Lexmark X4875 review
Shelling out top dollar on a printer and finding cut-down “starter” inks in the box is an insult the printer industry seems unwilling to stop dishing out, so full marks to Lexmark for taking the opposite approach. With the X4875 (and the dearer X9575) you get a set of full-whack, high-yield XL cartridges to get you going without the need for an early trip to Amazon.
Credit to Lexmark, also, for being the first to embrace Wi-Fi as a printer accessory that shouldn’t cost the earth. Others have now cottoned on but the X4875 comes with the easy-to-set-up 802.11g that has been standard on Lexmark’s range for some time now. The CD guides you through every step, and the traffic light indicator on the device gives a quick idea of whether you’re on a network at any time.
Of course, you also get the usual USB port and for most people that’s still the simplest method of connection. A 2.4in colour LCD contains a raft of options, and although it at times spreads across a few too many scrolling menus, it’s pretty easy to use. There’s a built-in duplex unit for two-sided printing, and a card reader on the front for all the major formats, including xD.
But while all these features go some way towards justifying the fairly high £81 price, the quality and speed of the device do not. Text is a bit frayed around the edges, and the colour tone of photos is just not natural – unless you like your prints to come straight out of the printer aged and yellowing, we wouldn’t recommend the X4875 as a photo printer. The scanner is equally disappointing, getting the lighting and tone of our test images all wrong.
But it’s document printing the Lexmark is mainly intended for, and speeds of 6.4ppm for mono and 2.1ppm for colour documents are in the middle of the pack. The driver speaks a truly irritating “printing started” message before every job until you disable it – and you will – but all-in-all the X4875 isn’t bad as an office printer.
The sticking point, though, is the price. For just £93 you can pick up the Epson Stylus DX9400F, with fax capability, individual inks, an ADF tray and better quality output. Unless you desperately need the Wi-Fi, the Lexmark can’t quite compete.
|Resolution printer final||4800 x 2400dpi|
|Integrated TFT screen?||yes|
|Rated/quoted print speed||30PPM|
|Maximum paper size||A4|
|Cost per A4 colour page||7.2p|
Power and noise
|Peak noise level||50.0dB(A)|
|Dimensions||454 x 351 x 178mm (WDH)|
|Copier rated mono speed||27cpm|
|Copier rated colour speed||21cpm|
|Fax page memory||N/A|
|6x4in photo print time||1min 22s|
|Mono print speed (measured)||6ppm|
|Colour print speed||2ppm|
|Input tray capacity||100 sheets|
|SD card reader||yes|
|Compact Flash reader||yes|
|Memory Stick reader||yes|
|Other memory media support||MMC|
|Operating system Windows 7 supported?||no|
|Operating system Windows Vista supported?||yes|
|Operating system Windows XP supported?||yes|
|Operating system Windows 2000 supported?||yes|
|Operating system Windows 98SE supported?||no|
|Software supplied||Lexmark Imaging Studio, ABBYY FineReader OCR|
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