Lexmark Interact S605 review

Touchscreen technology comes to printing with 'smart solutions' on the side

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We weren't expecting too much from Lexmark's latest inkjet printer, having been disappointed with review samples of pretty much every preceding model the company has sent us over the years.

However, it seems that the Lexmark really has turned a corner with the S605. It's a quality printer that's fast and accurate, with running costs that are among the cheapest in its class.

We liked

The big 10.9cm colour touchscreen plays host to a supremely simple yet effective menu system, making the S605 excellent in standalone mode, without the need to switch on your PC or Mac.

Better still, it makes the most of its Wi-Fi connectivity, linking seamlessly to the web so you can print news feeds or scan documents and fire them off via email direct from the printer.

Considering the limited range of a four-ink system, the S605 makes a surprisingly good stab at photo printing and, while it's not quite on a par with the latest Canon and Epson models, it's massively better than previous Lexmark inkjets we've tested.

We disliked

As an all-in-one printer, the S605 can turn its hand to most things but there are a couple of omissions in its feature set. For example, there's only one paper input tray, which can mean frequent swapping between plain and photo paper stock, and there's no specialist tray for printing onto white-faced CDs or DVDs.

Verdict

The feature-packed S605 combines impressive print quality with a good turn of speed and low running costs, and it's even fun to use, which you can't say about most printers. On top of that, the average online purchase price has also now dropped to about half the launch price, making it a real bargain.

Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Wireless LANYes
Standard Input Media Capacity100 sheets
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyInteract
Maximum Print Resolution4800 x 1200 dpi
Brand NameLexmark
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Media SizeEnvelope 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, Kakugata 3, Kakugata 4, Kakugata 5, Kakugata 6, Envelope No. 10, 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, 890 mm x 1270 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Printer/Scanner
Duty Cycle5000 pages per month
Recommended UsePlain Paper Print
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
Width514 mm
Depth358 mm
Media TypeLabel, Plain Paper, Transparency, Banner Paper, Hagaki Card, Iron-on Transfer, Photo Paper, Heavy Paper, Matte Paper, Card Stock, Envelope
Colour Depth48-bit
ManufacturerLexmark International, Inc
Product ModelS605
Product NameInteract S605 Inkjet Multifunction Printer
Product LineInteract
Image SensorCIS
Manufacturer Part Number60S0265
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lexmark.co.uk
Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Standard Memory64 MB
Weight (Approximate)7.50 kg