Lexmark does a very nice line in all-in-one devices, which can print, copy and scan. More recently, they’ve added in the ability to work with camera memory cards and PictBridge cameras. Now Lexmark has added in its new Evercolor ink technology, you should be getting a good deal, for very little outlay… but do you?
About the size of a personal photocopier, Lexmark’s P6350 has a conventional layout, with up to 100 sheets of paper feeding from a fold-up tray at the rear to a pull-out one at the front. The neatly-fitting top cover lifts to reveal an A4 scanner flat-bed, with a blue LED indicator helpfully showing which corner you should line up your originals to.
The front panel is neatly laid out and is dominated by a 63mm colour LCD, set in the middle. To the left are power switch and mode buttons, while on the right there are assorted control buttons and, right at the end, slots for memory cards and cameras, behind a swing-down cover. The only sockets at the back are for power and the printer’s USB 2.0 PC connection.
Evercolor is Lexmark's answer to print fading. By using a mixture of dye and pigment-based inks, it has achieved a fade resistance of up to 65 years, under glass, according to the top testing lab, Wilhelm Research. We'll have to take their word on that one.
Hinge up the whole of the top section of the device and you can access the twin ink cartridges. There are some nice touches here, like a little inspection light which shines down from the underside of the scanner section, and a receptacle for a spare cartridge.
You can run the P6350 as a six-colour device, with tri-colour and photo cartridges, or swap in a black cartridge in place of the photo one for more cost-effective text printing. Whichever cartridge isn't in use sits in a holder, which fits in the receptacle. The machine automatically does its own head alignment after each cartridge change, so you don't have to spend time typing in offset numbers.
The control software covers most of the normal tasks to which this type of machine could be put. There's the All-in-One Center – which includes OCR – Imaging Studio and a Photo Editor, probably one of the best own-brand suites offered with a budget multi-function machine.
Print speeds on Lexmark’s top-end ink-jet printers and all-in-ones have been creeping up and this machine printed our five page text document in 51 seconds, giving a speed of just over 6ppm. The text and graphics print took 35 seconds, so just under 2ppm there. While these speeds are nowhere near the draft mode figures quoted by the company (all ink-jet makers quote unrealistic print speed figures, mainly to keep up with their competitors), subjectively the P6350 feels quite swift.