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Lexmark Interact S605 - Wireless All-in-One - Lexmark Interact S605 - Wireless All-in-One

By Simon Williams



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Lexmark claims 18ppm for black print and 11ppm for colour in normal print mode, using ISO testing protocols. Our own tests, which include processing time, aren't quite as optimistic. Our five-page black text print completed in 52 seconds, which is equivalent to 5.77ppm, but this rose to 6.90ppm on the 20-page test.

Duplex print, supplied as standard on the Interact S605, is reasonable, as pages don't wait as long for ink drying between sides as on, particularly, Canon machines. Our 20-side document, the same as the 20-page simplex test, but printed on both sides of the paper, gave a speed of 3.68 sides per minute.

Colour print returned a speed of 3.33ppm, so we're getting back to the levels of speed exaggeration that were prevalent a year or so ago. Which isn't to say that the Interact S605 is slow; in fact, the machine has a very reasonable turn of speed when compared with other inkjet all-in-ones in the same price range.

15 x 10cm photo prints ranged from 43 seconds to 1:07, depending on source and, using Lexmark's latest PerfectFinish paper, produced photos that were very well-balanced, with good natural colours and high levels of detail in different lighting levels. Output is much closer to the quality achieved by Canon and HP than was the case with Lexmark's old printing system.

The Interact uses the same CIS scanner as the Interpret and Prevail Pro, reviewed recently, and produces very similar plain paper copies. Colours are impressively close to the originals and, elsewhere, text print quality is good, though still not quite as clean as from the best offered by some of its rivals.

We're relying on Lexmark's own online supplies site for cartridge costings, as the machines are too new for the Vizix cartridges to have worked through to the discount sites. As it stands, costs of 4.70p for an ISO black page and 11.83p for a colour one, both including 0.7p for paper, are on the high side. These figures are likely to improve over time, though.


This is a good, well featured all-in-one printer, whose touchscreen control has plenty of promise. As the SmartSolutions library grows, it could become a valuable extension to the functions available on this and other Lexmark printers supporting it. This gives the S605 tangible benefits, even if the rest of the machine offers very similar features and performance to other printers in the range.

Alex 5

October 4, 2009, 5:30 am

If it's like my Lexmark x6570 then setting up a connection wirelessly is a major pain in the butt.


October 4, 2009, 9:21 am

What about noise levels for scanning/printing/head-cleaning? How long does it take to turn on (I imagine that such heavy internal software would take 30s+ to load)? What's the build quality? I don't have much regard for Lexmark printers, I rank them well below Canon, Epson and even HP home printers.

How large are the drivers? Are they quick and easy to install or is one required to install unnecessary programs just to print?

Finally; do these new cartridges have microchips? Can printing be forced when one tank is reported as low or does all printing get refused? And is the printhead easily replaceable?

If the main feature of this printer is a large screen attached to the typical -- to be frank: rubbish -- Lexmark printer, then I would still recommend any second-hand 2000-2006 Canon four-cartridge printer for everyday printing because they're reliable, well built, have replaceable printheads, produce good prints and don't use those pesky microchipped cartridges!


November 18, 2009, 5:47 pm

Re Blyndy:

I have had my Interact now for 1 month and i want to say that i have found this printer to be nothing short of Fantastic....its very quiet, prints my 4x6 photos in about 30 secs,it has a removable printhead which i have been told by Lexmark would be replaced FREE OF CHARGE during the 3YR Guarentee the printer comes with.

it is a fantastic step for Lexmark as i can now replace my new 100 cartridges for between £7.99-£9.99 {depending on the retailer i use}, having owned a x7675 last year i have found the interact incredably easy to use,the touchscreen is simple, easy to navigate all the functions and because i use my laptop at home i tend to look at the BBC News headlines from my printer screen via the RSS Feed smartsolution. {and it was very easy to set up!}.

This is clearly a major step in new technology and i would highly recommend this printer to anyone{ just look at the cost of ink with Epson/HP these days}.

one thing that i really love is the fact that the other night while printing, i had some photos to print off, then some text documents for work, my cyan colour cartridge ran out but BINGO i could still use the printer to print my documents...a major benefit compared to other individual ink systems that stop working if a single cartridge runs out!

Well done Lexmark!, print speeds are upto 33ppm mono, 30ppm colour and the same great print quality across ALL the new range, so i am pleased to get the same speed and quality as the £399 top of the range version!!!

in summary: 3 yr guarentee, free printhead replacment during guarentee, quiet, low running costs, easy to use, looks great, wifi 'N', no chip cartridges, and i got £50 cashback aswell!!!!

Seems like Lexmark have moved away from low-end units and are now building Technology /feature rich sturdy printers, and as they offer a 3yr/5yr guarentee {depending on model} they are giving their customer piece of mind, compared to the competitors usual 1yr!

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