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Lexmark Genesis All-in-One Printer Review

Lexmark Genesis Printer

If you think that all printers are boxy blobs of plastic, this Lexmark Genesis S816 printer is sure to change your mind. As you can see, it is taller than it is wide and the entire front cover pulls forward toward you to reveal the scanner bed.

This unique design was created around a new form of scanner found in this printer. Rather than the usual line-by-line scanner, this printer has a full digital camera chip that scans by taking a full picture. This makes it very fast for both previews and scans.

This printer is an all-in-one that faxes, scans, copies, and prints. It can be set up on a wireless network. It performs all functions quite well and is even good at printing envelopes. This is not a photo printer, but picture quality is good enough for occasional photo printing.

This is an Internet connected computer, which uses Lexmark’s Smart Solutions to access the Internet for things like news, weather, and stocks. Smart Solutions also lets you do things like printing graph paper, music paper, calendars, and more.

As with a previous Lexmark printer, we had trouble setting up Smart Solutions on our Windows 7 computer.  We spent several frustrating hours on the phone with Lexmark support and they decided to send us a new printer. However, there was actually nothing wrong with the first printer. We were able to get it working properly after the Smart Solutions website was updated.

Summary:

Lexmark is trying to break out of the mold with this Genesis S816 printer. It has an upscale look and good quality. It offers ease of use as well as the fastest scanning that we’ve seen in an all-in-one printer. The Genesis  performs all of its functions well, including printing, scanning, copying, and faxing. Features abound in this printer, including an automatic duplexer, a front-side USB port, and a three-year extended warranty with registration. Anyone who scans a lot of single-sheet documents will be happy with this all-in-one. Unfortunately, its lack of a document feeder makes it unsuitable for heavy use of multiple-page document scans or copies.

This is the second Lexmark printer where we had a problem with Smart Solutions. Although this time we got everything working properly with an update from Lexmark, we cannot say whether or not the Smart Solutions is yet ready for prime time. Smart Solutions does, however, have good potential and is being upgraded on a regular basis.

Lexmark is promoting this printer as a small office all-in-one and for that reason has included fax capabilities. Yet, because of the 100-sheet capacity of the paper input tray and the relatively small capacity of the ink cartridges, we cannot recommend this printer for office workgroups. We feel it would be more appealing for home or home-office users.

When this printer was released, the retail price at the Lexmark website was $399, which was a little pricey, but a recent reduction means you can find it under $200. That combined with low ink costs  make it an attractive acquisition for home or home office.

Pros

  • Compact footprint
  • Striking appearance
  • Quality build
  • Responsive touch-screen
  • Ultra-fast scanning
  • Straight-forward paper path
  • Wireless
  • Web-connected, SmartSolutions

Cons

  • Difficult to scan small documents or photos
  • No document feeder
  • Smart Solutions needs more stability
  • Poor technical support
  • Small print capacity, even in high-yield cartridges

To read my more detailed review and see pictures, go to the Hardware Secrets website.

Epson WorkForce 610 All-in-One Printer

Epson WorkForce 610
Epson WorkForce 610

Epson WorkForce 610

The printer market has recently exploded with a variety of new choices. The All-in-one market is especially hot with every manufacturer vying for a spot at the top.

All-in-ones can do many different things, like print, fax, copy, and scan. There are, however,  few printers that perform all of these functions admirable. The Epson WorkForce 610 that I just reviewed  is one of the rare printers that handles each function well.

Not only does this Epson print well, but it has clean lines and a good-looking black case. It also takes multi-media cards, can be hooked up by Wi-Fi, and has a Stop button. Ink costs are lower than many others. Oh, and you can feed in multi-page documents to be faxed, scanned, or copied. If it had an automatic duplexer, it would be a little closer to perfect. However, that said, it is a great all-in-one printer for a busy home or small office.

Wrap Up

The Epson WorkForce 610 performs admirably in all its all-in-one functions. Although it is not meant to be a photo printer, it even does quite well, abet slowly in that area as well.

Although the suggested retail price is USD 200, street prices are quite a bit lower (only USD 100 at Newegg.com with free shipping, for example) and even the Epson website offers an instant rebate and free shipping, giving you a lot for your money.

The easy setup, wireless capabilities, fast printing speeks, good quality output, low ink costs, and great paper handling make this a winner. It is perfect for light office or home use.

Pros

  • Quality text, color documents
  • Excellent paper handling
  • Very customizable fax controls
  • Sleek, modern design
  • Speedy printing and copying
  • Easy-to-use interface
  • Fast and easy to set up
  • Ethernet, USB connectivity, and Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Low ink cost
  • Automatic document feeder
  • Wireless capabilities
  • Two-year warranty available with registration
  • Hinged scanner lid
  • Excellent cost/benefit ratio

Cons

  • Manual duplexer
  • Fax software could be intimidating to home user
  • LCD screen a little small

Lexmark All-in-One S605 Review

Lexmark S605 All-in-One
Lexmark S605 All-in-One

Lexmark S605 All-in-One

This Lexmark all-in-One printer is one of the new Internet-connected printers. Not only does it print, scan, and copy, but you can get the weather, your personal calendar, or stock information on its screen. You can print photos directly from a memory card. You can automate tasks like emailing a scanned document to a certain group of people. You can even use the printer’s screen like a digital picture frame to show off your photos. It can be set to automatically print on both sides of the paper.

The printer has the best touch screen that I’ve seen on a printer. It also had very good print quality and performs all functions more than adequately. So what’s not to like?  Well — I spent several hours on the phone with Lexmark tech support to get the printer set up and wound up with the printer printing, but throwing up a Windows error every time it prints. The Internet connectivity which is accessed by mini programs that Lexmark calls Smart Solutions,  is difficult to set up and use. And not too many solutions are currently available.

However, I must give  Lexmark an A for effort. After I posted my review on Hardware Secrets, they contacted me to try to resolve the problem so that other users will not be confronted with the same errors. They have not yet notified me with the resolution, but I am sure it will be forthcoming.

Here is my summary:

The print quality and good solid print, scan, and copy functionality make this a good All-in-One. The wireless networking was easy to set up, but Lexmark obviously has some problems with their interconnectivity. While adding features and Internet connectivity is certainly admirable, the average consumer doesn’t want to spend hours on the phone with tech support to set up a new printer and certainly doesn’t want to use a printer that throws up errors every time it prints. I might have had more of a tendency to recommend this printer if their tech support could have solved our problems in a timely manner. This printer is a part of a brand new line for Lexmark and perhaps the problems that we had will be resolved, but there is no guarantee.

That said, the touch screen is superior. The interface is clear and easy. While the SmartSolutions might be a reason for a techie to purchase this printer, this technology is still in its infancy. There will have to be a lot more applications that are easier to use before the average person will want to make the leap.

While the S605’s quality and performance are excellent, the problems that came along with this printer make it difficult for me to recommend it.

The Good

  • Excellent large touch screen
  • Great easy-to-use interface
  • Speedy printing
  • Wireless networking  is easy to set up
  • Customizable SmartSolution applications
  • Good quality prints

The Bad

  • SmartSolutions difficult to configure
  • Difficult to  close the touch screen
  • Plagued by software/driver/connectivity problems

My full review including pictures can be found at Hardware Secrets.

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