Lexmark X466

September 1st, 2009 Desktop

Price: $3,208.70

The Lexmark X466de is touted as having the benefits of both a multifunction device and small workgroup printer all in one unit, a claim it mostly meets. It looks and behaves like a stand-up copier — you put the paper in the pull out tray at the bottom of the unit and the larger door further up opens to reveal a large, copier-style toner cartridge rather than the small ink cartridges of a desktop printer.

Copies are extremely rich and dense with ink, far exceeding the quality you’ll get from a personal multifunction printer, and while it’s great for admin functions it’s somewhat restricted from a creative environment by being mono only.

It’s tall, wide and heavy and will take up considerable space in a work area at about 60x40x40 centimetres (not including the recommended clearance), and that’s why it’s built for small groups, which is where the networking capabilities shine. There’s a USB port for direct connection to your PC, but you’ll be left with the world’s most expensive desktop multifunction device without leveraging the Ethernet port to connect it to your router.

Install the software for Mac or PC on as many computers as you have connected to your network, and then you can control the device in one of several ways. If you set it as your default printer you need only send the print job to it from your application, but you can also control most tasks and settings through a web browser. Once the X466 is installed, it’s assigned an IP number on your network you can get from a network test page. Navigating to it through a browser brings up the home page from where you can access reports, print settings, other applications, order toner refills, update firmware and more.

The model we tested (X466de) had 128Mb of RAM and an 80GB hard drive onboard, so it can become your whole print-to-telecommunications server with full FTP, email, fax and other connectivity settings you can access and control straight from your browser or on the device. As an example, you can set up a job profile to email a scan straight to a client or colleague at the push of one button.

The home screen on the device is fully customisable to reflect your most used tasks, and navigating through menus and functions is pretty easy. We never figured out how to add a ‘scan’ button, one we thought would have made the process a little easier.

In fact, the only scanning method we could find during tests was fiddly but admittedly the best way to manage jobs coming from users all over the network. The browser-based control panel has a menu item ‘Scan Profile’, which you use to apply the settings you need (dpi, colour photos, black text, etc) and it involves creating the file on your local machine, then naming the job, then going to the device to start your scan, which fills the file with data. The auto document feeder is of course a welcome addition and it took us less than ten minutes to scan about 300 pages of old typing to a PDF ready to treat with OCR software.

The front panel has a USB port for printing straight from your memory stick, which gives this office-friendly device one of its several consumer-friendly touches.


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