Lexmark X7675 review:

Lexmark X7675

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Typical Price: $299.00
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CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Extensive network connectivity. Compatibility with high yield cartridges.

The Bad Quality of colour prints is average. Blacks were not deep. Generally clunky setup.

The Bottom Line This is definitely not a printer to buy if you want a multifunction to simply plug and play into your computer. The X7675 is truly a network printer, and an overly-complicated one at that, with average print quality and performance.

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6.9 Overall

Of all the recently announced printers in Lexmark's new range, it's safe to say that the X7675 is the most attractive with its array of two-toned greys and blacks. It's also surprisingly light for such a feature-laden printer.

Unlike the rest of its siblings in the professional range, the X7675 sports a nifty little 2.4-inch colour LCD screen on a tilted panel at the front of the unit. It's not the brightest or the highest resolution screen we've seen but, for the most part, it does its job. There's a full numeric keypad on the front, alongside backlit buttons to switch between modes. Annoyingly, the power button continues to flash even when the printer is in standby mode. Consumables, such as paper and cartridges, are all easily accessible from either the rear or front panels.

Memory card slots are presented on the front of the printer, alongside the function panel, with support for all major formats. There's also a USB port for PictBridge compatible cameras, and for reading and writing to USB keys.

The X7675 is a bit of a jack-in-the-box — open the top lid and you'll be presented with the flatbed scanner, open it again and out pop the ink cartridge holders. There are two high-yield cartridges provided to start you off. Ethernet and wireless capabilities (802.11b/g) are built in, plus compatibility with 802.11n.

That said, we find it incredibly ironic that a printer doesn't come with comprehensive instructions on paper. There's a networking and fax guide, but for simple plug-and-play operation it's all relegated to the included CD with the software and manuals loaded onto it.

In theory, the X7675 is designed for a small office environment that needs a quick, responsive printer with reasonable output quality and a range of functions like scanning and faxing. In practice, it's just not up to scratch for this purpose and, instead, would work best in a home where the printing demands aren't quite so great.

The X7675 can work as a standalone unit or with a computer attached. On its own, the Lexmark performed well, reading off USB and memory cards with ease, though larger files did take a long time to buffer and display on the screen.

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