Lexmark X7675

The Lexmark X7675 is a network-ready multifunction printer that promises much, but delivers little with its average print quality and frustrating setup process.


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Design
Of all the recently announced printers in Lexmark's new range, it's safe to say that the X7675 is the most attractive with its array of two-toned greys and blacks. It's also surprisingly light for such a feature-laden printer.

Unlike the rest of its siblings in the professional range, the X7675 sports a nifty little 2.4-inch colour LCD screen on a tilted panel at the front of the unit. It's not the brightest or the highest resolution screen we've seen but, for the most part, it does its job. There's a full numeric keypad on the front, alongside backlit buttons to switch between modes. Annoyingly, the power button continues to flash even when the printer is in standby mode. Consumables, such as paper and cartridges, are all easily accessible from either the rear or front panels.

Memory card slots are presented on the front of the printer, alongside the function panel, with support for all major formats. There's also a USB port for PictBridge compatible cameras, and for reading and writing to USB keys.

Features
The X7675 is a bit of a jack-in-the-box — open the top lid and you'll be presented with the flatbed scanner, open it again and out pop the ink cartridge holders. There are two high-yield cartridges provided to start you off. Ethernet and wireless capabilities (802.11b/g) are built in, plus compatibility with 802.11n.

That said, we find it incredibly ironic that a printer doesn't come with comprehensive instructions on paper. There's a networking and fax guide, but for simple plug-and-play operation it's all relegated to the included CD with the software and manuals loaded onto it.

Performance
In theory, the X7675 is designed for a small office environment that needs a quick, responsive printer with reasonable output quality and a range of functions like scanning and faxing. In practice, it's just not up to scratch for this purpose and, instead, would work best in a home where the printing demands aren't quite so great.

The X7675 can work as a standalone unit or with a computer attached. On its own, the Lexmark performed well, reading off USB and memory cards with ease, though larger files did take a long time to buffer and display on the screen.

Things took a turn for the worse when we tried to establish a connection between the Lexmark and a computer. First of all, the USB connector was impossible to find — after much struggling the CNET Australia team managed to find it hiding behind a yellow sticker on the rear of the unit, underneath the Ethernet and telephone line ports. Then, the installation process was long and cumbersome with every single step from opening the box to putting paper in the tray being demonstrated via an on-screen display. This is great for people who have never seen a printer before but tiresome for everyone else.

The novelty value was further relegated to the scrap heap when copying from the 25-page document feeder. Unless those A4 pages are loaded perfectly straight, expect a multitude of paper jams and frustrating sessions waiting for the printer to recognise that the jam has been cleared. When we did get the document feeder to work, we decided to test the printer's duplex functionality. Seeming to want to test our mirror reading skills, the X7675 proceeded to print one of our pages on one side of the page normally, then printed the other in reverse — a rudimentary lesson in "kaeps sdrawkcab".

To test its scanning capabilities, we performed a scan of a standard 4x6-inch photo print at 600dpi. The scan took around 30 seconds to complete, with writing to a USB key taking an additional five seconds or so. Observing the scanned image on a computer screen highlighted just how the Lexmark struggled with this test. There were artefacts present on the image, and the image lacked the depth and colour vivacity that the original prints had.

Further to this, the Lexmark delivered subpar image prints on plain A4 paper. Visible print lines, weak saturation and blacks that appeared more like grey-blues were the most common faults. For a full page colour print, it took 56 seconds from button press to final printout appearing.

Plain black text fared much better, delivering near laser-quality results except for segments of bold text which did appear to bleed slightly. In copy mode, the unit took 12 seconds from button press to printout, which was reasonably impressive, though the quality of the resulting page was decidedly average.

Conclusion
For the most basic of tasks, such as printing black and white text and copying plain documents, the Lexmark X7675 is a capable machine, but for anything else slightly more strenuous, it struggles. Unless you need the extensive network connectivity offered here, save some money and buy one of the lesser models in Lexmark's line-up.

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Jonny
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Jonny posted a review   

The Good:Ink cartridge costs

The Bad:Paper jam killed printer

I have to say when they ask do you want an extended warranty on it - if its a lexmark say YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!
This printer worked well until about the time the warranty expired and now I can't print it says there is a paper jam every time - 1 piece or 100 pieces. The little grabbing devices that grab the paper are grabbing too hard and won't let go so it says its a paper jam.
Anyways this is a cheap piece of crap - you get what you pay for I guess so hasta la vista lexmark - burned me once...

shane
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shane posted a review   

The Good:quality built, decent quality prints, good connection options.

The Bad:expensive inks!, setting up fax and wireless connection not explained clearly.

regret getting it.
after buying the second ink from ebay, the black colour is screwed and I cant print any documents.

taterhead
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taterhead posted a review   

The Good:Everything

The Bad:Nothing

Great printer in all respects.

Johnny
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Johnny posted a review   

The Good:Wireless and Auto duplexer

The Bad:The inks are so expensive - almost the price of HP's but half the size. Sometimes when I copy stuff, it takes a very long time e.g. 30sec before it even starts printing the copied page. I also can't get it to print a word document from my usb. The scanner sometimes don't work at all, and I have to manually reboot my computer and printer to resolve this issue.

It has all the features you'd want. But it has some issues and is too expensive to run in the long term.

Alex
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Alex posted a review   

The Good:Multifunctionality, Network Ready, Wireless, Offline User Interface, Compact, Professional.

The Bad:Communication between printer and computer when using printer interface, Low conservation of color ink, Draft mode is too light, Normal mode lacks quality, Lexmark Connect software is internet based and doesn't work anymore, Awkward MS Office plug-in.

Nice for quick printing and decent photos, but not for revered qulaity.

str
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str posted a review   

no linux, no plans to release linux driver. Windows driver is very slow.

Quantum Balls
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Quantum Balls posted a review   

simkin: Lexmark should allow you to print using your os'es (linux) generic postscript printer driver. This should make it hummmm like a 10 of 10. Lexmark native drivers are notorious for their poor performance for the sake of their bells & whistles features, ex: Don't print until I put my passcode at the printer... Other than their print drivers, Lexmark is top-dog in reliable printing.

capeta1
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capeta1 posted a review   

The Good:High yield inks
Double side printing
Wireless printing

The Bad:Long time lag between pressing print from computer to printer starts printing.

Overall i'm satistisfied with my purchase. The only major flaw i've found was when i press print from my computer, there is a long lag before the printer actually starts printing. On average 3-5 secs lag for black & white ; 5-10 secs lag for colour.

simkin
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simkin posted a review   

Doesn't support Linux. At All. Stay away.




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User Reviews / Comments  Lexmark X7675

  • Jonny

    Jonny

    Rating2

    "I have to say when they ask do you want an extended warranty on it - if its a lexmark say YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!
    This printer worked well until about the time the warranty expired and now I can't..."

  • shane

    shane

    Rating4

    "regret getting it.
    after buying the second ink from ebay, the black colour is screwed and I cant print any documents."

  • taterhead

    taterhead

    Rating10

    "Great printer in all respects."

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