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So, i've had this printer for a few years. I came free with my laptop (now gone).
The printer itself has quite a cheap feel to it. The casing is white plastic with a small amount of grey on it. It has 2 buttons, one being the power button and the other is a paper feed button, which i find i have to use quite alot as the printer has some troubles finding the paper on its own.
The printer uses up sooooo quickly! and the ink is quite expensive for this model. The printer is quite noisey too, so no quick prints at night without waking people up! (that is a slight exageration, but it is noisey none the less).
The print quiality is okay, but the prints outs always look abit faded to me. This isnt too much of a problem when printing out a text document, but this is not a good look when trying to print photos. Also, the black ink thends to print out a brown-ish shade, this happens when the ink is low, which unfortunatly happens quite often.
Installing this is easy! it comes with an install disk that you just pop in your PC and away you go clicking 'next', 'next', 'next' and so forth. Also, if you do not have the install disk, you can easily find the drivers from the lexmark website!
For the odd print every now and then, this is fine. It had done perfectly for my college work. But if you are looking to do alot of printing regularly, this might proove quite expensive and the print quiality is not the best.
We have this printer at the office at work and I was the one who had to install it and use it. It was second hand so I can't talk about what came in the box etc as we didn't have any of that.
The printer has a very basic box design using mainly white and grey colouring. The printer looks both old fashioned and modern at the same time. It has a grey upright paper tray at the back, and a pull out grey paper tray at the front to catch the print outs. There are two buttons on the top of the printer, a power button and a paper feed button.
The printer feels quite cheap and flimsy, especially the front paper tray, which when extended, feels like it will snap with more than 10 sheets of paper on it.
I didn't actually have the software disks so I have to download the software from the Lexmark website. It was easy to find the correct software and it installed fairly quick.
Initial installation was simple, but it took a while to finalise everything. Just when I thought it was all sorted, I found out there was a problem. But I sorted it eventually. It would probably be easier if you have the disks.
The printer can only connect via USB. On the back of the printer there is just a USB port and a power port.
When you have the printer installed, it asks if you would like to print a test page. I was shocked the first time I selected to print as the printer suddenly spoke to me. Not literally of course, but the software gives you feedback in the way of recorded speech. Not sure if this can be turned off, but I bet this novelty can get quite annoying.
When I finally got the printer to start printing, it struggled to take in the sheets of paper. I was initially using slightly thicker, good quality paper than the standard 80gsm and it just wouldn't take the paper in, even if I gave it a push so I had to change the paper to thinner paper, and even then it struggled a little at first.
Once it got going, it printed fine. It printed in a decent speed, but the quality certainly wasn't anything to shout about. The black was more of a deep grey colour. This is because the printer only takes one ink cartridge containing your standard Cyan, Magenta and Yellow inks. There is no separate black ink cartridge.
I guess this was done to keep costs down, but printing in black ends up using more ink meaning you have to purchase new ink cartridges more often, and when they cost anywhere between £10-£15 this can soon add up.
Colour documents look fairly decent, again nothing to shout about, but everything is the correct colour, apart from when one colour starts to run low, which is quite soon.
I haven't been able to test full photo prints on photo paper, but from printing photos on standard paper I can guess the quality would be good but not fantastic.
Once printing gets going, the printer is pretty fast, but there is quite a time gap from pressing the print icon on your computer to the printer actually doing anything. One print took nearly 30 seconds before anything started.
Because the printer only has one paper feed tray, you have to remove paper to add different size paper and the paper guide can be stiff to slide across.
I would say this would be a good printer for a child who has started to get school homework. It is also fine for a first printer, possibly for someone who has just started out in the world of computing and just wants to print a few documents.
if you will be printing a lot, or wanting to print quality documents and photos, don't go for this printer as you will probably be disappointed. Don't be fooled by the cheap price for the printer as the ink will soon bankrupt you!
The Lexmark Z735 is a pretty average ink jet printer which does nothing more (no scanning) and nothing less than print from your PC. Very inexpensive to buy, you would be forgiven for believing it fell of the back of a lorry and Lexmark just slapped their logo onto it. Therefore this is a pretty bottom-end printer for possible first-time buyers or those technophobes who have been forced into using word processing.
It has a very conventional appearance - everything is square - and there are only two buttons to use, making it so(oooo) simple that you almost fell offended. One button turns the machine on and off and the other feeds the paper through. The rest of the controls are managed through your PC once you've synced them together. The main selling point for the Z735 is that it's ink cartridges are all-in-one and sell at an average of just £12 - great value. But the cost per page is just as high as other printers because of the ink cartridge doesn't last as long.
Now for a philosophical question. If you got a £25 printer, would you expect the prints to be any good? If you're answer is yes than just stop reading here, but if no you won't be surprised that the Z735 is quite disappointing on this aspect. As previously mentioned the ink is all in one, and while this may help on the price front, it only hinders on the actual function. Blacks turn out a sickly dark grey colour, and whoever made the red back at the Lexmark factory should be hanging there head in shame.
The printer is slow and groggy - taking what seems like forever to actually print something. But what can you expect?
This is a good starter printer - especially if you are looking for something not too expensive!
The quality of the printing on this machine, isnt too bad. when printing on normal paper with an average quality, it doesnt look perfect, but its ok to use.
When printing images on high quality mode, it does turn out a lot better and you can tell the difference, but it also uses a lot more ink.
When using photo paper to print out photos, I found that with the highest quality and the right paper settings, I got fantastic results! Perfect images and good to use!
The speed of this printer, isnt that fast but its ok to use if your not in a hurry!
Well this isnt really a problem, but you find that it starts telling you your ink is low rather fast, when actually it lasts for a lot longer before you start noticing the colour fading away!
Also, sometimes it not always that good at sucking the paper in, but if you dont put too much in at once, and fan through the paper before you put it on, you should be ok!
Would I recommend this printer?
Yes, this is a good printer to use, especially for things just like going in your bedroom. If you needed one for children to use, this would be a good printer to buy. Its not that expensive and the ink is cheap to buy!
I bought my Lexmark Z735 printer from Asda when it was on offer for just £20 and it was my first printer for my computer. I still have it today and it has served me quite well for such a budget model.
The printer is really easy to use and to setup, possibly because it doesn't have too many options (it only has two buttons - paper feed and power) to get bogged down with! The printer comes with a disk which requires loading into your computer first to allow for the software to be setup. This is easily done and take only a few minutes. From there, you're good to go and can start printing!
The real bonus with this printer is that despite its price, it comes with a free ink cartridge! As expected, it didn't last too long and I soon had to buy a replacement one. I found that the cartridges for this printer soon run out and you soon need to replace them particularly if you print much in black. This colour specifically seems to run out first and starts printing off in a dark red colour before fading completely. Ironically, the other colours all seem to last fine! You are informed, via the monitor, that the cartridges are running low on ink.
I've tried a variety of paper types in the printer and most work pretty well without jamming. As you would expect, some of the cheaper thinner papers to get fed through together and jam.
As far as budget printers go, I think this one is pretty good although I would be intrigued to compare it to other printers to see how long their ink cartridges last. I presume that over time, the savings made on the printer may not prove to be so good when compared to the constant requirement to replace the cartridges.
Hello everyone and welcome to this review!
If you are also finding that printer cartridges cost way too much for what they are, then you are not alone! I also think this, decided around 6 months ago to be exact. That was when I decided we needed a cheap printer that was cheap to maintain, never though I would find one until I set eyes upon this Lexmark Z735.
In Comet that weekend and this printer happened to be on sale at only £14.99, bargain. It was half price, the usual price was around £29 which still is great value considering the price of some printers on the market today. The Comet staff were great, I will review them later on!
Got it home
The printer was home and ready to be set up. Opened the box and inside was the printer, power cord and a free cartridge. There was also the instruction book of course, but being such a cheap printer there was not much in the book, most of it is on CD these days. The first thing to do was to install the printer software. This had to be done before the printer was plugged into the computer, it was very quick and painless by just popping in the disk and waiting around two minutes. Once installed the printer was plugged into the wall and by USB. Please note that the USB cord is not included in the box of this printer, these have to be purchased separately. They can be found on eBay very cheap at around 99p or if you are replacing a printer you should not be needing one. When the USB was in the cartridge had to be installed, this was pips to do by lifting the flap and clicking it into place, job done. My printer was ready for use!
My first impressions on this printer were quite good, now lets be honest.... It's not much of a stunner, but it certainly does not look terrible. It is a rather square or rectangular shape with rather straight edges certainly making it look like a budget printer. It is mostly white in colour with bits of silver and gray here and there making the appearance slightly better than if it was all white. The paper tray sticks up at the back and there is also a paper tray at the front where the printed items come out, this is handy as it catches all of the papers with ease, it also folds for easy storage.
Setting the printer up
It was time to test the printer, it has many features that I definitely was not expecting on such a cheap printer. The printer can take all sizes of paper under A4 size, such as 4 X 6 photo paper. Yes! It can even print photos. I have tried this feature and will talk about it a little later. The first test was with the test page when fitting the new cartridge, I was shocked! The printer talked, well it didn't personally talk but the computer did, it shouted ' Printing Started', I had not had this with a printer before but it certainly was a pleasant surprise. Make sure your speakers are on low when using this printer, you could be in for a shock as it may start talking at any time! Any way, back to the testing. The printer printed a picture of apples in a basket and it came out rather good, nothing special but certainly acceptable!
Now as my printer was new and it actually had ink inside and I could afford to replace it being so cheap, only £9 per cartridge I though I would print some holiday pictures. I could not resist printing a few pictures with the photo paper I picked up in Tesco. It was simple printing a picture, I chose the picture on the computer and clicked print, the Lexmark wizard popped up and took me through the settings such as paper type and the quality I wanted, this was great and very simple to use while looking like professional software at the same time. Once the set up was complete I pressed print and the printing started. At first the printer did have a bit of trouble sucking the small 4 X 6 paper in but it was nothing that a little push couldn't help. The picture came out and it was okay, nothing special but acceptable. It seemed a bit grainy and as I selected the super high photo quality setting I was expecting a bit more.
What do I like about the printer?
There are many things that I like about this printer, obviously the main advantage is the cheap maintenance and the initial cost of the printer, definitely a thumbs up for that.
Printing speed - This printer really can print extremely fast, I find that the black on quick setting can print up 25 sheets per 5% coverage, that is great! Lexmarks says it's 15 pages per minute, that must be on the normal setting rather than the quick. The colour is also quick unless it's a big picture.
Ease of use - The software included with this printer is fabulous. It has every feature you could possibly want with a printer. Whether it is paper size, type, colours, quality, red eye reduction or speed it really has a load of features. There is also a section in the software for marinating your printer, such as cleaning the rollers, the cartridges and printer head alignment, I have used all of these and the actually work! Great stuff.
Never jams - I have had a few printers in my time and I have found many to jam up by taking in too many sheets of paper, but oh no! Not with this Lexmark. I have printed thousands of sheets with this printer and it has never failed.
Buttons -The two very simple to use buttons on the top are great, there is a very useful On and off switch and a paper feed button, this paper feed button is used if you want to insert a different type of paper or you forget to load paper and press print, simply insert the new paper and press the button, it gets sucked in and gets a new look when it comes out the other end...
Any annoying bits?
Now, one annoying thing I have found with this printer is the colour system. The cartridge is called the no1, this printer only uses one cartridge for both the black and the colour printing. This is good as in the money side of things being only £9 for the original replacements but there are issues that come with most cheaper options. That being the black colour that comes out of this printer. Most of my prints do require a sharp black print such as essays and dark pictures but this printer totally fails at this. The black comes out as a rather light green colour which is extremely annoying. The three colours Red, Blue and Yellow are all mixed in the cartridge to make the nearest to black colour and that unfortunately is dark green. Does not look good handing an essay to a lecturer when printed in green! That is my only main gripe.
Overall I am extremely pleased with this printer for the price I paid, it would be nice to have a slightly better black colour and better photo printing but it does the job. The cartridges are cheap and last a very long time. At £9 a cartridge you certainly cannot go wrong for everyday printing and the printer allows use of many different paper types. The software included is fantastic and very easy to use with some great picture editing software. The printer is easy to use and very effective for everday printing. Very reliable in the time that I have owned it and a joy to use.
Highly recommend! Only 4 stars due to the black (mono) Printing!
Thank you for reading, hope this has helped you.
Whether or not you buy one of these printers very much depends on what type of user you are. For a particular type of user this is a perfect choice, cheap to buy, meets its needs and cheap to maintain. However other types of users will find it much too simple, limited and, actually, quite expensive to maintain. When I talk about maintain I am, of course talking essentially about ink cartridges.
Appearance wise, it has a simple look about it and comes in a neutral grey. Its compact and fits nicely into any of those designed-for-purpose desktop computer desks.
It is increasingly coming at an attractive price as the standard of home printers is rising in relation to price. I bought mine for 30 quid at a high street retailer. Although there is a bit of a hidden bite in that it doesnt come with a USB lead, which could put another tenner on it unless youve got a spare hanging around. Having said that, it does come with an ink cartridge, which could cancel that out. It also has, of course, an installation CD which is easy to use, and the resulting installed software is user friendly apart from an irritating American voice that gives you a printing commentary. You can turn that off. There is also an ink gauge which informs you of lack of colour ink. However, I have found that you can still print black and white for up to 30-40 pages after that has hit bottom.
Print speed and quality for documents are excellent for the home user, photo and heavily coloured printing is not so fast and not so high in quality. This is why its good for some and not for others. There are three speeds depending on the quality of printing wanted. An average page of heavily typed A4 with colour components will take around 5-10 seconds at medium quality, and as far as text documents are concerned there is no discernable difference in quality between high and medium. Draft quality is noticeably lower and has that purple tinge to it. Photos take anywhere up to 5 minutes and tend to be on the dark side.
For the type of user I am, its nigh on perfect. My printing output for documents is fairly moderate, since I tend to file on disc unless its absolutely necessary. I rarely print photos, preferring to make CD slideshows. These days I find I hardly, if ever, need hard copy photos as long as Im obsessional about back-up. Im also pleased that I only need one ink cartridge (Lexmark No. 1). The cartridges last a long time if you mainly print text documents with some occasional colour and images. However if you print a lot of colour they would probably last much less. If you like to print all your photos, avoid this printer like the plague!
So, if you only need a printer because you occasionally need to print documents with occasional graphics, this model is a good buy not least because of the price and the one cartridge deal. I researched a lot of printers (and there are a lot of them!) and the cartridge aspect eventually swayed me. One cartridge for this printer costs £15. Compare that with some printers that need two at £20 a piece!
However if youre the type of user who gets through a couple of trees worth of paper a week and prints every photo you take, this is the worst printer you could buy. This is also a very simple model and doesnt have any snazzy LCD displays and certainly wont make the tea in the morning! But, if thats the type of printer youre looking for, youre probably willing to pay over £100, if not more, and probably wont give this shelf a glance.