Lexmark X7170 review:

Lexmark X7170

On the other hand, the scanning speed of the Lexmark X7170 impressed us. Its score of up to 5.3ppm for grayscale and 4.7ppm for color documents is among the best we've tested. This device made copies at a slow 0.8ppm.

During our tests, this multifunction printer performed smoothly, without any problems. We tested it at the default factory settings, which can be adjusted to improve performance.

CNET Labs multifunction-printer performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Copy speed  
Color scan speed  
Grayscale scan speed  
Photo speed  
Text speed  
Lexmark X7170
0.75 
4.68 
5.34 
0.1 
1.12 
Epson Stylus CX4600
1.66 
2.96 
4.82 
0.27 
1.3 
HP OfficeJet 4215
1.44 
1.56 
1.58 
0.24 
4.81 

CNET Labs print-quality performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Color scan  
Grayscale scan  
Photo  
Graphics on inkjet paper  
Text on inkjet paper  
Epson Stylus CX4600
Excellent 
Excellent 
Good 
Good 
Excellent 
HP OfficeJet 4215
Fair 
Good 
Excellent 
Good 
Excellent 
Lexmark X7170
Poor 
Poor 
Excellent 
Good 
Poor 

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Performance analysis written by CNET Labs project leader Dong Van Ngo.

The Lexmark X7170 is covered by a one-year limited warranty--standard fare. Technical support is available by telephone, toll free, for the life of the warranty, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET. Extended weekend support, however, would be a great help to Sunday photo hobbyists. On its Web site, Lexmark also provides 24-hour e-mail support, a searchable knowledge base, FAQs, and driver downloads.

The Lexmark X7170 comes with a quick-setup poster and a user manual on CD-ROM, but it lacks a printed user guide. The installation takes an easy five minutes and requires little more than hooking a USB cable between the printer and your computer and following the setup poster's step-by-step instructions. The software and drivers on the included CD-ROM install quickly and easily, and both the CD-ROM troubleshooting section and Lexmark's Web site answer basic setup questions.

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