My colour inkjet gave up the ghost the other day and, because I had no idea about what kind of printer I should buy to replace it, I asked my IT guy.
He suggested two: either this one from Brother or this Lexmark Pinnacle Pro 901 For some reason, the Lexmark printer was marked down from £299 to £99. I bought that one. (Although I have to admit I was a bit suspicious – why was it at such a low price?) Anyhow, it has turned out to be such a great printer that I decided to write a review about it.
Costs 1p a page to print B/W
The problem with printers (and especially colour printers) is they cost a huge amount to run. Even on special offer, the toner for my B/W laser printer is around £30. Not so, with this new Lexmark. It can print up to 510 pages from one black cartridge which – at the price I paid a spare black cartridge – works out at less than 1p per page. I tend to use the ‘draft’ format most of the time as this uses less ink but is still very clear.
Prints 33 pages a minute
It’s actually a ‘ Business Class Wireless 4-in-1 Printer’ because, as well as printing, it also copies, scans and faxes. I haven’t set up the fax but the copy and scanning features are brilliant. It prints 33 B/W pages a minute and 30 colour. It copies 25 B/W pages a minute and 21 colour and you can reduce/enlarge your copies anything from 25% to 400%. It does double-sided copying, too.
My old flat bed scanner is very slow and takes ages for the lamp to warm up. The scan facility on this Lexmark is speedy, speedy and you can feed in multiple pages into the document hopper and they all get saved into one file. And, best of all, you can save the scans as a pdf. With my old scanner, I only had the choice of text files or jpgs.
Here are some other things I like about it:
- It warns you when the paper tray is about to run out
- It can take all kinds of paper sizes, thicknesses and types, including iron-on transfers
- You can plug your USB stick, memory card etc straight into the printer to print photos
- It has a cool, colour touch screen that gives you all kinds of functionality – most of which I haven’t discovered yet. But, for example, you can scan up to eight business cards simultaneously and it syncs with applications like Outlook
- And, bizarrely, there’s also a five year guarantee!
My old scanner and my B/W laser jet printer are both sitting in the corner gathering dust.