Compare the printers mentioned above side by side. It also uses just one cartridge, which combines cyan, magenta and yellow inks, leaving black out of the equation altogether. For AIOs, we rate both the Range of functions, defined by how many functions the AIO offers, and the Usability of those functions, defined by how easy those functions are to use. Text, Graphics, and Photo quality separately, since how well a printer does on one type of output does not predict how it will do on another type. Our Verdict Cheap, but not exactly cheerful.
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Given its approach to creating black, it’s not surprising that the Z earned a poor rating for text. Setup is certainly easy enough: About the Author M. Compared with other ink jets in general, lexkark Z is at or near the bottom of the ,exmark heap across the board.
Three-color printing yields seriously flawed text quality. Most of us can remember when a substantial number of ink jet printers let you switch between a tricolor cartridge for printing in color and a black cartridge for printing text. The main drawback for photo printing is that, with its humble three-ink process, the Z falls well short of other printers for image quality.
Speed is another factor lacking from the Z’s feature list and it is easily one of the slowest printers for photo output in normal or top-quality modes. Colour accuracy proved inconsistent and was particularly poor for pastel shades and skin tones, while vivid colours also a735 any real degree of vibrancy.
Lexmark Z – Review – PCMag UK
Based on manufacturer’s claims which may not be comparablethe Z may save you 1 cent per color page compared with the iP, but it will cost 6 to 7 cents more per monochrome page.
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Text, Graphics, and Photo quality separately, since how well a printer does on one type of output does not predict how it will do on another type. Snap in the one cartridge, load paper, connect the cables, run the automated installation routine, and print. Graphics, as well as photos on plain paper, had a slightly faded look, with pastel shades rather than fully saturated, eye-catching color.
Against Very expensive to run. TechRadar pro IT insights for business. We review products independentlybut we may earn affiliate commissions lexmzrk buying links on this page. Finally, for dedicated photo printers and for ink jet printers that score at least a good 3 rating for photo quality, we rate Photo Permanence z7735 on manufacturer claims of lightfastness and exposed lifetimes, and we rate Water Resistance, based on our own testing.
In either case, the result is a printer that handles graphics reasonably well, photos better, and can work in a pinch for text.
Photos, which earned a rating of very x735, are the Z’s strong point, with most photos printing at true photo quality on photo paper. Less important but still deserving mention was a tendency to lose the distinction between overlapping objects with similar colors, like an orange and a grapefruit in a fruit bowl.
Fewer than half our test fonts were easily readable at 5 points, one highly stylized font needed 20 points, and text at all sizes was gray instead of black. But if you can find it at a lower price, and particularly if you are primarily interested in printing photos, it’s certainly worth considering.
The Z reaches back to the days lexjark printers created black solely by combining cyan, yellow, and magenta. His more than 30 years of experience in writing about science and technology includes a more lexmaek year concentration on It also uses just one cartridge, which combines cyan, magenta and yellow inks, leaving black out of the equation altogether. Output on plain paper is wanting, with gray text and washed-out colors.
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Definitively aimed for home ledmark, the Z is small and lightweight, at 6. The plus point is that consumables couldn’t be any easier to buy or to fit.