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

By Simon Williams

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

User Score:

At first sight, Lexmark appears to be getting more realistic with its speed specifications, as it now quotes 13ppm for black print and 3ppm for colour. However, our five-page text print took 1:04 to complete and its 20-page equivalent took 3:02, giving real-world black print speeds of 4.69ppm and 6.59ppm, still nowhere near the published specs.

Part of this is due to extended rasterising times before the first page starts to print. We saw pauses of up to 25 seconds before documents started to print and this may be due to a new default, where multi-page documents are printed in reverse order, so they don't have to be re-collated.

Our five-page text and colour graphics document took 3:18, a print speed of 0.30ppm - a tenth of Lexmark's claim. A 15 x 10cm photo print took 2:09 from a PictBridge camera, rising to 2:22 when sent from a PC.

Print quality is still one of the key features of any printer and the results from the X5650 are only fair. Text is black and pretty well-defined, though there is some slight fuzz around the edge of emboldened characters. Business graphics look rather pale, though there is no evidence of banding and registration of black text over colour is good.

Photo prints are still hampered by obvious dither dots in large areas of colour, such as skies, but detail in darker shadowed areas is improved over some previous Lexmark all-in-ones we've examined.

The two standard ink cartridges are available in two capacities and in Return Programme and non-Return Programme versions, with a small discount on the Return Programme parts, as long as you undertake to return them to Lexmark. Using the higher capacity, XL cartridges, we calculate page costs of 3.88p for black print and 7.53p for colour.

These costs are higher than from, for example, the Lexmark X6575 we tested recently, around 0.5p per page for black and nearer to a penny per page for colour.

Verdict

Subjectively the X5650 looks better than its predecessors, with a neater profile and a much more readable display. Software has also been improved, but print speeds are, if anything, slower than before and print quality shows no noticeable improvement. If you compare photo output with prints from Canon, Epson or HP printers, you'll see where Lexmark continues to lag behind.

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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