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Lexmark Prevail Pro705 - Wireless Inkjet All-in-One review



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Lexmark Prevail Pro705 - Wireless Inkjet All-in-One
  • Lexmark Prevail Pro705 - Wireless Inkjet All-in-One
  • Lexmark Prevail Pro705 - Wireless Inkjet All-in-One
  • Lexmark Prevail Pro705 - Wireless Inkjet All-in-One
  • Lexmark Prevail Pro705 - Wireless Inkjet All-in-One
  • Lexmark Prevail Pro705 - Wireless Inkjet All-in-One
  • Prevail Pro705 Inkjet Multifunction Printer - ColourDesktop (Fax, Copier, Scanner, Printer - 33 ppm Mono - 30 ppm Color - 4800 x 1200 dpi - 64 MB - 150 sheets Input Capacity - USB, PictBridge - Fast Ethernet, Wi-Fi - 33.6 Modem Speed - PC, Mac)


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Lexmark's recent launch of new all-in-one machines is divided into two groups, Home Office and Professional. Judging by its name, the Home Office series is designed for the SOHO market, but in our opinion the Professional series is better tuned to this kind of use and benefits from an extended, five-year replacement guarantee and higher capacity, XL cartridges as standard. Both groups of machines still use the same inkjet print engine, though, so you need to check out the extra features in this series and weigh them up against the higher price.

Lexmark has done a good job in styling the Prevail Pro 705. Although not that different from the previous range, its clean lines, with large radius curves much in evidence and sparing use of high gloss black, makes it look purposeful.

Its completely horizontal Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) is neat and efficient and the flatbed scanner under the lid has a 4800 x 1200ppi CIS scanner head, which is an unusually high resolution for a business all-in-one.

The control panel includes a 61mm, full-colour LCD display, as well as a large navigation button square, a full number pad for fax numbers and an interesting button marked Eco Mode. The first time you press this, it switches all output from the machine to duplex, while the second time it introduces a lighter, ink-saving print mode.

Up to 150 sheets of paper can be fed from the front paper tray, which is a better solution than the near-vertical rear trays in the Home Office series of machines. A pull-out paper support directly above the tray handles printed pages as they leave the machine.

The same card slots and dual-purpose USB socket as in the Interpret, tested last week, handle printing from SD, MemoryStick and xD cards, as well as USB drives and PictBridge cameras. At the back are sockets for USB and Ethernet, as well as for phone line and telephone handset.

Installing this machine for wireless is a pain. It supports WPS, but if your router only supports WPA - and a lot of well known ones, like BT's Home Hub 2, don't support WPS - it won't connect automatically. This means you have to use a temporary USB cable, but then, during installation, the software does an update check and tries to download a software update.

As with the Interpret, this download failed with a corrupt file after spending 15 minutes or so downloading. This is long enough for the Prevail to suspend itself and when the install software looks for the printer to set up wireless via USB, the printer doesn't kick start itself. Unless you wake it up from the control panel, the software sits there waiting forever. Lexmark really needs to sort things out - wireless installation should be a lot easier than this.


September 23, 2009, 1:01 pm

Lexmark software problems come as no surprise at all. I had a torrid time with the X2670, which Blue Screened my machine when I tried to install its software. Frankly, at this sort of price I would say that the Canon MX860 is a far safer bet, and better quality as well.

Elizabeth Jones

September 25, 2009, 9:39 pm

I have a Lexmark Pro705 and I had no problems installing it at all. In fact, I found it more seamless than my past printers. The Prevail is durable enough to handle my high volume prining needs with EXCELLENT quality. I own a small business and use this machine to print marketing material that very well represents my business to customers. Thanks Lexmark!


June 9, 2010, 8:50 pm

Just bought the 705 after returning an Epson Workforce 610 (it only supports printing on #10 envelopes). The set up was quick and easy and did not have any software problems. I updated the firmware and got updates before attempting to install the software, as recommended by the instilation disc. Wireless was a breeze. Printer would be better if front control panel was adjustble like the Epson. The paper tray is a plus.

christian lee

January 4, 2011, 11:27 pm

On paper it's the perfect Mutli-fonction printer but ....

But there are plenty of problems:

Under Windows 7 64bit it was impossible for me to scan document trough the wireless connection because the software doesn't start.

I have called Lexmark several times but they could never solved the problem. I have spent in total 3-4 hours on the phone with Lexmark to hear that they couldn't solve the problem and that an engineer was going to check my problem. After 6 months , I still haven't heard anything from them.

Plenty of problems with the Wifi connection but it has been solved with the update of the firmware and update of the driver. But still I had to print during 1 year the laptop connected to the printer via USB because the printer could print in Wifi 5 times out of 10.

With the last firmware, if you connect a USB stick containing PDF document, your printer will block. You 'll have to remove the usb stick and restart the printer by unplug it from socket.

Under Mac OSX, automatic two-sided printing doesn't work. You'll have to turn the page by yourself.

Small software bug here and there.

I would not recommend this Printer and Lexmark in general as it's mainly software problems.


November 5, 2011, 9:28 pm

My second Lexmark is a Prevail Pro 705. I upgraded from the Pro700, by taking the printer to Office Max, they gave me $50 for the old one to put down towards the new one. Lexmark products are great for their pricing. Today, I am working on setting up the replacement Lexmark sent me because the print-head on the one I am returning has a problem. I received a whole new unit and am very happy they did this. No questions or back talk...after I told the Lexmark rep what problem I was having with the printer, he said, "we'll send you a new one". Anyone who expects a perfect system, of any kind, is a whiner, and will be one with everything they buy. You always need to expect some problems, especially if you pay what a Lexmark printers costs. The price for an "all in one" Lexmark printer is great. I have a small business and am very satisfied with the Lexmark product. I will continue to buy them, even if I am inconvenienced for a few days waiting for a replacement.

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