Lexmark P350 Photo Printer Review

Sections

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £70.00

The P350 can be seen as a second generation photo printer, where Lexmark is trying to increase value in what is basically a simple design. By keeping the asking price low and introducing extra functionality, in this case a colour LCD monitor display, the company hopes to maintain its market share in this highly contested field.


The P350 has a simple, clean-white design, which is almost cuboid, apart from slightly bowed front and back faces. At the front are two slots, which between them can take Secure Digital/MultiMedia card, Memory Stick, xD and CompactFlash memory cards. There’s also a PictBridge socket, so you can connect a camera directly.


Below these slots and sockets, centred in the front of the case is the output slot for prints. The P350 can produce photos up to 15 x 10cm and a small support slides out from under the slot to provide a simple output tray. On the right, a hinged cover folds down to provide access to the single, tri-colour ink cartridge.


At the back, a feed tray pulls out to enable you to stack up to 25 sheets of Lexmark’s PerfectFinish photo paper into the printer – a small paper support slides up to keep the sheets in order. There’s also a power socket for the separate power supply block and a USB connection. Unlike its predecessor, the P450, the P350 can be connected to a PC for printing, as well as working on its own from camera or card.


The top surface of the printer boasts a 6in LCD monitor screen, which may not be large by today’s standards, but is unusual in a photo printer at this price. Immediately in front of the screen are five buttons and a multi-way selector. As you might expect, the selector is used for navigating the printer’s menu system, with a button in the centre to confirm selections.


The four other buttons invoke automatic red-eye removal, call up setting screens, cancel or pause operations and start a print task. Finally, there’s a power button to the right of the LCD screen and a fold-up carrying handle, so you can transport the printer.


Installation involves fitting the ink cartridge, loading paper and, if you want to work from a PC, setting up application software. Lexmark provides FastPix, a simple photo applet but, other than this and the driver, there’s not a lot of software.

Unlike other sites, we thoroughly test every product we review. We use industry standard tests in order to compare features properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. We never, ever accept money to review a product. Tell us what you think - send your emails to the Editor.