Lexmark Z1420

The Good Wireless-ready; fast prints; inexpensive.

The Bad Print quality needs a lot of improvement; bundled software has weird limitations.

The Bottom Line With its built-in wireless capability, the Lexmark Z1420 looks like a bargain until you see the prints it outputs. If you value print quality, look elsewhere.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Support 6.0
6.1 Overall

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Review

Lexmark Z1420

The Lexmark Z1420 is a basic and inexpensive inkjet printer designed for home users who need to make only occasional prints. The key feature of this $80 printer is its ability to print wirelessly out of the box; that's a surprising feature for an entry-level inkjet and a boon for homes with multiple users. It prints quickly for a machine in this price range but sacrifices print quality in the process. If the wireless capability is paramount and you can live without great print quality, the Lexmark Z1420 is the printer for you. If you want to print good-looking holiday cards or newsletters, however, you're better off with a machine like the $50 Canon Pixma iP1800. Keep in mind that you can network a USB printer like the Pixma iP1800 with a print server or a router with a built-in print server, though your overall cost will be more than $80.

Design
The Lexmark Z1420 employs a basic design. The white-and-gray printer is boxy, yet not unattractive in its simplicity. It measures 18.1 inches wide, 7.8 inches deep, and just 4.8 inches tall, and weighs a mere 5.7 pounds. The paper input support juts up from the rear edge of the printer and holds up to 100 sheets of regular paper. A translucent, dark gray shield sits in front of the input area, preventing random objects (such as pens or paper clips) from falling into the paper input area--it's a small, but well-considered, touch. The output tray slides out from the front of the printer.

The Z1420 uses a two-cartridge system--one black and one tricolor cartridge--which is standard-issue at this price. When printing photos, you can swap out the black tank for a tricolor photo cartridge, which gives you six-color photo prints. Lexmark's site offers three tiers of pricing: regular, high-yield, and a return program option. The regular black cartridge costs $26 (215 pages), the return program version costs $22, and the high-yield cartridge costs $30 (500 pages). The regular color cartridge costs $24 (185 pages), the return yield version costs $20, and the high-yield one costs $25 (500 pages). The optional photo cartridge will set you back $25. Using the high-yield cartridges, the per-page costs should be about 6 cents for black and 11 cents for color--both numbers are reasonable for a low-cost inkjet printer.

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  • Brand Lexmark
  • Type printer
  • Type Multifunction printer
  • Printing Technology ink-jet
  • Compatibility PC
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