The Good Inexpensive; nice range of features; built-in memory card slots and PictBridge port; fast text prints; decent scan quality; built-in ADF.
The Bad Poor to mediocre print quality; slow copy speed; very limited paper handling options.
The Bottom Line The Lexmark X5470 offers loads of features and respectable print speeds at a low price, but its print quality leaves a lot to be desired. You can find a similarly priced all-in-one that offers better print quality.
An inkjet multifunction printer sounds like an expensive piece of equipment, but these days, you can bring one home for a measly $100. The Lexmark X5470 is one such printer, combining printer, scanner, fax, and copier into one useful device. It lacks built-in networking, which means it's better suited for a single-user home office, but the included user guide walks you through networking the printer via a print server. While the printer was quick at most tasks (except copying), the trade-off was poor print quality. You can get far better print quality from similarly priced all-in-ones, such as the Canon Pixma MP460 (which costs about $30 more) or from the Canon Pixma MP180, though neither Pixma offers fax capability.
The Lexmark X5470's glossy white, gray, and silver body is boxy and perhaps a bit large for a home multifunction, but it's light and easy to maneuver. The scanner lid has a built-in automatic document feeder that can hold up to 10 pages for batching scanning or copying. The flatbed scanner can hold pages up to A4 in size, but you can scan legal-size documents using the ADF.
The X5470's paper handling options are basic: an input support juts out from the back and can hold up to 100 sheets of regular paper. The output tray sticks out of the front of the base and can be extended to corral long sheets of paper. For printing photos without a PC, the X5470 offers a PictBridge port and memory card slots that accept most common memory cards, though some will require an adapter.
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