Lexmark X7170 review: Lexmark X7170

The X7170 performed a bit better in our color-graphics tests, reproducing a test document with excellent color matching, good details, and pale but otherwise accurate hues. Photographs showed a pronounced magenta color cast. We also saw signs of oversharpening, an increase in the contrast between the adjacent tones or colors. The combined effect was especially noticeable in hair and skin.

As a scanner, the X7170 performed poorly. Its test black-and-white scan was faint, missing data in patches and unable to reproduce fine shading or details. The color scan was also poor and washed out, with inaccurate color matching and a blurry, out-of-focus appearance.

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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  • Type fax / copier / printer / scanner
  • Printing Technology ink-jet
  • Max Original Size 8.5 in x 11.7 in
  • Optical Resolution 1200 x 4800 dpi
  • Functions scanner