Lexmark Premium Glossy review

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Despite being sold directly through Lexmark’s website, the Premium Glossy paper is well priced; other manufacturers charge a premium when selling direct.

Although it didn’t produce the best quality prints we saw, it was only a little behind the leaders. It suited HP printers, with photos looking as good as the pricier HP paper. This meant detail was sharp and colour rendition excellent. It isn’t quite as fade resistant as HP’s Premium Plus paper, but you’d be hard-pushed to notice any difference from the initial prints.

As you’d expect, both the Lexmark printers managed good results with the paper, but neither printer could match our HP reference print for quality. We also found a slightly different colour balance compared to the original Lexmark print from our Labs.

The Canon iP5200R printer tended to make skin tones slightly orange, but the Lexmark paper softened this, meaning it provided better prints than Canon’s own paper. Since the iP5200R’s prints are also resistant to fading, Lexmark’s paper is a good match here. The iP8500’s ink fades noticeably with all papers, but the Lexmark paper didn’t allow skin tones to turn nearly as purple as most.

It was only the Epson printers that didn’t find a sweet spot with Lexmark paper, with the R240’s print fading considerably. Oddly, the R340’s print showed almost no fading at all.

At this price, Lexmark’s Premium Glossy is a great buy. Just note that PC Line Premium Glossy is more resistant to drops and splashes.

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