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Lexmark X5650 All-In-One Inkjet Printer review

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Lexmark X5650 All-In-One Inkjet Printer
  • Lexmark X5650 All-In-One Inkjet Printer
  • Lexmark X5650 All-In-One Inkjet Printer
  • Lexmark X5650 All-In-One Inkjet Printer
  • Lexmark X5650 All-In-One Inkjet Printer
  • Lexmark X5650 All-In-One Inkjet Printer

Summary

Our Score:

7

Lexmark has recently done the facelift thing on its range of home and school inkjet all-in-ones and the X5650 sits firmly in the middle of this market. At relatively low cost, the machine is designed for printing, scanning, copying, photo print and fax. Even with the new look, though, the print engine is little changed from its predecessors.

Borrowing something from Canon’s curvy black and silver profiles, Lexmark uses mid-grey instead of silver and has designed its new machine with a wraparound effect, which is both functional and easy on the eye.

Lexmark has put a small handle on the right-hand side of the machine’s paper feed tray, to adjust the paper guides without having to move them by hand. We can't see this as a big advantage and we also wonder about the sprung flap, sitting in front of the tray – as with so many recent Lexmark models. It doesn't appear to do anything useful. We thought at first these flaps were designed to stop dust falling into the feed mechanisms, but considering the size of the gap between this flap and the paper, it must be pretty ineffective.

The most interesting thing at the front of the X5650 is its two-line status display, which appears to be a white-on-black LED panel, rather than the more normal LCD. Although the size still restricts the display to around 16 characters and longer messages have to scroll to be read, the display is much brighter and higher contrast than any LCD and is easily read under low light.

The control panel is well laid out, with four silver mode buttons at the top, a power button to the left and a copy start button to the right. Below these are a number pad, menu control and specialist buttons for the address book, redial and other functions.

As well as memory card sockets for all the major card types, the PictBridge socket also takes a standard memory stick, by default downloading all jpeg and tif files found to a Lexmark application on your PC. It's also possible to select and print photos without a computer, using a proof sheet.

The Contact Image Sensor (CIS) scanner on top scans at up to 600 x 1,200ppi optically and the 25-sheet Auto Document Feed (ADF) is neat and sits flat on top of the scanner. You can scan to a PC or a flash drive plugged directly into the machine.

The X5650 runs on two cartridges, one black and the other tri-colour, but you can replace the black cartridge with a three-colour photo one to improve pastel shades. Once you've lifted the scanner section of the device, these two cartridges clip into a head carrier in standard Lexmark fashion and are easy to maintain.

Along with its looks, the supporting software supplied with the X5650 has been revamped. Although the copy of Abbyy Finereader OCR is as before, but other applications have been streamlined so, for instance, the Productivity Studio handles scanning, OCR, e-mailing and fax, as well as more standard photo manipulation. You can make posters and greetings cards using this software, too.

Therms

September 30, 2008, 2:04 pm

People tend to leave various things on the scanner lid. This causes problems when they lift the lid and those things fall into the paper feed. The sprung flap in front of the tray is meant to keep objects from falling into the paper feed.

Kevin Sloane

October 5, 2009, 2:24 pm

We have recently "inherited" a Lexmark X5650 printer - the quality is ok, and its reasonably straightforward to use, but as usual its the consumables that catch you out every time. The replacement cartridges are (best current price from Tesco) £16.59 (black) and £17.59 (colour) plus postage, and we are having to replace them about once a month. Its not as if we're heavy users - there's only two of us, printing the occasional letter, a Streetmap now and again, the usual sort of things, probably no more than 30 pages a month, but the ink cartridges are small and run out VERY quickly.





Incidentally, you can get the cartridges direct from Lexmark, but obviously they are on average £5 more expensive!





I certainly wouldn't go out and buy one of these printers; in a couple of months I've spent more on ink than the printer originally cost!

Capricornian

May 10, 2010, 4:34 am

Got one for my daughter at Christmas - easy to install- quality of printing good - Great I thought= thanks darling.





5 months on---- cartridges run out every month (previous hp about every quarter same printing) - new carts ridiculously expensive .





Also I got into the habit of exiting the productivity centre every time I rebooted - why do they think I want their software in my mjemory all the time??





Ive had enough of this rubbbish- Ive just ordered the Kodak esp- the cartridge cost saving will pay for the new printer in 3 months.





Ive had the Lexmark 5650 for less than 6 months and I cant think of anyone who I would have so much disrepect for that I would give it to for free. so it goes in the trash.





Don't waste your money- dyor

rgg

December 6, 2010, 5:53 am

In my opinion this is the worst printer I have purchased! Can't afford to run it & it appears to me it stops printing before the cartridge is empty! In my opinion it is crap.

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