Lexmark introduced the monochrome E210 in July 2001 as their first sub-$200 laser printer. Not meant to replace any existing printer, it was the first in a new line of limited-functionality, low cost machines available through office superstores such as Office Max, Staples and Walmart, as well as Lexmark authorized solution providers. The printer was discontinued in the US market in April 2002 but is still available on the international market.
The engine used in the Lexmark model is the ML-1210, first introduced in April 2001 in Samsung's $287 ML-1210. With resolutions of 300 and 600 dpi, a print speed of 12ppm and first time out of less than 13 seconds, the printer offers students, home users and small businesses fast turnaround and laser quality prints at an affordable price. Xerox also has its own version, the Phaser 3210.
The E210 ships with a 1,000-page starter cartridge, which is not available after market. The E210's single element replacement cartridge has an OEM rated yield of 2,000 pages at 5% coverage and retails for less than $80*.
The E210 offers 150 sheets of input capacity and 100 sheets of output capacity and is designed to handle a variety of media types, including envelopes, labels, transparencies and card stock. The E210 uses an easy to install, single-element replacement cartridge and handles print volumes of up to 5,000 pages per month.