Inkjet all-in-one machines are definitely beginning to take over from inkjet printers as the main consumer printing device. For very little more money, you have all the extra functionality of scanning and copying. Lexmark has a range of all-in-ones to suit all prices and the X5470 sits above its entry-level devices and offers faxing as well as photo printing.
Echoing the blocky design the company released a year or more back, the new machine has a cuboid look, but with a bulge at its left-hand side for the Auto Document Feeder (ADF) and a fold-out control panel at the front. The colour scheme of silver and ice-white may well appeal to the Macintosh, as well as PC, owner.
Working from the top of the machine down, the white lid of the scanner also acts as the feed surface for the ADF. Up to 10 sheets of paper can be fed from here through the scanner reader and back out onto the top surface of the machine.
Lift the lid and there's a conventional A4, flatbed scanner, and lift the whole of the top section to reveal the twin ink-cartridge carriers, one for black and one for tri-colour ink cartridges. You can replace the black cartridge with a photo one, for six-colour photo prints.
At the front of the machine is a control panel with a two line by 16 character, backlit LCD display. In front of the display are left and right arrow keys, skirting a single tick key. This slightly unusual arrangement of controlling the menus works because Lexmark displays text instructions at most stages of working with the X5470.
To the right of the main controls is a number pad for faxing and buttons to start colour and black copies. To the left is a set of buttons controlling the mode in which the device works. To the right of the main control panel are combination memory card slots, taking all the main types, and a PictBridge socket.
The software package supplied with the X5470 will be familiar to Lexmark customers, with a front-end screen offering most of the typical tasks you’ll want the device to perform. These include scanning, printing documents and both printing and uploading digital photos. A copy of Abbyy FineReader is included in the bundle, to handle Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and there's an applet called the Lexmark Toolbar, which is designed to print web pages without losing content that’s too wide to fit an A4 sheet.