The Lexmark X4975 is a multifunction inkjet printer stuffed with features.

If good reviews were dished out simply on the basis of whose printers and MFDs have the most features, Lexmark would undoubtedly lead the pundits' list. Its models are invariably kitted out with the very latest features and facilities. Just as, indeed, is this Lexmark X4975 multifunction inkjet printer.

It's over a year now since Lexmark decreed that all of its future printers and MFDs would come with wireless connectivity, and the Lexmark X4975's trademark glowing Wi-Fi icon clearly tells you whether you're connected or within range of a suitable network. Ethernet is another potentially useful addition.

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But Lexmark's pursuit of features doesn't stop there. The comprehensive control panel makes it easy to access the many functions of the modern-looking Lexmark X4975, while the 2.4in LCD allows you to manipulate pictures as you go.

When you print, it even puts up an animation showing you progress graphically - not stunningly useful, but nice nonetheless. The Lexmark X4975 is supposedly jam-free due to the AccuFeed paper handling system and, indeed, we never experienced any problems with this during testing.

Duplex printing is included, and you can extend the Lexmark X4975's one-year warranty to five if you register.

The scanner is a touch superior to the typical device found on MFDs. The Lexmark X4975 can comfortably accommodate thicker source material (such as books), while the 25-sheet ADF allows you to quickly feed in multiple documents. Scan reproduction is pretty good overall, and the ample software bundle gives plenty of options.

However, extensive features can't hide the fact that the Lexmark X4975 isn't a stunning multifunction device in use. While its speeds are fine in draft mode, push it up a quality setting and it struggles for performance - around 1ppm for colour A4 is not an achievement these days.

The output is pleasing, particularly when used with photo paper. On standard A4 paper, though, a little more fizz is needed to improve upon the pale colour palette. Text is rather fuzzy in the lowest quality settings and, even in the highest mode, lacks clarity - for extensive text work, a cheap laser would be a much better option than the Lexmark X4975.

Lexmark X4975: Specs

  • Inkjet printer/scanner/copier
  • print resolution 4,800x2,400
  • optical scan resolution 600x1,200
  • quoted print speed B=30ppm C=27ppm
  • actual print speed B=12ppm C=6ppm
  • 1 x USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, ethernet
  • toner costs B=£12 C=£15
  • flash memory drive yes
  • 5-year warranty after registration
  • 477x358x207mm
  • 8.5kg
  • Inkjet printer/scanner/copier
  • print resolution 4,800x2,400
  • optical scan resolution 600x1,200
  • quoted print speed B=30ppm C=27ppm
  • actual print speed B=12ppm C=6ppm
  • 1 x USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, ethernet
  • toner costs B=£12 C=£15
  • flash memory drive yes
  • 5-year warranty after registration
  • 477x358x207mm
  • 8.5kg

OUR VERDICT

The Lexmark X4975 is packed with features, but it struggles to convert these into anything other than average performance and decent image quality. Given the (these days) rather high £120 price tag, that’s not enough for us to be able to recommend the Lexmark.

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