Lexmark Z 55 Color Jetprinter

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Lexmark Z 55 Color Jetprinter

The Lexmark Z55 is a versatile, high performance printer perfectly suited for small business, home office and individuals who demand the highest quali...

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Review of "Lexmark Z 55 Color Jetprinter"

published 14/12/2003 | MadCat
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Pro Low initial price, adequate printing quality, easy to use
Cons High price of cartridges
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"Great photo printer at a low price"

When I bought my Lexmark Z55 it was £69.99 from Comet. There was a test print, which showed the print quality was fine for what we wanted - namely printing photos, and the occasional letter.

The printer is very simple, and doesn't have a lot of hi-tech gadgetry and functions, which I count as a plus point - I cannot bear to buy equipment with a lot of functions which I will never understand, let alone actually use!

The printer itself is fairly large, but not overly so - it's about 43cm wide, 18cm tall and 23cm deep when it's little flap at the top of the paper feed-in trough is closed, and the paper outlet shelf is pushed in - when it's ready to print, you need to allow an extra 15cm at the top and 15cm at the front. The lift-up flap at the top which you rest your paper on when it's waiting to be printed is an ideal dust-cover when lowered, so if the printer is standing unused for a few days, dust doesn't easily get inside it - a great idea for me, as I hate dusting in awkward places!

When we bought the printer, we weren't forewarned by the sales assistant that the USB cable wasn't included in the box - my hubby was only told this when he went back to ask for it. USB cables aren't expensive, about £5, but it does add to the cost of the printer so bear it in mind should you decide to purchase one. It does come with both black and colour ink cartridges though - a real bonus, as you'll see in a minute.

Once you have the cable, it is incredibly easy to set the printer up for use - just plug one end of the USB cable to the printer, and the other end to a spare port on your computer, and pop the driver disc (included in the box this time!) into your drive. Follow the on-screen instructions, and it quickly takes you through the installation process, including a test print. After that you will be taken to the Lexmark Z55 Solution Centre on-screen. This is all included on the disc, and is where you can see what type of paper is loaded as the printer automatically detects if it's glossy photo paper, ordinary printer paper, matt paper etc. It also tells you the current ink levels in both the ink cartridges, so you'll never have to guess as to when to purchase a new one.

Other tabs in the Solution Centre let you choose what to print (settings for Envelopes, Photos, and Banners are included, also an option to print on both sides of a sheet, and how to speed up the print or increase the print quality. There is a Troubleshooting option, as well as Maintenance to clean up blurry edges, horizontal streaks etc, and shows you how to install a new ink cartridge and gives online shopping options for purchase of them. There's a contact page for contacting Lexmark by phone or online, arranged by query type. The last section is Advanced, for configuring networking options and downloading the latest drivers - recommended, as drivers for this type of equipment seem to date rather fast.

The printer's automatic paper-detection function serves two purposes, first to avoid the hassle of manually selecting each time you need to print something, and two because it sets the amount of ink to use. More ink is needed to print on plain paper as it is more porous (absorbent) than glossy photo paper.

All that technical stuff above is, in my experience, rarely needed though. I have never had trouble with the print quality of the Lexmark Z55, haven't had to use the troubleshooting or maintenence sections at all, or the advanced one. I simply click "print" on a document, put the right sort of paper in the printer, and it does it all in very little time.

The print quality is, I feel, excellent for a printer in this price range. Photos come out clear with very little pixellation, and letters and the kids' pictures also come out very sharp - no blurry edges or anything like that.

So, if it's that good, why only a four-star rating? Well, there had to be a catch, didn't there? Her it is - the ink cartridges. The colour one need replacing very often, and I don't really print THAT many photos. They are also very expensive. The cheapest I have found them is £30.99, and I think that was Curry's. Bearing in mind that the whole printer only cost £70, that's almost half again for the colour cartridge. The black ink cartridge is almost as bad at around £27.99.

In conclusion, I'd say that the Lexmark Z55 is ideal for those who want a simple but effective printer with no frills but plenty of value.

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  • redroses1983 published 31/01/2004
    Informative an helpful REVIEW.....
  • eve6kicksass published 18/12/2003
    A superb op...sounds like a great deal...Chris xxx
  • Sally3 published 16/12/2003
    They always get you with the cartridges, don't they? Good op..I had a Lexmark before the HP that I have now, and it was pretty good. I did manage to find cheaper cartridges from WHSmith - they did the equivalent in their own brands and were about half the price. Salx
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Product Information : Lexmark Z 55 Color Jetprinter

Manufacturer's product description

The Lexmark Z55 is a versatile, high performance printer perfectly suited for small business, home office and individuals who demand the highest quality possible from a color inkjet printer. With 3600 x 1200 dpi, the Lexmark Z55 easily outclasses its competition. The Lexmark Z55 delivers higher definition than ever achieved before delivering output so sharp and vivid, that photo quality prints and laser sharp text are possible, right out of the box. Accu-Feed paper handling virtually eliminates paper jams while handling a wide range of paper from envelopes and transparencies to paper stocks.

Product Details

Product Description: Lexmark Z55 Color Jetprinter - printer - colour - ink-jet

Printer Type: Personal printer - ink-jet - colour

Weight: 2.8 kg, 3.1 kg

Localisation: English / United Kingdom, Sweden

Media Size Class: A4/Legal

Max Media Size: Legal (216 x 356 mm), A4 (210 x 297 mm)

Max Media Size (Custom): 216 mm x 356 mm

Print Speed: Up to 17 ppm - B/W - A4 (210 x 297 mm) ¦ Up to 13 ppm - colour - A4 (210 x 297 mm)

Max Resolution ( B&W ): 3600 x 1200 dpi

Max Resolution ( Colour ): 3600 x 1200 dpi

Interface: Parallel, USB

Media Type: Envelopes, transparencies, labels, plain paper, iron-on transfers, photo paper, glossy photo paper, banners, cards

Total Media Capacity: 100 sheets

Monthly Duty Cycle (max): 5000 pages

System Requirements: Apple MacOS 8.6 or later, Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0, Red Hat Linux 7.0 or later, Apple MacOS 9.0 or later, Apple MacOS X, Microsoft Windows 98/ME, Microsoft Windows XP, SuSE Linux 7.0

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

Dimensions (WxDxH): 44 cm x 52.7 cm x 30.6 cm, 44 cm x 31.8 cm x 19.7 cm

Language Simulation: PCL 3

General

MPN: 80D0960, 16M0004, 16M0066, 16M0002, 16M0000

Printer Type: Personal printer - ink-jet - colour

Enclosure Colour: Black, white

Localisation: English / United Kingdom, Sweden

Printer

Print Speed: Up to 17 ppm - B/W - A4 (210 x 297 mm) ¦ Up to 13 ppm - colour - A4 (210 x 297 mm)

Connectivity Technology: Wired

Interface: Parallel, USB

Max Resolution ( B&W ): 3600 x 1200 dpi

Max Resolution ( Colour ): 3600 x 1200 dpi

Language Simulation: PCL 3

Media Handling

Media Path Type: Straight

Media Type: Envelopes, transparencies, labels, plain paper, iron-on transfers, photo paper, glossy photo paper, banners, cards

Media Size Class: A4/Legal

Max Media Size: Legal (216 x 356 mm), A4 (210 x 297 mm)

Max Media Size (Custom): 216 mm x 356 mm

Media Sizes: ANSI A (Letter) (216 x 279 mm), Legal (216 x 356 mm), Executive (184 x 267 mm), A4 (210 x 297 mm), A5 (148 x 210 mm), B5 (176 x 250 mm), A6 (105 x 148 mm), Statement (139.7 x 215.9 mm)

Envelope Sizes: International DL (110 x 220 mm), International C6 (114 x 162 mm), Com-10 (105 x 241 mm), International C5 (162 x 229 mm), International B5 (176 x 250 mm), US No 9 (98.6 x 225.6 mm)

Card / Label Sizes: Hagaki Card (100 x 148 mm), US 4 x 6 Card (10 x 15 cm), Hagaki Card (100 x 148 mm)

Total Media Capacity: 100 sheets

Media Feeder(s): 1 x autoload - 100 sheets, 1 x autoload - 100 sheets - Legal (216 x 356 mm)

Duty Cycle

Monthly Duty Cycle (max): 5000 pages

Cartridge / Printhead Included Qty: 2

Expansion / Connectivity

Connections: 1 x USB - 4 PIN USB Type B ¦ 1 x parallel - 36 PIN Centronics

Miscellaneous

Consumables Included: 1 x ink cartridge ( black ) - up to 600 pages ¦ 1 x ink cartridge ( colour ) - up to 450 pages

MTBF: 26,280 hour(s)

Power

Power Device: Power adapter - external, Power supply

Software / System Requirements

Software Included: Drivers & Utilities

OS Required: Apple MacOS 8.6 or later, Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0, Red Hat Linux 7.0 or later, Apple MacOS 9.0 or later, Apple MacOS X, Microsoft Windows 98/ME, Microsoft Windows XP, SuSE Linux 7.0

Peripheral / Interface Devices: USB port, parallel port

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - express exchange - 1 year - on-site, Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year - on-site, Limited warranty - 1 year

Environmental Parameters

Sound Emission: 48 dBA

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 44 cm

Depth: 52.7 cm, 31.8 cm

Height: 30.6 cm, 19.7 cm

Weight: 2.8 kg, 3.1 kg

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR: Yes

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