Summary

Our Score

6/10

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Lexmark has a large range of inkjet printers and a larger range of all-in-ones, but the printers often seem to be the same mechanisms dressed up in different cases. The Z2320 is an entry-level device, based on twin, integrated print head and ink cartridges.

Coloured in white and light grey and with a smartly embossed silver Lexmark logo on its top surface, this printer has just one control, a power button. The paper feed tray at the back folds down over the printer's top cover and the output tray slides in underneath the machine, so it can have a very small footprint when it's not actually printing.

At the back are a single USB 2 socket and the plug-in power supply. This is a clever innovation on Lexmark's part, though it has been around a few years, as it enables different power packs to be slotted in for different regional voltage supplies, giving the manufacturer an easy way to change between PSUs. It also saves on lumbering the customer with a cumbersome, cabled power block knocking around on the desk.

It's a shame there's no PictBridge socket for printing digital photos from a camera. While the implementation of memory cards is comparatively costly, a PictBridge connection is little more than the cost of a USB socket.

Lift the cover of the Z2320 and the twin print heads scuttle to the centre of the carriage, so you can clip in the black and tri-colour cartridges. If you want to print photos, you can exchange the black cartridge for a tri-colour photo one, to get six-colour printing.

Once the software's installed it prints an alignment page, which is easier to read than some, making it in turn a relatively simple process to align the heads. The print driver includes instructions for manual duplexing, the ability to create and use watermarks and simple image enhancement for contrast, fill-in flash and image sharpening.

You probably wouldn't expect an entry-level printer to print that quickly, but the Z2320 doesn't do too badly. Our five-page text print took 56 seconds to complete, which is a speed of 5.36ppm against a rated speed of 16ppm, but in absolute terms is not bad for an inexpensive inkjet printer.

The colour test print took three minutes 44 seconds, or 1.34ppm, which isn't so good, but is no worse than most of its rivals. Two minutes 19 seconds for the 15 x 10cm photo print is again slow, though, so you're going to need some patience to use this machine regularly.

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