Lexmark interpret s405

The new generation of Lexmark inkjets is a huge improvement over previous models, both in terms of print quality and running costs. The four-ink system is perfectly suited to document printing, and photo output is surprisingly rather better than from Lexmark's older six-ink models.

We liked

Despite the email revolution, sometimes we still need to send and receive faxes when working at home, and the S405 enables this in fine style, along with a good quality keypad and 35-sheet document feeder.

Printing in normal and high quality modes is massively quicker than most of Lexmark's older printers for photos as well as documents, and the Vizix individual ink system makes for reasonable running costs too.

The provision of Wi-Fi as well as Ethernet connectivity is a bonus, making the printer compatible with pretty much any home network.

We disliked

There's only one paper input tray, which sits at the back of the printer, so it's impossible to load up the machine with standard paper and letter-headed stock simultaneously, or plain and photo paper, as you can with printers like the Canon MP640. There's also no provision for printing onto white-faced CDs and DVDs.

Verdict

As a home office or small business printer, the Interpret S405 makes short work of printing, scanning, photocopying and faxing. It's reasonably cheap to run and print speeds and quality are good, making it a bit of a bargain at the price.

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