The Lexmark Z517 color inkjet printer is designed with the home user in mind. Its very low price will appeal to users who need a very basic color printer for light-duty use. Print speeds are decent, at up to 12 pages per minute for black and 7 pages per minute for color. Lexmark Z517 ink costs are a little higher than the competition, so users who do a lot of printing might feel the strain.
The machine is very compact when in operation, though its front output paper tray and its vertical input paper tray on top tend to stick out quite a bit, adding to its size. Conveniently, the top tray can fold down over the printer and the lower tray can slide inward, leaving a very small footprint. In fact, users could even set the printer on a shelf when not in use, to conserve space. The Lexmark Z517 inkjet cartridge included with the printer is a color cartridge, containing all three colors. There is an optional black Lexmark Z517 ink cartridge that can be added by the user. This does represent an additional cost that the user might not be expecting.
While the Lexmark Z517 is billed as a digital photo printer, it does not have some of the convenience features of more expensive photo models. For example, it does not include memory card slots for printing directly from a digital camera card, nor does it have a PictBridge port for connecting cameras directly. This is not unexpected for a budget model, but users aiming to print a lot of photos might find it less convenient.
User reviews of the Lexmark Z517 inkjet are mixed. Uses praise its low price and its ease of use. They also found it easy to set up, and the software to be very intuitive. Users criticized its photo quality, however, and found ink costs to be very high.
Overall, the Lexmark Z517 makes a good budget-friendly color inkjet for users who have light printing needs, but don't expect great photo quality.
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