Lexmark Genesis S815 review

Does this mould-breaking device represent a rebirth for the multifunction printer?

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  • Small footprint
  • Very fast image capture
  • Versatile mini-apps
  • Good print quality


  • Limited 'scanning' resolution
  • Only one paper tray

This new Lexmark multifunction device (MFD) is full of fresh ideas. A printer, scanner and photocopier with USB or Wi-Fi 'n' connectivity and colour fax support.

The Genesis' optical image capture is based on Lexmark's new Flash Scan technology, replacing the usual reflective scanner with a 10MP digital camera. This makes it incredibly fast, capturing the entire scannable area in just three seconds, with no warm-up time needed.

Genesis abandons the traditional form factor in favour of a much more upright design. The 'scanner' is positioned in a near-vertical orientation, allowing for a smaller, space-saving footprint. A clip at the top of the scannable area and a shelf at its foot stop your documents from sliding down the glass.

Its 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen does more than control the device's functions too. After connecting the Genesis to your wireless network, you can download and install Lexmark's SmartSolutions mini-apps. These include a basic calculator, clock display, Facebook and Twitter integration, apps to view, scan to and print from MobileMe, Flickr and Picasa, print your own graph or music paper and even display news and sports feeds from Apple, ESPN and the BBC. Over 60 apps are already available, and more are in the works.

But for all its innovation, the Genesis also makes compromises. The camera-based image capture function has a maximum resolution of 300dpi. While this is good enough for most home users, if you need a high-resolution scanner, this isn't the printer for you.

Also, its three-second image capture speed is rendered almost moot by the lack of an automatic document feeder. If you've a handful of pages to scan one after another, you have to open the lid and change them by hand after each scan.

There's only one paper tray too, an open feeder at the back of the device – inconvenient if you like a second tray for letterheads or photo paper.

Thankfully, there's no compromise in print quality. Text output is dark and crisp, remaining readable even at very low point sizes. Our 20-page text document printed in six minutes, five seconds, which is pedestrian but not problematic. A top-quality A4 photo print took two minutes, 32 seconds, which is perfectly acceptable.

Default-setting plain-paper photo prints are natural and complete, and when you switch to photo paper and max out the quality settings, the results are commendable, but maybe not quite as good as a recent Canon.

Lexmark's Genesis S815 is innovative and ideal for most home users. Versatile and user-friendly, it offers great integration with online services, but it's not the best for high-resolution scanning, fast document printing or stellar photo printing.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed26 Second
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Standard Input Media Capacity100 sheets
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)33
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm)30
Maximum Mono Copy Speed (cpm)25
Maximum Color Copy Speed (cpm)21
Maximum Print Resolution4800 x 1200 dpi
Brand NameLexmark
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingAutomatic
Media SizeA4, A5, A6, Envelope No. 7 3/4, Envelope No. 9, Envelope No. 10, A6 Card, B5 Envelope, C5 Envelope, DL Envelope, A2 Baronial, Envelope No. 6 3/4, B5, C6 Envelope, Executive, Letter, Legal, 2L, Chou 3 Envelope, Chou 4 Envelope, Chou 40 Envelope, Kakugata 3, Kakugata 4, Kakugata 5, Kakugata 6, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm, A5 - 148 mm x 210 mm, A6 - 105 mm x 148 mm, A6 Card - 158.57 mm x 117.34 mm, B5 Envelope - 176 mm x 250 mm, C5 Envelope - 162 mm x 229 mm, DL Envelope - 110 mm x 220 mm, B5 - 176 mm x 250 mm, C6 Envelope - 114 mm x 162 mm, Executive - 267 mm x 184 mm, Letter - 216 mm x 279 mm, Legal - 216 mm x 356 mm, Chou 3 Envelope - 120 mm x 235 mm, Chou 4 Envelope - 90 mm x 205 mm, Chou 40 Envelope - 90 mm x 225 mm, Kakugata 3 - 216 mm x 277 mm, Kakugata 4 - 197 mm x 267 mm, Kakugata 5 - 190 mm x 240 mm, Kakugata 6 - 162 mm x 229 mm, 101.60 mm x 152.40 mm, 127 mm x 177.80 mm, 130 mm x 180 mm, 100 mm x 150 mm, 100 mm x 200 mm, 101.60 mm x 203.20 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Fax/Printer/Scanner
Duty Cycle3000 pages per month
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
Fax ColorColour
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed1
Number of Input Trays Supported1
Maximum Input Media Capacity100 sheets
Height420 mm
Width386 mm
Depth321 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Matte Paper, Card Stock, Envelope, Label, Transparency, Banner Paper, Hagaki Card, Iron-on Transfer, Photo Paper, Heavy Paper
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerLexmark International, Inc
Product ModelS815
Product NameS815 Genesis Multifunction Printer
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Modem Speed33.60 Kbps
Image SensorCMOS
Manufacturer Part Number50C1000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lexmark.co.uk
Marketing Information

Genesis with Flash Scan Technology delivers both speed and style. The revolutionary scanning technology boasts a 10 megapixel imaging sensor, which allows for an Instant Preview of scanned documents on the 4.3" color touch screen and enables the all-in-one to convert a document to digital in as few as 3 seconds.

Platform SupportedMac, PC
Limited Warranty3 Year
Standard Memory64 MB
Weight (Approximate)8.71 kg