"Very mediocre"on by StJamesG8
Pros Speed, text quality
Cons Noisy, sub-par graphics...too contrasty, grainy at 4800Q
Summary I do color magazine layout and have been looking for a color laser for proofs and other small color jobs. After reading all the hype about this printer, I had high hopes. But they were dashed quickly after a few prints. The 532n produces overly-contrasty, grainy graphic images/photos even at the 4800 quality setting using either the PCL or PS driver. I tried every setting possible, but unfortunately, the contrast default is zero and can't be adjusted down...only up from there. Brochures with small photos/graphics displayed way too much contrast and grain with slight banding in some areas. Colors aren't as accurate as the Xerox 6120 or HP 1600/2600/3600 series, and images aren't as sharp. From my experience, the Xerox 6120 produces some excellent, smooth photo/graphic images with amazing color accuracy, and the c532n is at the other end of the spectrum. I've tried two Okis, HP 1600 & 2600, Xerox 6120, and the Lex c532n produced the poorest image quality overall. This printer's strong point is text and maybe simple color charts. If you do brochures or flyers, you'll have to back the contrast way off to get decent results with this printer. But then you'll have the graininess to deal with, which really shows up in faces that can look like salt and pepper.
After seeing results from other color lasers in the same price range which produce better overall quality, I don't understand how the c532n received such a high score.
"Great printer"on by brupnow
Pros Fast, reliable, quality output. I don't work in graphic arts so maybe my needs aren't the same as the individual who does magazine prints but I do print client facing documents from this printer routinely.
Cons Noisy and the toner's expensive.
Summary I rarely write reviews for anything but when I saw the negative ones on this printer, I was compelled because I have been very happy with mine.
Pros Fast, quality color printing with nice print. Graphics are great too provided you have a good electronic image to start with.
Cons Doesn't come with USB cable and it isn't intuitive what drivers to load for Windows Vista - many are at the site but only one is needed.
Summary I've only had this a few days and so far I'm very satisfied with it. My experience matches well with CNET's rating. It is heavy but my recommendation is if you want a light weight color printer, buy an ink jet. I'm just happy to a fast good quality printer where my ink won't dry out during long periods of non-use. If you are looking for printers, you should know that an "n" at the end of the product model designates "network" and a "d" designates "duplex" so don't expect to get automatic double sided printing with the C532n - you'll have to pay extra and jump up to the "dn" model which is more expensive and also one more thing that can break.
Toner cartridges are easy to remove from the front. Printer's asthetics are pleasing in my opinion for a color laser printer.
Pros print quality, customer services
Cons software is not Compatible to Quarke express
Summary I got the printer, tried to use it but didn't work. called up customer service tried to fix the software for 4 hours.. but with no success, customer service rep found the right software and called me back. But now, the when printing in quarkexpress and regular Jpeg, the print didn't respond. So this print is really bad. Don't buy it.
Pros Easy setup; clean, quick printing
Cons heavy, bulky
Summary I often go to CNET for a quick look at products before purchasing. Unfortunately, a quick look at "The Good" for this printer identified automatic duplexing, when in fact the C532n does not offer it. Only, you don't see that because it's burried half way done the page.