Does this mould-breaking device represent a rebirth for the multifunction printer?
You can't beat a laser printer for text quality on plain paper, and this one's a beaut!
The Lexmark X4650 is a multifunction device with scanning, printing and copying that lets you send files to and from the machine wirelessly or over USB. You will need a wireless router compatible with IEEE 802.11g to exploit these features.
Lexmark includes the X4875 in its Professional range of All-In-One Inkjets and uses Lexmark’s regular pair of inkjet cartridges – one for black, one for the three colours – and sports a list of features that don’t seem especially professional.
Considering that Lexmark is such a big name in the world of business printing, the X4550 feels surprisingly flimsy, with a build quality that doesn't seem to match the competition. We can't see this device remaining in one piece for long under heavy office conditions. Its main claim to fame is that it's fully Wi-Fi compatible straight out of the box, and in our tests this proved quick and easy to set up.
The use of wireless LAN has reached mass adoption, so finding the techology in devices that help eliminate the number of wires connected to your home office is always a boon. One look at the Lexmark X4550 all-in-one printer (£60 inc. VAT) and you'll know it's not been made for the mobile market.
While many users are used to having their laptops connected to a wireless router, the most common way to add a printer is via a cable to the network. The Lexmark Z1420 (£50 inc. VAT) does away with this by incorporating 802.11g into the printer itself.