Need an affordable laser printer for the mid-sized office? Take a look at the Lexmark T44. Offering standard draft printing with its inexpensive Lexmark T44 toner, it's going to be hard to find a more affordable printer on the market. There is one problem though—the Lexmark T44 has recently been discontinued. Though buyers can't purchase it directly from the manufacturer, new and used versions are readily available online, and the toners aren't hard to find either.
In order to operate this printer, only one Lexmark T44 toner cartridge is needed, which is filled with black printer toner. These black toners yield around 3,850 pages, which is pretty high. Printers that use toner tend to be much more affordable due to these high yields, even though they may look more expensive. If the OEM printer toner is too expensive though, compatible versions of the Lexmark T44 toner are available from third party vendors. These toners last just as long and create just as high of quality as the OEM Lexmark toner cartridges
but are sold for only a fraction of the price. Unfortunatly, locating these compatible cartridges has become more difficult because Lexmark has been aggressively suing manufacturers and retailers of these cartridges for patent violations.
Expert reviews of the T644 are definitely more positive than consumer reviews. Users tend to find that the overall design of the product is poor and that the unit itself is not durable. Paper jams are common, and buyers find that the printer prints text and graphics crookedly. The T644 crashes often and has a very long warm-up time, according to users. Slow printing speeds are often complained about too. Expert reviews rave about the speeds, saying they are quite fast, and CNET reported that its expandable options are excellent, though expensive. They also find it to be business-friendly due to its low costing Lexmark T644 toner cartridges. The high yields of the printer toner also make it a solid investment, according to CNET reviews.