Home users who want a multifunction printer with built-in wireless networking will like the Lexmark X4550. When you factor in its compact size and sleek design, as well as its very low price, it has even more appeal. Lexmark X4550 ink cartridges are a bit expensive, but print speeds are solid, at up to 26 pages per minute for black and 18 pages per minute for color.
The printer has a maximum printing resolution of 4800 by 1200 dpi for very sharp prints, but printing at its maximum resolution will slow down printing speed considerably. The unit measures 7 inches by 17.8 inches by 12.8 inches, and its modern design is very eye-catching. Users will likely need to buy a separate black Lexmark X4550 inkjet cartridge, especially those expecting to print black text. There is also a separate photo Lexmark X4550 ink cartridge, which must be switched in and out for photo printing. Adding both of these extra cartridges to the upfront price starts to become much more expensive.
The Lexmark X4550 includes a feature not often included at this price, which is wireless networking. The printer can either integrate into an existing wireless network for easy sharing, or it can even act as its own wireless server, which other devices can connect to directly. Setting up the wireless networking is not the simplest process, but the instructions walk users through it fairly well. Compared to some similarly-priced models from competitors, it lacks wired networking and an automatic document feeder, which are very convenient features.
Cnet's review of the Lexmark X4550 was generally positive. They praised its built-in wireless networking and its fast text printing. They also liked its media card slots and PictBridge port. They thought its overall print quality could use some improvement, however.
Overall, the Lexmark X4550 is a good multifunction printer for light-duty use, but competing models offer more features and better quality for a similar price.
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