"Very mediocre"2.5 starson 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.