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The best printer I have had (and I've had a few over the years) I bought this model as it was on "offer", I never knew much abut this make of product before buying it, and I've had it a few years now. This Lex-Mark printer is multi functional for all my needs and replaces the scanner too. I found it scans top quality images and quickly too. It printer very good quality images of photos which can be viewed and printed straight from inserting your memory card into the built in reader (there's a wide choice of sizes too) I love how it talks to you when printing "PRINTING STARTED / PRINTING COMPLETE" (I find myself saying "thank you" to it, but that's another story) The print levels show on your screen so you never have to run out of ink again. The only thing is if you use refilled cartridges, the display won't show as full so it's a chance you might run out. But I personally take the risk to buy the refilled cartridges for half the price as new ones. Which are very expensive for ink! It's reliable and functional for the whole families needs.
I have had this printer for a couple of years now, and it still works, so something must be going right. However there are a a couple of issues, I''l try and address.
It is a 3 in 1 printer. It cost about £80. Basically this means it will scan, copy and print. The benefit to this meant I could ditch my scanner and photocopier. Space is of the essence on my desk. It is in my front room, and I really don't want the place looking like Curry's or Dixons.
The machine itself is quite bulky and connects through a USB lead. The mains supply connects to the rear, and used to forever fall out. Try as I might it just would not stay in. It wasn't as if I moved the machine either. Now I have a piece of plastic (a ruler to be precise) jamming it in. The paper feed will allow 100 pieces of 75gsm paper to fit in, although I've never actually counted them.
The scanner itself is excellent. I collect coins and I scan the images onto an online photo album. The pictures are fantastic. It will scan upto 19200 DPI, but I usually stop at 2400 DPI.
Photocopying and printing can be done in Black/White and Colour. As with all printers the ink can be quite expensive, and I do print a lot out. The children use it a lot for their homework and I do with my office work. It allows you to run a colour and black and white cartridge along side each other. There is also storage for a spare cartridge. These cartridges cost about 15 each. It can manage about 16ppm in B/W and approx 5ppm in Colour.
One problem I did have was when I upgraded my laptop to Vista. The drivers on the disc did not work. Neither did the ones on Lexmark's site. I spent best part of 12 months using my pc with XP on to do the printing. However in the last few months Vista now include them in their generic library, and all works fine.
I have found that this 3 in 1 printer has served a purpose. I have had a few issues with it, but on the whole it has served me well. I will give it 4 dooyoo stars.
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Thi printer is one of the best in te range of speaking on purchase price, it is relaively cheap to purchase under £60 with each cartridge csting between £15-19 dependant on quality, also this printer takes 2 cartridges one colour and one black and white. This printer even has a storage section on the left of it to keep the spare in. The difference in this printer is that you don't actually need a computer to print from, you can scan you're document and it will print like a normal photocopier. You can also use you're daa memory cards and print off these, it is relatively simple to do as you use the screen on the front of the printer to view which picture you require. The printer prints upto the size of A4 and can reduce the size of documents ie 6x4 or A5 dependant on what you require. It comes in 2 colours white and black. It also has an adjustible paper feed for different sized paper and envelopes.