Lexmark Impact S305 review

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What a difference an interface makes. The Lexmark Impact S305 is almost identical to the dearer Interact S605, with the same four-colour print engine and 1,200 x 2,400ppi scanner, so it has the same speeds and output quality across the board. The differences come in features, with the current saving of just over £20 losing you two things: the S605’s duplex unit and its touchscreen.

Lexmark Impact S305 review

The former isn’t a huge blow, but a single-line LCD text panel is about as far from the icon-led touch interface of the S605 as it’s possible to get. It makes copying and scanning a chore, forcing you to wade through umpteen menu options just to alter the page size or remove the white borders on a photo copy. The S605’s Interact nickname is fitting; calling the S305 Impact is laughable by comparison.

Lexmark Impact S305

It isn’t a bad all-in-one, though, as its print engine is capable of producing good results. Those used to the combined cartridges of old Lexmark printers will breathe a sigh of relief to see individual inks, with a pigmented black and dye-based colours ensuring solid text and vibrant images. Photos are grainier and less punchy than on the top-end Canons, but Lexmark is finally back into the second tier in the print quality league.

It’s also quick, producing mono text that’s only slightly thin and feathered at 9.4ppm, with colour at 4.5ppm. Better still is that best-quality 6 x 4in photos take just 30 seconds, with A4 prints just over a minute. That the quality remains high is remarkable. Scans and copies slow things down a little and scanned images aren’t totally sharp and colour-accurate, but it’s a solid all-rounder.

All this comes cheap, with the Lexmark Impact S305 costing just £59 exc VAT. Quality is just about up there with the cheapest Pixmas, but for a budget device we’d argue that the Lexmark’s Wi-Fi and card readers, along with fast printing and copying speeds, make it a better choice. If you can stretch to the S605 we’d recommend it for ease of use, but for less than £60, the S305 won’t disappoint.


Speed rating4

Basic Specifications

Resolution printer final4800 x 1200dpi
Integrated TFT screen?no
Rated/quoted print speed33PPM
Maximum paper sizeA4
Duplex functionno

Running costs

Cost per A4 mono page9.7p
Inkjet technologyThermal
Ink typeDye-based colour, pigment-based black

Power and noise

Dimensions465 x 338 x 178mm (WDH)

Copier Specification

Copier rated mono speed25cpm
Fax speedN/A
Fax page memoryN/A

Performance tests

6x4in photo print time30s
A4 photo print time1min 5s
Mono print speed (measured)9.4ppm
Colour print speed4.5ppm

Media Handling

Borderless printing?yes
CD/DVD printing?no
Input tray capacity100 sheets


USB connection?yes
Ethernet connection?no
PictBridge port?yes

Flash media

SD card readeryes
Compact Flash readerno
Memory Stick readeryes
xD-card readeryes
Other memory media supportMMC

OS Support

Operating system Windows 7 supported?yes
Operating system Windows Vista supported?yes
Operating system Windows XP supported?yes
Other operating system supportMac OS X 10.3.9 or later

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