Lexmark Revamps A4 Color Printer/MFP Lineup in a Big Way; Includes New ‘Light Production’ 60-PPM A4 CX860 Copier/MFP

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In a major refresh of its A4 color-laser printer and copier/MFP lineup, Lexmark International today rolled out next-generation A4 color lasers and “smart” MFPs featuring seven new models. The new models feature a new tablet-like touch screen, solutions platform, cloud-based solutions platform, while several feature 55,000-page toner capacities, and two A4 60-ppm models are even specifically aimed at high-volume and even light-production printing.

The new models consist of the CX725, CX820, CX825, and CX860, all copier/MFPs, and two standalone printer series, the CS720/725 and CS820 series.

Jan 2016 introductions

Lexmark says many of the new color laser devices feature the highest toner capacities in their class, as well as “industry-leading long-life imaging components, resulting in fewer user interventions and Lexmark’s best-ever color TCO (total cost of ownership).” New Ultra High Yield replacement toner cartridges (shown below) are available for some models, and yield up to 55,000 black pages and up to 55,000 color pages, while other imaging components are designed for use for up to 300,000 pages.

There’s also a new tablet-like Lexmark e-Task touch screen for the new A4 models (print and scan on up to 8.5″x14″). The new e-Task touch screen can be operated via swiping, and can be activated not just by fingertips, but by pens, nails, and gloved fingertips, so that users can avoid direct skin contact.

new tablet like touch screen

Lexmark’s new e-Task tablet-like touch screen.

Flagship CX860

The most noteworthy of the new introductions is the flagship CX860, which can be equipped with the Ultra High Yield Toner cartridges, and features the largest input/output paper capacities. According to Lexmark, it’s designed for large office workgroups, but is “so advanced that it rivals the capabilities of A3 (11″x17″) products, allowing businesses to bring color production in-house,” and is a “no-compromise alternative to high-priced production-print houses and large, high-priced 11″x17″/A3 copiers that require expensive, third-party document-processing devices.”

new ultra high yield toner cartridges

Specifications of note for the flagship CX860 include:

  • 1.6 GHz quad processor and 2 GB of memory.
  • Next-generation Lexmark e-Task 10″ touch screen (shown below).
  • Available Ultra High Yield Toner cartridges (55,000 pages for black; 55,000 pages for each color), plus photoconductors rated up to 175,000 pages.
  • Maximum media capacity of up to 4,300 pages with options.
  • Maximum monthly duty cycle of up to 350,000 pages; recommended monthly page volume of 5,000 to 50,000 pages.
  • Scan speed rated up to 120 sides per minute in duplex scan mode, and up to 60 ppm in simplex scan mode. Features single-pass duplex-scan technology to scan both sides of a page simultaneously.
  • Wireless and mobile printing: Lexmark Print Management is the first Apple AirPrint-certified enterprise print-management solution. Lexmark mobile printing includes support for Apple iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows Mobile printing, with optional wireless and NFC (Near Field Connectivity) direct connectivity from smartphones and tablets. The CX860 is also a Mopria-certified printer and is Google Cloud Print Ready.
  • Optional in-line stapler-finisher and document-hole puncher.

Three CX860 configurations are available, all rated at up to 60 ppm: the CX860DE with standard 650-sheet paper capacity; CX860DTE with standard 1,100-sheet paper capacity; and CX860DTFE with standard 1,100-sheet paper capacity, as well equipped with standard in-line stapler-finisher.

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Lexmark CX860 e-Task touch screen.


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Lexmark’s CX860 equipped with optional document finishing.

For more information and complete specifications for the CX820, visit Lexmark here.

The CX820is the same as the CX860 series, but is a standalone-printer configuration – for more information and complete specifications, visit Lexmark here.

CS720/725 Series​

Going down the line, the CS720/725 series consist of standalone printers with new e-Task interface, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 3 GB of memory, are designed for mid-size workgroups, and are rated at up to 40 or 50 ppm depending on configuration. For more information and complete specifications, visit Lexmark here.

CX825 Series

The CX825 series copier/MFPs are designed for large workgroups and are rated at up to 55 ppm, and may be equipped with optional stapling and document hole-punching.

For more information and complete specifications, visit Lexmark here.

CX820 Series

The CX820 series copier/MFPs are designed for large workgroups, are rated at up to 52 ppm, and feature an optional stapler-finisher. For more information and complete specifications visit Lexmark here.

CX725 Series

At the entry-point level of the new line is the CX725 series of copier/MFPs, which are designed for mid-size to large workgroup​s, and are rated at up to 50 ppm.  For more information and complete specifications, visit Lexmark here.

Feature Kofax TotalAgility Document-Processing Solutions

Lexmark completed its acquisition of Kofax in May 2015, and, reflecting this, each MFP model is enabled with Kofax TotalAgility software for advanced document (scanning) and capture.

According to Lexmark, Kofax TotalAgility is the market’s “first and only unified platform” for the development and deployment of “smart-process applications.” TotalAgility links enterprises’ document processes with their systems of record, making information-intensive interactions with customers more efficient. For more information on TotalAgility, visit Lexmark here.

Also available will be the Kofax Onboarding Agility software. Kofax Onboarding Agility is a “smart” document-process solution that Lexmark says reduces dcoument-process complexity and shortens document-processing time to improve the onboarding experience for new customers. For more information on Onboarding Agility, visit Lexmark here.

Lexmark eSF and cSF

All of the MFP models (CX860, CX825, CX820, and CX725) also feature Lexmark’s Embedded Solutions Framework (eSF) for incorporating various business solutions.

Some Included eSF solutions consist of:

  • AccuRead OCR: Provides document scanning plus OCR (optical character recognition) software for converting paper-based documents into searchable PDFs or Rich Text Format, so that, for instance, documents may be stored in a searchable database. Eliminates post-scanning OCR processing with desktop- or server-based software by processing data directly at the device.
  • Scan Center: Scan a paper document once and route the digital image file to multiple destinations simultaneously to various destinations, including email addresses, network folders, FTP sites, fax machines, electronic document archives, or to other secure network locations. There’s also optional delivery confirmation.
  • Forms and Favorites: Eliminates waste and inaccuracy associated with pre-printed forms and other documents by enabling users to locate and select forms from network storage locations or from content-management applications right from the touch screen. With the Forms and Favorites solution, users can print Microsoft Office documents directly from the device, as well as print PDF, XPS, JPG, PRN, TIFF and other file formats.
  • Card Copy: Copy two-sided identification cards, licenses, and insurance cards by automatically scanning, enlarging, and printing both sides of a two-sided card onto one side of a sheet of paper.

For more information on eSF, visit Lexmark here.

The new MFPs also incorporarw Lexmark’s Cloud Solutions Framework (cSF) that allows the MFP to load and run software solutions tailored to specific needs and industry sectors.  Lexmark devices with cSF can run Web apps designed for the device, accessed via the cloud, or via an on-premise server. (In contrast, eSF applications are created by Lexmark, its partners and customers, and are loaded directly on the device.)

Also available will be optional Perceptive Capture software for extracting scanned information, organizing it, and sharing contents with other people, business systems, and processes.

Color-Imaging Enhancements

The new printers and MFPs feature Lexmark’s Unison core/shell toner, which is designed for producing “brighter, sharper color than ever before.” There’s also built-in Pantone color-calibration, and an embedded color sample, as well as Lexmark Color Replacement technology, which combines spot-color replacement and RGB (red, green, blue) replacement for critical color-matching.

For scanning, there 1,200 dpi scanning and a five-piece optical glass lens to capture very high-resolution details, along with a widened color gamut. Lexmark also says a deep field of focus and very low distortion maintain both color and information accuracy with every scan.

Lexmark hasn’t released pricing or distribution, but the new models will most likely be distributed through authorized Lexmark dealers.

Our Take

In introducing the new models, Lexmark quoted Amy Machado, research manager for market-research firm International Data Corporation (IDC). Machado noted that IDC’s Worldwide Hardcopy Peripherals Format Forecast, Q3 2015 indicates that office adoption of A4 printers and copier/MFPs is continuing strongly: “A4 color MFP’s continue to represent a very strong segment for worldwide MFP activity, with a high 10.5-percent growth rate expected throughout the forecast period.”

Without a doubt, these Lexmark A4 printers and MFPs with available high-yield toner, fast print speeds, document-finishing, solutions- and cloud-solutions platforms are the most A3-like office (and light-production) models we’ve seen from any vendor to date. These new models should only further enable A4 penetration into the A3 space.

More Resources

Lexmark Press Release: Lexmark Streamlines Customer Engagement with Kofax Onboarding Agility

January 2016: Lexmark Said to Be Considering Separate Sales of Its Printer/Copier and Software Groups

October 2015: Lexmark Reports Third-Quarter Results; Exploring ‘Strategic Alternatives’; Sale Rumored

July 2015: Revenue Flat for Lexmark, Announces Restructuring Plan and 500 Job Cuts

May 2015: Lexmark Completes Kofax Acquisition; Bish is New President of Lexmark Enterprise Software Division

May 2015: New Perceptive Checklist Capture for Capturing Content with Lexmark MFPs, Mobile Devices, and Desktops

April 2015: Lower Revenue at Lexmark for First Quarter, But Meets Earnings Forecast

January 2015: Lexmark Reports Loss for Fourth Quarter, but Seventh Consecutive Quarter of Revenue Growth

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