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Lexmark Platinum Pro 905The Lexmark Platinum Pro905 is a fully capable all-in-one business device, but its touch screen might throw a wrench in your workflow. The Smart Solutions widgets add virtual customization to the control panel, but we wish Lexmark had retained a few hard...
>> Hey guys, it's Justin Yew, associate editor for cnet.com. And today I think the pleasure of introducing you to Lexmark's latest business ink jet printer. It's the Platinum Pro 905. Now this is Lexmark's $400 flagship printer, and it's at the top of its class, providing an efficient touch-screen, dual paper input trays, and innovative smart solutions widgets that all serve to increase productivity in the work place. So let's take a closer look, shall we? As we can see the front of the printer is bare, with only one hard button for power that sits just to the left of this 4.3-inch touch-screen LCD. Now I know what you're thinking, what business does a touch-screen have on a printer. Well, like HP's Photo Smart premium TouchSmart Web, the idea is that you can connect the printer directly to the Internet and download what Lexmark calls smart solutions, or customizable applications like functional short cuts, photo viewers, and on line apps. And you can even reorder and label the applications with various icons and details. Now the touch-screen actually does come in handy because Lexmark doesn't force you to dive too far into menus and sub menus. The user interface is organized, fast, and easy to use. Now our only question to Lexmark is why remove all of the hard buttons. Now all right, touch-screens are super-hip nowadays. But there is actually a reason why hard buttons exist on printers in the first place. It's because it's way easier to just walk up and hit a button rather than scroll through a list of short cuts on a virtual screen. Now anyway, touch-screen aside, the Pro 905 does build in a bunch of extra features that give it an advantage over the competition. Now we understand that the $400 price point might deter you at first, but when you consider extra features like a 150-sheet tray, built in Wi-Fi, Lexmark's newest Visix individual ink cartridges, another 150-sheet tray, and a host of productivity programs all included with the driver, you know, it makes perfect sense to welcome this multi-functioner as a new member of your office team. So be sure to check out our full review for more details, but that's going to do it for me. I'm Justin Yew, and you just took a first look at the Lexmark Platinum Pro 905 multi-function printer. Thanks for watching.