With a low price, compact size and excellent print quality, the Lexmark Z42 is a color inkjet printer worth noticing for either a home or small office environment. It has a maximum printing resolution of 2400x1200 dpi and fairly fast print speeds at up to 10 pages per minute for black and 5 pages per minute for color. Lexmark Z42 ink is more expensive than competing models.
Two Lexmark Z42 ink cartridges are included in the box—a black cartridge and a combined color cartridge. There is also a photo Lexmark Z42 ink cartridge available. While this printer ink gives the best photo quality, it is expensive, and it must be swapped with the black cartridge, which is a potential hassle for the user. The unit has a very compact design that should be a good fit for the tight spaces of a home or small office, and its paper trays can fold in for a smaller footprint when the machine is not in use.
Since there are only two buttons on the machine itself, most of its features and options will be controlled by the included software. This may be a downside for those who prefer a robust control panel, but it is typical for a printer at this cost. The software and driver are simple to install, and the unit is very easy to unpack and set up.
In a review of the inkjet printer, PC Magazine liked its affordable price and compact design. They dislike the high cost of Lexmark Z42 ink, which they said makes the total cost of ownership very high, especially compared to its competition. They also found its quality and speed somewhat disappointing.
Overall, the Lexmark Z42 has a good design and a great price, but it does not compare well to the competition in performance or overall operating cost, mostly because of. Home users can find better for the same price or only a little higher.
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