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Lexmark X4550 wireless multifunction photo printer

£100 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Lexmark

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5 User Rating: Our users rate this 1 out of 10

The Lexmark X4550 isn't the cheapest printing device to offer Wi-Fi capabilities (that accolade goes to the juicily priced £60 Lexmark Z1420 inkjet), but it still weighs in at a sub-£100 price that, particularly in light of its scanning capabilities, ought to draw murmurs of approval.

The Lexmark X4550 isn't the cheapest printing device to offer Wi-Fi capabilities (that accolade goes to the juicily priced £60 Lexmark Z1420 inkjet), but it still weighs in at a sub-£100 price that, particularly in light of its scanning capabilities, ought to draw murmurs of approval.

Manufacturers are always searching for the next big feature or trend that looks like sweeping across the industry. In the case of printer and multi-function device manufacturer Lexmark, it reckons wireless connections look set to saturate homes and offices across the nation.

To this end, many of the models in Lexmark's latest range eagerly embrace Wi-Fi.

Setting up Wi-Fi with the Lexmark X4550 is very simple, thanks to the comprehensive (but still reasonably swift) installation routine. The Lexmark even has coloured lights to tell you whether it's connected and, if not, whether there's a convenient network within range. In fact, setting up the Lexmark X4550 is, overall, a breeze.

Wi-Fi aside, the Lexmark X4550 is a solid if slightly uninspirational All-In-One multifunction device.

The Lexmark X4550's maximum printer resolution of 4,800x1,200 is typical of sub-£100 All-In-Ones, although even at its highest quality mode, it never achieves some of the same heights of excellence as some models costing considerably less.

We were never able to get pin-sharp text out of the Lexmark X4550, and even at the highest level, the characters are slightly poorly formed. Performance was reasonably good though, with the middle quality mode running out at a handsome 8.6ppm (pages per minute). On graphics, the Lexmark quickly dropped to sluggish performance levels once past the (actually quite decent) fastest mode. Quality was acceptable, but we weren't totally enthused by the results.

The Lexmark X4550 also works adequately as a scanner, offering very solid (if, again, not stunning) results.

Lexmark X4550 wireless multifunction device Expert Verdict »
Lexmark X4550 Scores 8.8 out of 10 based on 50 reviews
Max print resolution 4,800x1,200dpi
optical scanner resolution 600x1,200dpi
quoted print speed B=26ppm C=18ppm
actual print speed B=10.7ppm C=5.2ppm
supported interface types USB 1.1/2.0
802.11g
453x325x177mm
5.8kg
toner costs B=£18 C=£22
print life (pages) B=475 C=450
flash memory drive
direct USB
1-year warranty
  • Ease of Use: We give this item 8 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Lexmark X4550 is a worthy but slightly dull All-In-One that's enlivened by the presence of Wi-Fi. If you have a Wi-Fi network in your home or home office then you may find this an interesting prospect. However, we reckon that, come the Autumn, there should be some more exciting Wi-Fi enabled models hitting the shops.

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