Ever so slowly, Lexmark is evolving its printer design, but in the case of the Lexmark X4875, we can't help but think that it's taking a step backwards. For some time, it's been possible to identify a Lexmark printer, as they tended towards a rather iPod-style design, with lots of flowing white plastic edges. They were, in essence, trying to step away from looking quite so much like printers, which was a tough task to begin with.
The X4875, on the other hand, takes that smooth white design and applies it against a blueprint that looks almost exactly like a printer. Perhaps it's the rather boxy overall design, or the contrast between the white, grey and silver sections of the body. Possibly it's a deliberate design idea, as the X4875 sits in the "Small & Medium Business" section of Lexmark's printer lines, although with the current razor-sharp pricing model for all inkjets, it's often confusing working out which market a particular inkjet is trying to hit.
The X4875 sits in Lexmark's "Professional" range of inkjets, designed for small home offices and the like. The core printing engine in the X4875 is a four-colour inkjet, although like most inkjets you can pop in a six-colour photo cartridge if needed. Scanning is provided via a 48-bit A4 scanner built into the tray head. There's no faxing capability in the X4875; within the Lexmark world if you want faxing with this style body you'll need the AU$299 X6575 model instead.
One of the big hooks for the X4875 is the inclusion of wireless printing; this is managed via an 802.11g wireless antenna located at the back of the printer. We can't think of too many print jobs that a printer of this type would be called upon that would natively require the claimed speeds of 802.11n; G should be able to handle most data-intensive printing jobs.
One minor feature we did like that dropped out of the X4875's box was the inclusion of post-paid return envelopes for the print cartridges. Lexmark's a major sponsor of the Cartridges 4 Planet Ark initiative and it's a great step to see an active, consumer-led step like this.