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Every so often when testing printers and all-in-ones, we get that strange feeling of déjà vu, that we've seen the machine we're testing before. Occasionally this is because we've inadvertently been sent a device we've already covered, but in the case of Lexmark's X7675, it's because it's so similar another model.
The X7675 bears such a strong resemblance to the X4975ve we reviewed a few weeks back, it's hard to see why both are needed, particularly since this one provides fax and is cheaper than the lower numbered model by around £40.
You can read the machine description of the X4975ve and get nearly all the details of the X7675. It has the same low-profile Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) over an A4 flatbed, the same silver and black colour scheme, the same rear paper feed and front output tray, the same card slots and PictBridge socket.
The key differences are in the control panel. Where the panel on the X4975ve looked a bit lop-sided, due to the blank area to the left of the 61mm colour LCD, the X7675 has a fax number pad and buttons for address book, dial tone and redial to balance things out. Four mode buttons behind the LCD also add fax to scan, copy and photo print modes.
Lift the scanner section and the machine slides its twin cartridge carriers to the centre of the carriage, so the high-yield, XL cartridges can be clipped in place. High-yield cartridges are part of the Professional designation of the machine; the other is a five-year warranty.
The software package provided with the machine includes the Abbyy Finereader Sprint OCR application, as well as Lexmark's own productivity suite. Between them, they handle all functions of the machine, though with varying degrees of sophistication.
There are three different ways of connecting the X7675: USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi. There's also three ways of installing it wirelessly, though the most obvious one seems to be missing. You can connect the machine temporarily with the supplied USB cable and let your PC tell it about the network, you can enter a PIN from your router into the control panel of the all-in-one or you can enter a pass number displayed on its LCD into the Web page of the router.
For many, though, the easiest way to log in to a wireless network would be to simply enter the network's WEP or WPA pass code into he all-in-one - this doesn't appear to be an option.
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