs) 24.19
4 by 6 Color Photo (secs) 26.4
Output Score, Line Art, Default Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-LineArt-Default) Very Good
Output Score, Color Graphics, Default Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-Color-Default) Poor
Ten-Page Word Document (secs) 31.38
Output Score, Text, Default Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-Text-Default) Superior
Overall Scan Quality n/a
Sports Action Shot (secs) 32.77
Grayscale Glossy Output Quality n/a
One-Page Webpage (secs) 21.59
Tested Grayscale Speed (ppm) 2.5
Tested Photo Speed (formerly pf-PCWPhotoSpeed) 1.9
Output Score, Grayscale Graphics, Best Quality Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-Grayscale-Best) Fair
Three-Page Word Document (secs) 31.99
Tested Glossy Photo Speed (ppm) 1.8
Tested Lineart Speed (ppm) 3.6
Tested Color Speed (ppm) 3.0
Line Art Output Quality Very Good