I've had a couple of these Lexmarks over the years and for the time of use they did the job perfectly, however with no disrespect to the design of this product, it is at that point officially were this is just dated beyond what would be satisfying to the average user of today's generation.
The printer design is that of any old Inkjet, with the top paper feeder and the lift-up cover where you can access your ink refills. The unit is designed for Microsoft Windows 95 and Windows 98 which gives us a fair idea of just how old this device really is. Not sure how whether this unit would work with any OS above this specs as the configurations are possibly quite the opposite.
The quality of print received of this device are not of that which would be acceptable to hand in for say a College project or as a photo print. You will be more likely to receive a very dotty and unclear image as the unit just doesn't have sufficient pixels per inch to reflect in today's quality.
There is no chance of Photo or Glossy printing with this unit, if you attempt this you are likely to end up with a jam and a load of ink all of the inside of the unit.
These printers most definitely aren't available to buy new anymore but if your lucky you may find one lying around at your local car-boot.
Thanks for reading
Hi, this is a printer that that originally came with the first PC that I ever purchased over a decade ago in 1998. It was one of the reasons I bought the PC as printers were more expensive back then (I'm not sure of the printers stand alone price when I purchased the PC). The printer would be classed as bog stand, stand alone printer in todays terms, as all it will do is print documents.
The connection type of this printer, in the version that I purchased, is a parallel cable that is used to attach the printer to the PC. Which is an older way of connecting a printer, as the more modern way of connection is through a Universal Serial Bus (USB) or wireless.
One of the problems with this printer is the cost of consumables, by this I mean the printer cartridges. This printer will print in both black and coloured inks. The black ink is less expensive than the coloured ink, as recently I purched one for £19, where as the coloured ink retails for around £23. What I have with these inks is that that a cartridge will last for around 500 sheets of paper, but the more that is on the page the faster the ink will be used up. Which is cheap compared to when I first had to replace the cartridge as they priced around £50!
The quality of the print documents from the Z11 are of reasonably high quality for a printer that was part of a PC, with better quality of printing images that my more recent purchase of a HP laserjet 1020. The highest print setting for the Z11 is 1200 x 1200.
One of the problems with this printer is how fast the Z11 prints out documents, while on high resolution setting the printer is extremely slow, with 4 pages at bests. While on draft setting, this is the lowest print quality is gives the fastest speed of print out at 6/7 pages a minute. What you can guess from this is the print is very slow, but was average when compared to its competitors when first purchased. In addition to this the printer is very nosiy when compared more modern printers; so noisey that I was not able to print using the Z11 when everybody when to bed as it woud wake the whole house up!
What this printer does it does good but no more, it is a basic printer that has lasted a very long time, over 8 years before it started to print out phase, so it is now used as a emergency back up. I would recommend the printer if picked up extremely cheap, but would advise a person to purchase an all-in-one printer, that has cheaper cartridges.
We got our Lexmark Z11 in a package with our computer 18 months ago. We have always hadd HP printers before this so we had no pre-conceived ideas about the Lexmark brand. We have been very happy with it's performance though. For a budget printer it is excellent. It prints black and colour and peper jams are very rare indeed, something which was a particular problem with the printers we had previously. It has great looks; dark creamy gray with sleek lines and it really enhances the look of your office. It is also very quiet in operation - great if you tend to print a lot. The only downside of this model is the fact that refil cartridges are so expensive. However we found a supplier of ink refils, so this problem has been solved now. You can refil the cartridges about 3+ times without any diminishing of print quality, which is great. If you are looking for a new printer, you could do a lot worse than pick one of these up. I believe they retail for under £80 and I think they are most definitely worth the price.
The Lexmark Z11 is a dinky "mini metro" printer which looks cute and takes up very little room on the table! I bought this about a year ago as it looked good, promised 1200x1200 dpi printing and only cost £70 on the internet (it can now be found for around £40 as it has been superceded by other models). I have been quite impressed with this printer - it is reasonably quiet in operation, reasonably fast for the price, and easy to set up. It's print quality is reasonable in both black and colour. In fact everything about the printer is reasonable - not the best in any field but not the worst either. There are a number of points to bear in mind. The colour print quality is much better if you use photo quality paper rather than normal paper. Printing colour on normal paper produces poor results. You need to swap the colour and black cartridges each time you want to change from colour priting to black and white printing which is a bind. Finally the cartridges are expensive, and you can't get cheaper versions like you can for Epsom printers. It should be noted that Lexmark now use special pigmented black ink in their cartridges, producing a quality that is almost as good as laser printers.
I use the Lexmark Z 11 at work. It's not the best printer I have ever used but it is not the worst either. Its relatively standard as printers go. It prints at 1600 DPI and can either have a black or colour inkjet cartridge installed at a time. It can print about 4 pages per minute on average, which isn't bad going. On some occasions it can print more than that. It costs around £50 - £75 now, although it was over £100 when it was bought at work. Its very reliable, can hold more than 30 sheets of paper in the feeder and it is easy to maintain and install new cartridges. It's main set back is the cost of replacement cartridges. Black one's cost around £25 and colour one's cost about £30, depending on where you go. If you are looking for a budget printer for home use, you couldn't go to far wrong with this one.
I have just upgraded from a Lexmark Z11 colour inkjet printer to a HP 640C. Here is what I made of the Z11 whilst I had it. The Z11 is a good printer for its price & it is even cheaper now since all the new models came out. The biggest downer for me was the price of replacement cartridges; they were just too damn expensive! I never bought a replacement cartridge, but did my usual & bought a refill kit for £14.99. The quality of the refill ink was just as good as the original ink, so there was a good thing. The reason that I bought the Z11 was that my Olivetti had more or less given up the ghost & wanted to go to the printers’ rest home for worn out & crappy printers. I had been told by a few pals about the Z11 & after seeing some of the prints produced, was convinced that the Z11 was for me. I then sent off for one by mail order, it was cheaper than PC Word/Dixons/Currys (total rip off merchants!) by quite a bit even after paying postage. I saved about £15 at that time & was well chuffed with myself. Anyway, a week or there abouts, my nice new printer arrived! The packaging was very strong & it took quite an effort to get the box opened! Once I got the box open, I got to my new pride & joy of the printing world. Within about five or so minutes I had the printer connected to my PC & was ready to install the drivers. I booted the PC & inserted the driver CD. The PC found the printer & then the drivers & continued to install my Z11. What a breeze that was compared to some of the printers that I have had to install (for others) & myself. Then the Lexmark control program proceeded & calibrated the printer. A reboot later & I was up & running & ready for anything armed with my new printer! I have to admit that the Z11 is a fair printer for the price & never had a single problem with it, other than the odd paper jam. The normal print quality was okay. Before too long I had to print a few high quality pictures for
a job that I was doing. This was where I realised that The Z11 was not all that it was made out to be! It took an age to print high quality stuff (time to put the kettle on & have a coffee!). The quality was quite good for what was required, but when I needed to do photo quality pictures, the Z11 was no use at all. The pictures are very grainy when it comes to this type of printing. Even with the Z11 colour drivers, the colours just were not the same as my monitor & I had added the Z11’s profile to my monitor profiles. The Z11 just was not as good as I had thought it was & this was where I started to get the urge to pay for a quality printer or one that had been tried tested & proved itself to be good! I scanned the net & mags for reviews & had a few in mind, but it was not til I came across the HP 640C that I found the printer for me. The Z11 is overall quite a good printer, but leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to quality & speed of printing. The cartridge price is another bad point. You can buy a Xerox printer for the same price as a cartridge for the Lexmark range of printers! That is how bad the prices are. Everything in the world of computing is becoming more & more “use once & throw away” which is no good for anyone! Nappies yes! but computers & peripherals…NO! That’s it folks, my opinion & personal experience of the Lexmark Z11. If I were to give it a score out of 10, I would have to give it a score of about 6. Thanks for taking the time to read my opinions & take care! Regards to you all…..Paddy (Tom)
Maybe one year ago, I had been looking for a new printer. Finally I decided to buy the 'Lexmark Z11' because of the very low price ( approximately 70 Euro) and the included colour print cartridge. Features ====== Firstly some words to the features of the printer. The Z11 is able to create coloured or black-and-white printouts in resolutions up to 1200 x 1200 dpi. Unfortunately it does this no so fast as proclaimed - 4 pages per minute is just a joke. Maybe, if you use a low resolution and monochrome text, this may be possible. But pictures in the highest resolutions takes sometimes more than 15 minutes for only one printout. And this is definitely too slow for a modern printer, even if it is so cheap. Additionally, the printer is also a little bit noisy. On the other hand the quality of the printouts is really good. Unfortunately there is only space for one print cartridge, so you have to decide if you want to print monochrome or coloured. Another disappointing fact: The print cartridges are very expensive, you have to pay approx. 40 Euro for a 'normal' cartridge, for photo quality you need even more expensive cartridges and special photo paper. So if you are out of ink, it's almost better to buy a new printer with one or two included cartridges than only a standalone cartridge. I did just the same by buying the newer Lexmark Z32 two weeks ago. Now some words about the installation: It's very easy, you've only to connect the printer with the PC using a normal bi-directional parallel printer cable (not included). Finally install the drivers (available for Win 9x, Win ME, but NOT for Win NT) and the Lexmark Z11 is ready for use. Also the well done manual could help you, if there is any unexpected trouble. Upshot ===== Even if the results of the printer aren't bad, I wouldn't advice this product, because the Z11 is already outdated. For the same amount of money you can also get th
e newer version of this printer (the Z12), or for a little bit more even the much better Z32. This Z32 is also my best advice, for less than 100 Euro you get a very good printer with even two cartridges (coloured / black-and-white).
I got this printer bundled with my PC system. Along with a Mustek scanner, it cost £100, so the price I paid for it was probably around £50. I didn't expect miracles; all I wanted was a printer that would do the job on both color and black text prints. My first impressions were good. The manual was well-written, and I soon had the printer up and running on my desktop. The printer duly printed out Word documents, at unremarkable speed, and did very well on graphics as well. The printer software includes a nifty indicator showing how much ink is left in the cartridge, as well as job progress, whenever you decide to print out a document. The printer also performed extremely well on transparencies. Unfortunately, after having used it for over a month, certain disadvantages came to light. First off, color printer cartridges are £25, and judging from the rate I am going, don't last all that long. Black and white cartridges are slightly cheaper, I'm told, but it is impossible to use a color and a black and white cartridge simultaneously. This additional cost is something one must bear in mind when considering the Z11's highly competitive base price. Another thing which irks me is the dodgy paper feed. It is often quite a task to align the paper feed so that the paper goes in straight. This is okay for users like myself, but those who need the printer for more pressing duties should not need to bother with such a quirk. And no, I'm not the only one who has reported this problem either. Aside from these issues, the printer is more than adequate for all my daily needs, incorporating all the features one could reasonably expect of a modern color printer. At £50, it represents good value for money, but this is unfortunately somewhat dented by the pricey ink cartridges.
I got a colour printer with my Tiny computer and to be honest with you, it is crap; there are a few problems with the printer. If you ever get a fault on your computer and you have to quick restore it, the ink level gets reset! The paper hardly goes into the top and sometimes I have to push the paper, down. I have tried a few types of paper and to be honest (again), I think that DeskJet printers are better as they take the paper in from the bottom. It is not a popular make of printer I would love to get a DeskJet or LaserJet printer, but this printer really does take the lollipop. And to think I got it free as well.
I got my Lexmark Z11 free with a PC package but I have seen them in the shops for anything between £50-70 which is very competitive with other brands. Compared to some printers I have seen, mine is pretty bulky but by no means is it too large, it fits very nicely on the bottom shelf of my desk. The handbook was very clear and made the setup process very quick and easy. The printer has a feature which I especially liked and this is an ink indicator, it shows how far down the cartridge you have used and alerts you when it is low. Now the cartridges are my only let down. The colour and black are separate which is pretty common, however you can only use one at a time, so you do have to change the cartridge regularly if you do not want the colour one to run unnecessarily when you only need black text for example. However the cartridges are very easy to change, you just lift up the cover, and the cartridges clip in. Also the cartridges are very expensive, £25+, so a refill kit is probably your best option. ***UPDATE*** We have since tried a refill kit, both colour and black and found them very easy and half the price of a standard Lexmark cartridge. The paper feed holds about 80-100 sheets of paper. The printer does everything I need and more, and for the price it is probably a safe bet. ***FURTHER UPDATE*** On the second attempt with the refill kit, the print quality was so bad we had no option but to buy another printer, as that only worked out £20 more than a black and a colour cartridge. We have since been told this is very unusual with refill kits, maybe just a bad experience.
Time to upgrade to a colour printer but don’t want to spend too much money? Lexmark Z11 is a great option for you! The installation is very simple and the printer even speaks to you if you like fancy things like that. It can handle quality up to 1200x1200 dpi (dots per inch) which is well enough for greeting cards, CD covers and invitations. With photo-quality paper you will get photo realistic printouts. Ok, this printer isn’t fast at all but if you aren’t rushing and don’t have a dead line the next hour, you will be just fine. The specifications promise 4 b/w ppm (pages per minute) and 2.5 colour ppm but the truth is closer to 3 and 1.5. At one point in time I installed Windows 2000 on my computer just to realise that the Z11 does not support NT/Win2k so watch out. It does support the new Windows Millennium (WinME), though. To my big disappointment, I didn’t find any USB port on the printer, so one has to use a parallel connection to the computer. Also, the printer can only hold one cartridge at a time so you have to switch between b/w and colour, depending on what type of print put you are making. I am still on my first set of cartridges but it looks like they are more expensive than other brands. Unfortunately, this will eliminate the benefits of a low purchase price in the long run.
OK - so I picked up the printer in my local Sainsbury's for 50 quid, so I wasn't expecting a lot, but it was worse than I expected. Yes the quality is OK but it's so slow - forget 4 pages per minute, each sheet takes more than a minute and that's just black and white text, no graphics, nothing fancy. On sheets with a lot of text it takes more than two minutes! Then there's the ink. The Lexmark cartridges are by far the most expensive I've come across - retail about £22 for black (about £15 mail order compatibles) which I could live with if they were economical but I'm a third of the way through the first cartridge and I haven't even printed 50 sheets yet
We were desperate to buy a printer as in the 2 years we've had a computer we had not got around to buying one but the problem we had was were didn't have much money so we chose the lexmark Z11 and Im very glad we did. Right from the very start it's been so easy to use , to start with it was a very quick and easy set up and then away you go. Even an idiot can use it (and I can vouch for that lol) The printing is top quality and at 1200dpix1200dpi it can give near photo quality. Of course you can change the Dpi setting as you don't need it that high for documents and I think this is why some people think that the printing quality isn't so great as they haven't changed the options, Its also a very quick printer and we got a free Disney design studio with it which is great for the kids as they love to make there own cards and bookmarks etc. But by far the best feature of this printer is the price at under £70 you really cant go wrong can you.
Lexmark Printer z11, is a excellent computer. This printer came with my computer in a package. But it is well worth having one though. I also love the software that came with it, it was Toy story 2 print studio. So you can make pictures and bookmarks and door hangers and many more things. It is a very clear printer and it is very good quality. You can 1 page or multiple print outs, it just carry's on until it has finished the job. All you have to do is press the file button, up at your left, then it comes up. Then you choose quality of paper and how many you want printed 1 or more pages. Then press ok, and then it starts and it clicks off when it has finished the job. There are many more lexmark printers aswell. So i would recomend lexmark, but i haven't tried any other printers. It will cost you £70.00 as i checked it at PCworld.
Got this printer free with my PC earlier this year. Ok, I say free, not much for them to give away but it meant I didnt have to buy one. The colour printing is very good, but very grainy with photo printing, but what should I have expected? It is reasonably quick , If i wanted quicker I would invest in a laser, but hey, how much is a colour laser going to set me back???? Good all round performace for my needs.