Lexmark's S405 knows how to mix work and pleasure without getting in to trouble with the boss. This all-in-one model may be primarily aimed at those wanting an all-rounder for their home office, but along with the printing, faxing and copying skills, it also takes care of the fun stuff with good photo printing features. Currently you can buy it online for around £140.
The S405 is finish mainly in matte black plastic, but the lid of the scanner is off white and there's a glossy black coating on the automatic document feed that sits on top of the scanner. All in all, it's a look that neatly bridges the worlds of home and professional use.
Unlike the S605 we looked at recently, the S405 doesn't have a touchscreen display. Instead it makes do with a pretty traditional two-line monochrome screen that you navigate around using the left and right buttons that sit beneath it. Above the display there are large dedicated buttons for the copy, scan, fax and photo functions, while to the right there's a numerical keypad for entering fax numbers. The control panel is actually very cleanly laid out, and as a result, friendly to use. And although the menus system is a little basic compared to the more advanced S605, it still provides you with most of the controls over the printer that you need on a day-to-day basis.
To the right of the control panel there's a multi-format card reader that supports SD, xD, MMC and Memory Stick cards. Below this there's also a PictBridge USB port for printing photos directly from compatible cameras or USB drives. However, this is where the small monochrome screen on the S405 becomes a bit of an issue, as there's no way to actually view photos before printing them. Lexmark has tried to help here by giving you some options in the menu, such as printing the last photos or printing a photo by number, but it's no substitute for actually having a colour screen that you can view photos on.
Lexmark has made setting up the printer very easy. If you pop the installation CD-rom in your computer, you are through the entire process, from taking the various protective tapes off the printer, to installing the print head and inks, and setting up the driver and software on your computer.
The S405 has both USB and Wi-Fi but there's no Ethernet socket. Still you can share it with multiple computers on your home network via Wi-Fi if you want and setting up Wi-Fi is pretty easy.