Lexmark's X560n combines a scanner, copier, fax machine, and colour laser printer in a multifunction (MFP) device designed for medium-sized workgroups. Although it offers a good feature-set for the money, when we got it up and running the Lexmark X560n was an average overall performer.

Setup, usability and design

The Lexmark X560n is bulkier than most laser multifunction printers we've tested, weighing almost 41kg and standing nearly a metre tall. Installing the toner cartridges is simple and straightforward, and so is connecting the Lexmark X560n via USB and ethernet.

In terms of the scanner, the Lexmark X560n supports only network scanning; there's no USB support, which might have been easier to set up (although most offices sharing the MFP will most likely use the ethernet connection).

The scanner-setup portion of the Lexmark X560n's user manual was very confusing, and you can perform scanning only using the control panel. Also, there are only minimal scanning options (resolution; black and white or colour).

The Lexmark X560n has an old-fashioned, unattractive design. Copying, faxing, scanning, and scan-to-email are accessible on the X560n's control panel, which consists of gray buttons with gray labels. The buttons are an odd oval shape that doesn't match the size of your fingertips.

Copying on the X560n is simple and straightforward: a button on the control panel allows you to switch between colour and black and white, and you can adjust quality settings with the arrow buttons. The Lexmark X560n's built-in automatic document feeder adds to the copier's ease of use.

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Lexmark's X560n combines a scanner, copier, fax machine, and colour laser printer in a multifunction (MFP) device designed for medium-sized workgroups.

Speed and image quality

The Lexmark X560n's strength is speed. It took 15 seconds for the Lexmark X560n to print a single-page Word document, 31 seconds to print a 10-page Word document, 1 minute and 57 seconds to print a 22MB Adobe Photoshop image, and 40 seconds to print a four-page PDF.

Our panel of experts gave the Lexmark X560n's text output quality a Very Good rating for its crisp, legible text. In our colour photo test print, the Lexmark X560n's colours looked dull, blacks appeared flat, some fine details were lost, and blues were oversaturated. Our jury gave the Lexmark X560n a Fair rating for photo printing. In our Graphics, Fine Lines, and Gradients test, the X560n earned a Good rating; graphics and gradients looked pleasing, but noticeable bends appeared in fine lines.

The Lexmark X560n's scanner was somewhat anticlimactic given the amount of time we took to set it up. Our test scans of a picnic photo and fine-line chart both earned Good ratings from our panel of experts. Reds were oversaturated and blacks looked flat; fine lines appeared a bit fuzzy.

The X560n's copier earned a Good rating. In a copy of a magazine cover, artifacts appeared in bright colours. The overall image looked slightly over-sharpened.

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Lexmark X560n: Specs

  • Colour laser printer, copier, scanner, fax
  • 400MHz processor
  • 384MB RAM (up to 1408MB supported)
  • 20 character, 4-line monochrome LCD display
  • 2400 Image Quality 600x600dpi
  • Print Speed (A4 colour): Up to 20ppm
  • Print Speed (A4 mono): Up to: 30ppm
  • Print Speed (Letter mono): Up to: 31ppm
  • Print Speed (Letter, Colour): Up to: 20ppm
  • Time to First Page (Black) As fast as: 10 seconds
  • Time to First Page (Colour) as fast as: 10 seconds
  • paper capacity up to 950 pages, 400 pages as standard
  • duplex available
  • 150-Sheet Multipurpose Feeder
  • 250-Sheet Input Tray
  • 350-Sheet Output Bin
  • max duty cycle: 60,000 pages per month
  • Colour laser printer, copier, scanner, fax
  • 400MHz processor
  • 384MB RAM (up to 1408MB supported)
  • 20 character, 4-line monochrome LCD display
  • 2400 Image Quality 600x600dpi
  • Print Speed (A4 colour): Up to 20ppm
  • Print Speed (A4 mono): Up to: 30ppm
  • Print Speed (Letter mono): Up to: 31ppm
  • Print Speed (Letter, Colour): Up to: 20ppm
  • Time to First Page (Black) As fast as: 10 seconds
  • Time to First Page (Colour) as fast as: 10 seconds
  • paper capacity up to 950 pages, 400 pages as standard
  • duplex available
  • 150-Sheet Multipurpose Feeder
  • 250-Sheet Input Tray
  • 350-Sheet Output Bin
  • max duty cycle: 60,000 pages per month

OUR VERDICT

Even though Lexmark's X560n is fast, its ugly design, slightly tricky setup and average overall performance may encourage you to seek better multifunction printer alternatives.

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