The Lexmark Z53 is a color inkjet unit aimed at the home or small office user looking for an inexpensive product with decent photo quality. Its relatively compact size and low price are impressive, and its print speeds are adequate, at up to 16 pages per minute for black and 8 pages per minute for color. The high cost of Lexmark Z53 ink can be hard on the wallet, however, much like HP 27 ink.
The first thing to notice about the machine is that it is larger than most models in its class, measuring 18.1 inches by 20.7 inches by 13 inches, and weighing 14 pounds. While it is by no means bulky, it may be too large for some very tight office spaces, so potential buyers should consider this factor ahead of time. The unit generally uses two Lexmark Z53 ink cartridges. There is a single black cartridge and a single color cartridge included in the box. Lexmark Z53 ink cartridges tend to be quite a bit more expensive than competing models, such as those using Epson T069220 ink.
The included software controls most options and features, as there are only two buttons on the machine itself. The software not only provides useful information such as the remaining printer ink levels, it also helps create photo projects to print. Both Windows and Mac platforms are supported, and it can handle a wide array of media types and sizes.
PC Magazine reviewed the inkjet printer, and was impressed by its speed and quality, as well as its affordable price. They also liked its photo printing quality. They found the cost of Lexmark Z53 ink to be a major drawback, however, making it one of the most expensive printers they reviewed.
Overall, the Lexmark Z53 is very well-designed and would be an excellent choice for homes or small offices, but its high printer ink costs make competing models a more economical choice.
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