Lexmark X4875 review

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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.

Lexmark X4875 review

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.

Basic Specifications

Resolution printer final4800 x 2400dpi
Integrated TFT screen?yes
Rated/quoted print speed30PPM
Maximum paper sizeA4
Duplex functionyes

Running costs

Cost per A4 colour page7.2p
Inkjet technologyThermal
Ink typePigment-based

Power and noise

Peak noise level50.0dB(A)
Dimensions454 x 351 x 178mm (WDH)

Copier Specification

Copier rated mono speed27cpm
Copier rated colour speed21cpm
Fax speedN/A
Fax page memoryN/A

Performance tests

6x4in photo print time1min 22s
Mono print speed (measured)6ppm
Colour print speed2ppm

Media Handling

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


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

Flash media

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

OS Support

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 suppliedLexmark Imaging Studio, ABBYY FineReader OCR

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