Wi-Fi Enabled Lexmark Printer For The Home Office

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Printers are essential in any home or office as it can print your documents on the fly. And while there are a lot of printers to choose from (some going as low as $50), there will always be a product that can do more than just ‘print.’ The new Lexmark printer is just that – it is a 3-in-1 printer that connects to your wireless network so you can print anywhere.


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The wireless function is easy to set-up: all a user has to do is to install the driver on the computer, type in the wireless network password (if enabled), and let the printer hook itself up to the network. If there is no wireless network available, one can opt to hook the printer up via the USB port.

The X4650 can copy documents, scan photos, and print photos or documents. It comes with a PictBridge port for instant printing and has two memory card slots that can read SD, Memory Stick, xD, MMC, CF, and MD cards.

The power, copy, scan, photo, start, colour/black, cancel, setup, left and right, OK, and back buttons are found on top of the printer, along with a monochrome LCD that displays the function and setting options.

 


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To test the unit, we used a couple of pages from the latest issue of SmartHouse magazine to check how the copy function fares. The replicated pages are noticeably lighter than the original, with us having to change the Lighter/Darker setting to get the scans right.

The Scan function will automatically save files to a connected USB flash drive or Memory Card, or directly save it to the computer using any compatible (and available) software like Photoshop, Illustrator, or Paint. It also saves scanned files as JPEG file without having to use any software and can even be sent to anyone via an e-mail attachment automatically.

Scanned images are accurate if you adjust the DPI to the highest setting (600dpi), but fails to deliver sharp photos when set to its automatic mode. The printer does not have problems scanning documents though, allowing users to use the Scan and Edit Text (OCR) function to convert printed materials to digital files.

 


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The Photo function can directly print files stored on the memory card or camera, and prints 10x15cm, 10x15cm on A4, 13x18cm on A4, A4 on A4, 9x13cm on A4 paper, or 20x25cm photos. Since the screen cannot display the photos stored on the device, the X4650 comes with a Photo Proof Sheet that displays all the stored photos, allowing users to shade the photos that are going to be printed. All a user needs to do afterwards is to load the photo paper, place the proof sheet on the scanner glass, and select scan proof sheet to print automatically.

The X4650 was able to print around 12 pages of text documents (set to draft mode) or around 6 pages (set to normal mode) per minute. A4 photos printed in normal mode took 73 seconds, while it took the printer close to 135 seconds to print the same photo in ‘best’ mode. This slow printing speed may turn some users off, since a lot of users want their prints to be done as soon as possible.

While the Lexmark X4650 is not as good as other multifunction printers out in the market, it is still a worthy addition to any home office as it can print wirelessly. Cartridges will cost $27.96 (Black) and $30.95 (Colour), with users being able to purchase a “High Yield” cartridge that prints twice as much for $34.95 (Black) and $41.95 (Colour). The X4650 has an RRP of $169 and is available now.

See page over for product specifications and final rating.

 

Lexmark X4650 Wireless 3-in-1 Printer Specifications:

Print Technology:  Thermal Inkjet
Colour Technology:  4 Colour Inkjet – Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
Optional 6 Colour Photo Printing
Scan Technology: CIS with 36 bit depth
Function:
Colour Copying
Colour Printing
Colour Scanning

Maximum Print Speed (Draft, Colour): Up to 18 ppm
Maximum Print Speed (Draft, Black): Up to 25 ppm
Maximum Print Speed (Normal, Black): Up to 15 ppm
Maximum Print Speed (Normal, Colour): Up to 3 ppm
Maximum Copy Speed (Draft, Black): Up to 15 cpm
Maximum Copy Speed (Draft, Colour): Up to 10 cpm
Maximum Copy Speed (Normal, Black): Up to 9 cpm
Maximum Copy Speed (Normal, Colour): Up to 1 cpm

Print Resolution, Black Up to 1200 x 1200 dpi
Print Resolution, Colour Up to 4800 x 1200 dpi
Scan Resolution, Enhanced Up to 19200 x 19200  dpi
Scan Resolution, Optical 600 x 1200 dpi


Standard Ports:
USB 2.0 Specification Hi-Speed Certified
USB pass-through via PictBridge port
802.11g/b Wireless
PictBridge Certified USB Port: Yes

Digital Media Memory Card Compatibility:

  • CompactFlash I & II
  • Sony Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO
  • Secure Digital (SD) Card
  • MultiMediaCard (MMC)
  • Microdrive
  • xD Card
  • Sony Memory Stick Duo (with adapter) 
  • Mini Secure Digital (Mini SD) Card (with adapter)
  • Sony Memory Stick PRO Duo (with adapter) 
  • SanDisk TransFlash Memory Module (with adapter)
  • RS-MMC (with adapter)
  • xD Card Type M, Type H 
  • MultiMediaCard (MMC) Mobile (with adapter)
  • Micro Secure Digital (Micro SD) Card (with adapter)
  • Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card (with adapter)

Reduce / Enlarge Range 25 – 400 %
Scan Area, Maximum (mm) 216 x 297  mm

Size: 175 x 459 x 331 mm
Weight: 5.3 kg

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Lexmark X4650 Wireless 3-in-1 Printer | $169 |  | www.lexmark.com.au

For: Copy, Scan, and Print functions; Wireless capability; Easy to use software
Against: Scanned photos are accurate only if set to highest dpi setting; Colour printing is slow; Cost per page is a bit expensive; Screen does not display photos
Conclusion: On the go wireless printing with Lexmark.

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