Lexmark – X5470 review

mid-range all-in-one photo printer, scanner, copier and fax
Photo of Lexmark – X5470

Lexmark has a range of rather blocky-looking all-in-one devices, with the X5470 fitting some way up from the bottom. To prove this, it includes memory card slots, fax facilities and an Auto Document Feeder (ADF). Its grey and ice-white colouring casts a glance at the Mac as well as PC markets.

Starting from the top, the ADF can take up to 10 sheets, which feed from the top of the scanner cover through the reader and back out on top of the sheets going in. This may sound an odd arrangement, but in practice it works fine – it’s certainly very inexpensive to make. Lift the scanner cover and there’s an A4, Contact Image Sensor (CIS), flatbed scan head ready to take documents you can’t feed automatically.

Lift the entire scanner section and you have access to the twin ink cartridges, one black and one tri-colour, which snap in easily. You can replace the black with a three-colour photo cartridge, for six-colour photo prints.

Protruding from the front of the device is a small control panel. This has a two-line by 16-character mono LCD display with a trio of navigation buttons in front. This may not seem enough, but because Lexmark provides plenty of text prompts, it works OK. To the right of the LCD display is a numeric keypad for dialling fax numbers, together with buttons to start mono and colour copy jobs. To the left are mode selectors and a power button.

On the right-hand side are two memory card slots which combine to offer all the major formats, as well as a PictBridge socket for direct connection of a digital camera. Although you can’t preview images before printing, you can print proof sheets and select the images you want to print by marking them up and re-scanning.

The print quality is pretty much what we’ve come to expect from Lexmark inkjets. Black print is reasonable, though it looks a little over-printed, and colour graphics on plain paper are a little insipid and show some banding, particularly on colour copies. Photo prints are much better, with well-rendered colours and sharp definition.

Print speeds are generally slow, with a real-world text speed of around 5ppm for black text and 2ppm for colour. Costs are rather better, with a text page coming out at 4p and a colour one at under 29p.

Company: Lexmark

Contact: 08704 440044

The X5470 is a neat little all-in-one machine at a very reasonable price. Its clever ADF, memory card slots and neatly-arranged control panel add value. While the print quality isn't the best we've seen, the device is cheap to run and for many purposes will be all you need.