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Lexmark Z2420 wireless inkjet printer review

$79 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Lexmark

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Though the Lexmark Z2420 seems to be just another low-cost, bare-bones model, it scores brownie points for its integrated 802.11b/g wireless connectivity.

Though the Lexmark Z2420 wireless colour inkjet printer seems to be just another low-cost, bare-bones model, it has a major edge in its integrated 802.11b/g wireless connectivity, which gives it a flexibility that few other printers in this price range can boast. Unfortunately it needs all the help it can get, because its performance is mediocre.

The Lexmark Z2420 performed adequately - barely - in our tests. It produced text at a rate of 10.1 pages per minute (ppm), just slightly above average for this category. When printing colour graphics, however, it posted some very slow speeds.

The Lexmark Z2420's print quality rose or fell depending on the type of paper. On the plain paper we use, the black ink faded to charcoal and tended to spread on the page, resulting in slightly faded and fuzzy-looking letters. Color photos also appeared faded and grainy. On Lexmark's own photo paper, the same images brightened and showed improved, crisper details.

Lexmark calculates its ink yields using a suite of typical documents. The cartridges that ship with the Lexmark Z2420 poop out pretty quickly, after 175 pages for the black one and 150 pages for the tricolour (cyan, magenta, and yellow) cartridge. High-yield versions are available but, while the Lexmark Z2420 is pretty inexpensive, you'll pay for this in ink costs.

A remarkably helpful installation process makes setting up the Lexmark Z2420 via USB or wireless easy. The overall design is also simple: you fold up a top flap to make a 100-sheet rear-loading input area and a front flap to make a 25-sheet output tray. A top panel lifts to reveal the black and tricolour ink cartridges, which have easy-release latches. The mere two buttons on the control panel perform multiple functions and can get a bit confusing, but few low-cost printers excel in this area.

The Lexmark Z2420 bundles Productivity Studio for organising and working with digital images, plus a raft of utilities for troubleshooting and maintenance.

Lexmark Z2420 Expert Verdict »

Four-colour thermal inkjet
1,200x1,200dpi (mono), 4,800x1,200dpi (colour)
claimed maximum print speeds 25ppm (draft mono), 18ppm (draft colour), 12ppm (standard mono) - actual 10.1ppm, 3ppm (standard, colour)
100-sheet paper input
USB 2.0
one-year warranty
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 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

As your only printer, the Lexmark Z2420 wireless would probably disappoint. If you want a cheap secondary model for occasional photo printing, however, this would be a reasonable choice, and its wireless feature gives it an advantage over other low-cost printers.

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