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Lexmark X4875 Professional MFP

This all-in-one machine is part of Lexmark's Professional range. According to Lemark, Professional means a five-year guarantee, high-capacity ink cartridges, robust printers and premium features. The first two are primarily marketing twists, though five-year cover is not to be sniffed at. So, what about robustness and premium features?

The most notable feature of the X4875, which sits at the entry level of the Pro range, is its WiFi capability. This is a cause célèbre of Lexmark's and we're still to be fully convinced it's a must have. Most people buying this type of printer sit it next to their PC, so there's little advantage in not using USB.

There's also a 60mm colour LCD display, though, which it's easy to see the use of. Lexmark uses it well to display menus, status information, instructions and, of course, images from a memory card. The machine reads all the common ones and there's a PictBridge socket, too.
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Physically, the X4875 is similar to other Lexmark all-in-ones in the range. A nicely simplified control panel sits on top, in front of the LCD display, the top lifts up to reveal a Contact Image Sensor (CIS) flatbed scanner and the main paper tray at the rear takes up to 100 sheets of paper.

Like most of Lexmark's other all-in-one machines, the X4875 uses two ink cartridges, one black and the other tri-colour. You can also get a three-colour photo cartridge to replace the black one, if you want to do six-colour photo prints. They clip into a simple cartridge carrier, and the printer auto-aligns by printing and scanning a single page.

The machine can be installed with either a USB or WiFi connection, though there's no cabled network socket. WiFi setup is unusually easy, as long as you have a handy PC to connect temporarily via USB, using the setup cable provided. It's all pretty painless and no typing of IP addresses is required. The WiFi icon on the all-in-one turns green when you have a connection.

Lexmark includes its own Productivity Studio and Solution Centre applications, as well as a copy of Findreader Sprint 6, for OCR. Between them, they provide good support for the X4875's functions.

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