Lexmark Impact S305 review

A scanner and Wi-Fi connectivity make this photo printer a very appealing option

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  • Good print quality
  • Wi-Fi
  • Scanner


  • Quite large
  • A bit loud

The Lexmark Impact S305 is a rather fussy-looking device. It's quite large and heavy, but with the added attraction of having a built-in scanner and Wi-Fi connectivity, and also being a decent all-round photo printer.

You'll find a paper feed tray on the top of the Lexmark and an input tray at the front. Controls are via a small mono LCD display on the front. There is a wide array of buttons, but setting up the printer is straightforward, with clear onscreen instructions.

Along with a USB port and built-in Wi-Fi support, which we found easy to use, you'll also find a PictBridge port and media card slot down on the right-hand corner of the printer, making this a fully rounded device.

Quality scanner

The scanner has a 1200dpi (dots per inch) maximum scan mode and we found that scans were far more acceptable than on the HP PhotoSmart C4680. However, printing can be a slightly loud affair.

This is the first printer we've seen to make the most of Lexmark's new Vizix print technology. Our test prints showed a great balance between colours and even blacks looked sharp for such an entry level machine.

The main reason for this warmth of colour is that this is a four-cartridge inkjet printer, packing in a double-capacity black and three separate cartridges for cyan, magenta and yellow. You'll find replacement black cartridges cost around £10 (inc. VAT) each, while colour is slightly more expensive at £16 (inc. VAT).

If you have room for a larger printer in your home, the Lexmark Impact S305 is a surprisingly good all-round machine. We don't like its rather fussy design, but we were more than happy with its print speeds and, more importantly, the quality of images it delivered.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
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
Product FamilyImpact
Maximum Print Resolution4800 x 1200 dpi
Brand NameLexmark
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Media SizeEnvelope No. 10, Envelope No. 7 3/4, Envelope No. 9, A4, A5, B5 Envelope, C5 Envelope, DL Envelope, Envelope No. 6 3/4, A2 Baronial, A6 Card, B5, C6 Envelope, Custom Size, Index Card, Executive, Legal, Letter, L, 2L, Chou 3 Envelope, Chou 4 Envelope, Chou 40 Envelope, Kakugata 3, Kakugata 4, Kakugata 5, Kakugata 6, Custom Size - 216 mm x 432 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, 89 mm x 127 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Printer/Scanner
Duty Cycle5000 pages per month
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Optical Resolution1200 dpi
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed1
Number of Input Trays Supported1
Maximum Input Media Capacity100 sheets
Height178 mm
Width465 mm
Depth358 mm
Media TypeCard Stock, Envelope, Plain Paper, Transparency, Banner Paper, Hagaki Card, Iron-on Transfer, Photo Paper, Heavy Paper, Matte Paper, Borderless Media
Colour Depth48-bit
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerLexmark International, Inc
Product ModelS305
Product NameImpact S305 Multifunction Printer
Product LineImpact
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Image SensorCIS
Manufacturer Part Number90T3036
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lexmark.co.uk
Marketing Information

Reliable wireless freedom and functional versatility. Enjoy the freedom of wireless printing, beautiful photos and crisp text with Vizix print technology. Fast speeds up to 33 pages per minute. Photo card slots and Pictbridge for operation without a PC.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • Impact S305 Multifunction Printer
  • Printhead
  • 1 x Black Cartridge
  • 1 x Cyan Cartridge
  • 1 x Magenta Cartridge
  • 1 x Yellow Cartridge
  • Quick Setup Sheet
  • Quick Reference Guide / Users Guide on CD
  • Networking Guide
  • Installation Software on CD
  • Power Supply and Cord
  • Wireless Setup Cable for USB Connection
  • Service Information and Statement of Limited Warranty/ Guarantee
Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory64 MB
Weight (Approximate)6.51 kg