Advantages Extremely good printer for the price
Disadvantages none really
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Yesterday I found myself in the unfortunate position of having a thirteen month old printer which sounded like a tractor and gave out stripey colours!I had only recently been given five special photo quality ink cartridges. Obviously I don't want to waste them, so the printer has gone off to my son who assures me it can be fixed. He can't do it for a couple of weeks, so I decided I had better get a cheap and cheerful printer to tide us over. Actually, if you use your printer a lot a spare is a good idea!
So, off I went to PCWorld. I had heard they were doing some amazing deals. Obviously I did not want to spend much, as hopefully my really decent printer will, like the prodigal son, eventually return home.I don't think we will be killing the fatted calf however!I steeled myself against the excellent Epson printers on special offer- no need for anything that good for a spare!
Then I saw just what I was looking for. It was a Lexmark Z23e priced at £28.99.I thought it would probably be a heap of rubbish, but on inspecting the spec I was somewhat surprised. It has 2400x1200 dpi and is supposedly photo quality.
I tucked the box under my arm, without further ado and set off to put it through its paces!
That apart, things began to look up. The printer is very neat and fairly small.I will give you the dimensions without the paper extension trays out:Height: 5.1"
You do need to allow room to use the paper guides though. Here are the dimensions with them extended:Height: 12.3"
Now, about the ink; this printer has slots for two ink cartridges but can run with only the coloured cartridge attached to the left slot. You are only supplied with the colour cartridge but Lexmark say that you get a higher quality reproduction if you use the black as well. I had bought ink for my other printer earlier in the day and was amazed when I realised that one ink cartridge had only been £2 cheaper than this new printer!The paper carrier takes 100 sheets of A4 ,10 envelopes,25 sheets of labels and a 20 sheet banner.It doesn't say whether all these sheets are for double or single bed!Whatever, it ouputs up to 50 sheets at a time. It will take any paper or card up to 150g in weight.assortment of print jobs to test the printer and we were very impressed.The photos were very good and text was really crisp and clean. I was truly amazed at the quality in such an inexpensive machine.
The software is excellent and there is an ink level indicator which pops up while you are printing. Whenever you change a cartridge you "tell" the computer and it then keeps an accurate record of how much ink you have left. There is also a solution centre. In here you can find instructions on several topics:How to use less ink
It also has all the paper and quality settings. This printer is simplicity itself to use.It is compatible with Mac,Linux and all Windows platforms and takes up approximately 20mb of disk space.I have been very impressed with this printer. I was already impressed by Lexmark, but this is exceptional value. If you don't want to spend a lot, then here is your man!
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