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I was in need of a printer and my sister gave me this printer a while back now, as she had 2 and this one was still in the box and she didn't need it so she thought i might as well make use of it. I was really pleased but a bit weary, i knew Lexmark was a good and trustworthy brand, but i knew this model wasn't knew, so i was thinking that i might be as well going out and buying a brand new one.
Anyway, i got the printer home and checked it out.
The packaging was really good and secure, no chance of the printer being damaged. In the box was the printer,a user's guide, an installation CD and the USB and electrical cables, and a 1 year warranty which had already run out anyway!
The user's guide was really explanatory and really easy to understand, although it is really thick as it has lots of different languages in.
The printer looks quite professional, it's a grey/creamy kind of colour, it has a very neat paper tray and a nice large paper dispenser/exit tray. There are 2 buttons on the top of the printer, one to switch the printer on and off (green one) and the other is to feed the paper in.
The printer was very easy to install and operate, even if you aren't a whizz with computers, as in the user's guide there are step by step pictures which i thought were very handy.
With the installation being a breeze, i was able to start my printing within around 10-15 mins.
The first picture i printed off came out smoothly with no problems and the quality of the printing was superb, i couldn't fault it. The printer is colour (and black for true black text). The printing time was quite reasonable as well, maybe a little slow if you were in a rush (3 pages per minute in colour, 6 pages per minute black). Also the noise level of the printer is ok, it isn't silent but it isn't one of those really loud can't hear yourself talking ones.
The audible prompts such as, "printing started" "please refil the paper tray" etc, make the printer easy and a pleasure to use.
The printer has Accu-Feed paper handling which virtually eliminates jams. I have been using this printer for a while now and the printer has only jammed once on me and it was only a minor jam, which was completely my fault anyway.
Refillable cartridges can be used on this printer also, which saves you quite alot of money than buying the cartridges new. To change the cartridge you just lift the lid and there you go, simple as that.
Operating systems supported:
Apple Mac OS 8.6
Apple Mac OS 9.0 - 9.2.2
Apple Mac OS X (10.0.3-10.2.6)
Microsoft Windows XP (All versions)
Microsoft Windows Me
Microsoft Windows 95
Microsoft Windows 2000 (all versions)
Microsoft Windows 98 (All versions)
Bidirectional parallel - Lexmark recommends an IEEE-1284 Compliant Parallel Cable
USB - Lexmark recommends a V1.0 Compliant Cab
The printer can print on several sizes of paper like A4,A5 and A6 and it also can print on envelopes, post cards and index cards.
All in all i think the Lexmark Z12 Color Jetprinter is a really neat little thing, although this printer isn't new on the market, it is a really good buy for people who are looking for a good printer that will do the simple tasks of what a printer should do but don't want to pay over the odds.
We decided that we wanted a new printer when our Cannon BJC-1000 started smudging ink on the paper just 6 months after we got it, so we took it back and searched online for something about the same price about £50. We settled on the Lexmark Z12 having seen it on QVC and ordered from Jungle, it arrived in a box, with no cable, but we had one anyway and instruction book and a colour cartridge. I set it up and then couldn't find the installation disk, oops there it is, in a pocket in the back of the manual. Once installed we decided to see what the print was like using the Calendar that is included on the installation disk - WOW!!! Compared with the Cannon the Black was really Black and the colours were really Vibrant. The ink cartridges are quite expensive , around £27.00 for Black and £30.00 for colour, and we have found that they don?t refill properly with the home refill kits, but we have found that Dixons, and other stores have started to do the re-conditioned ?own brand? alternatives for around £18.00 each. We tend to leave paper in the machine as it takes up to about 100 sheets of normal paper, 10 envelopes or sheets of card. The paper support will fold down to enable you to use Banner or continuous sheets. The onscreen "Control Programme" means that you can set up the printer with a new cartridge without having to mess about. From the control programme you can also set up for sorting your document so that the colour cartridge will only print the colour pages and you can then change to the black cartridge for the "Text" pages. Although I haven't tried this yet I am sure that it will help when I need to do projects or assignments for College. There is an annoying voice that tells you when the printing is starting and finishing and also tells you if there is a problem during printing. Great if you have gone to make a brew, as you have an audible warning that there is
a problem and don't come back 5 minutes later to find that there is a problem, when the printing should have finished. (You can turn the voice off in the control panel though.) All in all - the Lexmark Z12 will never compete with some of the more expensive Ink Jets, but is better than many of it's peers. You get what you pay for.
I purchased a lexmark z12 printer last year, it was a cheap printer on offer at Staples, great i thought at last the kids could print off their homework. The printer itself looks quite nice not overly large, so i installed it onto my computer which was running windows 98 everthing went fine. Then came the test print .....eventually! The printer was very slow on all its settings, and i was constantly having to reclean the print head. The next problem came when i decided to get a black cartridge and a new colour cartridge for the printer(the z12 takes either a colour or black cartridge ,not both)i rang all the local stockists and was told that it was £24 for a black and £26 for the colour , a bit expensive i thought so i proceeded to go through magazines to find a compatable cartridge, not a chance. I know some cartridges are expensive but £ 50.00 is a little over the top, for a printer which quite frankly isnt that good. So what happened to the printer? it went on a car boot sale and i bought an Epson 480 with cartridges at £5.00 a set.
Okay, the title says what how I mainly feel about this printer. It says on the box that it prints 6 pieces of paper a minute (in black ink). Well, that's the biggest pile of bullcrap I've ever heard. When I first used this printer, I had about 3 pages to print, in plain, black ink. Well over 5 minutes later, it had finally printed it all out. I was slightly annoyed. A few days later I had about 7 pages to print out. I waited 15 minutes for all of it to print out!! I mean, my 3-year old Epson which I used to own is faster than that!! Okay, so there are some good points. The quality is excellent, especially in colour. But when you're printing out 7 pages of writing in plain, black ink, that doesn't really matter!! There's actually not that much to say about it!! It's about medium size, of light grey/whitish colour, and there's nothing exciting about it. What I can talk about is the company who made the printer, Lexmark. They are quite a young company, and haven't been in the business for that long. They're up and coming, and the quality of the printers made is usually quite good. I mean, I'me going to give this printer 3 stars out of 5, as the final quality is good. But the Z12 is their newest model, surely they can come up with something a little faster than this!! This printer is good if you like drawing on here, or using ClipArt quite a lot, but if you mostly do writing on your computer, then this isn't for you. The Z12 overall is an average printer. It has it's good sides, and it has it's bad sides. There are many more printers better than this, and I'd defintely recommend an Epson Stylus, from their 440 to 880 range.
So there I was new printer in hand all ready to go but with a few problems, namely no software and no printer! Off I popped to jungle.com to have a look at what they had on offer in the printer market and found this rather nicely priced (£50.00) Lexmark Z12. Now the nice thing on receiving the printer, and I do not know if this is just a jungle thing or what, is that all of the required bits were in the box. e.g. cartridge, cable, power supply. There is nothing worse than getting all excited about your new bit of kit and then having to trudge to town to buy a cable! With an absolute foolproof set-up guide attaching and installing the printer was simplicity itself. Once up and running the three qualities of print are all you will really need for every day use. The quick print 600dpi is a basic draft mode for rough stuff and churns out at one hell of a speed! The normal 600dpi is what you would use for your job applications or CV and then you have the 1200dpi photo quality. Now I haven’t actually used this for the correct printing but I wouldn’t recommend doing letters or large pictures on it as the density of the ink on the low quality paper causes it to blur and gives a poorer quality than the 600dpi! The overall design of the kit is excellent with an up-to-date curvy cream design, which will fit into any p.c. set-up perfectly. It is robust enough to withstand a little abuse and can be easily cleaned. The only niggles that I have with the machine is that occasionally the paper feed, due to it only having one roller on the right hand side, can sometimes feed the paper in at strange angles and cause a few problems. The second is the price of a new cartridge, which as far as I can see is going to be about £25.00 for an original one! Other than that though a highly competent printer at a great price!
After recently buying a new PC, the next thing I needed was a new printer. Not wanting to break the bank I didn't want to spend a fortune on it, so opted to go for this budget printer from Lexmark. Priced at only around £60 the Z12 promises 1200x1200 dpi, 6ppm black \ 2ppm colour and suprisingly, given the price it claims to offer photo quality printing. The printer offers both USB and paralell connectivity so it can be used with older PC's without a USB port. Suprisingly neither cable was supplied with the printer, which will add around £10 to the price if you have to buy one. I planned on using my existing paralell cable with the printer, but it turned out it was an older cable which didn't support bi-directional printing. Strange considering my last printer required one too, and it never complained. Anyway, I bought a new USB cable to use with it. I'm not sure if there is any difference in speed between using a paralell or USB cable, but I thought I may as well use the new technology when it was available. As the printer is new Windows doesn't include drivers for it, so a CD and instructions on how to use it are included with the printer. The only other documentation supplied is the manual, which seems nice and thick until you realise that it's for about 10 languages. Even if a little brief, it covers all the printing options and contains a handy trouble shooting section. Included with the printer is a single colour cartridge. This uses only three colours, so black is made from a mix of the three colours. Personally I can't see a lot of difference between mixed and real black, but I know some people do, so a black ink cartridge can be used. Here, however, lies on of the only faults with the printer, as only one cartridge can be used at once. That means if you want to use the balck cartridge you have to swap them over, and then back again when you want to print colour. A holder is provided at the rear of the printer for the out
os use cartridge but its still going to be very annoying having to switch the cartridges over. There is a slight saving grace, the price of the colour and black cartridges are exactly the same so there is no money to be saved in using a black cartridge, the only reason I can see is to get that better quality black print. It is worth noting that ink cartridges have a RRP of £21, but hopefully I can find somewhere that sells them cheaper than that. The printer itself is small and compact, and has a nice curved design matching the style of ergonomic keyboards and mice. It is suprisingly light too, at least half the weight of the last printer. The driver is nice, displaying the ink levels and a great number of test prints and calibration of the cartridge. Of course what we all want to know is how does the printer perform, and my answer to that is suprisingly well. There are 3 modes of printing available; quick 600dpi, normal 600dpi or high quality 1200dpi. You can also select from a number of paper types, including glossy photo paper. In the quick 600dpi mode, as expected the print quality is reduced but the printing is very quick and would certainly suffice for text only printing. The middle quality setting produces a good quality print, and is fine for normal graphics and text. The final high quality 1200dpi should be reserved for high quality images and photos, it does provide photo quality printing but the printing is noticeably slower and ink usage is increased. I was pleasantly suprised at the quality of print when I used glossy photo paper, it really did look almost as good as a real photo. Text looked OK even using the colour cartridge, and it is good for general printing. Its is a little slow to print at times, but not too bad. Overall, for the price I doubt that there could be any better printer in the same range as this, it provides quality that would have cost hundreds or pounds only a few years ago. The only faults are the lack
of being able to use two cartridges at once, and the expense of the cartridges themselves.