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I'm on my second Lexmark X1290 printer. The first I had to return because it would not print and the issue could not be resolved. I've had my second printer for less than a year and it just abruptly stopped printing black ink. I will NEVER buy another Lexmark!
Lexmark X1290 Another one of those supermarket bargains I just could not resist! Bought it about three years ago from Tescos for around £40 complete with inkcartridges! A great buy,snapped it up as I had one of the older models and the inkcartridges are very expensive! Thats the problem with these,good functions,reasonable job of printing,not the best but ok for home use.Its the cost of the replacement inkcartridges that let this model down big time.Black ink costs around £25 and colour a whopping £30 from WHSmith,So thats why it was so cheap! I would not buy another,even though it has done a good job and has never broken down,ok from time to time the paper gets stuck or comes out askew but usually it does a fine job.Next time I will shop around and not rush in to buy another cheap printer.Check out the cost of inkcartridges as this will cost you long term,ok if bought very cheap but throw it away when the inks gone,best avoid this one!
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Lexmark, not my favourite make of printer of all time! They break down quite a lot and very easily, they are hard to use and if your paper gets jammed, you might aswell employ a printer engineer to press all the buttons to reset it! For example, my paper gets stuck, i do what it says, but still no! They also have a habit of feeding out the first sheet of paper as soon as powered on! This lexmark printer looks attractive and gets the job done, but not easily. Personally i would reccommend a "Brother" printer or a "Canon" I think they are a lot more straight forward compared to this one!!! Other downsides are the printing quality isn't actually that great, too dark, too light, too liney etc etc the list is endless, lexmarks helpline isn't that great either, "Refer to the manual" is usually the instruction given! So be warned!
It looks pretty, it has an attractive price but you will do better buying another brand.
First off, when you open the box and start to set it up you find the required USB lead is not supplied and of course it's not a standard one.
Sooner than expected the number 17 & 27 cartridges supplied will use up the ink, it's then you find out it's probably cheaper to buy a new printer than purchase the replacement high yield number 16 & 26 cartridges.
If the printer is not in constant daily use, the print heads soon dry up and require purging with damp tissue to get them working again.
My installation CD was corrupt requiring a download to get it working. Faxing has never worked and Lexmark technical support require payment of £15 via credit card before assisting.
The only good point about this item is the scanner.
An excellent all round preformer. Good as a home/small office printer. Funtionally rich - offering printing /copying and faxing. Well designed for ease of acces to the relevant parts - scanner/copier, paper feed,and ink cartidges. Simple and elegant layout with minimal added "bits". only the buttons required to switch on and make copies on the user panel.
The user interface on the PC is good. Allowing access to all the functions and settings required. There is a visual status of your ink cartidges showing the levels of ink.
You can also access the coper function without using the PC - place your doccument on the flat bed scanner and press the copy button it is simple as that.
Installing cartidges and replacing is a simple process. where you click the cartidge in and lock it down - it's even colour coded so you can't mix up the colour and the black cartridges. Cartidge cleaning and alignment is easy with the on screen tools.
The only real downside is the cost of replacement cartidges - they cost more than the original printer did!! I would recommend trying to refill the cartidges - al;though this can be a tricky and messy business but is financialy worth it. An other gripe is the position of the USB cable connection - it is a bit fiddly but once set up should be ok.
I had some "fun" setting the printer up to work with Windows Vista due to driver problems, but once this was sorted the printer worked like a dream