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Lexmark Pinnacle Pro901 review



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Lexmark Pinnacle Pro901
  • Lexmark Pinnacle Pro901
  • Lexmark Pinnacle Pro901
  • Lexmark Pinnacle Pro901
  • Lexmark Pinnacle Pro901
  • Lexmark Pinnacle Pro901
  • Lexmark Pinnacle Pro901
  • Lexmark Pinnacle Pro901
  • Pinnacle Pro901 All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer (33 PPM, 4800x1200 DPI, Colour, PC/Mac)


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Lexmark’s new range of all-in-ones was launched under a year ago, yet we’re already seeing replacement models coming along. The Pinnacle Pro901 is due to replace the Prestige Pro805, one down from the top of the Professional range, and includes fax in its features set, as well as print, copy and scan.

A heavily curved silver and black case gives the machine a very purposeful appearance. A horizontal feed tray for the Automatic Document feeder (ADF) sets it off well and the completely vertical front face is punctuated by a memory card slot for SD, MemoryStick and xD cards, a PictBridge socket and an indicator for the Wi-Fi connection, which comes as standard.

The most obvious feature of the machine, however, is its 4.3in, wide-aspect touchscreen, which takes on all its control functions. The panel is reasonably responsive, though you sometimes have to press quite hard to get a reaction. The bitmapped panel is bordered on either side by single-function touch buttons, for things like job start and cancel.

Up to 150 sheets of paper can be loaded into the single tray at the front of the machine, and each page makes a 180-degree turn during printing before ending up on an extended paper support, which increases the overall footprint of the device quite a bit. A second tray can be fitted underneath, doubling the paper capacity and allowing for two types of paper to be loaded at once.

At the back are sockets for USB, Ethernet and phone line and an optional third-party handset. Wireless connection is also provided and a touch keyboard pops up on the display to take a wireless passcode.

The four dye-based ink cartridges plug into the head carrier very easily, though the retaining clips at the back of the carrier, which click each cartridge into place, could be more positive.

Drivers for Windows and OS X are provided, along with applications for basic document handling and OCR. Linux is also catered for via a downloadable driver.

The SmartSolutions system offers an increasing range of applets, which can be downloaded to the Pinnacle and other Pro range all-in-ones. It’s a convoluted process though, where you have to create an account and select your applets from a computer and then sync with the printer to download them. It would be much easier if the whole thing could be handled from the printer's touchscreen.


July 4, 2010, 1:12 pm

You stated that this unit uses Dye based inks did you test the ink for smearing? Most inkjets have moved to Pigment inks to minimize smearing and or smudging when damp.


July 5, 2010, 8:52 pm

A good review, however due to these times of the recession the printer is very expensive and the printer inks aren't that cheap either, no matter how good the printer is, people are always swayed by the price :-)


December 29, 2011, 10:42 am

I had window 7 32 bit OS. Installation of the driver for Lexmark pro 901 can not be accomplished on my computer. The printer is wireless connected to other computers except mine. Three Lexmark tech had tried everything but no success. I had Samsung laser printer wireless connected to my computer and it works fine. I had tried everything to install the driver but no luck. I had downloaded the firmware update and installed on printer using wireless connection. However, no luck installing the driver. Printer recognize my computer but can not install the driver. need help


November 12, 2013, 6:16 am

I have had mine for two years and have been very happy with it. The only thing taht has broke was the self feed for multi papers but it has sent well over 100 fax's and 200 copies before breaking and ink is cheap I would recommend this printer to anyone

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