Working with the printer is straightforward, as its menu system is well-designed and there are plenty of text prompts. There are quite a few editing functions that can be called up from within the printer and these include five different frame designs in 20 different colours and facilities to crop and zoom, rotate and auto-enhance photos. They can be given colour rendering, such as sepia tint, too.
Photo quality is good, though not as clear and stipple free as from the best Canon, Epson or HP can offer. You’re paying considerably more for photo printers from these rivals, though, and the quality here is good enough for holiday pictures or to capture a special event. Lexmark claims an archival life of 100 years under glass for its new evercolour 2 inks and this is the first printer to make use of them.
Lexmark also claims to print 15 x 10cm images in 75 seconds, but we couldn’t better 100 seconds. Even so, this isn’t too bad and puts the P350 closer to the print speed of some of its rivals than earlier models. 106 seconds is the print time from a PC, though; printing standalone takes between 20 and 40 seconds longer.
Print costs are very simple to calculate, with just a single cartridge and paper to buy. Lexmark has made it even easier than this, by introducing a £20 Photo Printing Pack, containing all you need for 100 prints. This gives a cost per print of 20p, pretty much in the middle of the range for photo prints.
You may even get a few extra images from the ink cartridge, as Lexmark will have catered for photographers specialising in landscapes with a high percentage of green content and portraits, making heavier use of flesh tints. If you take a range of different subjects, you may be able to squeeze extra use prints out of the available ink. Cartridges and paper can also be bought separately.
This is a surprisingly good photo printer for £70. If what you want is a printer with a simple design and no fuss operation and you don’t need to print anything larger than 15 x 10cm, you should be very happy with the P350. Print quality could be a little clearer and it’s annoying to have to carry the power supply separately from the printer, but otherwise there’s little to niggle about.
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