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We've had this printer now for over a year and it is a pain. I have a wide range of frustrations with the machinery and software that came with this printer, some of which I hope you (if you buy or have bought) this printer never experience.
The Machine Itself: - Within a month of just general household usage, printing out bills for example, the see-through plastic guard had broken. Now... I am yet to actually understand what that guard prevents, as far as I'm concerned its completely useless! Print speed is also another irritating problem with this machine in my experience, a job of 20 one-side pages took over 10 minutes. Considering the fact this printing job was only half an A4 page of black text I was not impressed.
However, for all its faults (and there are many) I am generally happy with the quality of the printing once it has actually finished. There hasn't been any incidences of splotches or blips and blobs appearing on crisp white A4 sheets of paper. Nor has there been any radical blurring of the text or images printed- in-fact I've only needed to run the maintenance tools to clean and calibrate the print heads a few times over the past months.
One final boggle that I thought I'd share in the review is somewhat self-inflicted but the programs that are sent out with the printer are beyond useless. I've had the printer for over a year and whilst we've been successful in installing and booting up the photo editing program (which also deals with retrieving the scans from the printer) using it is very difficult and the polar opposite of user friendly. Equally the minute the ink levels fall below 30% (I have guestimated) 2 pop-ups appear letting you know, each and every time you ask for the printer to process a job which becomes unbelievably frustrating if you are printing off a few separate jobs.
In conclusion this is certainly not a printer I would recommend to anyone myself however I am willing to accept that whilst I may have had a traumatic experience with the print others may have found it perfect for what they wanted. I would suggest anyone looking at it to read a range of reviews before making a decision! Oh, one last pointer, make sure your computer is compatible with the software and drivers for the printer because if it isn't, finding the drivers and getting them to work can be difficult to say the least.
When my last printer began chewing up my assignment the day before deadline, i panicked and headeed straight down to currys to buy the first available printer i could lay my hands on. There wasn't any technical desicions about buying this. It was cheap and available. Upon using the printer for a couple of months now i've realised that actually this is very good value for money. It is reliable and easy to use. Just plug it in and switch it on and print. Its simple. Not only that, this printer is also a photocopier which is also very straight forward and makes good quality prints. There is also the option to choose from colour photocopying and black and white which is a handy feature to save on coloured ink. The catridges were a bit fiddly to change first time but after doing it once, i am confident i'll remember how to do it next time. It's not too bad for ink consumption and seems to continue a long while after it tells you that the ink is low! This also has a scanning feature which i have to say i've never used but the quality of it's other functions are very high.
The only down side to this printer is that it isn't wi fi and this can be a nuisance when printing from the computer. if this was set up with a pc, it wouldn't be a problem.
I would recommend this printer as it is versatile and high quality at a bargain price and i'm very pleased i stumbled upon it by accident.
When sorting out my things before going to university I realised that I would need a new printer, as I was sure my family wouldn't appreciate me stealing the main one we had at home.
I was keen to buy an all-in-one printer as it would be cheaper and also allow be to do anything I needed for my university assignments. The space saving and one plug aspect also appealed to me.
I bought the printer for £39.99 and got some spare cartridges and photo paper free as part of a special offer. One opening the packaging I was very pleased with the design. The control panel was also attractive and simple to use.
The installation instructions were extremely simple, and the start up program took only a few minutes to complete. The printer itself didn't come with a USB cable, luckily I had a spare.
I have found the printer itself to be very efficient. The scanner is easy to use, unlike other all-in ones I've experienced as well as allowing you to scan to various different places including emails, and word documents. The printer is also very sharp, particularly with black ink and reasonably fast for the price.
This printer is a desirable printer for anyone because it has a scanner and a printer inside but when you buy it all comes to reality to why it is so cheap.
The quality: is very good of the buttons and the material used to make the printer however after a couple of weeks it does get damaged and attracts alot of dust.
Printing: is not so good you owuld expect the quality to be really high but its the opposite not very good with the printing and the paper is always getting jammed in the printer which causes alot of trouble.
Scanning: very good scanner and one of the I have seen, scans anything an the printer shows you how to scan it and what way to scan it so you do get an upside down picture of what you wanted to scan.
Overall good scanner but the prinmter and its printing isn't up to standard but its cheap so it is worth it's price.
well, where do I start with this printer?
I have to say that this printer is very good, if you are looking for something, simple, reliable, and that does the simple job of printing. The printer itself i would say is around 45 cm, from side to side and 30 from front to back. so its ideal for a small office space. The whole unit is very basic, i mean it prints, copys, and scans. if comparing it to a car. this would be the ford mondeo. it does the job, doesnt have to many modcons and is reasonably cheap.
This printer is very good if you have a basic budget, and know that you will only need it on a few occassions. if you are someone that need to print something on a daily basis, this printer is not for you. I n this way, i would recommend that you save up to get a printer that is a bit extra on price, but will save you money when it comes to buying ink cartridges.
On the downside, this printer, in my experience would often scuff some of the paper and would sometimes take through 2 or 3 pieces. when you would only need to use one piece.
I hope this review helps you to pick the right printer.
I got this sent to me as a replacement for a smaller Lexmark printer I had which broke!!! (Not a great start) on saying this the Lexmark customer service was brilliant and sent me this (a great upgrade on my previous print-only model)
Lexmark printers are very easy to set up, pretty much a plug in and play type thing where you install the drivers it needs to work. (On a windows system)
This does not take very long (10mins) depending on how fast your computer is and then you are ready to go.
Ease of use:
You can either print from a word documents (or other such program) which comes up with various options to print in black or white, colour, high quality, draft print etc.
This is very good if you want to print something quickly to check it before you print of a better quality. (Being a law student I print of a lot of draft work!)
Printing is at a good pace, not impressively fast but good enough for what I need. If you want fast printing this printer will not be for you.
Photo printing is also available and is again easy enough to configure and get going. The print quality is very good for average home use and to decorate my walls at uni  printing photos does take a little longer but is well worth the wait.
Again this printer does what it says on the tin and is a great all rounder.
The scanner on this printer is very good and produces a clear quality image which you can save in different formats. Great for uploading car insurance documents to email to a company.
Right one small (or big depending on how you see it) problem is with the ink. It is quite hard to find (Lexmark 2 and 3 ink) and can be expensive to buy from high street stores. I have found the perfect solution to this problem though www.refreshcartridges.co.uk do all Lexmark ink and its a very cheap price compared to Lexmark and they also refill your old cartridges which is even cheaper than buying them new. So ink is not a problem for me, meaning I can get both a colour and black cartridge for less than £20 and my ink with regular use lasts me for a good time.
*It prints quickly and clearly.
*Easy to set up
*Save settings and it prints double sided (saves you paper!)
*Sets up page itself by printing a test page then you scan it and it's done! Always a bonus
*There is a Lexmark help centre and people to contact with problems, they offer great customer service!
*It's a cheap printer to buy =]
*Great support from Lexmark care team
* Its biggggggg!!!! (but durable, You can pile things on it!)
*Finding Ink can be hard, but note above with refresh cartridges!
*Not the fastest printer in the world but does a great job
Overall it is an easy to use cheap printer which does what it says on the box (Though I would not buy Lexmark ink to replace the cartridges!) is slightly bulky but nice looking with its white lid.
This is a fantastic printer for a low budget person, it does many things and does them to a great standard of quality too.
Lexmark are a company that have been designing and making printers for a while now, so firstly you know that they are great quality.
The best way to describe its shape is to describe it as three separate blocks glues together to give an amazing, almost sculpture like looking all in one printer.
The first section at the top, is home to the scanner, the bottom is home to the paper out section and the block onto the side of the printer is home to all the buttons that are on top of the printer to make them nice and easy to get to. They isn't a screen on this however, which I think would be very useful, but still for a printer for under £40 what more can you really want.
Having an all in one, doesn't only work out cheaper, but it also means you have so much more space on your desktop, as you don't need space for a printer and a scanner, now you'll just need space for this all in one printer.
It also frees up a few extra USB ports and frees up power sockets, so altogether saving energy and money too.
The scanner is so easy to use too, you have a few different options to have you can scan documents and these can be selected at the top of the printers button panel. You can print to image, print to file and even print to email. There is also the option of being able to print without the use of a computer too. This is great as it means you can take anything, and scan it, in either colour or black and white and this just saves so much time in powering up your computer and also saves time in having to firstly scan something to your computer before you can print the document from there, so altogether this is a fantastic feature to have.
Its print speed claims to be around 22 pages per minute however when I put this to the test I was lucky to get 20 pages of black text out of it. This isn't anything special but it's a good print speed considering the printers only £40. Also the print quality is great too, the black text seems to stand out amongst the page and look very clear and really sharp.
Images printed on here are pretty fine too, and the balance of colours and its sensitivity seems to come off very well.
Altogether this is a fantastic printer for all those of you who are on a bit of a tight budget, its only £40 for a great looking all In one printer which can print at quite good speeds but with fantastic quality and it even has a built in scanner too. I advise this to anyone who wants a good printer at a low budget.
Well... the student loan was in the bank and before it all disappeared on the wonders of snakebite and iceland pizzas i thought i better buy a new printer. Such is the inconvenience of the student life that they actually expect you to do work (otherwise it would be the perfect existence) and my mouse powered wedgeblock of an old printer just needed to go.
I must be honest, im not the most technically minded person in the world so the first thing that stuck out to me with the Lexmark X2650 was the price. £35 on special offer with all the specifications i needed (aka, it printed!) but i have been constantly impressed with this little beauty since i carried it home from Argos.
Not only does this printer just..well..print! It also has a fast scanner and a very decent photocopier - making it in my opinion great value for money and a space saver. Even though this printer isn't the most delicate in the world, compared to buying the three separately you save a tonne of space. Also, rather than coming across as chubby, it just seems hard-wearing. I get the impression that it could deal with a rather large amount of text books piled up on it with no trouble at all whereas some printers just seem a little delicate and weedy.
The printer advertises itself as 'plug and play' and to be honest, it really it. Just follow the instructions on the box and then follow the prompts on the screen and viola! printing!
The print speed is fairly good and i was impressed with the photo paper print quality. As with most Lexmark printers, the printer comes with full printing software which you can choose whether to install or not. You can choose between 3 types of quality for the printing (lower grade for text, higher grade for photos) and it prints about 20 sheets a minute on the lowest setting, and about 2 a min on the highest.
Though, there are a few downsides. As seems to be the trick nowadays, this printer doesn't include the cable to connect it to the PC. This is fine if you have a spare as i did, or wish to set it up as a wireless but otherwise this could set you back up to another £20. However, It really pays to shop around with the cables and you can normally get them fairly cheap if you persevere.
Also, as i have already hinted at, this printer is quite big. Make sure you have adequate desk or table cost before you take the plunge. If you have a rather small amount of space you may prefer to get a printer which simply prints to avoid the extra size.
As for cost of consumables, i haven't needed any yet but they seem to be fairly average at around £20 a carterage direct from Lexmark.